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River Rat Cellar & Kitchen

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High Street, Hamble SO31 4HA, England
+44 23 8045 7801
18:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:30 - 15:30
Tue - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
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Witney, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

if you ever find yourself in Hamble you really need to visit this little gem of an eatery !! gorgeous food, great staff, made to feel very welcome, a must visit !!

Thank oxpac
Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok positives first. It's a lovely restaurant in the center of the yachting Mecca with what looks great outdoor space. We phone just before opening and they managed to find us a table. And we received a nice welcome. But then it went to pot. So we where shown to our table and ordered a couple of oriental Gins from... More 

Thank Finerthings4US
Hamble, United Kingdom
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289 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had an anniversary Dinner at the River Rat to celebrate a year in Hamble. Owners very friendly and welcoming, kicked off with Gin and Tonics at the bar, chosen from the long list of specialist Gins available. Nice opportunity to chat to friends and locals who come in for drinks and Tapas. Moved on to Scallops and French Onion Soup... More 

Thank Paul M
Sevenoaks, Kent
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Lovely meal during the Easter weekend - after being on the boat for a couple of days enjoying lovely spring weather some good food in lovely surroundings was called for...and the River Rat gave the best answer. Great food and wine in a beautifully lit (and heated) hut in the garden. The fairy lit flowers were a hit with our... More 

Thank Hambler007
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

The salad and beer (Old Dick) were great. Everything else appeared to have been prepared with nothing more than bored competence. Portion control is best described as aggressive. £11.95 for 3 teeny weeny scallops is just greedy. It's a lovely spot and the host was friendly, but I won't bother again.

Thank CarlTomlinson
Durham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Turned up before they opened, but they welcomed me in. Had a delicious steak and chips and a few beers, all were fantastic. Would fully recommend. Say hello to Daphenie the Labrador for me!

Thank Sp33dyTraveller
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We went mainly because of the wine menu , there was a brilliant choice . On arrival we were shown to our table in the garden , it was last august and an anniversary meal . I had a glass of champagne whilst looking at the menu and making choices . Our starters arrived before we had ordered the wine... More 

Thank Kathryn F
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Good food, service & wine.. Very sophisticated little place. A little bit pricey, but the service and quality is reflected in this..

Thank Tracy F
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Although the restaurant was fully booked on Valentine's day for dinner, the owner offered me to have a meal at the bar. Very kind ! Food (sole) was very good. I'll come back.

Thank Pierre C
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Excellent wine list. Menu is quite sophisticated, so not the place for a quick bite. Service is good - owner operated.

Thank Rebecca H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 23 - USD 53
British, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:30 - 15:30
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street, Hamble SO31 4HA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Hamble
  • Phone Number: +44 23 8045 7801

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?