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Send us a Smooch!

Will you be our Valentine this Valentine’s Day?!

This Valentine’s weekend we’re offering the perfect way to share the love with our regular piattini menu. With most of our dishes around the £4 mark, they’re ideal for sharing with that special someone. Click here to view our piattini menu.

We’re also offering a prize of a romantic night out for 2 for the winner with the best kiss chosen from all the pics of people puckering up at Pesto over Valentine’s weekend.

To enter simply send us a pic of you blowing a kiss or having a cheeky smooch at any of our Pesto restaurants from 13th to 15th February right here or through Facebook/Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #pestosmooch

The picture that receives the most votes by midnight 22 February will win!

Our restaurants will also have their very own ‘Kissing Hampers’ filled with cute props for customers to use over the weekend to help snappers get the best shot! So get ready to blow us a kiss – for your chance to win!

Terms and conditions: Only photos taken at a Pesto restaurant of people blowing kisses and must be uploaded/sent between 13-15 February 2015 will win. Prize is for one meal for two people up to value of £40 (on food only) plus a bottle of house wine. Prize must be booked in advance and is subject to availability. Winner will be chosen by votes cast by 22nd February and judges decision in final. By entering this competition you agree to be added to Pesto Restaurants mailing list which you can unsubscribe from at any time.

Lucky red pants on NYE!

Some of our restaurants gave away hundreds of pairs of red underwear during their special New Year’s Eve events, in accordance with a ‘cheeky’ Italian tradition.

The Latin custom states that to give the gift of red underwear is to wish great fortune on the receiver for a rich and satisfying year ahead, so the Pesto team wanted to extend this festive goodwill to their customers.

The Pesto Sutton Coldfield restaurant team wearing their 'lucky red pants' on New Year's Eve!

The Pesto Sutton Coldfield restaurant team wearing their ‘lucky red pants’ on New Year’s Eve!

General manager of Pesto Russell Bennett comments: “This traditional New Year’s Eve ritual is observed by Italians all around world so we wanted to have a bit of fun and bring a little piece of Italy to our customers.”

Our restaurants gave out a wide selection of underwear in all shades and sizes – and staff even got in on the act themselves by wearing their own crimson undies in the hope of bringing in good luck.

Russell adds: “Giving away these scarlet lucky tokens got a great response, with many customers even putting them on over their clothes during the event – even the singers made sure they were wearing their lucky red pants on the evening!”

We also had a very special surprise New Year proposal at our Cabbage Hall restaurant in Tarporley! 22 year old soldier Nicco Di-piazza popped the question to Zaklina Meszynska to her complete astonishment and not only got a ‘Yes’ from her, but also got an amazing response from the entire restaurant including singers The Patriot Girls who broke into a celebratory rendition of ‘Brindisi’ from La Traviata. You can check out the video here

Get your winter woolly on this Friday at Pesto to win!

Our restaurant staff will all be donning their novelty seasonal sweaters on Friday 12th December to support Save The Children’s ‘Winter Woolly Day’ and we’re hoping to get our customers involved by holding a special prize draw on the day!

Any customers visiting Pesto on Friday 12th December wearing a festive jumper will be put into a special prize draw to win a Prestige 5 piece cookware set.

To get involved, all you have to do is send a picture of yourself wearing a Christmas jumper at a Pesto restaurant on Friday 12th December either by twitter to @PestoRestaurant, upload it to Pesto’s facebook page, add a picture to Instagram with the hashtag #pestorestaurant or even email a Christmas jumper selfie to by midnight that evening. One winner will then be chosen from all the entries received on the day.

General manager of Pesto Cabbage Hall Laura Shannon said: “Everyone loves a novelty sweater and we thought it would be a great idea to spread some ‘jumper joy’ by not only taking part in this Save The Children awareness day but also helping encourage more people to get into the festive spirit with this prize draw.”

Christmas Jumper Day is now in its third year and, thanks to supporters popping on their pullovers up and down the nation, Save The Children have raised more than £1.6 million to date.

The charity asks for a £2 donation for anyone wearing their woolly through their website or by texting WOOLLY to 70050 and this year the Government will also match every pound donated.

Pesto New Year’s Eve events 2014!

We’re getting ready to crack the bubbly and bring in 2015 in style at many of our restaurants with our special 2014 New Year’s Eve events. Below we have plenty of options to make sure your New Year’s Eve goes with a bang!

Sutton Coldfield Italian Restaurant New Years Eve event

An Evening with Phantom this New Years Eve at Pesto Restaurant Sutton Coldfield

Pesto in Sutton Coldfield will host ‘An Evening with the Phantom’ with West End star Mike Sterling who has performed the lead role over 1,000 times in Phantom of the Opera. Mike, along with a special female guest performer, will perform some of the most memorable songs from the world’s best loved musicals to make it a night to remember. Click here for more information about the event.




New Years Eve event at Pesto Axe and Compass Wolvey

Asa Murphy to sing at Pesto Axe and Compass this New Years Eve

Pesto at the Axe & Compass Wolvey will host an evening of Glitz and Glamour this New Year’s Eve with swing singer Asa Murphy, who was named by The Times as the UK’s answer to Michael Buble! The star, who has performed at Ronnie Scott’s, will perform a range of timeless classics to make this a night to remember. Click here for more information about the event.


Pesto Cabbage Hall in Tarporley will see the amazing Patriot Girls perform an evening of boogie-woogie favourites, west end hits and some classics. Click here for more information about the event.

New Years Eve event Cheshire 2014

Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn, Bromborough will host an evening of live music with swing singer Marcus Wells. Click here for more information about the event.



Pesto in Widnes, Cheshire is holding a special evening of Italian dining and swing music with a rat-pack style singer. Click here for more information about the event. NOW FULLY BOOKED.

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

All the above events will take place on Wed 31st December 2014. Please contact the relevant restaurant direct for more information.


Our Finance Director Martin Evans along with his wife Karen Evans and friend Fiona Buckley are set to cycle a challenging 400 kilometres from Vietnam to Cambodia in just five days.

Pedal power will see the trio ride from Saigon all the way to Siem Reap in intense heat and humid
conditions – all in the name of charity.

They are raising money for the amazing Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester and the Pesto team are supporting them on their way by encouraging our staff and customers to show their support. Not only will Pesto be matching any donations made by employees or customers by Sunday 23rd November, any customers who donate to the challenge by the 23rd November will also be put into a draw to win a meal for two.

So help support an amazing cause and be in with a chance to win!  How can you enter? Just donate to Martin’s bike challenge with your full name & town and contact email and we will contact the winner by December 7th, visit

Read more about their challenge below:

Their route will see them ride from the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City through numerous river
communities within the heart of the Mekong Delta to the finish line at stunning Angkor Wat.

The amateur cyclists are taking on the gruelling challenge to raise money for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Backford which cares for 1,500 people from Chester, Deeside and Cheshire every year.

Whilst the amateur cyclists have never completed a challenge on this scale ever before, they are all looking forward to the once-in-a-lifetime challenge later this month.

48 year old Martin Evans comments: “To say we’ve never done anything on this scale before is an understatement.
Not only is it by far the furthest distance I’ve ever ridden but Karen and Fiona have had to buy bikes
just to be able to do this!”

Pesto Finance Director Martin Evans in training on his bike.

Pesto Finance Director Martin Evans in training on his bike.

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd helps to improve the quality of life for those living with any
incurable illness and gives support to families, friends and carers but needs to raise an astounding £6,800 every day to provide free care. Martin and team have chosen to support them after the hospice cared for his mother late last year. He adds:

“The hospice work very hard to look after families during some very difficult times, as we found out first hand. The care they gave was amazing. Their team were very kind and compassionate through a very hard time and this is our way of thanking them as well as helping to support their work going forward.”

Martin and team have covered all travel costs and fees to enter the challenge themselves,  meaning
that all donations will go straight to the charity.

To donate to Martin’s bike challenge, visit

New Year’s Eve 2014 at Pesto Cabbage Hall

Pesto Cabbage Hall in Tarporley Pesto_NYEPostercabbageis holding a special evening of Italian dining and music with amazing trio The Patriot Girls.

The West End stars will sing a range of boogie-woogie favourites, west end hits and even some opera classics throughout the evening.

Tickets are £65 which include a celebratory meal and your table for the evening.

The evening starts from 7pm and for more information on menus etc please call the restaurant direct.

With only limited tickets available, booking is strictly in advance only so book now by calling the restaurant on 01829 760 292.

For more information on Pesto at Cabbage Hall Tarporley including a map and address details, click here.


Pesto brews up funds for charity!

Our customers have been clinking cups across many of our restaurants last week, helping to raise over £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Pesto at Cabbage Hall, on Forest Road, Tarporley, Pesto in Widnes, Pesto in Sutton Coldfield, Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn Bromborough and Pesto at the Axe & Compass in Wolvey all held special coffee and cake events on Friday September 26th giving guests homemade cakes plus teas and coffees in return for donations to the charity.

Pesto Cabbage Hall also hosted a Caran D’Ache mini boutique as part of their special charity morning, where customers were able to drop in and browse the latest stunning styles from their autumn/winter collection with 15% from all clothing & accessory purchases also going to Macmillan.

Total funds raised currently stand at £420, with more still coming in.

General manager of Pesto Cabbage Hall Laura Shannon comments: “We’re truly astounded by the amount of local support we received for our event, especially the generosity of our customers which meant we were able to raise such a significant amount for Macmillan Cancer Support. Our customers not only enjoyed the chance ‘give as they shop’ but many also brought in their own cakes to help boost our fundraising!”

So – we want to send you our customers a HUGE thank you for helping us raise so much already and support such a worthy cause!

Coffee & cake morning at Pesto for Macmillan!

We hope you’ll join us for cake and coffee this September as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Our restaurants in Widnes, Sutton Coldfield, Pesto at the Axe & Compass in Wolvey, Pesto at Cabbage Hall in Tarporley and Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough are all holding a special coffee morning from 9.30am til 11.30am on Friday September 26th where we’ll offer each guest tea and coffee plus homemade cakes in return for donations to the charity. Just drop in on Friday to any of the below restaurant to enjoy free cakes & coffee:

Pesto, 20 Hollyfield Road, Sutton Coldfield B76 1NX

Pesto, 271 Birchfield Road, Widnes WA8 9AH

Pesto at Dibbinsdale Inn, Dibbinsdale Road, Bromborough CH63 0HJ

Pesto at the Axe & Compass, Five Ways, Wolvey LE10 3HG

Our Pesto Cabbage Hall restaurant in Tarporley are even taking it one step further  by holding a ‘Fashion, Coffee & Cake’ event partnering with Tarporley retailer Caran D’Ache to host a mini boutique at the restaurant as part of their charity morning.

Customers will be able to drop in and browse the latest stunning styles from their autumn/winter collection as well as enjoy free tea and coffee and homemade cakes (made by Pesto & Caran D’Ache team members).

Caran D’Ache will also be kindly donating 15% from all clothing & accessory purchases made on the day at Pesto Cabbage Hall.

To join us for our special Fashion Coffee & Cake event, just drop in on Fri 26th Sep 9.30-11.30am to:

Pesto Cabbage Hall, Forest Road, Tarporley CW6 9ES

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event where it hopes to raise £15million through events like this held nationwide.

General manager at our Widnes restaurant Melanie Mooney comments: “Everyone is welcome to drop in on the 26th at any of our events and we look forward to the team and local community all enjoying a piece of cake together.”

Donations are of the utmost importance for Macmillan Cancer Support as they make up 98% of the charities income.  The organisation helps people living with cancer and their families giving them essential medical, practical and emotional support and just £25 can pay for a Macmillan nurse’s support for an hour.

Christmas is coming…

This year you can enjoy a variety of festive party menus at Pesto from £15.95 (lunch) and £19.95 or £25.95 (lunch or dinner), to make your special Christmas event with friends, family and loved ones go with a bang.

All of these Christmas menus are available to view or download here

This menu is available from 14 November 2014 until 11 January 2015.

For smaller groups, our fantastic daytime offer of 3 piattini for under £9 is still available at our usual times throughout the festive season.

All our restaurants are closed on Christmas Day but please check other opening times direct with the restaurant by calling us.

Click here to contact us to make a Christmas party reservation or for more information.

Please note availability of some items may vary between restaurants – for more information please contact us

We’re recruiting!

We’re looking for people to join our growing teams, not only at Pesto Widnes but also at Pesto at the Axe & Compass, on Five Ways just outside Hinckley, and Pesto Cabbage Hall in Tarporley, Cheshire.

Our Wolvey team at Pesto at the Axe & Compass are looking to find an extra five permanent members of staff (for roles including chefs, waiting staff and runners) by September to meet growing demand from customers.

Our Tarporley team are also looking for two ‘bar stars!’ to join their growing bar team after following its most successful year of trading to date.

Our Widnes restaurant is also recruiting for three roles after extending our outdoor dining area.

This news comes just weeks after both venues have announced they have won a TripAdvisor Certificate for Excellence which is only given to the top 10% businesses on the global review site.

Pesto Italian Restaurant Recruitment

Sara Edwards, Co-owner of Pesto Italian Restaurants at Pesto at the Axe & Compass

Co-owner of Pesto Sara Edwards adds: “We have had an amazing twelve months of trading since opening last year at Pesto at the Axe & Compass, and our Tarporley and Widnes restaurants are going from strength to strength.

“These positions will help us invest in our teams at all sites and ensure we continue to offer customers the excellent standard of service they have come to expect.

“We look forward to hearing from anyone with experience who is interested in joining an energetic and close-knit team.”

If you’re interested in joining one of our dynamic restaurant teams, visit our careers page here for details on how to apply.

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