A trip to the Red Café at the heart of the Old Trafford stadium is a great way to indulge any Manchester United fan. The café offers fantastic views of the pitch, whilst plentiful screens show clips of classic footballing moments from the club’s illustrious history. The walls are decorated with MU memorabilia, and each red chair is emblazoned with a player’s name and number. Both breakfast and lunch is on offer.
The menu sets out to deliver a good range of crowd-pleasers, focusing on pub food favourites. The emphasis is on fresh food, sourced within the UK wherever possible.
Tasty starters include options such as sweet potato wedges, baked and dusted in paprika and served with a sour cream dip ( £3.95), and chicken satay skewers – chicken fillet marinated in peanut and chilli and coconut sauce, served with a soy dip (£4.75).
For mains, there are classic British favourites such as a Trio of Sausages with Dingley Dell pork, beef and horseradish, and minted lamb with grain mustard mash, served with red onion gravy and crispy onion rings (£10.95), and Beer-Battered Cod with chunky chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce (9.50). The home-made meat and vegetable lasagnes (both £8.50) also go down well.
The selection of burgers includes the Red Café Classic, an 8 oz beef burger with red onion, crisp lettuce, sliced tomato, dill pickle & tomato relish (£9.95). There are also chicken and spicy bean options.
Sandwiches and wraps all come with chunky chips, making them substantial meals in themselves. Amongst other options, there is a steak ciabatta – chargrilled Lanchashire 4 oz rump steak with caramelised red onion compote, grain mustard mayonnaise and rocket leaves (£9.00) – and a tuna and red onion wrap bound in citrus mayonnaise and served in a floured tortilla wrap with crisp salad leaves (£8.75).
Those with lighter appetites can choose from a list of salads which includes Caesar Salad served plain (£.6.75), with chargrilled chicken (£9.00), or with teriyaki grilled salmon (£9.50). For dessert, favourites on offer include sticky toffee pudding – moist sponge with thick toffee sauce, served with vanilla ice cream – and a classic Knickerbocker Glory with the full works – scoops of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla ice cream with fresh fruit, fruit sauces, whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles, all topped with a wafer biscuit.
The restaurant at the Red Café is open seven days a week from 11am until 4pm (breakfast from 9am), except on weekday match days when it closes at 1pm and weekend match days when it’s not available. The cafe is particularly popular with people taking in the stadium tour and club museum, and can get very busy. If you fancy heading over to soak up the atmosphere, take a moment now to book your table and make sure you get a seat.
The Red Café
Manchester United Football Club, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0RA