The Coal Shed in Tower Bridge is not entirely easy to find, hidden away in the interior part of the new development on the edge of the River Thames. This Brighton export opened late last year, and has already received great reviews, even earning a place on a few ‘2017 best openings’ lists.
The restaurant is spacious yet cosy, with plenty of warm lighting, and comfortable seating. The staff are genuinely enthusiastic about the menu, but also gave us space to enjoy our meal. The Coal Shed menu specialises in locally sourced grilled meats and fish, sharing platters and Sunday roasts. There are also a few more delicate starters on offer, but we skipped straight to mains.
The daily special was Dover Sole, served whole with a herby marinade. The pristine white flesh was fresh and light, and seasoned perfectly. I tried the fillet steak, a chunky piece of high quality beef, wonderfully charred on the exterior, with a soft and velvety meat inside. It is served with a charred onion and your choice of sauce. I ordered green peppercorn and chimichurri, both expertly made, the green peppercorn was particularly good, a light but luxurious sauce with a touch of heat.
There are plenty of delectable sides to choose from… don’t miss the chips fried in beef dripping, spinkled in smoked salt, they are divine. We also enjoyed the seasonal vegetables, a bowl of buttery red kale.
Desserts are fun and geared towards a diner with a serious sweet tooth… luckily I was dining with my little sister who immediately picked out the Chocolate Bar with white chocolate, pretzel and malted milk. I barely got a mouthful as she deftly polished off the plate of food, quickly and efficiently. It was a lovely mix of sugary flavours and subtle, darker malty tastes. Pastry Chef Laura Peterson has a great reputation, and I can see why, this pudding was perfectly balanced. If you just fancy a little treat to accompany your coffee you can choose from the smaller “sweets” section, I ordered a couple of chocolate coals, which make your tongue turn black but are worth it for the rich truffle goodness.
The Coal Shed aren’t offering anything ground-breaking… instead they take great British produce and ingredients and glorify them even further. If you find yourself in Tower Bridge, this is a reliable and delicious option.
More information and book a table at The Coal Shed here.