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River Rat Cellar & Kitchen

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High Street, Hamble SO31 4HA, England
+44 23 8045 7801
12:30 - 15:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:30 - 15:30
Tue - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
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Showing 201: English reviews
Saint Mary in the Marsh, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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147 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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70 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We were visiting from Californian and saw good reviews on Trip Advisor so decided to check it out. We love this restaurant, with top notch service, beautifully gourmet food and wine, and a charming husband and wife team keeping all running smoothly, We went back a second time and it was as good as the first. Both times we sat... More 

1 Thank nancdp
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely restaurant with very attentive staff and high quality food. Perfectly cooked scallops and bacon for starters, followed by a sole for mains and a massively rich chocolate orange pot for dessert. Great experience and will certainly visit again.

Thank Steve-DO28
Southampton, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Fantastic food and the loveliest garden at the back with two great family 'huts' which seat 8. Been here several times for dinner and recently had a private dinner party in the garden for my husband's birthday which was a real hit with all my visiting family. Staff are great and Frances the owner is very helpful.

Thank Sonia J
Southampton ,Hants
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We went to the River Rat with friends on a saturday evening. We sat outside in a fab gazebo for four , which was really comfortable , a lovely spot to relax and enjoy a really tasty meal . We will definitely be returning . Great service too !

Thank Thoebes

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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
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?