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River Rat Cellar & Kitchen

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High Street, Hamble SO31 4HA, England
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Datchet, United Kingdom
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255 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I ate here with a friend, on the day I moved to Hamble. We had a nice table outside on a warm evening, and ordered a great bottle of wine, delicious main courses (I'm veggie so had the giant couscous, it was delicious and healthy to boot). The food was so good we ordered desserts, again very good, and a... More 

Thank Wanderlust7474
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161 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First impressions was small but welcoming, our party of 6 were offered a table in the garden, we were apprehensive as the sun was going down and the temperature was dropping. We needn't have worried, our table was in a sort of Yurt, complete with heat and light, great. The garden was charming and as the moon rose whole setting... More 

Thank Barry I
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a table in the outside garden hut for my parents wedding anniversary. When we arrived they had no knowledge of my booking and the hut was unfortunately being used by another party. They set a table up for us elsewhere after telling me I obviously hadn't booked, wasn't off to a good start. They brought bed and butter over,... More 

Thank Chab2113
Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We held our daughters christening party here. The wonderful Mike and Frances opened specially for us - nothing was too much trouble, the garden was gorgeous, the food was amazing and service was outstanding - there was never an empty glass. Thank you for putting on the most amazing afternoon for us.

Thank clareh2410
Rayleigh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was in Hamble for the weekend and saw this restaurant, didn't look much from the outside but the menu looked good. Food and service were both excellent and the gardens out the back were very quaint we sat out there all evening and were not rushed at all to leave. Throughly enjoyable.

Thank Laura T
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food well presented with good service. The garden area out back is great for a summers evening meal

Thank Dan C
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This looked like a really nice restaurant and so being local I decided to book a table (in the outside heated summer house) for my husband's birthday. We were a party of 3. We were early and so since it was a beautiful warm evening we decided to walk down to the water edge having easily found the River Rat... More 

2 Thank Julie59ja
Southampton, United Kingdom
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188 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

Four of us for Saturday lunch in the heated garden hut. Our vegan friend had great advice from Mike the owner, who guided her through the tailored menu.Lunch was a great success, accompanied with bottles of rose. Delicious starters and mains. All delightfully served by Mike and Francie. Well done!!

1 Thank Perersfield
Cardigan, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

We come here at least once a year for a celebration dinner following a days yacht racing on the Solent. We have a great format, drinks on arrival in the garden (we have been known to eat outside in the height of Summer, which has always been wonderful), with prize giving and photos, we get great support and service from... More 

Thank Poshbirdy
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

This is a great restaurant, suitable for any occasion. We went for Dad's birthday and we were very well looked after in one of the two huts in the garden which are sheltered and great fun. Excellent food, Excellent wine, Excellent service and reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend visiting the River Rat.

Thank abeags

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$23 - $53
British, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street, Hamble SO31 4HA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Hamble
  • Phone Number: 442380457801

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