Hailing from the shores of Brighton, the team at Coal Shed bring their expertise to the banks of the Thames. If you’re a vegan, forget it: this is all about the freshly caught fish and organically reared meat. Located in a new complex in view of the magnificent Tower Bridge, The Coal Shed’s first London opening is already creating waves. It was packed to the rafters on a Wednesday evening, giving nearby Gaucho and Hawksmoor a run for their money.
Head chef Dave Mothersill is a huge fan of the charcoal grill, and uses seasonal produce, mainly from Sussex, to create hearty feasts. Daily specials on boards feature organic rare breeds from UK farms and the restaurant maintains an ethical policy to ensure fish is sustainably caught. We tried the porterhouse steak for two, which was juicy and one of the many sharing dishes to choose from. Sharing is big here: diners are also encouraged to share Sunday roasts, whole fish and a Moroccan spiced smoked goat. This is an enthusiastic, lively restaurant bound to succeed. Go. Enjoy.