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Pesto wins Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence!

Pesto Cabbage Hall, Axe & Compass, Widnes, Glasgow & Wilsden restaurants are all global award winners

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.

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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.

Cabbage Hall hits #1 spot!

We’re delighted to announce our Tarporley restaurant, Pesto at Cabbage Hall, has hit the coveted number one position on travel site TripAdvisor, just weeks after receiving a Certificate of Excellence for 2014 by the world’s largest travel site!

Pesto at Cabbage Hall, which is on Forest Road, has topped the list of 31 restaurants in the Cheshire town on the renowned website, receiving over 200 reviews and keeping an average 4.5 star rating.

Co-owner of the Pesto Italian Restaurant Group Sara Edwards (left), who also lives in Tarporley, comments: “We always wanted to open a restaurant in our hometown and were able to put our dream into reality three years ago when Cabbage Hall became available.

“We have all worked incredibly hard on creating the right restaurant for the area so this is a great achievement by all and is testament to the dedication of our employees.”

cabbageTAsmlPesto at Cabbage Hall also recently achieved the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 for the third year running which is only given to the top performing 10% of businesses listed worldwide on TripAdvisor.

General manager Laura Shannon (right) adds: “This is a huge landmark for us and I’m so very proud of the team for achieving these two milestones over the past month.

“We pride ourselves on offering the best possible experience for our diners so are truly delighted that our hard work has translated into so many excellent reviews.

“As a small team we would also like to thank everyone that has taken the time to write a review as these personal comments mean so much to every member of the team.”

Take a ‘Pesto selfie’ to win!

We want you to get snap happy this summer for the chance to win a Pesto night out for you and your friends & family!

All you need to do is take a ‘Pesto selfie’ of you enjoying a night out at your nearest Pesto restaurant letting us know which restaurant you’re at and upload it above or using the hashtag #pestoselfie send it to us on Instagram & Twitter or even just email your pic to selfie@pestorestaurants.co.uk by 20 July for your chance to win dinner for four people including two bottles of wine at your nearest Pesto restaurant!

The pictures with the most votes by 3rd August will be in the running to win the prize as the top prize winner will be chosen from the top 5 pictures, as voted by you!

So whether it’s a picture of a ladies lunch, a cheeky snap of friends on a night out or even you with your other half on a romantic night out, make the pics fun and get snapping and voting for your chance to win!


Terms and conditions: Entries will be accepted from 20 June until 20 July via facebook/twitter/Instagram or uploaded here. Entries are moderated and any found with inappropriate comments/language will not be published. Voting is open from 20 June until 3 August. Only one vote per facebook page per day is allowed. The competition winner will then be chosen from the top five with the most votes as of 3 August and announced on this page and the pestorestaurants website in mid August 2014. The prize winner will win a meal for four people up to the maximum value of £70 for food plus two bottles of house wine at their nearest Pesto. No cash alternative or change will be given for the voucher. This meal must be arranged with the Pesto online team and pre-booked in order to claim the prize. Entrants will be added to the Pesto mailing list to receive one Pesto emailer but will be able to unsubscribe from this list at any point.

TripAdvisor awards aplenty for Pesto!

The Pesto team is celebrating this June after finding out that five of our restaurants have been named as global top performers as reviewed by travellers on the world’s largest travel site!

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence winner 2014

The Pesto Cabbage Hall team with their award!

Our very own famous five which have all received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014 are: Pesto at Cabbage Hall in Tarporley (winning it for the third year in a row); Pesto at the Axe and Compass in Wolvey which opened last year; Pesto in Wilsden outside Bradford; Pesto in Glasgow (winning it for the second year) and Pesto in Widnes.

This award, which honours hospitality excellence, is only given to the top performing 10% of businesses listed on Tripadvisorworldwide that maintain an overall rating of four out of five or higher for the past year so we are incredibly proud to have achieved this goal.

Mel Mooney (right) of Pesto Widnes, one of our Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 winners!

Mel Mooney (right) of Pesto Widnes, one of our TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 winners!

General manager of Pesto in Widnes Melanie Mooney said: “We take great pride in the reviews we receive on Tripadvisor as these have helped keep us consistently in their top five restaurants in Widnes. We find it very humbling that so many of our diners take the time to write about their experience and this award really is the icing on the cake for the whole team.”

Co-owner of Pesto Sara Edwards added: “We’re very proud of all five sites to have achieved this accolade  and it shows the dedication and commitment of all our teams in giving our guests the best possible experience. We’ll definitely be raising a glass or two to this!”

Mother’s Day at Pesto

Mamma Mia! Mothering Sunday is just around the corner on Sun March 30th, so to treat your mum to an unforgettable Mother’s Day book your nearest Pesto now.

Our 3 piattini dishes for under £9 special offer is also available on Mother’s Day at select restaurants including: Pesto at the Cabbage Hall in Tarporley, Cheshire; Pesto in Widnes; Pesto on Prune Park Lane in Wilsden outside Bradford; and Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough, on the Wirral.

If you’re visiting our Pesto at the Axe & Compass, Glasgow or Trafford Centre restaurants our full menu is available all day with over 40 piattini dishes from £3.25, perfect for sharing together.

Click here to book your nearest Pesto now.


A local athletics and rugby star has celebrated his 70th birthday at Pesto Cabbage Hall in Tarporley with close friends and family.

200m and 400m runner David Edwards not only represented Great Britain and England at numerous athletics events during the 1960s and also went on to play rugby for Waterloo as part of his illustrious sporting career.

Now living in Parbold, David chose Pesto to officially mark his celebrations this month with 28 family and friends including a number of his colleagues from his younger sporting days and his daughter Sara Edwards who is the co-owner of Northern restaurant group Pesto Italian restaurants.

As part of the evening’s celebrations David also received a fifty year old surprise gift as a nod to his sporting achievements!

Birthday party at Pesto Cabbage Hall Tarporley

The famed first prize!

At the Blackpool Illuminations Race of 1965 David was determined to win the 220 yard sprint and win the special first prize of a leather suitcase, but it was not to be. His friend and Yorkshire schools champ Harvey Grace pipped him to the post, claiming the bag and title for his efforts.

Almost five decades after the event, Harvey brought the coveted suitcase to the birthday party and gave it as a special gift to David who had desired it all those years ago.

David said: “This was a very special event as I was able to mark the occasion with my close friends, family and athletics colleagues together – and Harvey’s gift of the suitcase really topped off an evening to remember!”


Hallowe’en winner!

Well done to the fantastic Sophie aged 7 from Northwich who won our Hallowe’en drawing competition and a Nintendo DS!

7 year old Sophie from Northwich's winning entry

7 year old Sophie from Northwich’s winning entry

We asked children at all our restaurants during Hallowe’en to draw their own spooky pictures and send them to us – and we received over 200 entries!

Whilst most of the pictures we received were fantastic Sophie’s brilliant spooky scene featured a witch, ghost and even a vampire and was so detailed it beat the others to the top spot! Well done Sophie!

New Year’s Eve with the Phantom at Cabbage Hall

Enjoy a spectacular night of musical theatre, Italian dining and more this New Year’s Eve with our exclusive event at Pesto Cabbage Hall in Tarporley.

Pesto_NYEPosterFinalsmlCelebrated 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’ and starred as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, along with renowned songstress Natasha Kemball, will take their 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 include festive dinner, entertainment, your table for the evening and a glass of bubbly at midnight: £50.

With only limited tickets booking is strictly in advance only by calling 01829 760292.

Pesto at Cabbage Hall, Forest Rd, Little Budworth, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 9ES.


“The Definitive Phantom” – Daily Mail

“A true Entertainer” – Michael Parkinson

Olympic event at Cabbage Hall!

Almost 50 years after they won gold and silver medals in Tokyo, some Team GB athletes of 1964 have attended a special sporting reunion lunch at Pesto at Cabbage Hall.

‘Golden girl’ Ann Packer MBE, who was the first British girl to win an Olympic track Gold medal, visited this week with her husband, silver medal winning track star and captain of the British Olympic team at the 1964 Olympics, Robbie Brightwell MBE for the special event.


The couple’s medal success is even more remarkable as these were not their chosen first events. Both didn’t win their expected 400 metres gold but Robbi

competed.world record, despite this being an event in which she had never previously e secured a silver after a very challenging 4 x 400m relay whilst Ann won the 800m and broke the

Ann not only went on to win more athletics vests in her career than any other British female athlete but showed her versatility by representing her country in the 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres, 800 metres, 80 metre hurdles, long jump and the 4 x 100 metre relay.


The couple, who now live in Congleton, brought their medals to the lunch where they caught up with their fellow athletes from 1964 including Olympian 4 x 100m relay runner Alf Meakin, Yorkshire 100 yards champion Harvey Grace, St Helens Rugby League star Tom Pimblett and 200 and 400 metre runner David Edwards, whose daughter Sara is co-owner of the group of Italian restaurants.

Pesto restaurant co-owner Sara Edwards added:  “Team GB’s success last year really captured everyone’s imagination so we’re delighted to welcome true Olympic greats like Robbie and Ann to our restaurant, especially as their story is so remarkable. The whole team couldn’t wait to meet them and see the medals up close!”

It’s Christmas!

At Pesto the Christmas countdown is well and truly on! This year you can enjoy a variety of festive party menus from £15.95 (lunch), £19.95 (dinner) and even our special gourmet menu of £25.95, to make your special Christmas event with friends, family and loved ones go with a bang.

All of these menus are available to view or download here and are available for groups of 8 or more from 17 November to 5 January 2014.

Christmas party booking Italian RestaurantFor smaller groups, our fantastic daytime offer of 3 piattini for under £9 is still available 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


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