You know you’re in for a treat when you’re about to enter a restaurant called The Coal Shed. It’s no secret that I’m an absolute meat lover, so steak and seafood restaurant The Coal Shed at One Tower Bridge – which focuses on cooking on natural fire and charcoal – was bound to excite me.

One of the things that I loved most about walking in to The Coal Shed was that the whole atmosphere hit you with that vibe of ‘we do meat, and we do it gooooood’. Think wooden interiors, cosy spaces, and tons of warmth. Or, you know, just look at the pictures.

Coal Shed wine

Wine for days

Coal Shed

Sleek and simple

Some Interesting Menu Items

There’s a whole lot of goodness on The Coal Shed’s menu. Think Chargrilled Octopus (£11), Fire-Roasted Lemon Sole (£24), Smoked Goat Shoulder (£55, to share), and Middle White Pork Collar (£19), all served in giant portions, and all with the fire-grilled goodness.

I must be completely honest: I didn’t visit The Coal Shed on an empty stomach, and retrospectively I should have. I would have loved to try one of their amazing steak offers (give me a fire-grilled fillet any day), but I couldn’t possibly fit a massive steak in my belly – or even a tiny one.

So, instead, I did a tapas-style selection of their starters:  Chilled market oysters with shallot vinegar (£3), fire-roasted market oysters with tartare hollandaise (£3), and charcoal gnocchi, with butternut squash, sage, and hazelnuts (£7).

Oyster Lovin’

The chilled oysters were lovely – and certainly oysters never disappoint – but this was my first time trying baked, or, in this case, fire-roasted oysters. It’s interesting because for years people have been telling me there’s ‘two schools’ of oyster lovers: Those who love ‘em fresh, and those who only eat them baked. Taste- and texture-wise the fire-roasting was interesting, but I think I definitely fall into the former ‘loving them fresh’ category – though I wouldn’t say no to trying a baked oyster again.

Coal Shed oysters

Oysters galore

The Best Gnocchi Ever

The charcoal gnocchi, also very unique and interesting in flavour, were pretty darn epic though. I’m not really sure what I thought when I ordered this dish – perhaps I thought charcoal-grilled gnocchi? – but I certainly wasn’t expecting a plate of soft and smooth black gnocchi with the ever-faintest (delightful) charcoal taste. These were probably the smoothest, creamiest gnocchi I’ve ever tasted. Gosh, let me change that: they were probably the best gnocchi I’ve ever tasted.

I’m guessing that if something thus simple (yet oh-so-complicated) has left me this impressed, the rest of the menu must be as divine. Perhaps one day I’ll be lucky enough to go back and fulfil my fillet dream (say that three times fast).

Coal Shed charcoal gnocchi

Charcoal gnocchi – it doesn’t look great – but it tastes AMAZING!

Check Out The Coal Shed

If you make it to The Coal Shed and have a steak before I make it there – please pop me a note! I’d LOVE to know how it was. But definitely try the charcoal gnocchi. I know it doesn’t look like much, but taste-wise it’s a winner! You’ll get all the details of The Coal Shed at One Tower Bridge below.

The Coal Shed

Address: Crown Square, One Tower Bridge, London

Opening Times: Monday – Sunday (12:00 – 22:00)


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Written by Benike Palfi

Article Date: October 2018


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