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The Coal Shed

4.3
51 reviews
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£41 and over
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Steakhouse
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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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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Special Offers

Sharing Steak Lunch: £45

Fritters & Bread
600 g Sharing Steak chips & salad and a sauce
The Coal Shed dessert
Glass of fizz/ signature cocktail
£45 per person

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 5 March 2018

Ends: 29 April 2018

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-16:00

What 51 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Really enjoyed eating at the Coal Shed, food was really good, restaurant was very informal and the guy that served us (Alex) was great...

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

A bit pretentious and overly priced; the steaks are not as flavoursome as you would expect, tasty sides and mediocre desserts

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Went for a surprise birthday lunch for mum's 50th. Food, drink, service all perfect. Not a bad word I can say about it, amazing restaurant and the best steak in town.

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3.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Lovely service and the croquettes amazng followed by 2 great fish dishes; lamb and burger ok. Great cheeseboard. Please can you shut the curtain though guys - every time someone went in or out the temperature plummeted and I ate my food in my coat

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2.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Disappointing - We must have been one of the unlucky ones as based on reviews we were looking forward to the food. Steak under cooked to the point of blue and cold and instead of a replacement it was reheated. Service was nice and friendly but expected better for the price.

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

A big O birthday celebration, Top quality well presented food - as always. Staff attentive and knowledgeable. They even rang us after we left to say one of our party had left her mobile on the table. Never disappointed here.

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3.0Dined on 7 April 2018

We have eaten here a few times, and been very pleased with it. However.... this time we thought it was vastly overpriced. The sharing steak was chewy. If you want extras, you pay extra....even to have a sauce on your already expensive steak! My cod was undercooked, but not bad. All the starters were delicious. I think bread should always be served....free! At least then one could mop up the juices . This used to be our first choice in Brighton, but we have decided not to eat here again. It is way over-priced, yet doesn't deserve these prices (which we are happy to pay for a good meal out).

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Lovely food, lovely premises, fairly expensive but the one thing I did not like, and I can't say this is unique to the Coal Shed, is that a 'discretionary' service charge was applied to my bill. To me, that's not really 'discretionary'. It was for more than 10%, and I know I could have challenged it, but then it changes the atmosphere of the evening. It becomes confrontational. I do usually tip, and it is usually 10%, unless the service has been exceptional, or dreadful. I did pay the 'discretionary ' amount, and my guests had a lovely evening and are unaware of this, but it left a slightly sour taste in my mouth, and I won't take a party to the Coal Shed again.

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4.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Perfectly cooked steaks. Delicious sauces. Overall expensive.

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4.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Good atmosphere. We shared a round table in the window and ate from the lunch menu. The starters were well received and I particularly enjoyed the pig's cheek. Both the cod and the minute steak were enjoyable and most of us were happy with the desserts. Service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on 2 April 2018

Food was excellent but a bit pricey service very good

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4.0Dined on 2 April 2018

Although expensive, the food at the Coal Shed was delicious and a nice place to go for a special occasion. I found the £15 service charge a little steep though as although the staff were friendly, the service was nothing outstanding.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Amazing roast lunch

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

The steak was cooked to perfection, as were all the sides which were delicious. Especially the creamed spinach and the mac & cheese. I'll definitely be recommending the The Coal Shed to family and friends - we'll be back!

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Exceptional service and delicious food! Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

great place for good food,all five of us said the same...will be back for sure.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Fantastic food and service.

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4.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Whilst we had a lovely meal we were not able to have the cut of meat that we wanted or the wine of our choice as neither were available.

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Amazing food with the best waiting staff. Big shout out to the two women who served us! Top standard

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4.0Dined on 27 March 2018

I was visiting Brighton with my daughter for a special trip. Our meal was very nice but the atmosphere in the restaurant wasn’t quite what I was expecting but was still very pleasant. The food was good though & served quickly by friendly staff. Overall I rate it good & recommend it & would certainly make a return visit.

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4.0Dined on 24 March 2018

I enjoyed my afternoon.
we had a very attentive charming waiter.
The fillet I had, med rare, was hard due and dry!
Everything was extra. A very small fillet and a tomato look very lonely on a plate.
last time I went was midweek and the food was fantastic.
Some restaurants are just not the same on a busy Sat.

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2.0Dined on 22 March 2018

Have been twice but would not go again tables are very close and hear everything. Staff were bit mixed one was not very cheery. My steak was fine husbands was all grissle. Starter was good. But felt over priced for what you got

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2.0Dined on 21 March 2018

The food very average which would have been fine if it wasn't so expensive. For £20 a head you can get a tiny amount of bland food. Wouldn't recommend.

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5.0Dined on 19 March 2018

Really good food and service - highly recommend ans we will be back for sure !
Jason & Tracy - Eastbourne.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

The Coal Shed never fails to impress: unpretentious with delicious food and superb service to match. We return again and again.

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

As always, the food did not disappoint. Everything we ate was delicious & cooked to perfection. The staff are all friendly & keen to help. We had a great evening.

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3.0Dined on 16 March 2018

4th time after going always found the food and service good however went on a friday night and my Food was cold and my complaint not handled that well . So hit and miss but worth a visit

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4.0Dined on 13 March 2018

My starter(pigs cheeks) was amazing but my fillet steak was a tad on the tough side, but the rack of lamb was recommended by my fellow diners.

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3.0Dined on 13 March 2018

Basically we’re used to Hawksmoor level of steak, the steak here is good but not quite worth the size of the bill at the end..
It is an ok place to go, just we were expecting a higher overall level, staff posted missing sometimes due to avoiding eye contact as they pass tables. Food was max 7/10, as a casual meal for businessmen it might pass muster but for a romantic evening I’m not so sure. If you’re not used to hawksmoor level you’ll probably be happy enough tho’

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2.0Dined on 11 March 2018

I spent nearly £240 on a meal for two that wasn’t worth it!
On prebooking I advised that this was a special birthday celebration and a Mother’s Day celebration. I asked for a nice table away from the door and the seating was cramped. We moved tables just before the main course.
The drinks were fine and the starter of scallops were also fine. I ordered 700g of chateaubriand at the price of £87.50. It was cooked to medium rare as requested and the meat was only tender in some parts. It was an expensive disappointment. Although the lack of tenderness with the meat was mentioned to the waitress nothing was done. The whole experience was therefore a let down.

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

The service was very good, the restaurant cosy and intimate and the food was exceptional

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Great atmosphere, Good food and excellent service. Very comfortable as we have a quiet table upstairs,

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1.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Really disappointed having waited ages to go The Coal Shed upon the back of two personal recommendations and I couldn't have been more let down - hugely overrated and whilst the service was OK and nothing that I would fault, the food was bland and boring, vastly overpriced and this is just another pretencious restaurant seriously overcharging for very ordinary food. I would have been pretty disappointed with a bill half the price, let alone the fortune it cost us to eat a two course meal with half a bottle of wine.

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4.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Spent a lovely Sat Pm at the coal shed for Mothers day/Birthday.

Very welcoming staff, great menu options for both food and drink.

Only criticism would be being sat behind the front door which was a bit breezy but other wise cant fault it.

Thanyou

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4.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Really good food. Marred by attempt to deliver the main course before the starters. This was rectified but meant a big delay to actual eating. The Turkish red wine was the real win and the Steak was excellent. Was the experience worth £90 per head? In this instance it failed to clear my threshold of awesome so no it wasn't worth it. I would rather spend the money in Etch.

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4.0Dined on 8 March 2018

Great food and service - no complaints. We will be back very soon 😊

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4.0Dined on 6 March 2018

Great wines, lots of beef, not cheap but good quality.

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4.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Service, ambiance and wine were great. The steaks were very good (sirloin and rib-eye) without being exceptional, the Bearnaise had a distinct lack of tarragon and topping the mash with stewed meat to go with steak was a bit overkill and would have been better just plain in my opinion, however the chips were fantastic. Would definitely recommend, really good value and had a great time so will return.

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5.0Dined on 2 March 2018

Excellent food and service. The sauces were a slight disappointment but everything else was spot-on.

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5.0Dined on 2 March 2018

Lovely staff , great food. Lunch menu was great value.

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