The Coal Shed

4.4
668 reviews
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Steakhouse
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
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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SM
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, vibrant atmosphere, good service, fantastic food...

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

Busy even at 7.00 pm. Wonderful service and food was perfect. We were able to sample wine so we're able to pick a perfect wine. London standard but here in Brighton.

i
Brighton
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food! All staff was
So attentive. Fab steak!

SJ
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Lamb over cooked pork was tough bit disappointing, croquettes were lovely dessert was ok,

M
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely warm welcome started the evening. The food and wine was really good served by friendly staff who were attentive but not obtrusive. I highly recommend this restaurant and told my Brighton friends about it so they can experience it too.

MM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

My review would be guarded as we had a great time, service was excellent and the food tasted great
However, one of our party had a shellfish dish which I had some of. Both of us were up all night with upset stomachs ! Coincidence ?

JM
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a first class meal here with my family for my daughters daughter's birthday.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, fab ambience, food and wine was superb. Highly recommended.

SD
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

This used to be my favourite restaurant in Brighton. Sadly our latest visit was lacking somewhat. I did not enjoy dining upstairs, it felt very hemmed in and noisy, which I and another member of our party found challenging (sadly there were no tables downstairs to move to). The food was nice, but certainly not as wow as our previous visits.
Service was exceptional as ever and the staff are really fabulous and friendly. Hopefully this meal & experience was just a blip.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service and food!

SB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Naughty little gaff, would recommend to my homies back in the hood.

CR
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken is the best ever tasted and service spot on

NK
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food. It was the best rib-eye I've ever had.

CT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best steaks I’ve had! Fantastic team and some delightful sides. Try the cabbage it’s amazing!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good had sharing roast but thought the wine was overpriced for the type and range available. ie had a fluerie which was probably 4 times mark up. So because of this would not recommend again

JH
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service with just the right amount of atmosphere

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

Excellent Sunday lunch next time we stay in Brighton we will definitely return

J
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

Although we did enjoy the food the menu was very small so you would be best to look online before booking. Wine list was very disappointing no decent wine by the glass and was not going to pay there prices for a bottle.

N
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good quality ingredients well cooked and attentive service.

P
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yet again a wonderful lunch at The Coal Shed. This is, without any doubt, one of the best restaurants in Brighton!.

AC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food and fair price. Nice atmosphere would recommend.

PF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Arrived for 7pm on a Brighton Uni graduation day, so very busy everywhere. Booked table for 4 but forgot to include graduate that made party into 5.!! Staff quickly adjusted seating plan to accommodate my mistake. Excellent service & food. No hesitation in recommending.

NF
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We much enjoyed our first visit to The Coal Shed. Very friendly, professional and welcoming staff. Great food. Will visit again.

LS
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to dine this was our-first visit the food and service was second to none. Two of our table had lamb which looked lovely.
Will be back soon .

LW
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Atmosphere was lovely, staff were friendly! Even doing a little surprise birthday plate for my boyfriends birthday. We will definitely be going back!

AJ
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant, lots of fun, great food, excellent service and the wine recommendations were superb, particularly the Croatian with with the seafood!! A wonderful evening, thoroughly recommended

DG
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger I have EVER had 10/10

Will definitely be going back next time I’m in Brighton!!!!!!

LL
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great staff! Best dining experience I’ve had visiting Brighton

M
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Disappointed- had heard many good things about the restaurant. For the price we paid I expect much better. I feel we could've eaten our meal at a high street chain and it would've been almost as good and a third the cost. There was nothing intrinsically wrong with anything but the price has skewed my expectations, which were not met.

S
Essex
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The steaks were lovely, unfortunately had to return the spinach full of grit had not been washed properly. Garlic mushrooms could have been more garlicky. A nice meal but for the price I’ve had better.

d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service above and beyond. The whole group found a meal that fit their tastes. It is a group effort and I have never been let down. At the end of the meal the graduate whose achievements we were celebrating received a desert that was amazing. Will be back the next time I travel to Brighton!

R
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice food. Not cheap but you pay for what you get. would certainly recommend.

n
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pleasant restaurant and friendly service. We had the Sunday roast for two meat good vegetables not so much, small portions of under cooked leeks and broccoli nice potatoes, £4 extra for a very small portion of chips. Just wish the meat and veg merited the same attention.

JS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic. Consistently good steak. Service was really good. We felt very relaxed and well looked after by the excellent staff.

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service can not wait to return

z
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salmon starter - superb. Steak - superb. Spinach, ice lettuce and tomato salad sides - superb. Espresso Martinis - superb. Service - superb. Can't vouch for the rest 😀

N
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and good atmosphere but it's an expensive place to eat

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wife just released from Royal Sussex Hospital !!! Woohoo. No better way to celebrate and it was awesome.

TC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and enjoyed lunch on Tuesday at The Coal Shed. The team were welcoming, attentive and genuinely interested in our experience.
The food was excellent and the recommended wine also.
We will return.

JO
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place great food great service we were well looked after as it was our 30th wedding anniversary . They gave us free truffles fantastic place

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