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.

Special Offers

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

Join us celebrate New Years Eve with a £100 five course menu, including a glass of champagne on arrival and at midnight. A 50% deposit will be taken at time of booking, refundable up to 72 hours prior to the evening

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

What 815 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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TC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I enjoyed my food but don't appreciate having to pay for all sides. Not one dish viewed would have been sufficient without sides. This provides misleading information about main courses. This led to the mains being way overpriced.
The food was however good, but not more than that.
We had one of the cheaper wines in the list, which was excellent.

AK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, UNBELIEVABLE STEAK - we had the chateaubriand & the alcohol is very reasonably priced from cocktails to Prosecco! The only thing I would like to see on the menu is skinny French fry chips as I don't like the big chunky ones but that's just personal preference...

S
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Someone took our coats and seated us which was a good start, the starter was perfect really delicious, I really enjoyed the alternative stout beer and my steak was perfectly cooked with nice sides to augment. However our round table by the door was draughty and I think one of the staff let themselves down with their manner (whether they were having a bad day I don’t know) but when you pay that kind of money I don’t want to feel like I’m a chore, that’s going to lose you business even if the food is perfect. The other staff were generally attentive and pleasant but there was not that social interaction and fun I would expect of a place going higher end on the dining and prices. The dishes are expensive which is fine if they are excellent quality and in fairness they were pretty spot on, the only issue was the mains not being piping hot. Of course just my opinions but that’s what I left feeling. Great food overall but for the money and service a smidge if disappointment.

NT
Bath
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Simply a very delightful place to spend your anniversary in. Food was amazing and the service was excellent. Would definitely go again!

MB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice venue for a date night on a weekend away. Very tasty food and really friendly service.

PP
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue, despite drab surroundings.
Wanted to try as we are in London on NY Eve - have now reserved at their Tower Bridge venue.

JM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We met for a pre-Christmas lunch. The approach to the restaurant is not very prepossessing but the welcome was warm and the decor modern and fine. Service was excellent throughout and the food was very good. A definite hit and I would happily return any time

s
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant food! Best steak ever!!! And service was attentive but not over bearing. Would definitely recommend to everyone, the cod was lovely as well so not just for meat lovers! Incredible drinks and cocktails as well. Thank you all so much for such an amazing meal.

IF
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although I have put outstanding as a guide for the food and the evening, one very very small complaint and that is for a side dish of potatoes fried and coated with cheese arrived on the wrong side of warm, which was a shame but did not stop us eating them and enjoying the taste it is just they could have been a bit hotter.

WB
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Will defiantly be returning, Great service and amazing food

N
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great lunch with lovely attentive service in a super setting. Warm and friendly. Loved the food despite a couple of items missing off the menu. Certainly the best steak house in Brighton. We loved it and will be back.

GS
Cologne Area
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

The restaurant was FREEZING. Really spoiled our evening. The food was good (but not great) on arrival but was soon cold given the temperature in the restaurant. For the prices charged they really need to address this issue. Overall, poor value. We wouldn't return in winter.

A
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Sunday lunch, excellent service. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a sharing Sunday lunch for 2. (We were also pleasantly surprised to learn that they are quite flexible with what they offer - they said we could really have what we want, we just have that much to spend.) We went for the roast lamb shoulder and it was unbelievable. The best roast I think I've ever had! Every element was cooked beautifully and we even treated ourselves to a dessert, which we never normally do. The service was amazing and so warm and the atmosphere was just the same. Very highly recommend!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great experience!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this place is AWESOME

NB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Despite being early (18.15) the event was enjoyed by all.

g
Kent
28 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Meeting with good friends on a Monday calls for lunch, somewhere you can relax, knowing that the service is going to be just right you can't go wrong with the Coal Shed. Even if you are not a big meat eater (the steaks are to die for) there are plenty of alternatives including fish on the menu. As always, a lovely experience. Thank you Coal Shed Team - our visit was on Monday 25 November.

GL
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails! The best steak I’ve ever had. Really pleasant ambiance and service was fantastic.

BW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab Sunday roast. Great service and a nice atmosphere. Food really good value (it’s sooo good!) but wine a smidge on the expensive side.

PA
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always in every way love the subtle refurb a must when in Brighton
Thanks to all
Patrick Burfield

SC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third meal at The Coal Shed and as always, the food was amazing and the service was faultless. The staff are always very efficient and the food is absolutely delicious. We don't live in Brighton, but whenever we visit we make a point of booking a table here.

l
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service, wonderful food

K
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We enjoyed our overall evening, however we had to wait 45 minutes between our starter and main, when tables around us that arrived later got their food quicker, so we believe our mains order was likely to have been forgotten about. The diners that were sat next to us had clearly had a large amount to drink therefore they were very loud and in such an intimate setting did put a dampener on our experience. The staff were really friendly and accommodating however we believe they could have approached the diners next to us earlier, when being told to keep the noise down. Our bill came to just shy of £150 with service charge included, however I do not feel this reflects the experience we had. The Coal Shed is a nice place, I think we were just unlucky.

H
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our sons birthday here and enjoyed the experience. I chose sides and starters. The food was lovely, especially my celeriac starter! I could have eaten six. I loved the broccoli too. I would have liked more choice in wine by the glass. Overall it was an enjoyable experience. Excellent service.

M
London
43 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Had a lovely meal char grilling tip top. Will go to the tower bridge one in the new year. The staff were so good and attentive and provided a perfect service where we didn’t feel we had to get their attention or wait long for the food to arrive.

LO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Terrible front of house, quite rude. Waiters lovely but after spending all this money they spoil it for you by telling you you have to vacate your table in 30 mins.

N
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great steak house but upstairs has less ambience and we never like the two sittings although we finished way before needed. Still one of our favourites

HB
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good staff who were really friendly and provided a free starter as we were asked to move table before we had even ordered.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Excellent food ... this was my second visit ... both during winter months and I would strongly recommend the owners sort out the entrance door situation as the constant feeling of cold air when people entering the restaurant was the only thing that has disappointed me on both my visits .. the food was excellent ... thankyou

CC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best roast ever and great staff

H
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal for the meat eater in your life! Great quality products week cooked with friendly helpful service and not deadly on the wallet.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Made to feel welcome as we entered . Bit disappointed with my wife’s tiger prawn starter consisting of only two tiger prawns . Steaks were fantastic . Upset that my favourite pudding was unavailable. Service charge is one thing I don’t agree with and think the customer should choose what they feel fit to leave .

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, staff were brilliant, could not fault anything.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really good food but the service could be better and more interested in us!

IC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The service and the presentation of the food was very good, the starters in both cases were delicious.
Re the main course both meats were not tender enough (chicken and pork), the vegetable was tasty.
The sweet was good.

A window table was recommended to us which I then booked. When we entered the restaurant the table had been taken. We were led to another table which was adequate but a bit of a squeeze.

J
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Our starter arrived before our apperitif
Asked for tonic on side of gin it was all poured into gin
Our mains arrived with no wine
The sides were tasty but ridiculously small
We were given dessert options as soon as our plates were taken
Our table booking was 20.15 not late but the speed of service was that of fast food outlet
It was as if no communication between service and kitchen

ES
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, great ambiance and wonderful service. Our favourite restaurant in Brighton.

HP
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our second time visiting the coal shed. Although expensive you absolutely get what you pay for. Service is fantastic. Nothing too much trouble. The flavours of the food is out of this world. A real treat that we will certainly visit again.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service !