Girls night on a Tuesday with Kim and Nicola. Cocktails. A glass of wine. Sharing steak. Why not? It’s great to have plans at the beginning of the week. Even better when it’s somewhere like The Coal Shed.
The Coal Shed can be found right next to Tower Bridge, on the south of the river. It’s nestled in the One Tower Bridge development, which is a bit of a maze when you’re in a rush, but it’s pretty much in the centre by the fountains. Opposite prosecco lounge – just in case you were planning to make a night of it.
The inside radiates a forest feel. Yet its got a sophisticated classy edge with dark woods, leafy deep green marbles, bronzes and coppers throughout.
This premium feel runs through it’s menus too. The drinks menu has an array of creative seasonal cocktail choices, including several fizz numbers, alongside wine, beer and soft drinks.
The Rolling Royale, Gin, seasonal shrub, citrus and prosecco, arrived in a beautiful sugar crusted glass. I might have made a comment about it looking like a princess cocktail. The fizz was gentle, the taste actually a little sweet, not too tart. Refreshing.
The Daisy Ash arrived in a similar fashion. The sugar crust this time a deep colour, contrasting the other cocktails. A mix of Mezcal, peach essence, citrus, seasonal shrub and peach bitters, Kim said this was a good choice too!
The a la carte food menu is succinct. Not too many options, yet still a tough choice – quite a variety for a menu of it’s size. There are a couple of vegetarian options, although these are outweighed quite heavily by meat and fish. Generally because that’s what The Coal Shed specialises in.
It’s a good idea to take note of the specials boards too which feature a couple of fish options and the weights available for the premium steaks that day.
With such an intriguing menu, 3 courses was a must.
The South Coast Cured Grey Mullet arrived ceviche style. Presentation on point. The mullet was thickly sliced and succulent. With a light avocado mousse, lime juice, juicy tomatoes, and fresh chopped chilli, it was a fab mix of delicate flavours and textures.
The BBQ Beef Shortrib was fantastic. It had a deep and rich flavour and was super tender – it could easily be torn apart. Topped with peanut, spring onion and chilli, it added crunch and a little freshness to the flavour. A delicious contrast.
All three of us enjoying steak medium rare, it was a no brainer to try one of the specials. And so followed our steak feast with a sharing number and sides. As many sides as we thought we could fit in.
The Porterhouse, a T-bone steak with one side fillet and the other sirloin, arrived beautifully cooked. Both sides super tasty, the sirloin actually just topping the fillet for me. The fat in a steak adds to the flavour.
No steak is complete with sauce right?! The green peppercorn was delicious. Creamy yet runny. Always my fave with steak because it’s delicious on chips too 😉 The Bernaise was thick and buttery. Great with the steak.
All the sides…
The triple cooked chips were thick and chunky, fluffy on the inside and crispy on the out. The best kind of chips. A little salty already and super tasty, these didn’t even need sauce. The Jersey Royals were tiny (almost chat sized) served a la dente. It’s always nice to have an alternative to chips too if you can squeeze it in.
Going completely American, the mac and cheese had to be tried. It was creamy, with a fab crusty top. Not overly cheesy or stringy. It did work really well with the steak! Not that I’m surprised. Mac and cheese goes with everything right?!
Needing some green, or any of the rainbow, the peas, bacon and onion made it into our order. I always need some fresh veggie options. Super tasty, it was as though the peas had been tossed in the mini shallot style onions and bacon fat. It was flavoursome, yet didn’t lose its fresh edge. I was happy we picked these over a salad.
Because we were sharing a steak only a tad bit bigger than I’d usually get with Alex (I realised later that he must eat A LOT of it), we added some short rib croquettes too. Meant to be a nibble whilst waiting, these little balls tasted fantastic. They were rich, the meat inside oh so tender, and the guachang mayo which comes alongside had a fab kick to it. A great combo.
A small glass of red alongside a steak here is a must. If you’re drinking of course. The house was medium bodied, rich but not overpowering. Delicious. Really enhancing the flavours.
After two courses, dessert is a squeeze.
I don’t think there would have been space had it not been for the sharing option – which sounded too enticing to resist. The rest of the menu did sound good, but nothing I NEEDED. This however was totally different.
A platter of doughnuts, macarons, marshmallow, soft serve, chocolate coal and fudge, it’s pretty much all the sweet bites i love in one. The flavours change weekly which is pretty cool. When we visited it was predominantly a zesty lemon, with blackcurrant for the soft serve. The marshmallows were sticky, squidgy and flavoursome. They’re my fave. The chocolate coal was much like a truffle, rich and smooth. The macaron was deliciously light and airy, and the doughnut warm so the lemon filling oozed. Seriously was one fantastic sharer.
After that, we were seriously full and ready to be rolled home.
Delicious food, fab cocktails and fantastic service sure makes for a great experience. The company just making it even better 😉
- Price: Starters range from £7 to £11; mains from £15 to £26; sides at £4 and sharing steaks dependent on weight. It’s probably on the higher end for a mid-week meal – but definitely worth forking out for. Perhaps one for a special occasion? I know Alex would love it if I booked for his Birthday!
- Food: Mainly steak or fish dishes (the speciality) – quite a variety for a menu of it’s size
- Drinks: The fizz cocktails are must – they don’t just look beautiful. But there are plenty of other options too!
- Atmosphere: sophisticated and classy. Chilled.
- Wait: On a Tuesday evening, there was no wait. I can see it being busier later in the week and at weekends, so do book!
Can you resist a sharing steak? Do you go for one main or like to share around the table?
*I was invited along to review with Nicola from East London Girl and Kim from Sweet Monday Blog. All views my own.