You feel close enough to touch Old Trafford at Café Football, part of Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville’s subtly soccer-themed hotel and restaurant. Consultation with Michelin-starred chef Michael Wignall led to a menu of burgers, pizzas and global favourites where tongue-in-cheek footie references – from ‘pre-match warm-ups’ of chipolata sausages, to cocktails such as Early Shower – hit the net with abandon. Fans warmed to the concept almost instantly when the original Café Football opened in east London. Here, pork shoulder and black pudding sausage roll, served with homemade baked beans, is the go-to dish that nods both to terrace food and proper cooking. The contemporary interior also alludes to the beautiful game; it’s tempting to wander through the rest of the hotel to see the rooftop pitch, Old Trafford Supporters Club basement bar and mini sweet shop – additional components of the most significant development in footie hospitality for years.