Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville kick-off their catering empire with new cafe in London
Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are set to tackle the catering industry by launching Café Football.
The pair want to have fans dribbling when they open the doors to their 140-seat venue the near to the Olympic Stadium in London in December.
Giggs, who now has a player/coach role at United, told the London Evening Standard: “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.”
Chef Michael Wignall, with two stars of his own from fine food champions Michelin, has created the menu inspired by 'authentic football culture.'
His delights include old favourites such as fish pie, lamb kebab and sausage rolls as well as a new look at staples with the introduction of the Café Football burger and a gourmet chicken and mushroom “pot noodle”.
Fans with a sweeter tooth can scoff a half-time Orange (parfait and cream with orange cocoa butter and green marzipan, giving the appearance of a real citrus fruit), Pistachio Turf (pistachio sponge and chocolate in the form of a football pitch)or perhaps a Melting Chocolate Football.
Gary Neville, who is now part of the England set-up, 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."
Footballers have flirted with clothes shop and restaurants since the days of the late Northern Ireland and Manchester United star George Best and his on-pitch rival and former Manchester City skipper Mike Summerbee in the late 60's.
In recent years the likes of other Old Trafford favourites such as the Red's current skipper Rio Ferdinand and the recently retired winger David Beckham, who teamed up with former footballer and Kitchen Nightmares star Gordon Ramsay, have also opened eateries of their own.