Cafe Football: Food, drinks and football – back of the net

by Sam Peoples

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’ restaurant Cafe Football in Westfield has received plenty of praise since opening and it was the perfect place to sit down with some fellow reds to talk about our preparations for the season ahead with Manchester United.

The football tone was set even before we stepped inside thanks to a fantastic big screen outside the front door equipped with astro-turf and deckchairs. Part of me was tempted to just cancel the reservation, kick-back on the deckchair and enjoy the big screen but I resisted, just about.

Greeted by a wall of signed football boots, memorabilia and approximately 50 TV sets, the only thing missing in this football themed restaurant was a referee and a linesman.

We were taken to our table and immediately spotted a controversial decision. Blue napkins? To make it worse, the live entertainment in the corner was singing Wonderwall. I momentarily lost my appetite, but quickly regained it when we were given the menu.

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A recommendation to try the platter didn’t take much persuasion and it was spot on. Ribs, chicken wings, fish wingers and a 1999 inspired trio of pies. That was just the starter? Food, bloody hell.

Next up was the main course. More recommendations were in from the helpful staff: one ‘Boss’ burger, one chilli dog and one fish and chips, please.

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Everything got a bit Messi with the Boss burger but it was worth it. Matched with the platter we were suitably full. That being said, we still found room for dessert and tried the Banoffee pie and some sweet shop style pick ‘n’ mix, a nice touch for the kids (and the occasional adult).

Unlike Fernando Torres, everything hit the spot from the food and drinks, to the service. The mains were presented and cooked to perfection. The menu is full of old favourites, but with an interesting twist. What they served, they did so very well and I’d certainly recommend it to anyone looking for restaurant quality food in a place you can watch the football.

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The only thing that was missing from the meal was Neville and Giggs serving our food and drinks, but they must have been working in the kitchen that night. I’m sure they’ll be on the front of house next time we pop in for a meal.

Cafe Football is a unique dining experience that brings a different slant to casual dining and every football fan should go and try it. Premier League football, Championship prices.

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