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River Rat Cellar & Kitchen

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High Street, Hamble SO31 4HA, England
+44 23 8045 7801
Sun 12:30 - 15:30
Tue - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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
London, England, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Excellent food and ambience. Loved all the GM and Wham tunes played ALL night! Brilliant. Fantastic wine list. Seasonal menu - what's not to love?

Thank Wan T
Saint Mary in the Marsh, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Good food, good service, lovely wines can all be had in a very nice sophisticated venue. Rather prices, but for Hamble it is only to be expected, though you leave feeling happy.

Thank Roman S
Southampton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

very nice meal with excellent service, very attentive with out being "in your face" all the time ! will be back again soon

Thank clive G
Southampton, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

A few years ago we ate here and came away feeling that it was trying to punch above its weight and thought we would give it another try. The downstairs and garden seating have a good feel but the upstairs would not be to everyone's taste. To the food, it has a small menu with just one special so we... More 

Thank BiBiWork
Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Rare visit to Hamble while in the area eafter family visit. Small restaurant with limited menu that covers a good mix of meat and fish along with vegetarian choices. Excellent fillet steak perfectly cooked with great fries. Blackboard specials of local fish. Decent wine selection including by the glass. E to Friendly and efficient service. Bar area with stool seating... More 

Thank seawisedave
Dusseldorf, Germany
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We were a party of four and went there mid week. I liked the efficiency and warmth of the greeting. The Menu is not huge but as you would expect the food on offer was exceptional and this only occurs with a limited menu.we all agreed that the food was great and will be going back again. A great evening.

Thank Teejay1950
Sarasota, Florida
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72 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Had a wonderful meal at the River Rat last week. The home made fish cake starter, lamb cutlets and the Gin float! Amazing! Really,really nice staff! The restaurant is lovely the back garden is so pretty! Will go back very soon!

1 Thank Georgina67

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$23 - US$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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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?