It was in Hampshire that Keats noted a certain mellow fruitfulness to the season and The Black Rat is a case in point. This cracking little pub has taken a leap from humble roots to world class stature. David Nicholson has set chefly brilliance against a historic backdrop to make an unusually charming and warm restaurant. Old beams, exposed brickwork and a big inglenook are all part of the Rat's unpretentious charm. The accomplished modern British repertoire is built around locally sourced, seasonal produce. Dining here is the ultimate in relaxing indulgence; a cosy atmosphere, a blazing fire and a world class dinner of Michelin standard.
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