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The Coal Shed

Restaurants, Contemporary European Tower Bridge
4 out of 5 stars
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The Coal Shed
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The London offshoot of a Brighton steak and seafood restaurant.

Down in Brighton, this seafood and steak specialist is a big fish. Here, hidden within the One Tower Bridge development, it’s a smaller specimen, but one that’s built a strong rep among locals. On my Sunday lunchtime visit, the place was packed. Everyone else was having the sharing roast: a bone-in sirloin where ‘all the trimmings’ includes cauliflower cheese. For research, I ordered a selection of dinnery things instead, but wasn’t disappointed. Everything was great.

In fact, there were so many memorable small plates, I’ll have to rattle them off like a shopping list: dense, meaty short-rib croquettes with a punchy gochujang mayo; perfect juicy scampi over a tangy tartare-spiked hollandaise; slivers of raw ceviche-esque grey mullet with a citrus zing. There was even a plate of mackerel so artfully composed – fruity blobs and cubes, glistening ash-topped spheres of cucumber, waxy smoked potatoes – it could have been served at a fancy-pants fine diner for double the price.

Larger dishes, like pink-middled medallions of lamb with a micro-caponata and burnt baby gem; or the juicy, well-cooked ribeye, were also good, though the £2 béarnaise was thick and dull, like a bad custard.

But service was brilliant. Every single person I encountered had bags of warmth and personality, much like the room itself. Despite the corporate greyness of the buildings outside, once you’re in, it’s a different story: a handsome place of smoky mirrors, antique metals, dark woods, warm lighting and a jazzy, laid-back soundtrack. Stay away from the windows and you’ll have a grand time.

The Coal Shed says
Having our roots in the seaside town of Brighton with The Coal Shed and The Salt Room (winner of Best Seafood Restaurant 2017 by Caterer) The Coal Shed One Tower Bridge is our first London venture. Cooking our famous sharing steaks and South Coast fish over coal in a beautifully designed restaurant with a buzzing atmosphere. Located moments from London’s most recognisable landmarks, the magnificent Tower Bridge and with views over the courtyard towards the River Thames and The Tower of London.

Sourcing seasonal, sustainable meat and seafood, including a range of 35-day, dry-aged Scottish steaks from the North Highlands that are expertly cooked on hot coals. The daily changing specials board features rare breed cuts from specialist farms. For seafood fans there is a selection of fresh fish and crustaceans from the South coast. Be sure to try the sharing steaks and whole fish for a dining experience to remember.

The pre-theatre and lunch menu is available from 12-6.30pm Monday to Saturday priced at £20 for two courses. Every Sunday, the restaurant puts on a full sharing Sunday roast, complete with all the trimmings.

The restaurant is set over two floors with a private dining room and mezzanine level available for private hire, which make it the perfect location for any festive celebrations. There are two group dining menus to choose from.

Open Monday to Saturday 12-11pm and on Sunday's 12-9pm a five minute walk from London Bridge Station, ten minutes from Tower Hill...

Details

Address: Unit 3.1
4 Crown Square, One Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge
London
SE1 2SE
Cross street: 4 Crown Square
Transport: Tube: Tower Hill
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £125.
Menu: View Menu
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Users say (12)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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tastemaker

Great atmosphere, a bar, dimmed lighting (which makes it a perfect date spot), good wine selection and great food! We had the seafood platter that had everything from oysters, crayfish and shrimps to calamari, clams and mussels - it was absolutely delicious! We also had an incredible grilled monkfish that was perfectly cooked. Can really recommend the place, such a great meal!

Tastemaker

Our meal at the coal shed was fantastic! You can't go wrong with the steak, so juicy and full of flavour, and the sides - mash, chips and sauces are so damn good. They're from Brighton and their seafood is unbeatable too. The seafood platter with crayfish, clams, shrimps, mussels and other seafood goodies was so delicious. The monkfish was great too. The dessert wasn't something wow but considering how much food we had, it was fine. They have a great selection of wines and drinks to accompany your tasty meal. The ambience of the place is great, nice and minimal interior and the service is exceptional! Highly recommended!!


Phenomenal meat, unbelievable fish and sea food.

Loved the vibe and decoration. The staff is really friendly and helpful, which makes the experience even better.

tastemaker

The Coal Shed specialises in cooking seafood and steaks over coal and this new branch is a smart looking venue with attentive staff. The monkfish dish was amazing, so meaty and fresh, it is probably one of my favourite fish when cooked right.

The Seafood Platter pales slightly in comparison, but the Sirloin on the Bone was a winner! Slightly more well-done than I would have preferred but the flavour was still great. The Coal Shed is definitely a great addition to the One Tower Bridge development.

tastemaker

The Coal Shed is a gorgeous restaurant with great staff and delicious food! I tried the monkfish as well as a large seafood platter. Absolutely everything was delicious and I would highly recommend it! The scallops were cooked to perfection as well as the calamari (which I normally find too chewy, but not here!). The steak that others at my table had looked pretty phenomenal as well!


Beautiful venue and decor great atmosphere and superb food. The open kitchen means the smell of meat surrounds the dining room. The steak and beef dripping chips were excellent as were the monkfish and seafood platter. But the surprise highlight for me was the burnt ends mash potatoes, soft, savoury and delicious. 

tastemaker

Where do I begin with The Coal Shed. From the moment you walk into the elegant cosy décor you are greeted by friendly staff and the salivating waft of the grilled meats from the kitchen. I enjoyed all of the meat and seafood platters on offer with the Monkfish a highlight. It would be hard to pick just one dish when even the sides were delicious and accompanied by a range of specially made sauces. Don’t worry about overeating here though as you will most definitely want to take a walk along the river with views of Tower Bridge.

tastemaker

I was first introduced to The Coal Shed when I happened upon their goat dish serving food stand at the Bermondsey street food fest this Summer; to say the food and service impressed me would be a massive understatement! So I was thrilled to hear that a group of Tastemakers would be hitting up their restaurant for a proper feast earlier this week! The service continued to be stellar with the staff taking a considerable amount of time talking us through the dishes and ensuring everything was going ok, and the food was just outstanding! Platters and platters arrived of rare steak, seafood, fish and more and it was really very special. Is it worth the slightly heftier price tag?! Absolutely!

tastemaker

Despite going on a cold weekday evening, this place was fully packed! We had an absolutely incredible feast of seafood and steak and vegetables and I literally can not find one tiny fault. My favourite was the monk fish which was cooked to perfection and very scrumptious. The steak was juicy and tender. And the veggie sides perfectly complemented our meal. The desserts, in my opinion, were good, but definitely not the highlight of our visit. Other than that, everything was great and the staff are extremely attentive and friendly too.

tastemaker

A 5/5 is not enough for this place, I really liked the view of the kitchen, seeing the chefs work round the clock is a thrill. I liked the interior, it was sleek, chic and modern, very minimalistic. I loved the variety of food, whether you're a full on carnivore, or a pescatarian or even a veggie, there are lots of choices on the menu. 

I really loved the Cornish Monkfish with Shellfish bisque, crab, broccoli. The bisque was the main highlight, so juicy, the fish was so meaty and a joy to eat! The mussels and clams were equally delicious too, i can still taste the flavours! The most standout by far! 

The surfboard was alright, i enjoyed the scallops mostly from there, basted in garlic butter, that was so yummmy! 


The dessert was a let down, the cookie dough fudge was nice, a bit too sweet for my liking and there was slight hints of salt.

Charcoal truffles weren't my thing at all.

However, the banana marshmallow was heavenly, melt in your mouth. 


Highly highly recommend this place, I am awaiting my next visit sometime soon just for the plate of monkfish all to myself! 

tastemaker

Make sure you work up an appetite because at The Coal Shed, you feast. Whether meat, fish or roasted veggies are your thing, this restaurant has got an option for everyone. Already packed on a cold Tuesday night, the venue has a slick and dark decor that makes it perfect for either a date or a massive group dinner. Be prepared to eat a lot, because their portions are indulgent! The best dishes were without doubt the fish dishes, with an interesting selection of fried sides such as calamari and flawless chips - but their dessert, with their own fudge and chocolate truffles, are also not to be missed. 

Tastemaker

My friend in Brighton told me about the sister restaurant and said when it comes to London I must try it! 

So I booked on the soft launch and it was wonderful!


The place is at one tower bridge, beautiful views of the Thames. The ambience and staff were friendly and attentive, we went on a  Saturday night and it was packed.


For starters we had the beef tendons, and for mains was the goat shoulder.

I had never tried either dish before, but both were divine! Especially the goat.

Despite being full, we heard the chocolate bar dessert was great and it lived up to every expectation and more, yum

That chocolate.


Top Tip

They do a great Sunday roast,but make sure you book