10am - 10:30pm every day
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Families and Children Welcome
- Children's Menu available
- Business Lunch
About Cafe Football National Football Museum
Here is where we capture the very essence of football in our menu and restaurant design... fun, relaxed dining influenced by the spirit of the game!
Football fans and foodies will appreciate a diverse, rounded menu with subtle nods to the beautiful game. We don't take ourselves too seriously but when it comes to the guest experience, we want every visitor to feel at home.
We take traditional produce and transform it, by hand, into something a bit different. It’s wholesome food, but not quite as you know it.
It was all inspired by good, honest food which brings people together, whether in the stands or at home.
We took this idea of wholesome food and turned it into something a bit special. Cafe Football is a unique restaurant that feeds a love of food and football.
Bookings for 1-8 people can be made online, for all other bookings, please call the venue.
You cancelled our reservation the day before our trip that has been planned for months!
After visiting Hotel Football on many occasions thought we would try the cafe at the National Football Museum. Must admit to being a little disappointed. Our 'booked table was a matter of finding one that would do. Service though friendly was very slow and it must have been 15 minutes before our drinks arrived. Will probably stick to original cafe in future.
Arrived in time for the Man Utd vs Liverpool game following an afternoon of ice-skating and markets. The lady who took our order was very nice but English wasn’t her first language and it was difficult and she was struggling to write it down on the order pad. A little tick list or number system would have helped massively. We were sat opposite the kitchen and was shocked that when the chef put a sandwich on a plate and opened a pack of kettle chips he put them on the plate and then helped himself to one off the customers plate. The food then sat under the heat lamp for a good few minutes - the bell is clearly not loud enough. Next arrived a pizza and a chip butty - despite the fact that we’d ordered a Nicky Butty and garlic bread should have arrived as a starter. The manager was clearly embarrassed and did absolutely everything he could to rectify the problem. In the end we had the pizza and waited for the other food which unfortunately came in no particular order. We asked for ketchup but it didn’t arrive until my sons chips were almost cold. Such a shame as I had looked forward to our afternoon. My biggest fear was that whilst I love the fact that you are employing a diverse staff group it’s really important that staff are able to speak English. There would have been no way of me ensuring our waitress understood a food allergy which is a huge business risk. As I said the Manager was fantastic despite it being only the end of his third week. Definitely need to do something to attract more staff and to expect it to be busy at Christmas and on match day.
More waiters / waitresses needed as it was busy and the food was waiting on the pass for quite a while. However we loved the food and thw atmosphere. My boys can't wait to return.
The only reason i knocked a star iff for service is we waited a while fir drinks but the staff were lovely. Fantastic place. Lovely food. Enjoyed it immensely. Well done and thank you. We will be back!!
Tried calling several times to discuss the reservation and the number is not in use. Got through to the Trafford park one and not helpful at all. I can’t comment much on anything else as we didn’t go due to the lack of communication!
The menu features a pie of the day. I was therefore looking forward to a cheese and onion, steak and ale or even a chicken and mushroom. When I asked the server what's the pie of the day the reply was 'Shepards Pie!!!' Really. ... Never in my life wherever I have eaten is the pie of the day that. Disappointed.
The food is lovely, I had the protein salad which was delicious. The kids menu is great too. I love the milk shake.very small menu but enough choice for most people as there’s something fir everybody. I’ve been about 4 times now just for a quick tea after work. I tho l is very suitable for either a get together or family.Tge waitress who served us was very good.
The menu is very restrictive. Although I asked the waitress for info regarding the item on the menu called 'The Special One' (Chargrilled chicken piri piri, red onion, Memphis, crème, baby gem and goat’s cheese) - nowhere did the menu nor the waitress say it was essentially a chicken burger on a bread bap! I wouldn't have ordered it! Because I complained about, this we got no further food service - no offer of desserts / coffee. No offer of a manager to resolve anything etc. You have a duty to fully explain items on the menu with the full ingredients and also for the staff to know what each dish is. I think had a manager bothered to step in to fully resolve my complaint, the whole experience could have been so much better.
Really enjoyed our visit, warm and friendly staff, great food, piping hot and plentiful, will certainly go back again
Our waitress ( sorry forgot her name) was very friendly and excellent at serving us. A credit to CF
Our waitress (front of house) was very attentive and friendly making sure we had everything we needed at every opportunity. Admittedly we were the only table of 3 in there however the service was still excellent
We had a lovely meal at CF staff were courteous and efficient. Food portions were great and everyone enjoyed their food. Presentation was good too. We all agreed we would come back.
Really disappointed with Café football, have eaten at hotel football a few times and enjoyed it. I chanced the café football as we were attending an event at the arena, from start to finish, the whole thing was a mess. Service was poor, 20 mins to get a drink, the limes that came with the drink, looked around 2 weeks old - sent back and fresh limes appeared after another 10 mins (seems trivial, but honestly, the original limes should never have been served up), whole place was scruffy, bins open next to the table, kitchen & service staff go missing or messing about on their phones, I had the burger which was ok - only ate half, my wife had the pasta which was inedible, kids enjoyed the milkshakes, but only ate half their food. We were due to have desserts, but none of us wanted to stay or partake in those.... to summarise, service slow, place was dirty, food was bland. Really disappointed & would not recommend, would have been better to go to McDonalds (how bad is that).
We are a family of 4 we had a lovely time service , food and atmosphere was great the menu is basic , but the food we ordered was fab
Food is very expensive, even for the city centre. Food was very middle of the road. £11 for a pizza is expensive and I can get a perfect Neopolitan pizza for less than £7 within a mile of this restaurant. The bread on the toasties was just like supermarket bread- not what you’d expect given the price. The fillings were good and generous though. The chips were lovely. On arrival we waited round to be seated, but eventually gave up and went to the bar. The waitress looking after us was lovely, friendly and attentive. I think overall the restaurant relies on the football theme and captive museum audience to justify their pricing. Other museums such as the Manchester Art Gallery, Whitworth and The Manchester Museum have cafes with great food and much better prices.
The service was appalling. The children had to wait 40mins for milkshakes. It took almost an hour for the food to arrive. The food was nice though. Staff were apologetic, but won't be going again.
The food in the cafe is unbelievable. I went with my children and the staff were absolutely brilliant with them. We have been a few times now and the lady serving us remembered us from the last time we were in. The boys enjoy the verity you have to off and love the bag of sweets option as a desert. The only thing I would say is the waiting on service could be quicker. I did and have in the past waited I feel too long to get another drink. But saying that it would not stop me coming again to eat and drink. Nice place to eat and enjoy a drink, good to take the kids, staff are really friendly and its clean and tidy. Keep up the good work.
Fantastic venue with great food. The best fish chips and mushy peas we’ve eaten for a very long time. Service with a smile was awesome too and as for the sweet shop..what a great idea, kids loved it 😊
The staff were very friendly and kind. It was very nice experiance specially I had two kids with me watchig the match. When I researved , they give the best table .Thank you for everything👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻.
Nice experience all round
So many things wrong. Disappointing.
6 of us spent the afternoon at Cafe Football Manchester on Saturday for lunch and watch the England v Sweden World Cup game. It was the first time we've visited and it was a great experience. The food was good and the service, on a busy afternoon, was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and our waitress, a young Northern Irish lady who's name I didn't catch, looked after us well.
Really good venue and not too crowded to watch the game. Excellent that we had our own tv to watch whilst at our table and really good food and service.