Head of Steam – Cardiff

On Monday we headed to the opening of one of Cardiff’s new bars, Head of Steam on Church Street. If you’re from Cardiff it’s the site of the old Harvester but one thing you notice straight away is the amazing change the interior has undergone. It’s now hip and modern with lots of wood, cool light fittings and great touches or Cardiff including a wall dedicated to the Cardiff landmarks.

 Head of Steam Cardiff

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Head of Steam has amazing drinks offerings including a great selection of craft ales, beers and cider on tap as well as an impressive bottle selection. The spirt selection is impressive and we couldn’t resist a Gin and Tonic where I discovered there was a Whitely Neill gin I hadn’t tried yet and as with the rest (except parma violet which I’m not a fan of) was amazing. Unfortunately C and I weren’t feeling our best when we went so didn’t get to work out way through the impressive cocktail menu, which if you’re drink of choice isn’t on the menu and they have the ingredients they’ll make it for you. L and I will be back to test these out soon.


I was definitely spoilt for choice on drinks but couldn’t resist the tooth and claw breakfast stout and it was amazing, if this is a permanent drink on the menu I’ll be happy!

Whilst we were there we tried some of the food, choosing from the menu was a challenge, I love that they have a beer flight tapas, for £15.95 you get three tapas dishes with their recommended beer pairing, had I not had a cold and been feeling rotten I’d have definitely gone for this and seeing it on other tables did leave me with food envy. The tapas had a great choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. I decided to go for a pie and mash, as seeing it on the menu I wasn’t tempted by anything else. The vegetarian pie and mash was a mushroom spinach and truffle oil filling and it was so nice, the pastry was amazing, C couldn’t resist a burger and it looked amazing, I may have stole a few of his chips (I had to taste test them!!). He also couldn’t resist dessert and surprised me by ordering waffles, I thought and hoped he’d be tempted by the sticky toffee pudding so I could steal some! The waffles were pretty good though just not my dessert of choice.



This is definitely going to be a popular addition to the Cardiff pub scene with it’s impressive drink selection, great food and location. C loved it so much his work has added it to their Christmas party pub dash list!

Have you been to a Head of Steam before?

Love M



  1. November 8, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    Ooh will definitely have to check this out. I’m in Cardiff loads but not a local like you. Which bat would you recommend going to for a drink date?

    • March 26, 2019 / 9:29 pm

      I do love Head of Stream as they have a great selection of beers on taps and cocktails and some booth seats which are great for drink dates. I also love going to Dead Canary as it’s always a nice atmosphere but pricier. Sorry for the slow reply I’ve only just seen this one. xx

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