With last weekend seeing the return of Premiership football, it seemed like the perfect time to go and check out some of the new menu items at Cafe Football, located within Hotel Football, right next to the Old Trafford Stadium.
Just like its sister hotel, The Stock Exchange, Hotel Football had been closed for an extended period as Giggs, Neville and co, had allowed the hotel to be used for NHS workers during the corona virus breakout, however now with the doors firmly re-opened, they have decided to give their menu a tweak with some new tasty options.
We travelled the short distance to the hotel in Trafford, on Saturday lunchtime to check out what they had in store.
The now familiar cafe and bar area had the TV screens tuned into the latest match and a few of the tables were decorated for peoples birthdays. The welcome was warm and friendly like always.
With no large gatherings currently allowed, these ‘Party’ tables turned out to be just two or three people at each, but that didn’t take away from the surprised look and smile on one of the young lads faces as he walked in and saw the table decorated for his birthday, which was priceless – what a great idea for those that might normally be in the stadium for a game, however aren’t able to for the time being.
Having tried a few dishes before, I wanted to check out some of the newer choices, having said this, many of the old favorites of burgers, pasta and other staples are still available, as are the popular healthy options, including a new maple salad, which features king prawns in a maple syrup with bacon, lettuce, cherry tomatoes and croutons.
One of Indias favorites is their Moules Marinere (£8), which adds a spicy chilli kick to the wine and garlic sauce, which of course you’ll want to mop up with they fresh bread.
With a variety of dishes to choose from I want sure what to try, but I had heard that one of Gary’s personal favorites was the Chicken Tagliatelle (£10), which uses fresh pasta, juicy chicken breast and mushrooms in a tasty Madeira sauce, which on trying it I could immediately see why he really likes this dish.
If you are looking for snacks to accompany a few drinks while watching the football, or having a chat, then these are also catered for.
We decided to try out the platter to share (£20), with a generous combination of Nachos, Sausages, Crispy Fried Chicken and some amazing, fall off the bone ribs. These are accompanied by Cheesy Garlic Bread and Skin on Fries, plus a selection of dips.
Although starting to become full after trying out various dishes, we only just had space to try out a couple of desserts.
I can never resist a chocolate cake, and this one is great. Soft and Fudgy (Yes its a made up word), its perfect for finishing off.
While India decided on trying out a milkshake. Available in Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry, she opted for the later, and managed to finish every last drop.
The full menu and prices can be viewed here.
With a great level of service and a variety of food to match, Cafe Football really is a go to destination, rather then just for the guests in the hotel and while stadiums remain out of bounds for spectators, why not use it to watch the upcoming games, especially next weekends game, where my very own team travel up from my hometown of Croydon to try and overcome United at Old Trafford for the second time in as many seasons !! (Well we can only hope)!