Three points at last for United! Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’ restaurant goes down a treat

Located at the Westfield shopping centre on the edge of the Olympic Park in Stratford, the football-themed restaurant has gone from strength to strength since opening.

Unsurprisingly football is everywhere at the trendy eatery, from the collection of boots in a glass case by the front door to the flat screen TV’s dotted throughout the restaurant.

But it is not just the decorations which remind you two footballer’s own the place, the menu is loaded with great football dishes.

From the Kick Off starters to the Terrace food mains the menu is pretty good fun before you’ve even got down to ordering.

Under the excellent advice of Liz Reece, Cafe Football’s general manager, two of us order the starting eleven platter to share while our third diner plumps for the chicken satay.

While we wait for the starters to arrive we treat ourselves to some of Cafe Football’s own-brewed beer.

Refreshing and with notes of citrus and hints of apple and peach the beer was just the thing as we cast our eyes over Hull’s FA Cup clash with Brighton.

Soon enough the starters appear with the platter consisting of a line-up good enough to get a game for Barcelona.

Chicken wings, baby back ribs, fish fingers and a Fergie-esque treble of pies make up the galactico selection.

For football nuts the pies come in a cardboard box dugout with Sir Alex’s famous “Football…bloody hell” quote printed on it.

Once we’re finished admiring the selection we tuck in and each item is better than the last although personally like many 20-somethings I have a soft spot for fish fingers.

After consuming the very messy chicken wings and ribs (which were superb) the main courses appeared.

Again we’ve followed the recommendation of Liz and have gone for for two burgers – the boss and the wizard – and Kirsty Gallacher’s terrace winter warmer which is a chilli con carne dish.

My boss burger lives up to its name. Dry aged beef with pulled pork and Asian slaw combined with a bag of chips more than do the job, likewise for the Welsh lamb wizard burger.

Feeling very stuffed we bravely power through to desert although we need a Fergie-like pep talk from Liz to keep us going.

However we are glad that we do as a selection of ice creams, including vimto ripple as well as an amazing melting chocolate football hit the spot.

If United had as much creativity in their midfield as Giggs and Neville do in their kitchen they would certainly be a few places higher in the Premier League table.

 

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