New steakhouse Flat Iron confirms opening date and ‘Manchester specials’

The affordable chain will land on Deansgate in July...

By Ben Arnold | 5 June 2024

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Flat Iron, the London-founded affordable steakhouse chain, will open in Manchester on 3 July, it’s been confirmed.

Located in the Grade II-listed former premises of the Royal London Friendly Society, the brand plans to serve ‘remarkable steak at an affordable price’ at 200 Deansgate.

As the name would imply, it specialises in serving the ‘flat iron’, a lean, good value cut from the featherblade that makes up in flavour what it lacks in the fat content department.

Steaks will be served with sides including beef dripping chips, creamed spinach, truffled macaroni cheese and crispy bone marrow garlic mash.

A flat iron on its own will cost you £14, with a side of fries at £4. They also serve a cheeseburger and a Scottish bavette steak, at £13 and £17 respectively.

Those seeking a more upscale slab of meat will be able to order a ‘wagyu steak of the day’, from £22, while there will be a Scottish ribeye cut exclusive to the Manchester branch.

Flat Iron

To drink, the restaurant will be serving Flat Iron’s own Malbec, using grapes grown in the Limoux area of the Languedoc in southern France, as well as signature cocktails like a Tony’s Margarita and the Sherbert Bellini.

Flat Iron’s head of beef (yes, they have a ‘head of beef’), Fred Smith said: “This restaurant has been a long time coming!

“But, you know what, it’s all been worth it – Covid, a Grade II listed building, leaking pipes – the building is beautiful, the grill is ready and we can’t wait to open the doors.”

Flat Iron started as a pop-up in a room above a pub in East London in 2012, founded by Charlie Carroll. 

They now have 13 sites in London, as well as branches in Leeds and Cambridge, both of which opened last year.

Carroll also opened The Devonshire pub with restaurateur and chef Oisín Rogers in Soho last year to much acclaim.

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