Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’ Cafe Football makes £267k loss in first year

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20:   Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs take part in a cook off with the restaurant's executive chef, Brendan Fyldes(L), and creative director, two-starred Michelin chef, Michael Wignall(R) at Westfield Stratford City on November 20, 2013 in London, England. Former teammates Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs swapped the pitch for pans when they took part in a cook-off ahead of opening their new restaurant, Cafe Football. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

London-based Café Football, run by ex-Manchester United stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, has plans for future growth despite making a loss in its first year.

While the chain notched up sales of £1.3 million in its first full financial year of operation, accounts filed for the year to June 30 reveal a pre-tax loss of £266,813.

Launched at the end of 2013 at Westfield in Stratford, followed by a branch in Old Trafford in March 2015, the café serves up dishes including £14 ‘Boss’ burgers, ‘Giggsy’s venison sausage’ and ‘Nev’s noodle pot’. Diners can enjoys watching matches on the big screens while they enjoy their meals.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, a Café Football spokesman said the firm is pleased with current trading and “excited” with the growth opportunity when West Ham moves to the Olympic stadium later this year.

The chain is currently looking to expand within the UK and overseas with growth plans supported by Singaporean investor Rowsley which bought a 75% stake in the business last November.

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