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River Rat Cellar & Kitchen

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High Street, Hamble SO31 4HA, England
+44 23 8045 7801
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sarasota, Florida
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72 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 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 September 21, 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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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 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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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 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 August 31, 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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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Top notch food served with a smile, from very hospitable hosts. Is perfect for special occasions or a romantic night out. Food is always of a high standard no matter what, and always have a great time. What more do you want!

Thank SimonSailor
Southampton, United Kingdom
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227 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

Bank Holiday Saturday, lunch for four of us in the garden hut . Great service by Fran, G&T's whilst checking out the menu. Starters, mains, desserts, and coffee, all unquestionably superb. Mike on temporary Chef duties popped out to say a cheerful hello... Well done team!

Thank Perersfield
Datchet, United Kingdom
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282 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

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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197 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 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

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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
$23 - $53
British, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
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: +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?