Falkirk Stadium restaurant scores

Cafe Westfield offers light snacks and heartier meals
Cafe Westfield offers light snacks and heartier meals

I’m not a fan of football, but I’ll admit that, keen for a taste of glory, I started backing Falkirk when they whizzed through the rounds of the Scottish Cup.

Tricia in the office is mother to Bairns favourite Craig Sibbald and as the dream of winning became closer, so did her mood and it was impossible for that spirit not to become infectious.

So, despite my knowledge of football being limited and having no idea how the offside rule works, I became a Falkirk fan. For about two weeks.

Once the hype died down, so did my interest and my link with the sport returned to only moaning about how much of it is on TV.

But last week I found myself at Falkirk Stadium, this time for lunch at the Cafe Westfield, the restaurant at the ground.

I’ve been in the venue during Funny in Falkirk to see comedian Des Clark but I’d never sampled the food before.

Accompanying me for lunch was colleague Deborah who was also keen to try out the brand new menu.

Previously, the cafe was only open during the day and did light meals but they have responded to customer feedback and now offer heartier meals and are open late for dinner Monday to Thursday.

Cafe Westfield now offers dishes like curry, lasagne, fish and chips and a range of burgers, as well as the paninis, sandwiches and wraps they were known for.

The cafe was bustling, with business people, families and couples enjoying a catch-up.

The dining room is spacious, with one side over looking the pitch and the other at the car park - we got a cracking view of the workers frantically trying to create a new parking area before the Tom Jones concert next month.

Deciding against one of the bigger dishes, Deborah went for a baked potato with tuna while I had the goats cheese, pepper and tomato panini.

The dishes were brought out quickly, the portion sizes very generous and the presentation hit the back of the net. And you don’t need to be a Premier League player to be able to eat at the cafe, with sandwiches starting at £2.50 and the most expensive dish, minute steak, at £7.95.

The cafe is fully licenced and there is a range of cakes and tray bakes available too.

Deborah and I split a caramel slice after our mains and it was perfect – the right quantities of chocolate, caramel and biscuit.

The later opening times make The Cafe Westfield the ideal place to stop in at after a visit to The Helix and in fact the facility is as close to the lagoon and play park as the Helix cafe will be – when it finally opens in the autumn.

A visit to the restaurant proved to be far from an own goal, regardless of which team you support.

Cafe Westfield serves food from 8.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8.30 a.m. to 3.45 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The cafe isn’t open to the general public on Saturday to allow for football games.