The Coal Shed

4.3
286 reviews
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Steakhouse
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Born from the love of cooking on fire The Coal Shed is a steak restaurant with relaxed, elegant surroundings in the heart of Brighton. We’ve been named as one of the best restaurants in the UK by the prestigious Observer Food Monthly awards, and have also been recommended by The Telegraph, The Guardian, the Brighton & Hove Foodie Awards and many others.


Our method at The Coal Shed is simple: the highest quality ingredients, sourced as locally as possible and expertly cooked. As well as a seasonal à la carte menu, we also offer daily specials, a great value express lunch and pre theatre menu plus Brighton's favourite Sunday Sharing Roasts.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, British
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Hours of Operation
Sun - Thu: 12:00pm - 4:00pm and 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Fri - Sat: 12:00pm - 4:00pm and 6:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
01273 322998
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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What 286 People Are Saying
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Brighton
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal whilst we were away for our anniversary. Great food, fantastic staff.. couldn’t fault it! We had a great time

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SR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice evening great food , Alex was lovely . The food was incredibly tasty ! Would definitely come back .

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AR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent local beef and fish, well cooked and very well presented. Staff attentive and very helpful. Location central, but tucked away.

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SL
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good on every visit, staff friendly and professional

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OT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service. The waiting staff were very informative and made it easy for me to order as a coeliac - thank you! Food was delicious

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SC
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great steak, lovely for a special occasion. Friendly server & good quality wine.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, staff always friendly and welcoming. Always enjoy eating here.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner here with my parents and had a wondeful time, great food, great service, overall was a great experience and would definitely return when I am next in Brighton!

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B
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, who really know the menu and are warm and friendly without being intrusive. Food is excellent and has been every time we have visited. Delicious steak with interesting side dishes and sauces. We had a lovely table with a skylight above it. Great ambience and decor.

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TE
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, service and ambiance, but expensive. Steaks are good but the price is got the steak alone. Everything else e.g chips, salad etc are ‘additional extras’.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, the waiter told us everything about the steaks and reccomended some of his favourite sides.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was below par, we held on to our jackets as nobody asked to hang them. Staff were crowded at the bar having a chat and not attentive. Main steak came out unseasoned, sides were really sub standard compared to our last visit just 6 weeks ago( no blue cheese with the baby gem) my dessert was burnt and dried out and was returned. Not something I’d pay for in a coffee shop let alone a higher end restaurant. Expensive and very disappointing.

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RO
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The restaurant offers no good quality (the Chateau brisnd was not as it should be, the pepper sauce was like water with some instant substance) all is based on a high turnover rather than the joy of dining and on top all is highly overprized
I realize this restaurant is highly ranked but this seems just virtual

There are much better restuarants offering better quality for much better pricing for example the House ...

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FH
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the sharing roast. The steak was great but the roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding let it down. Think they had either been kept warm or reheated as the potatoes weren’t crispy and the Yorkshire’s were chewy.

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s
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff were amazing on my 50th Birthday, and together with my Mom pulled out quite a few lovely surprises. The food did not disappoint, and the wine, lovely. Would happily go again.

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AD
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Great meal, great service. However delay with food which meant we only got main towards end of our two hour slot. We where them rushed through, so couldn’t enjoy dessert or coffees properly

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P
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I visited this restaurant recently with family to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The service was exceptional with lots of help and advice on hand if we needed it with the menu or wine list.
We took the advice given and ordered two types of steak in appropriate sizes to share between us with a selection of side dishes. Everything was delicious and nicely presented. All in all the dining experience was very enjoyable and the only critism was that it was a little on the pricey side.

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d
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

been twice this year and was great each time...top spot

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AW
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drink! Exceptional service. The waiter made great recommendations for both food and wine.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent steaks, good wine list, pleasant service. Expensive

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PT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant is small quite cosy, good food, steaks are great, drinks expensive especially prosecco, service good.

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VC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our evening. We had a pleasant greeting upon arrival and were taken straight to our table. Very good service from Georgie who looked after us extremely well. Food was tasty and good spacing between courses. Slight delay when we asked for the bill.....!
Would confidently recommend this restaurant. Thanks for a great evening.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, well made cocktails, super locally sourced produce, food and drinks made with skill and love - we will be back

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MA
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and friendly service. Good atmosphere and location. Food was excellent. Nothing to criticise really.

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CB
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Superb starter, burger disappointing. Need to rethink the bernaise. Good atmosphere.

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d
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiting staff were really friendly and helpful. Great steak, I would go as far to say best I have eaten. Bar staff also great and make a fine espresso martini. Highly recommend. Great atmosphere, great staff and wonderful food.

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DC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very memorable evening for my partners Birthday dinner, food amazing, service couldn’t have done more for us & such a great ambience & enviromenr to dine in!!
Looking forward to coming back.
Thank you

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CS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly one of the best dinners I have ever had. From outside it’s unassuming .. but at 7pm on a Thursday it was packed ... make sure you reserve a table so many people were turned away.
Excellent aperitif.. don’t go above a 5 on your Bloody Mary !!!! Starters .. we’re perfectly balanced .. & starters were not small mains !! Food with a twist ! Fabulous wine recommendation.. & deserts that were heavenly is the only way to describe.
Just the most fabulous independent cuisine in a small ambient setting, amazing service .. if your visiting Brighton week it out.. if your a local you probably already know of it’s reputation. The Coal Shed you surpassed my expectations. Congratulations on everything you do so well

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NH
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal and very attentive service. Particularly appreciated being able to taste the wines before choosing.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were incredible attentive and polite, helping out with the menu.
The food was spectacular, steak was cooked to perfection and the sides were perfect portions to share between us.
Our 9 year anniversary was made special from our visit to the coal shed and I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a romantic meal!

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GC
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic experience complemented by both the very attentive staff and the great food.

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e
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Steaks excellent if a bit overpriced? Nice salads and chips. Good service. Wife had a hamburger which she disliked. It fell apart and had ‘no flavour’
Wine nice but possibly overpriced. Overall a good meal spoiled by the burger and the bill which brought on a touch of indigestion!
Drop the prices and review the burger and you will have a winner.

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PB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I were looking for somewhere to spend our anniversary and The Coal Shed was by far the best option for variety, price and atmosphere. The food was fantastic as was the service.

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LS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Most disappointing . Having visited several times this was certainly our worst experience . Food was barely warm . On sending a medium steak back it returned cremated and inedible . It was deducted from the bill but spoiled an evening looked forward to given our previous experiences here and at The Salt Room

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ES
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Sunday lunch and impeccable service
Would definitely return if I lived closer.

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YS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience eating Sunday roast here. The food was delicious expect the gravy was too runny and Yorkshire puddings were rather dry. But the sirloin, potatoes and garnish were tasty and the service was excellent and ambiance was really nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food, great atmosphere and service! We loved it! Thank you!

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AT
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!! Would highly recommend ! Steak was the best I’ve ever had.

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AT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and drink. Service super efficient..
Only criticism would be felt a little rushed I appreciate they want to get as many people through the door as possible however if I am spending a lot of money on a night out I would like it to be just that a"night" not 90 minutes.. 😊

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AR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t have asked for better service and the food was absolutely delicious.
Waiter was really friendly and was helpful with the menu when asked about recommendations.
Great for any occasion, would highly recommended.

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