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The Coal Shed Brighton

The Coal Shed Brighton is a stylish and classic restaurant in Brighton's historic Lanes. Serving prime cut meats and fish cooked on a coal-fired grill called the Josper Oven.

The Coal Shed Brighton

The Coal Shed in Brighton is a true classic for food lovers, offering an exquisite dining experience centered around premium steaks and locally sourced, top-quality ingredients.

NEWS: The Coal Shed Brighton to relocate to new premises in Spring 2024

With a sophisticated and inviting atmosphere, it caters to both intimate dinners and group gatherings and is always featured among the top 20 best restaurants in Brighton. The restaurant has received accolades, including AA Rosettes, for its outstanding culinary creations. The highlight of their kitchen is the Josper oven, ensuring the perfect smoky flavour and succulent texture for their steaks. With a commitment to exceptional service and a focus on the finest ingredients, the Coal Shed Brighton stands as one of the city’s finest dining establishments, located in Brighton’s historic Lanes. Set on the tucked-away Boyce’s Street, between old school watering holes and tattoo parlours you may miss this gem of a Brighton restaurant if you weren’t looking for it – but that is part of the joy of Brighton!

Gold metallic circular door sign for The Coal Shed Brighton, lights twinkling in the background.

Beyond its unassuming exterior, The Coal Shed is classically and stylishly decorated with exposed wooden floors, dark hues and low hanging lights, creating a sophisticated and intimate ambience. The long Brighton bar is the first thing you see on entering, with lines of bottles glittering in the low light. Cotton napkins on polished tables and thick quality curtains all allude to the idea that The Coal Shed Brighton is about quality, treated simply.

Bright and airy daytime shot of The Coal Shed Brighton interior. Showing tables set out for service, a number of glass ceiling lamps of various shapes and sizes and a well-stocked bar.

Coal Shed Brighton – The Menu

The menu at the coal shed centres around the Josper grill, which was specially imported from Spain and is considered the finest in the industry. The coal-fired grill can reach temperatures of 500 degrees celsius, sealing in flavour and moisture to a perfectly charred and smoked surface. For this reason, The Coal Shed Brighton is best thought of as a grilled meat and fish destination, although vegetarians are catered for. The seasonal and locally sourced vegetables are always prepared with creativity and flair. What more would you expect from one of the best restaurants in Brighton?

An overhead shot of a table of food. Three black iron dishes with sliced steak cooked rare and seared to perfection. Two glasses of red wine and a board with chips and vegetables accompany the meal.

The menu bursts with freshness and distinction with fish is landed in Brighton and Newhaven, seasonal vegetables are locally sourced and meats that focus on high welfare and spare nothing on quality.

A monkfish dish, plated up with some crisp fresh greens and an orange coloured, creamy sauce. We see a glass of red wine and other dishes are blurred in the background.

As a great all-rounder, The Coal Shed Brighton caters as equally well for the family as it does for friends enjoying a night of decadent distinction or couples looking for a luxurious, romantic restaurant meal. The children’s menu is packed with fresh quality goodness, but often disguised in the familiar dishes many kids favour. Plant-based diners can also enjoy a meal at The Coal Shed, with well thought out dishes that don’t play second fiddle. The Coal Shed restaurant also delivers on a value for money express lunch menu which our reviewer Elle devoured, it is also serves similar as an early evening menu.

The melt in the mouth short-Rib Mac n’ Cheese at the Coal Shed Brighton. A hand with red painted nails holds up a fork full of food with molten cheese dripping stretching from the black iron dish below.

Coal Shed Brighton – Sharing Sunday Lunches

The Brighton Sunday roast or lunch menu is something of an event in itself and consistently gains a top spot in the BRAVO Best Brighton Sunday Roast awards. The sharing roast platter of 35-day aged Black Angus sirloin steak is cooked to perfection on the Josper grill and served with a bountiful harvest of seasonal vegetables.

Private Hire

The Coal Shed is available for part and full private hire, with The Chef’s Library available for private hire seven days a week. The Brighton private dining room seats 15 guests and comes with a dedicated server for the duration of the event. A three-set menu with individual courses or a banquet style sharing menu is available. For larger parties, the main restaurant can be hired to seat 50. Canapé and drink receptions can also be catered for. BYO available with a corkage fee.

Dark grey painted room with a bookcase on one wall and three black and white drawings on the other. A long rectangular table is laid out for private dining. There are candles on the table. The space looks warm, sophisticated and elegant.


  1. Mark 'Marky P' Payne

    Food was greater than expected, and this establishment was chosen on that merit alone, as an added bonus the atmosphere and staff were friendly and good fun. Highly recommended

  2. malcolm

    I booked this back in November for a January treat to have something to look forward to for me and the family in gloomy Jan. We went for a Sunday roast with friends and really enjoyed it. I shared a Sunday roast platter and our friends opted to share a porterhouse steak, the kids had the kids menu which was free for the under 7-year-old. As Sunday roasts go they do this really well and the steaks were cooked to perfection. The vegetables were also cooked and seasoned well, which can sometimes let the roasts down in other establishments. As someone with a sweet tooth, I also made sure I left room for pudding and the rice pudding and chocolate delice were amazing and I could have easily ordered a second one if I was on my own but didn’t want to set a back example to kids!
    The Coal Shed is in my top three places to go for a roast.

  3. Caroline

    I visited The Coal Shed recently for my anniversary, it was on my bucket list for a while and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The steak was melt in the mouth and the sides of peppercorn sauce and spring greens were perfect!

  4. Angela Simmonds

    I love going here for Sunday lunch. The sharing platter is my personal favourite and I can usually persuade someone to share with me – it tends not to be too hard.

    The steak at the Coal Shed is amazing, the quality of the meat itself and the way it is cooked.

    A great place for carnivores.

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