The Rat and Parrot was not very pleasant at all. The whole thing always struck me as lazily run and dirty. It was very shabby - but not in a charming olde world run down way, but in a redecorated 10 years ago on the cheap and is now falling to bits way. The food was awful.
But the big windows were nice to sit behind and watch the world go by.
Now it's a posh curry house, but at least they had to keep the original Victorian signage. Small mercies!