We're recruiting!

Visit our careers page for our latest vacancies at Pesto Widnes, Pesto Cabbage Hall & more.

Christmas is coming to Pesto...

Our 2014 Christmas menu is available now on our menu page

Drop into Pesto this October to win!

Get your kids to enter our spooky drawing competition when dining with us for your chance to win a meal for 4!

New Year’s Eve at Pesto Cabbage Hall

It may seem early…but we know the early bird catches the worm and we’re getting lots of requests already about what we’re doing for New Year’s Eve so we thought we’d start letting you know about some of them right here!

Pesto Cabbage Hall in Tarporley Pesto_NYEPostercabbageis holding a special evening of Italian dining and music with amazing trio The Patriot Girls. Tickets are £65 which include a celebratory meal and a fantastic evening of entertainment from boogie woogie classics to West End hits!

For more information call the restaurant on 01829 760 292.

We’ll be announcing more venues right here very soon!

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…

It may seem far off but at Pesto the Christmas countdown is well and truly on as we’ve been taking bookings for ages! This year you can enjoy a variety of festive party menus 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 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 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.

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.”

Our ‘Pesto selfie’ winners have been announced!

We’ve collated the entries and votes and are delighted to announce the winners of our ‘Pesto Selfie’ competition!

With so many fantastic entries, our judging panel found it very difficult to pick just one winner from our finalists, so they picked two winning pictures – one of whom even brought along their very own sign!

Winning selfie number 1!

Winning selfie number 1!

Winning selfie number 2!

Winning selfie number 2!

Thanks to all who entered – and well done to our winners!

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 with their entry picture 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.

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 and Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough, on the Wirral.

If you’re visiting our Pesto at the Axe & Compass 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!

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