Guest notice: We will be closed after lunch service on Sunday the 5th of April and re-opening for dinner on Friday the 17th of April due to an annual seasonal break. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. Many thanks, The Black Rat Team.
The Black Rat Restaurant 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.
Our ingredients are sourced from some of the best local suppliers that can be found and we have our own forager who brings the most seasonal and fresh products available.
Located nearby is our kitchen garden where we grow some of our own herbs and vegetables, all of which helps to inspire the kitchen team to create their take on a “Modern British” menu.
The wine list boasts some 80 wines with a balance between Old and New world from our supplier Ellis Of Richmond. The list contains some iconic wines that are great with delicious food but also it has balanced and well rounded wine that can be enjoyed without food.
The atmosphere is relaxed but homely with lots to look at in all the rooms, and the service is informal but attentive with an individual personal touch.
There is also a private dining room upstairs for all occasions, plus a comfy lounge and well-stocked bar full of well known and specialty spirits where guests can have pre-dinner drinks whilst perusing the menu, or enjoy a digestif or coffee after their meal.
The Front of House team is a small group of experienced hospitality characters who pride themselves on their personal service styles and, together with Head Chef Ollie Moore and his Kitchen Team, try to push The Black Rat to the boundaries of its star.
History of the restaurant
The Black Rat was previously run as a pub for as long as anyone can remember and was a well known building within Winchester. It went through a major tranformation and has been completely renovated, whilst keeping all of its old world charm decor, nookes and crannies. The building itself dates back to The 1700’s although in the cellars there is evidence of 15th or 16th century stone work with thick walls and lowered ceiling.
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, comfy seating, games and a quirky sense of humour. The Black Bottle at the bottom of Chesil Street has also been added to the group, serving wines as well as beer, spirits and charcuterie plates to nibble on. It is ideal for a pre or post dinner drink or if you are a keen enthusiast of wine and knowledge. Now added to the “Black” collection is the the long-awaited opening of The Black Hole Bed & Breakfast which has 10 “cells” plus a roof terrace, 4 floors that have been finished to a high standard plus a communal breakfast area with a mini AGA. You will find that it is as quirky as the other black premises.