The Coal Shed

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Steakhouse
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.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious from start to end - a real treat!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always The Coalshed didn’t fail to impress! From the quality of the food, to the friendliness of the staff and the great relaxed atmosphere it was all around a great experience.

M
Brighton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to go for Sunday Lunch, excellent food good choice, reasonable price, great service

JL
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and great food. We had the Sunday roast which was amazing. Meat cooked to perfection. Would definitely recommend.

TW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely Sunday roast with all of the trimmings. Only down side is there is only one meat option, although delicious. Service is very good and there is a nice atmosphere.

GB
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! We would highly recommend. It met our expectations and more. Look forward to returning. Gemma and Tracey

MV
Brighton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, slightly over priced in my own personal opinion. But that is my opinion.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, we went for a 30th
Birthday and had a great night.

AM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very limited menu if you don’t like chilli - steak was quite fatty and not cooked correctly, had to send it back - very expensive for what it was definitely gone down hill on quality etc over the past few years - shame it used to be a real treat to go there

NT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and attentive staff. The steak was one of the best I’ve tasted

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Could have been better

G
London
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved our girlie lunch at the Coal Shed. Quite pricey, but worth it. Great service. But, I must admit, the noise level was very high indeed, even at lunch time. It was difficult to speak to the person on the other side of the table. We asked to be moved to another table a bit further up in the restaurant, which helped.

TS
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, top service & steaks. Can recommend to any one enjoying high quality meat! A bit pricey but hey, you got to treat yourself from time to time!

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

birthday meal
fantastic food and service 100% recommend to every body

GF
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful food, ambiance and service. Definitely would go again.

WS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was delicious. The staff were very helpful and informative and made us feel very welcome from the time we entered the restaurant until we left.

CH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Incredible steaks and great cocktails. 4th time eating here and it never disappoints

SP
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely meal as always! My favourite place to eat in Brighton. The steak was cooked beautifully and service was impeccable

AK
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely evening starting with the welcome! The meal was excellent as was the service.

s
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful evening. The venue is beautifully designed and the lighting and audio made the perfect ambient atmosphere for a Sunday evening meal.
The service was exceptional. We were given a very warm welcome and attention was given to my dietary needs without any fuss or issues.
The food was delicious for both myself, a very fussy vegetarian with allergies and for my partner who enjoys trying new flavour combinations and meat and fish.
The wine suggestions were spot on as well.
Overall, a really fantastic evening which I couldn't recommend enough to anyone else.

CM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday. The food was delicious and the staff were attentive and friendly which made the experience very enjoyable. We will definitely go back!

R
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and decent wine list, enjoyable evening

AW
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were so friendly & looked after us very well.
The food was amazing, would definitely return again.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved it. 1st year wedding anniversary dinner, so glad we choose the Coal shed Brighton.

CH
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was very good there was always someone available and they were checking on us enough but also not too much. The food was really good too although I would like to have a wider range of sides available with the steaks that are vegetables. Only thing I would change was that we were sat on a two table in the window which was lovely but the table of four next to us was a bit too close and meant us and the staff had to squeeze past the table to get past and also felt slightly like you were being listened to as well by the guests on the table next to us so it should be slightly further away.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Warm reception on arrival - well looked after by staff. Great menu.

Y
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, somewhat noisy due to large table bookings

PL
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at 1pm on Monday to be greeted by the most friendly front of house / head waiter and barman who were both super friendly. The decor and ambiance were perfect for a quiet birthday lunch. We loved the menu and opted for scallops and shrimps as our starters - we were not disappointed! Followed by a whole bream and fish stew main course which was sent down after we’d asked for a short break - again, our tastebuds were sparkling with happiness. Considering we’d had a very light breakfast, we opted for 4 sides, but the portions were so generous, we could have made do with just 2. Sadly not enough room for dessert, so we shall definitely return and never walk by again with dropping in - even if just for a cocktail. Thoroughly recommended!

JD
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I visited for our Wedding Anniversary, Service and Meal were superb and would take some beating anywhere in the country let alone Brighton. But, there is always a small but, it was rather expensive for the little extras like the bottle of Prosecco at over £40. But that aside, we'll be back !!

LJ
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely loved the sharing Sunday lunch, great ingredients and well cooked.
Could not fault the service.
Wine list is expensive that was a little bit over priced I would suggest
Was a little disappointed with dessert for the price.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent service, really solid enjoyable cooking nice atmosphere and fair price. Bravo

N
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, friendly service. Great advice about the wine choices.

l
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Pudding was great. Pork belly starter was tiny for the money and bland. Steak was OK, lacked flavour, disspaointng for the money. Service was good

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal!

IF
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, nice and quiet for a Saturday afternoon

AE
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good choice and good cooked well, service was amazing

NS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening at The Coal Shed, table was ready when we arrived which was great. Service was first class. Slightly noisy big table towards back of the room but guess this can't be helped.

Food was cooked to perfection, great wine list and attentive but not obtrusive service. Would def come back. Def need to book to get in here being mid week we were not rushed off of our table but imagine if it were busier there are time limits on tables.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, even made an effort to give my partner special desert for her birthday. Lovely staff and the steaks are amazing. Always always always go for the tiger prawns as well.

GG
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal with a friend. We had two fillet steaks, perfectly rare and shared chips and the cabbage sides with a lovely bottle of red. Perfect!

T
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, amazing food! Stuff very friendly and even gave me a birthday dessert :)