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Try our new menu at your nearest Pesto!

Enjoy ten new piattini dishes at Pesto from Pizzette Fiorentina to Gnocchi Tricolore and even a rack of Italian pork ribs.

Hat’s the way to raise money!

Our staff across all our restaurants are getting a headstart in helping to raise money for a Brain Injury charity by inviting customers to join them in wearing wacky hats at any Pesto restaurant on 22nd May.

Our employees are taking part in the ‘Hats for Headway’ event, organised by the national brain injury association Headway, which invites people to wear a funny hat on the day in return for making a donation to the charity, all in support of the thousands of people that suffer a brain injury daily in the UK.

Waiters, chefs and management at the restaurant will all be donning berets, pirate hats and even fascinators in aid of the event, which is organised as a key part of Brain Injury Week running from 18-24 May.

We were keen to get involved in the event, which aims to help raise awareness and generate funds to help brain injury survivors, after one of our colleagues Laura Shannon recently suffered a brain injury.

Laura Shannon

Laura Shannon at Pesto Widnes restaurant

25 year old Laura, who many of our customers will know currently works as Manager at the Widnes restaurant and used to work as General Manager at Pesto Cabbage Hall, suffered a brain haemorrhage in Costa Rica but is now making a full recovery. Laura comments:

“Every day more than 2,500 people in the UK suffer from a brain injury just like I did and this charity has really helped support me and my family in my journey to getting back to full health.

“To know that up to 500 Pesto employees will be helping to support this worthy cause by wearing quirky headwear on the 22nd means a great deal to me and any customers are more than welcome to join us in our charity efforts on the day!”

To join in on the 22nd May customers just need to turn up to any Pesto restaurant wearing a hat, fascinator or even head bobbers and donate their chosen amount on Laura’s justgiving page www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/LauraShannon or by visiting this website https://www.headway.org.uk/donate.aspx

To encourage more people to take part, Pesto will also be giving a prize of one meal for two people to one customer wearing a special hat on the day! To enter just take a picture of yourself at a Pesto restaurant in your hat and send it to selfie@pestorestaurants.co.uk or add it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #pestohat.

The UK charity Headway helps to rebuild lives and put the pieces back together for survivors, their families and carers, offering advice, support and rehabilitation activities at their centres.

Try an Affogato at Pesto

We’ve created a new gluten-free dessert to help give even more choice for coeliacs as part of a national awareness week.

The Italian classic dessert of ‘Affogato’, which consists of two scoops of Italian gelato doused with a shot of Italian espresso, will now be available at Pesto at the Axe and Compass in Wolvey, Pesto Cabbage Hall in Tarporley, Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough, Pesto in Widnes and Pesto Sutton Coldfield from Allergy Awareness Week and throughout the spring and summer.

Italian gluten-free dessert Affogato at Pesto Italian restaurant

Italian gluten-free dessert Affogato at Pesto Italian restaurant

Allergy Awareness Week runs from 20-26 April 2015 and was created by charity Allergy UK to help raise awareness and support the estimated 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK.

General manager at Pesto at the Axe and Compass David Joesbury said: “Whilst we already have lots of options on our menu for our customers that have specific dietary requirements, Allergy Awareness Week is the perfect time for us to launch a new sweet option for diners that suffer from a gluten intolerance.

“Dining out with special dietary needs can be difficult and as we had such positive feedback on the short trial we ran last year for our Affogato, we thought this was a great gluten-free dessert for us to bring back that doesn’t compromise on flavour.”

The Affogato costs £4.95 and diners can choose from a choice of Vanilla, Dulce de Leche or Dairy Free Chocolate gelato which is accompanied by a shot of espresso to pour over.

For more information about Allergy Awareness Week or to find out more about living with special dietary needs visit https://www.allergyuk.org/

Win a VIP Kid’s experience this Easter!

Join us this Easter at Pesto – our daytime menu is still available all bank holiday weekend, just click here to find out availability for your nearest Pesto.

We’re also giving under 12s the chance to win an amazing VIP Kid’s experience this Easter at Pesto Italian restaurant!

All your artistic little ones need to do is pick up an entry sheet in any of our restaurants and design their very own Easter egg, then hand their picture in or post it to the address on the sheet. The best design chosen from all those received will win a fantastic VIP Kid’s experience!*

Closing date for entries to be received is the 19th April 2015.



* Prize includes a family meal for 4 (up to value of £50 on food only plus bottle of house wine) plus a night’s stay in a family room at Pesto Dibbinsdale Inn, Bromborough including breakfast for up to two adults and two young children plus a priority car park space for your VIP visit! Prize (excluding hotel stay) can be exchanged to take place at any Pesto restaurant. Meal & hotel stay must be taken at same time only is subject to availability and has to be taken by 29 November 2015. Prize must be booked in advance and there are no exchanges or cash alternative. Prize cannot be taken on 1-4 May, 22-25 May, 21-24 August.

Pesto picks up business award!

We’re delighted to announce that Pesto has been identified by the London Stock Exchange as one of the ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’!

We have been recognised in the second edition of London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report published this month.

The report identifies the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) that are making a positive impact on economic growth and job creation within the UK.

Co-owner Neil Gatt comments on the accolade: “It’s a real honour to be included in such a prestigious report and testament to the hard work and dedication of the team in driving the company forward.

“Despite a difficult trading environment for the restaurant industry, we’re going from strength to strength and also making a positive impact to communities by transforming old pub sites into some of our most successful restaurants to date, such as Pesto at the Dicconson Arms in Wigan.

“To be named as one of the most inspiring companies is especially significant for us as we continually strive to offer an innovative dining experience for our customers with our ‘piattini’ menu and this is a true validation of our unique concept.”

Pesto, whose Head office is in Irlam, is just one of 30 companies in the Greater Manchester area recognised in the report.

To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers.

Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group said: “This report is a significant part of London Stock Exchange’s broader campaign to support UK high growth companies in their journeys from Start-up to Stardom and to create an entrepreneurship revolution.

“I’m delighted that a strong alliance between UK Government, financial market participants, investors, entrepreneurs and companies has been created to support these inspiring businesses.”

More detail on the methodology as well as a fully searchable database of all the companies featured within the report can be found online at www.1000companies.com.

Well done Team Pesto!

Mother’s Day at Pesto

Mamma Mia! Mothering Sunday is just around the corner on Sun March 15th 2015 and – as it’s one of our busiest Sundays of the year we recommend booking early!

So to treat your mum to an unforgettable Mother’s Day book your nearest Pesto now – and enjoy our new menu with ten new dishes from delicious chargrilled ribs to a delicious Spaghetti alla “Norma” in a tasty aubergine and tomato sauce.

Our 3 piattini dishes for £8.95 special offer is also available on Mother’s Day at select restaurants including: Pesto at the Cabbage Hall in Tarporley, Cheshire; Pesto in Widnes and Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough, on the Wirral.

Click here to book your nearest Pesto now.

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 selfie@pestorestaurants.co.uk 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 https://www.justgiving.com/EvansBuckley/

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 https://www.justgiving.com/EvansBuckley/

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