The Coal Shed

4.3
355 reviews
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£41 and over
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Steakhouse
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
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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What 355 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal with collegues to start Christmas and we even had Xmas Crackers provided. The food was fabulous, very fresh and perfectly cooked. Best Chateubriande ever. Cocktails and wine choice was brilliant and our Waitress was great fun but not intrusive. All in all a marvellous experience. I should add that the trains let us down and we arrived late but this was not a problem for the restaurant and we never felt hurried with our meal.

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CR
Brighton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love eating here. The staff are so friendly and welcoming and really made our evening. I only come here for special occasions and it’s always worth every penny. Thank you

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

Staff very attentive food excellent and unusual. Drinks a bit expensive, but less than hotel prices. However, I tried a Noble Riesling, dessert wine, well worth the £9.00 for a small glass.

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

Food was lovely. Just thought it was over priced by about 20%. The steaks were pricey without even one side as the sides were 8/9 pound extra each.
Some of the bottles of wine were over priced too.
I normally come here every year with customers but I'd probably check elsewhere next year.

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TR
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal, the steaks were especially good. The burgers were average, we thought. Starters were interesting and tasty. Thank you - we’d come again.

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OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Company Xmas dinner.
A great time was had by all!
Thanks for everything. See you again soon

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e
Bath
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting, beautifully presented food in a friendly atmosphere.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meals. The steaks were cooked perfectly. It’s expensive but well worth it for a treat. They did a little plate with Happy Birthday on and a chocolate truffle, which was a nice touch.

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PW
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a great meal and service was of a high standard. My only negative was that we sat near the door and every time people came in we experienced a stiff blast of cold air !

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, lovely staff, couldn't want any more.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very enjoyable birthday meal, unhurried and friendly early on a busy Friday. Only caveat, I would have expected to be offered the pre theatre menu - wouldn't have used it, but should have been presented. Really annoys me when waiters don't mention offers or daily dishes.

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f
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Croquettes were tasteless.Steak was over cooked, (pretty poor for a steak restaurant) chips had nothing about them could be oven chips, trifle was dry

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JW
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger I’ve had in Brighton, tasty aged beef and good cocktails too.

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CK
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, regularly checking on us without pressuring. Portion sizes were large for starters and mains and the food was perfect. Highly recommended.

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A
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A most enjoyable evening with great atmosphere and food. Ribeye steaks were excellent although more rare than medium rare. Service was attentive and first class.

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D
London
14 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve wanted to eat here for so long but it is always fully booked so imagine my delight as I got a last minute booking today for a roast. I am so happy that the Coal Shed didn’t disappoint. Can’t wait to go again!

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W
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The waitress was lovely, friendly and knowledgable. The range was very meat orientated ( as expected ) and the quality of the fillet was outstanding.Starters were mixed. The octopus was a blacked finger in homeopathic quantities. Cold by the time it arrived and bizarrely accompanied by a slime of mushroom. Other starters were tasty.
The steak was well cooked and accompanied by sauce of one's choosing. The vegatables were average good chips, overcooked broccoli and tasty spinach. All crammed into tiny bowls ( why?) The restaurant was pretty chilly and needed some attention to decor. Did I enjoy it? Yes if you fancy steak and chips and decent wine it works.

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DR
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a lovely time at the coal shed. Great food great service. Great waiter. Thanks guys.

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IM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I booked this for my husbands 50 th birthday,through recommendation of our friends and I wasn’t disappointed

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NP
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent scallops and the Porterhouse steak we shared was perfect. Great staff

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DA
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been coming to the Coal Shed for special occasions for a number of years. The visit is always a pleasure. Although the food is on the expensive side, it is always good to have a treat and the Coal Shed is certainly the place to go for outstanding food.

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Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lived up to expectations , nice atmosphere , good food , good service and overall good value .

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RU
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, really glad to come across it. Very friendly staff and great food. Highly recommend.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening with family who were visiting Brighton. Great unhurried service and amazing food. Would highly recommend The Coal Shed.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a haven for meat eaters. Ambiance is warm and informal with upstairs quieter than down for those of us a little hard of hearing! On the day we went our waiter was attentive and helpful. A thoroughly enjoyable experience all round.

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RV
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic venue, food and service. Its a favourite for Sunday share lunch. Love it

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c
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

staff very attentive in fact too attentive everything we had the waitress asked if it was alright, drinks, starters, meal, and she whipped the plates away while i was still eating :-( steak was over seasoned could only taste salt and for fillet steak that was disappointed, very very expensive, not sure what all the fuss is about ...

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, served swiftly as we were going on to the theatre. Excellent service.

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LB
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So glad we found this restaurant, we keep going back every year as the food, atmosphere and service is fantastic. No one does steak better!

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E
London
12 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a long lunch , one of the things I love about the Coal Shed is they don't care how long you want to stay - they will leave you to it and prep for the evening, do paperwork whatever.
Of course the main attraction is obviously their legendary steaks to which I would now add their fire roasted oysters - try them !
Service was absolutely Superb and on Mondays they offer BYO for a £5 so fantastic opportunity to take something really special along .
We did !

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and exellent service

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c
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant, great food, great service. A really nice place. Recommended.

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JJ
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't remember her name, but she was warm and very attentive (good energy), infact, I thought everyone was really nice, had a really nice late Sunday lunch which felt it was cooked in a friends house (someone who really knows how to cook) and will definitely recommend and return soon.

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LD
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a very tasty meal at The Coal Shed- the steak was cooked to perfertion and the service was simply excellent. Will be returning.

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KG
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally blown away with the food, staff were brilliant, we had a lovely evening, thank you so much!

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JS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

A very average meal for a very premium price, would definitely not return or recommend.

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KM
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Lunch was delicious and perfectly cooked. Bloody Mary was delicious too. Will be back

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NJ
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This an out-of-the-way restaurant with a nice smart feel and great service from attentive staff. The food was really good, and the price was as expected - it is not cheap but not too expensive either. Good solid British food!

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PH
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Been here a couple of times and on this occasion was very underwhelmed. I think for the price being charged for a steak plus a couple of sides some things should be basic requirements.

1.If you're serving just a steak on its own on a plate then make sure the steak is warm and not on a cold plate when served.
2.You don’t have to keep asking for your sauces for you’re tepid steak as it gets even colder.
3.The overall quality of the meat was well below what I’d expect for a £24 piece of Ribeye.
4.If something is smoked it should taste smoked and not burned like the Bone Marrow sauce.

The starter we're average but particularly the Crab Rarebit and Octopus which are very overpriced. Generally quite a disappointing experience and hope they improve for the next customers.

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L
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for my husbands birthday. Cocktails were great, nibbles and starters fantastic. We had the roast beef and there was a tiny problem but they sorted it instantly and couldn't apologise enough. In a restaurant its not if there is a problem, but how they deal with it - and they were brilliant.

I would completely recommend this restaurant.

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