Class of 92 legends launch the new Cafe Football at the National Football Museum
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes paid tribute to the city of Manchester as Class of 92 members launched the new Cafe Football at the National Football Museum.
Paul and his fellow Class of 92 icons Ryan Giggs , Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt officially opened the football-themed bar and restaurant at the museum. formerly the Urbis.
The Langley-raised former Reds midfielder said he has been impressed by the way the people of the Manchester have rallied around to help each other following the bombing at the arena last month.
He told us: “There’s no doubt it’s been a difficult time but the people of Manchester are brilliant people.
“I’ve been lucky enough to go all over the world and see some places but Manchester is always the best place in the world and it’s where I’m from.
“The people of Manchester are fantastic. Something bad happens and they’ll rally around and try and help each other.
“It’s not the best of times at the minute but hopefully something like this can cheer people up just a little bit.”
The new Cafe Football situated on the ground floor of the National Football Museum serves a selection of comfort food dishes inspired by the beautiful game including The Special One piri piri chicken, The Nicky Butty club panini, The Pundit roast cod in homage to Gary and Scholesy’s Match Day Classic - a steak suet pudding with chips, mushy peas and gravy. And an Eat Like A Pro menu section offers high protein performance food.
The family-friendly restaurant launched by hospitality empire GG Hospitality owned by Ryan and Gary, also has a children’s menu and sweet shop which has become synonymous with other Cafe Football sites based at Old Trafford, Stratford in London and Singapore.
Paul said: “I think it’s a great place. In the centre of Manchester it’s in the perfect place and hopefully people will enjoy coming here.
“It’s very much an English menu and it serves burgers, pies, all that kind of easy stuff which is probably not great for the diet but it’s comfort food and it’s what the people of Manchester like to eat.
“People can come here to relax and there’s every chance people will bump into me here because it’s the type of food I like to eat and that my family love and I’m sure that’s the same for the rest of the lads as well.
“Gary, Phil, Nicky and Ryan will be here quite a bit and I’ll be here as much as I can because this is definitely my type of food.
“My kids and family love this type of food so we’ll be here as often as we can be.”
The Class of 92 mingled with guests and posed for photos with fans at the launch, as well as keeping an eye on the England vs Germany match shown on screens throughout the restaurant.
And guests, who were served treats including mini burgers, pies and pizza, enjoyed a performance of tricks from football freestyler and lifelong united fan Jamie Knight, 24, from Belfast.