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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WS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

AK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
2 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 :)

h
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We booked the coal shed to eat before an evening concert because they had an early bird menu/ pre theatre menu on the website advertising three courses for £20. It was clearly available as it was shown on the website when I booked.
When we sat down we were presented with the standard a la cart menu, i asked for the pre theater and was told, to my surprise, it was withdrawn. I showed the server and manager the webpage on my mobile phone browser, despite being there there were adamant it was withdrawn.
On the a la Carter menu starters averaged about £8 mains averaged £18 with sides averaging £4 and dessert £7.50. Clearly a material difference from an early bird/ pre theatre menu £20 compared to £33.50, a menu bai and switch too far.
The food was well cooked and presented and when the bill was presented our presupper drinks were deducted from the bill.
Sadly we’ll be more wary next time before booking at the Coal Shed. Once bitten twice shy

HC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff especially our waitress. Fabulous food.

K
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch!! Found this charming restaurant while scrolling through TripAdvisor and we were not disappointed. We decided to take a day trip from London to Brighton and after strolling through The Lanes and visiting the Pier we were hungry. We arrived just as they were finishing their lunch service but the owner welcomed us with open arms. He was great fun! The food was delicious, well prepared and the perfect way to end our day in Brighton. Highly recommend.

h
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good service, nice steaks and it was very nice of them to give a free chocolate with a birthday message on a plate for my mum’s birthday!

JK
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely beautiful food and service !
And was treating to a surprise chocolate truffle for my birthday
Definetley coming back

D
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was poor, I found the staff quite rude. The food was extremely overpriced; roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding were over cooked, and the meat was quite fatty with a lot of bone. I would expect a superb quality roast for £20 a head, but this was poorer quality than the average roast I would get for approx £10 elsewhere

SF
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday sharing roast for lunch - great cut of meat, generous portions, lovely staff

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous!!! Definitely worth the money.

LB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good steakhouse. The meat was very tasty and the sides just as impressive. Nice setting as well. Would recommend to anyone visiting Brighton

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Good service, good sides. Steak was utterly appalling. They say the steak is aged for 35 days. It was extremely chewy and not at all juicy to eat. Probably the worst steak I’ve eaten. My friend also had the same so didn’t see the point in returning them! Avoid this place if you want a good steak.

NL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to the Coal Shed quite a few times over the years, a deux or, as on Friday lunchtime, for a friends' get-together long lazy lunch. It's always been very good, but this time the food felt an order of magnitude better even than hitherto. My friends both had steak and I was alarmed to hear that they wanted it well done - I anticipated chef push-back - none came; both friends ate steaks cooked to their individual taste perfection.

Here is the point I'd not have anticipated: I am a vegetarian (like, forever, man), and I had one of the best meals of the year. Seriously well considered food, flavours and textures that complement and surprise - here is a chef who loves the people who eat in his restaurant, whether or not they share his love of steak. I wanted to kiss him. The only critique I'd suggest would be to name the dishes with less diffidence - I think mine was called "Various roots" or something! It entirely didn't do it justice. I'd have called it "Earthy desires" or somesuch. I'm quibbling. It was amazing. (And the chimichurri goes *really* well with it, just a tip there :-))

Expanding into Shoreditch hasn't diluted Coal Shed in Boyces Street. Brighton should be proud of it and I hope we send enough business to keep this great restaurant thriving. Thank you for a wonderful long lazy and delicious Friday lunch.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mostly steak on the menu, with some fish and a burger. Steak was cooked perfectly and tasted great. Venue itself was lovely and staff couldn’t have been hospitable. A highly enjoyable experience.

E
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was very slow with a lack of knowledge from the staff with regards to the menu. We were told that there was no express menu, but no reason as to why, even though we were there on a Thursday at 6 pm. Just told that it wasn't on that night and the waiter didn't know why. Over priced.

EW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food and atmosphere. I had medium steak which was cooked to perfection. Loved mac 'n' cheese and grilled Cabbage. Recommended for special occasion. 👍👍👍👍👍

LC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my brother for his birthday. We had an odd time for eating as we were seeing an early show so the restaurant was empty. However, the staff were so lovely, welcoming, didn’t rush us even though they stopped food 15 mins after we arrived. Our waiter was friendly, informative and gave me a few wines to choose from.
Would highly recommend as the food was delicious!!! Will definitely be visiting again.
Laine :-)

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was average, price does not match quality.
Best part of the meal was the cabbage, which considering the specialty is steak, isn't a compliment.

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