Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville to open football-themed café in London

Legendary Manchester United players Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are to team up for their first foray into London’s competitive restaurant scene with the launch of a new dining destination in the capital.

Café Football, a 140-seat venue in the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford is set to give customers an experience “inspired by the game”, with a menu on offer from the two-Michelin-starred chef Michael Wignall and executive chef Brendan Fyldes.

Menu highlights include the Café Football burger, a chicken and mushroom “pot noodle” and a pudding list with the option for “half-time orange” (a parfait and cream pudding designed to look like a real orange).

There will also be dishes created by other famous figures in the sport, including West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady.

Giggs said: “The food at Café Football will be a unique take on all of the traditional matchday favourites. We want it to be the place where guests can enjoy themselves while eating classic football dishes with a modern twist.

“There is a real sense of community within fans and we want that fun atmosphere to spread to Café Football — it will be a place that reflects the spirit of fans coming together after a match.”

Former Manchester United captain Neville added: “Opening a restaurant is a huge step away from our lives on the pitch, but we are going to apply the same levels of enthusiasm and passion to try and make Café Football a success.”

Former team mate David Beckham is already in the London restaurant business, having opened his Union Street Café in Southwark, in collaboration with Gordon Ramsay earlier this year.

 

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