The Coal Shed, One Tower Bridge London, specialises in cooking exceptional quality fish and meat over fire and their new summer menu is packed with delicious dishes to suit everyone’s tastes. Located opposite the iconic Tower of London, the restaurant opened by Razak Helalat at the end of 2017, prides itself on sourcing only the best seasonal, sustainable meat and seafood.
Market fresh oysters are an appetising snack to enjoy with an aperitif before exploring the A La Carte menu further. We loved the delicious Porthilly rock oysters served chilled with shallot vinegar.
The buttery plump specimens prove that The Coal Shed pride themselves in the quality and taste of their excellent seafood dishes.
Fresh and flavourful new starters on the summer menu created by executive chef Dave Mothersill, include; Smoked Old Spot Pork Jowl with Granny Smith Apple, Couth Coast Cured Grey Mullet with Avocado, Lime and Chilli and Beef Carpaccio with Crispy Garlic and Yuzu.
To begin, I had Cornish Monkfish Scampi with Tartare hollandaise. This was an excellent dish showcasing the best of British seafood in an interesting way with the addition of creamy texture from the hollandaise adding a new dimension to accompany the fish than the more traditional tartare accompaniment.
My dining companion had the BBQ Beef Short Rib with Asian inspired flavours from peanut, chilli and spring onion. Although the glaze was a tad too salty, the fork tender texture of the beef rib was lovely.
For mains, dive into Turbot Cooked on the Bone with Jersey Royals, Asparagus, Samphire and Green Sauce, BBQ Lamb with Aubergine, Chilli and Courgettes and Fire Roasted Cauliflower with Broad Bean Hummus and Cashew & Parmesan Cream.
The piece de resistance on the mains menu has to be the Surfboard with its selection of the day’s freshest shellfish fire roasted to seafood perfection. From tiger prawns and mussels to scallops and crab, seafood lovers will definitely not be disappointed by this veritable feast of flavour!
Come in for a closer look…
The Coal Shed is known for its selection of steaks available in a variety of cuts and weights and perfectly matched with sides like Beef Dripping Chips or a zingy new additions to the summer menu like the Summer Greens with Chilli and Fennel.
The steaks are grilled to perfection allowing the flavours of the high quality meat to shine through. Sadly the sauces can be hit and miss. The Green Peppercorn sauce came out cold and had to be sent back but was swiftly replaced by the kitchen with a much better (and hotter) version.
Accompaniments included a seasonal favourite – Jersey Royals – which are just coming to the end of their season. Alongside the potatoes we had a delicious full-flavoured salad of Baby Gem, Blue Cheese and Bacon which paired well with the meaty flavours of the juicy Sirloin.
To finish your summer feast on a high note, we recommend one of the exquisite dessert creations from head pastry chef Laura Peterson.
For something light and refreshing try the BBQ Nectarine with Mascarpone and Almonds or if you’re in the mood for something more indulgent you’ll love the Sweet Selection for Two offering chocolate coal, fudge, marshmallow, doughnuts, 99 ice cream and macarons to satify the sweetest sweet tooth.
To finish I had the White Chocolate Bar complemented with citrusy yuzu and tangy raspberry balanced the sweetness from the thick white chocolate bar.
My dining companion ended their meal with the Dark Chocolate Artic Roll with Cherries and Pistachios. The delicious flavours of the iced dessert pair well with the fresh and dried cherries and the rich taste of the pistachio.
Alongside the new à la carte menu, The Coal Shed also puts on a full sharing roast on Sundays, complete with seasonal summer side dishes for the whole table to enjoy.
The Coal Shed London offers sensational seafood, wonderful hospitality and a great location in London’s South Bank.
The Coal Shed
Unit 3.1 One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London, SE1 2SE