About London: Flat Iron

So, last week, my quest to finally try out Flat Iron came to a conclusion.

A beautiful, juicy, meaty conclusion.

“There’s this place that does the best steak you’ve ever tasted in the middle of London for a tenner” Raechel said to me a few months ago. She’s been dying to take me for a while but for one reason or another we’ve not found our way there.

But last weekend we finally set off to Covent Garden for one of our Lady Dates (they are amazing….more on this in a later blog!) with this destination firmly in mind.

Flat Iron originated as a pop up in Shoreditch with an aim to provide amazing steak at an affordable price.

3 restaurants later and you can still buy a top steak for £10. Wow.

The restaurant doesn’t take reservations and so we joined a fast moving queue of hungry steak fans. 10 minutes later , we made it to the door where we spoke to an extremely lush member of staff who took our number and told us he would call us in 40 minutes when a table became available.

So of course we had to pop across the road to a pub for a cheeky (bottle of) prosecco whilst we waited. It’s a hard life!

Less than 40 minutes later (maybe a bottle was a bad idea…) we were escorted downstairs to our table, past the butcher who was busy, well, butchering the cuts of meat behind a gallery, which was a nice touch.

The menu is pretty much different cuts of steak , amazing sides, a choice of sauces and some specials which included an extremely tempting burger. However, I thought it would be rude not to try the famous £10 flat iron cut on my first visit.

Recommended by Raechel, we also had the beef dripping chips, creamed spinach and aubergine with parmesan to share.


It. Was. LUSH.

Basically steak heaven.

I’ll let the picture do the talking…..


To top it off, you take your receipt upstairs to an ice cream counter and get treated to a mouthwatering cone of salted caramel ice cream dipped in chocolate for your walk home (or in our case, walk to the next cocktail, because Friday).

The only thing that would stop me giving this place  10/10 was the wine glasses. I just cannot get behind a wine glass without a stem.

Sorry not sorry.


If you’re looking for the best steak in Covent Garden, I’m told this is the one.

And I believe it!

Flat Iron


17 Beak St, Soho, W1F 9RW
9 Denmark St, Soho, WC2H 8LS
17/18 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, WC2E 8QH
77 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3BS

About London: Flat Iron

Around Cardiff: The Coffee Pot in Abergavenny

Good morning campers, how on earth are you?!

I don’t know about you, but Sundays are my favourite. I love the laid back vibes and the opportunity to catch up with friends and family before the pre-Monday dread kicks in (if I’m being honest I usually get the dread by 10pm Friday night…but what can you do?)

Today, one of my besties and I traded in a day of raving for behaving and decided to venture to Abergavenny for a coffee.

I should pause here and say that I feel my blog title is becoming a *bit* deceiving, in that this girl appears to be more About The Valleys these days. That’s because I’ve moved back to my home town for a little while….but that’s a blog for a different day!

I’m not sure that Girl Within a 40 mile radius of Cardiff is as catchy though so can we all just go with it and expand our horizons and enjoy the variety of locations within the South Wales Valleys area and possibly beyond? Thanks hons.

Anyway Abergavenny….it’s so beautiful! If you haven’t been before, it basically looks like a quaint little toy town, surrounded by stunning green hills. Dreamy.


We decided to pop to a little independent shop called The Coffee Pot.

What tempted us in was the little back garden we could see through the window; perfect place to perch in the sunshine.

I had an iced cappuccino and my friend had a flat white.

I also got tempted in to buying homemade cake by the barista EVEN THOUGH I’m trying to be good (to put this in to perspective…yesterday I was trying to be good and I ate a McDonalds wrap, a ham and cheese toastie with chips and pasta carbonara so …yeah).

We shared a summer fruit crumble as recommended (there were so many lovely looking home made cakes that I couldn’t pick) and it was just lush!

Also….my friend’s flat white had a bear on it and I don’t think you can wish for more than that on a Sunday to be honest?


The staff were super friendly: good vibes all around.

So, if you want somewhere to while away your Sunday morning over a coffee and the paper, or to catch up with friends followed by a stroll about the shops and market, this is the place for you.

Happy Sunday Hons.

Around Cardiff: The Coffee Pot in Abergavenny