The Black Rat


The Black Rat Restaurant  is a local restaurant and bar serving high quality food with locally produced ingredients.

We are open 7 nights a week, from 7pm until 9.15pm, serving our a la carte menu.

We are also open Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes from 12pm until 2.15pm, serving a set 2 or 3 course menu at £25.95 or £28.95.

For weekend lunch and dinner reservations, we suggest you contact us at least 2 weeks in advance to avoid disappointment…. book in advance                   

The Black Rat was converted from a pub into a quaint and quirky restaurant that is situated on the fringe of the town centre, along Chesil Street. A year after opening, the team acquired one of the most prestigious accolades in catering, a Michelin Star.The food is sourced from the best and most local suppliers that can be found, including our own forager, inspiring the kitchen team to create a “Modern British” menu.The wine list boasts some 80 wines with a balance between Old and New world.The atmosphere is relaxed but homely, and the service is informal but attentive with a personal touch. There is also a private dining room upstairs for all occasions, plus a comfy lounge and well-stocked bar where guests can have pre-dinner drinks whilst perusing the menu, or enjoy a digestif or coffee after their meal. The team is a small brigade of young experienced hospitality characters that try to push The Black Rat to the boundaries of its star.

The Main Dinning Room

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History of the restaurant

The Black Rat was run as a pub for as long as anyone can remember. It has now been completely renovated, whilst keeping all of its old world charm. The building itself dates back to The 1700’s although in the cellars there is evidence of 15th or 16th century stone work. The owner, David Nicholson, has been in Winchester since 1995 running The Black Boy Pub just across the road in Wharf Hill. Well worth a visit if you enjoy real ales. The Black bottle at the bottom of Chesil Street has also been added to the group, serving wines and charcuterie plates  – ideal for a pre or post dinner drink. Now added to the “Black” collection is the the long-awaited opening of The Black Hole Bed and Breakfast which has 10 “cells” plus a roof terrace and is as quirky as the other black premises.