Best of Great Britain @ The Coal Shed. 26/03/2019

Best of Great Britain @ The Coal Shed. 26/03/2019

I was privileged to represent Sussex Visitor attending The Best of Great Britain event  at The Coal Shed. The feast featured six heavenly courses explored the best produce from around Great Britain, with some stunning wine pairings from across the globe.

This was a truly special event, with some inspired dishes by Salt Room head chef Dave Mothersil and specially selected ingredients from the four corners of Britain. Each course was paired with specially selected wine and diners were treated to a little chat from their resident expert Joe, who captivated the crowd with his knowledge and charismatic delivery.


Every course was a delight, but the highlights for me were the Orkney Scallop cooked in their shell in the josper grill with pickled seaweed, vermouth and spring vegetables. They came out steaming hot on a bed of salt and were possibly the tastiest I have tried. They were expertly paired with a full flavoured Parisian Chardonnay. A particularly zesty Greek Sauvignon Blanc accompanied Wye Valley asparagus, Wiltshire truffle and cackleberry yolk and was truly a perfect match. My absolute favourite dish of the night, however, had to be the most tender piece of new season Welsh lamb, served with coal roasted leek rarebit, which had a lovely subtle bite and all went down incredibly well with a particularly elegant Rezalte Crianza from Northern Spain.

The evening was educational and fun and I cannot emphasise enough just how delicious and exciting each course was. The sociable communal dining layout made it impossible not to make new friends as the wine had the desired effect in breaking down boundaries. I cannot wait for May 28th when the third annual seven course cooking on coal event in honour of national barbeque week takes place. An evening of flame grilled food, wine and locally brewed beer awaits. Check out the menu here: https://my.propcom.co.uk/data/media/pdf/Cooking%20Over%20Coal.pdf and book yourself a place at:  https://www.coalshed-restaurant.co.uk/brighton/whats-on?event=547768 .

Tony Shattell