Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville open London cafe

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Manchester legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are set to open their joint venture 'Cafe Football' in December 2013.

The United pair - who have over 1500 club appearances between them - are opening the football-themed eatery in the Westfield Shopping Centre, and it represents their first foray into the catering industry.

Classic football-inspired dishes are included on the menu with a gourmet twist.

Burgers, fish pie, sausage rolls and even a gourmet chicken and mushroom 'pot noodle' will be available to diners.

Former right-back Neville and current player/coach Giggs have been heavily involved in the process of deciding food and themes.

Ryan Giggs told the Evening Standard what to expect of the place:

“The food at Café Football will be a unique take on all of the traditional matchday favourites," said the Welshman.

"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.”

The restaurant - aimed at lovers of the beautiful game - is the second to be opened by an ex-United star in London, with David Beckham opening 'Union Street Cafe' with Gordon Ramsay this year.

Neville was known for his hard-working attitude as a player and has carried that through to his work with the England national team and his efforts as a pundit for Sky Sports.

And the 85-cap former defender insists he's put as much effort into making the cafe a success:

“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.

“We have a team of industry experts working with us, whose knowledge and skillset will make sure every element is a fun experience.” Fyldes said the interior would be “very smart, sleek and sexy” and aimed at fans. He added: “The idea behind it is traditional food from a football match, sharing food, we want everybody to share it and enjoy eating all together.”

With Ryan Giggs out of contract as a player with United at the end of the season, it remains to be seen whether he'll look to concentrate more of his time on the restaurant or not.

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