Oct 11, 2017

Autumn brings a menu makeover – available NOW!

We’re head-long into autumn now, and that means it’s time for a menu make-over! We can’t wait to share our fantastic new dishes with you. To whet your appetite here’s an idea of what could be hitting your plate!

Bruschetta Caprese

Fans of our meatball dish will be over the moon, as we’ve added Bruschetta alle Polpettine, is a smaller version of our classic dish on toasted ciabatta.
Or if you go mad for mozzarella, you’ll love our Bruschetta Caprese (pictured left) with buffalo mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, finished with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and fresh basil.

Pizzette con gorgonzola e pere

We’ve updated our pizza dishes and proudly introduce our Pizzette con gorgonzola e pere, a gorgeous mozzarella and gorgonzola pizza with pear and rocket.

For those looking for something a little lighter, why not try our new Insalata Panzanella. This little beauty is our version of the 16th-century Tuscan salad, with tomatoes, ciabatta bread, red onion, basil leaves, green olives, roasted peppers and Gran Moravia shavings.

And it’s great news for our seafood fans, who will be in their element with two new dishes, Spiedini di gamberoni alla griglia, which is a skewer of king prawns, peppers and red onion, chargrilled and dressed with a mouthwatering lemon butter.

Spiedini di gamberoni alla griglia

Also the power of the people has won us over and we are very proud to be reintroducing (by seriously popular demand) a huge favourite. Farfalle al salmone affumicato e asparagi. This sumptuous favourite features farfalle pasta tossed with smoked salmon, asparagus, garlic, white wine and double cream. You’re welcome.

Click here to view menu Autumn Menu 2017
The new menu is available from all restaurants!

 

Oct 06, 2017

Oh My Cod!

Oh, my cod! Did you know that we buy our cod from Fraserburgh, Scotland, and truck it down to England overnight to make sure it’s as fresh as possible?


The restaurateur behind Pesto at the Davenport Arms, Macclesfield, really does go the extra mile to deliver something special for his customers.

For the last few years, Pesto has been buying its cod at the market in Fraserburgh, in north east Scotland, and trucking it down to England overnight.

Neil Gatt comes from a 400+ year line of Scottish fishermen who risk their lives each day doing one of the most dangerous jobs in the country.Neil Gatt with his Fraserburgh-caught cod

“My cousin, Paul, goes to the market for me and selects the best freshest cod he can find, then ships it overnight and it is in our business the next day,” said Gatt.

“We really are determined to serve our customers the best possible fish on their table. Most restaurants have no idea where their fish has come from, but I can tell you which boat caught it, where it was caught and what the skipper’s name is.”

“We have traced my family in the tiny fishing hamlet of Pennan, back to 1635 so far, but unfortunately the records before that were destroyed by fire. But we know that there were fishing communities there long before that.”

Peter Gatt on right. 1817-1900Pennan is nestled beneath sandstone cliffs in the North-East corner of Aberdeenshire and was once a village occupied by just three families, Gatt, West and Watt. Sadly, there are no Gatt’s living in the village anymore, with most of the fisherman’s cottages being used as holiday homes today. But the fishing still goes on, and Neil Gatt has three cousins who still go out in whatever weather nature throws at them to secure a living and to bring fresh fish to the market in Fraserburgh.

The Merluzzo Fritto dish on Pesto’s main menu features selected loin pieces from the Fraserburgh-landed cod deep-fried in Pesto’s own Birra Moretti batter and serve with a tangy mayonnaise.

Sep 29, 2017

New Year’s Eve with more than just a little magic!

Here, at Pesto, we know how to throw a great party, and New Year’s Eve is absolutely no exception.

We’ve got some fabulous entertainment at our restaurants for New Year’s Eve and we’re pretty sure you’re going to want to spend the evening with us!

Click below for the New Year’s Eve menus and entertainment:

It's New Year!

 

White Horse, Desford
White Horse presents Mike Sterling
NYE Menu

Axe and Compass, Wolvey
Axe & Compass presents The Patriot Girls
– NYE Menu

Dicconson Arms, Wigan
Dicconson Arms presents Perfectly Frank
NYE Menu

Cabbage Hall, Tarporley 
– Cabbage Hall presents IL DESTINO
NYE Menu

The Peacock, Alfreton
The Peacock presents The Valli Seasons
NYE Menu

Davenport Arms, Macclesfield 
Davenport Arms Presents The Andy Otley Band
– NYE MENU

Dibbinsdale Inn, Bromborough 
Dibbinsdale Inn presents The Deltatones
NYE MENU

Pesto Widnes
Widnes presents Paul Goodall
– NYE MENU

Pesto at Sutton Coldfield 
– Sutton Coldfield presents Brighton Swing Band
NYE MENU

 

Dec 28, 2016

We’re a Christmas card recycling donation station!

 

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As the last of the mince pies are digested and the Christmas clean up commences, we’re helping local people put their old Christmas cards to good use with a recycling station at our restaurants throughout the month of January.

With the special donation stations, you can tidy up and do good in the process by turning your festive waste into woodland. We’re supporting the M&S Christmas card recycling scheme with the Woodland Trust and hoping to make it easier for our customers to donate with the local collection points.

We’re encouraging our customers  to take their cards to the restaurant or send them along with friends or relatives. This simple act will help create habitat for wildlife.

All donated cards will be taken by the restaurant to a local M&S where money generated through the recycling scheme will fund the planting of new trees throughout the UK. One tree will be planted for every 1,000 Christmas cards handed in, so every card counts. Since 2012 more than 32 million cards have been collected and 32,000 trees have been planted.

Drop your cards off at any Pesto by the 28th of January and help the Woodland Trust keep our countryside beautiful and wildlife-rich into the future.

 

 

Nov 28, 2016

Wear a Christmas jumper & send us an ‘Elfie’ for your chance to win!

Join in the fun by wearing a festive knit from 16th-18th December at Pesto for the chance to win a meal for 2 at your local Pesto.

Simply send us a picture (an ‘ELFIE’!) of you wearing a Christmas jumper at Pesto between 16th and 18th December to be in with a chance of winning!

Send your ‘festive jumper ELFIE’ pic to our facebook or twitter page or email selfie@pestorestaurants.co.uk

Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, Appley Bridge, will also be supporting Joseph’s Goal with their Christmas jumper weekend. Do your bit by dropping in wearing your festive jumper and making a donation to support this amazing cause!

 

Terms and conditions: Only pictures received by Pesto from Friday 16th to midnight on Sunday 18th December will be deemed valid. One picture will be chosen as the winner from all entries received and the winner will receive a gift voucher for a meal for two (up to the value of £35 on food only plus a bottle of wine) which must be handed in to the restaurant to be redeemed. No exchanges and the voucher has no cash alternative. 

Oct 19, 2016

New Year’s Eve 2016 at Pesto

To make New Year’s Eve extra special we have a range of magical acts performing at some of our restaurants.

Below is a list of our fabulous acts that are sure to bring 2017 in with a bang!

Pesto at the Axe and Compass will spend the evening with celebrated West End star Mike Sterling, who has performed over 1,000 times as the lead role in the musical hit ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. Along with a special female guest, the duo will take their audience on an unforgettable journey by performing a range of some of the world’s most loved musicals and opera classics. Click here for more information about the event.

cabbagePesto Cabbage Hall, near Tarporley, is holding a special evening with one of the UK’s top swing singers, David Brody. David will be performing numerous rat pack classics as well as pop hits and is guaranteed to get everyone in the party mood! For more information click here.

Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn, Bromborough will host a spectacular night of live music with swing singer and Michale Bublé tribute act Chris G. Chris will be performing all the classic, timeless Swing & Rat Pack hits along with a selection of Michael Buble’s hits. Click here for more information about the event.

dicconsonPesto at the Dicconson Arms, Appley Bridge will enjoy a night of glitz and glamour with West End duo, The Deadly Divas. Singing a range of West End favourites and pop classics this is sure to be a night to remember! For more information click here.

Our newest venue, Pesto at the White Horse, will enjoy an evening with West End stars the Patriot Girls. The celebrated trio will sing a range of West End hits, opera classics and boogie-woogie favourites. Click here for more information.

Image - Miranda Wilford (3)Pesto Sutton Coldfield will spend the evening with West End star and Big Band favourite Miranda Wilford. The celebrated singer will sing a range of swing and jazz classics as well as pop and soul favourites with a special male guest performer to make this a wonderful evening to remember. Click here to find out more.

Pesto Widnes will see Abba Tribute female duo ‘Agnetha and Frida’, Diana Edwards & Sarah Fearnley  (with over 16 years in the Tribute business sharing the stage with Kylie, Cher & The Eagles amongst others) perform in style singing  a range of ABBA favourites from ‘Dancing Queen’ to ‘Super Trouper’. Click here for more information about the event.

All the events above take place on Saturday 31st December 2016. Please contact the relevant restaurant direct for more information.

Please note that tickets are limited for the above events and booking is strictly in advance only.

Oct 18, 2016

Pesto dishes up fork-finding dilemma!

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Here at Pesto we’re giving people food for thought with a tasty visual puzzle.

We’ve created a baffling brainteaser asking eagle-eyed customers to see if they can spot where a solitary fork is hiding amongst a mind-bending maze of pasta shapes.

The design is made even more difficult as it features a variety of pasta types from penne to conchiglie – all in a range of sizes and colours.

Our ‘cutlery conundrum’, which was created by our Graphic Designer Mimi Jones, is the latest in a long line of ‘Where’s Wally’ style visual puzzles that have been proving popular on the internet this year.

Mimi comments: “We wanted to create a fun, interactive puzzle that left people scratching their heads and there was definitely only one theme for us to do – especially as National Pasta Day is on October 17th!

“We’re looking forward to seeing how many people go carb-crazy and manage to spot the fork in the pile of pasta.”

This puzzle has an added twist to it as if you can find the fork amongst the fusilli and farfalle and bring in a copy of the completed puzzle to your local Pesto restaurant by October 31st, you will be able to enter a prize draw to win a meal for two people at the restaurant.

New Year’s Eve 2016 at Pesto at the Axe & Compass

Pesto_NYEPoster_AxeEnjoy a spectacular night of musical theatre, Italian dining and more this New Year’s Eve. Celebrated West End star Mike Sterling, who has performed over 1,000 times as the lead role in the musical hit ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ along with a special female guest performer will take the audience on an unforgettable musical journey. Performing memorable songs from some of the world’s most loved musicals, opera classics and more, this promises to be a wonderful evening to remember.

Tickets are just £60 per person and include a fabulous Pesto dinner, entertainment and your table for the evening.

With only limited tickets available, booking is strictly in advance only.

Click here to view our special New Year’s Eve menu.

To book now call 01455 220240.

For more information on Pesto at the Axe & Compass including a map and address details, click here.

Sep 21, 2016

Win free cocktails for a year!

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If you’re mad for mojitos, crazy for a cosmopolitan or even think our non-alcoholic melon-jitos are totally more-ish, then our new cocktail competition is for you!

To celebrate our new cocktail menu we’re giving you the chance to win an extra special prize! Every time you buy either a cocktail or mocktail from September 16th till October 16th from any of our restaurants you’ll get a ‘tipple ticket’ to complete & hand in for your chance to win a round of cocktails or mocktails for two every month – for a year!

Visit any of our restaurants in Widnes, Wigan, Sutton Coldfield, Tarporley, Trafford Centre, Hinckley, Desford and Bromborough for your chance to win…

Good luck and chin chin!

Ts and cs: A ‘tipple ticket’ will be given to customers everytime they buy a cocktail/mocktail from 16 Sep – 16 Oct 2016 up to a maximum of three tickets per day. Alcoholic cocktail prize can be won by over 18s only. If under 18 the Mocktail prize will be given. Proof of age may need to be shown to redeem prize. Prize will be two cocktails/mocktails every month for a year & cannot be exchanged or passed over to the following month if not redeemed. Prize draw entry deadline 16th Oct 2016. One winner will be drawn at the end of October and contacted re their prize.

Pesto Restaurants Ltd encourages responsible drinking. If you suspect that you have a problem, or that someone you know does, please do not ignore it – seek further advice: http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/

Aug 09, 2016

Calling all Book Lovers! Donations needed for Charity Family Book Exchange.

At Pesto we’re asking for people to raid their bookshelves and donate children and family friendly books this summer as we prepare to launch our charitable book exchange on Roald Dahl Day.

September is Roald Dahl’s birth month, and each year celebrations are held centring around his birthday on 13th September. This year’s Roald Dahl Day is sure to be extra special as it is the centenary since the renowned author’s birth.

Laura Shannon of Pesto launches the family book exchange to launch on Roald Dahl day

Laura Shannon of Pesto launches the family book exchange to launch on Roald Dahl day

Here at Pesto we’re launching a family book exchange box at all of our restaurants from mid-September where your little ones will be able to take a book from the selection in return for a donation, which will be given to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

Pesto at the Axe & Compass General Manager David Joesbury comments: “Roald Dahl’s fantastic creations like Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have transformed countless children into devoted readers and this seemed a great opportunity to help encourage more children to get into reading.

“We want to give pre-loved hardbacks and paperbacks a new life so hope we can get support with donations of books to help us launch this book exchange.”

To get involved just drop off any family friendly or children’s books you would like to donate – either new or used in good condition – at any Pesto during opening hours. The book exchange will open from the 13th September.

‘If my books can help children become readers, then I feel I have accomplished something important’ Roald Dahl

Round RDMCC Logo with Marvin

Once the book exchange is open, any monetary donations for the books received from September will go to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity which aims to make life better for seriously ill children in the UK and helps over 20,000 children every year.

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