Review: The Coal Shed | London

Review: The Coal Shed | London

The Coal Shed is one of our favourite restaurants in Brighton. It’s one of those places you have no trouble recommending to friends and family, as you know whatever they eat there, they’re gonna love it. They were number 18 in the Brighton Best 20 Awards, but we think they should have been higher!

We first visited a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. Nowhere else in Brighton is offering anything quite like they are. Excellent quality meat and produce, good prices for what you get, staff that know and love what they’re talking about and an atmosphere that feels fancy without being pretentious.

They went on to open their sister restaurant, The Salt Room, which we loved with equal measure and reviewed late last year. We had probably one of the best desserts of our lives there.

The Coal Shed comes to London

the coal shed london menu

In late 2017, The Coal Shed announced they would be opening their first restaurant outside of Brighton. Located a couple of minutes walk from London Bridge station, and across from Tower Bridge, their flagship restaurant was born.

We got the chance to head down and try their menu in early January, what better way to start the year? The menu is designed to be an union between The Coal Shed and The Salt Room, so if you’re not a steak lover you’ll find plenty of fish options to eat.

Brighton RocksĀ 

the coal shed london chefs

Before I dive into all the food we ate whilst we were there, I’ll tell you a little about some very exciting upcoming events they have planned for The Coal Shed London.

Collaborating with some very talented locals, The Coal Shed London are hosting a series of dinners with some of the best known Chefs in the business. Invited to cook in the open kitchen throughout 2018, they’ll cook alongside the Coal Shed Chefs with an exclusive 5 course menu for one service.

First up is the famous Michael Bremmer from 64 Degrees, who you may have seen in Great British Menu. Michael Bremmer is a celebrity amongst locals in Brighton and his food is outstanding. He’s been awarded Best Chef for the past two years at the Brighton Best Restaurant awards and 64 Degrees has retained a Michelin Bib Gourmand since opening in 2014.

The event is not to be missed, so check out the menu here and find out how to book.

InteriorĀ 

The interior is very warm and inviting, lots of wood and low lighting with gorgeous art and fixtures around the restaurant. The same person who designed the Brighton restaurants also did their London venue which explains why it feels so much like the original.

One of our favourite pieces was upstairs in their private dining room, which is the combination of The Coal Shed (heat/land) and The Salt Room (cold/sea). If you look carefully you can see that each side is actually made up of things that represent each restaurant. It’s so cool!

The Food

We ate so much food on our visit, and honestly, none of it was disappointing. We had some real highlights throughout the evening with the goat dish, the stuffed olives and the baked alaska, but we ate ourselves silly and loved every mouthful.

Homemade bread with salted butter and whipped beef fat.

Starters

Orkney scallops with seaweed, tarragon and lemon

Oxtail soup with white beans, bone marrow, parsley and homemade toasted bread.

BBQ Octopus with aubergine, kombu, XO

Mains

1.5k prime rib steak

Seafood platter, including oysters, scallops, muscles and more! All sourced from the South Coast and Scotland and grilled over fire.

Whole monkfish served with muscles

Moroccan spiced goat served with flat breads, aubergine, tahini, chickpeas, pickled carrots and pomegranate.

Sides

I didn’t manage to snap shots of all the sides, but we and one (and in some cases two) of everything and of course the most popular and a lot of our favourites was…

TRUFFLE MAC N CHEESE

Desserts

Baked alaska, green tea, kalamansi, curacao

Apple Panna Cotta

Verdict

We really enjoyed our evening at The Coal Shed in London, and it’s definitely worth the trip. You can get there from Brighton directly within an hour and the views are gorgeous..

 

*We were invited to review The Coal Shed, but our views are completely honest as always*

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