Feb 16, 2016

Say chin chin to win with our amateur wine taster competition!

Do you know your Chianti from your Barolo?! In partnership with specialist Italian wine supplier Continental Wines, we’ve launched a search for the best amateur wine taster amongst our customers!

Our ‘Perfect Palate’ challenge, launched from National Drink Wine Day on February 18th (as if we needed an excuse!), hopes to find out if any of our customers potentially have the skills of a top sommelier.

To enter – all you need to do is complete one of our ‘wine note’ entry forms which will be given out to anyone when you order any bottle of wine at the restaurant anytime from February 18th until March 20th and give a full analysis of the wine you enjoy on your visit to Pesto, including any special aromas and flavours you notice.

Manager Laura Shannon comments: “National Wine Day is the ideal day to launch our search for the ‘Perfect Palate’ as we ask our customers to really study their choice of wine while they sip. We look forward to finding out if any of our customers have been bottling up a special talent for wine tasting!”

The completed wine notes will then be analysed by a Continental wine expert who will judge who has the ‘Perfect Palate’ from all entries, with the winner receiving a case of the wine they analysed – which could be up to the value of £300.

Gaetano Alfano of Continental Wine adds: “Our palate has a very complex combination of our four senses: smell, sight, feel and, of course, taste, and it can be very subjective to people’s own sensitivities. It will be really interesting to see what nuances and different dimensions our amateur oeniphiles that enter pick out from our wines.”

If you think you have what it takes to be awarded the grape-est palate then just ask for a form to complete when you visit any Pesto restaurant (excluding Trafford Centre) from 18th February until 20th March.

Terms and conditions: Only completed entries handed in by March 20th will be entered into the competition. The judges decision is final. The winner will win a case of the wine they analysed on their winning entry and will be decided in early April once all entries have been received and analysed. The winner will be contacted by Pesto and will need to pick up their prize from their nearest Pesto restaurant.

Jan 18, 2016

Can you ‘Make Us Laugh’?!

Have you got a funny bone? We’re looking for customers with the best comic timing to drop in to your nearest Pesto restaurant and take part in a “make us laugh” challenge.

As it’s Global Belly Laugh Day on 24 January,we want you to tell a member of staff your best jokes when you dine with us from 24th-31st January for the chance to in a meal for two people.*

General manager of Pesto at the Dicconson Arms Natelle Scott comments: “Laughing is good for you – so we thought it would be a bit of fun to see which of our customers can make us laugh the most with their one liners.

“It’s usually our job to keep our guests entertained but we’re all looking forward to seeing which of our good-humoured guests can make us crack a grin!”

If you think you have what it takes all you need to do is drop into Pesto between the 24th to 31st January and tell your best gag to a member of staff leaving your contact details (no laughing matter but appropriate jokes only please!).

A maximum of three customers at each Pesto restaurant will be chosen by each team and put into a prize draw. The winner chosen to have the best joke, will win a meal for two people at their local Pesto restaurant.

We’re helping to inspire you with some food and wine themed jokes of our own right here!

Q: Where did the spaghetti go to dance? A: The meat ball!

Q: Why Did The Tomato Blush? A: Because he saw the salad dressing

Q: What does an aardvark like on its pizza? A: Ant-chovies

Q: What did the grape say when he got stepped on? A: He let out a little wine.

*Terms and conditions: Joke entries to be received by a member of staff between 24 and 31 January 10pm to be entered into the competition. Diner must give a contact phone number/email address to be entered into the competition. Prize is a meal for two up to the value of £40 on food only. Winner will be contacted by Pesto by 7 February and meal must be booked through the Pesto marketing team to be valid. The prize must be accepted as offered. No cash alternatives and the prize is not transferable. The Promoter’s (Pesto Restaurants) decision on the winning joke is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner agrees to the Promoter using their names and comments in publicity including, but not limited to the Promoter’s external website, social media pages, local press or within promotional emails.

Valentine’s Day at Pesto!

Valentine’s Day 2016

Planning your romantic Valentine’s evening with that special someone? Enjoy our regular piattini menu at Pesto over Valentine’s weekend with authentic Italian dishes from just £4 to savour and share.

For more information or to book a table contact your nearest Pesto restaurant here


Nov 10, 2015

New Year’s Eve 2015 at Pesto

This year we’re making New Year’s Eve even more special at Pesto. We have a range of exciting acts performing at our restaurants to bring 2016 in with a bang. Check out our magical acts below. There’s sure to be something to make your New Year’s Eve sparkle!

patriot-girlsPesto in Sutton Coldfield will see the Patriot Girls perform a range of West End hits, opera classics and boogie-woogie favourites. NOW SOLD OUT.

Pesto at the Axe and Compass will spend an evening with Asa Murphy, one of the UK’s top swing singers. Murphy has been named by The Times as Britain’s answer to Michael Bub́le. The star; who has performed at Ronnie Scott’s, will enchant Sutton Coldfield with a range of timeless classics to bring a touch of glitz and glamour to your New Year’s Eve. Click here for more information about the event.

Pesto in Widnes, Cheshire is holding a special evening of Italian dining and swing music with celebrated performer Ryan Grant. Click here for more information about the event. NOW SOLD OUT.

abba1Pesto Cabbage Hall near Tarporley will enjoy a spectacular night with renowned Abba tribute female duo ‘Agnetha and Frida’, Diana Edwards and Sarah Fearnley. The duo have shared the stage with legendary acts such as Kylie, Cher and The Eagles. The celebrated vocalists will perform a range of Abba classics from ‘Dancing Queen’ to ‘Super Trouper’ to make this New Year’s Eve truly memorable! Click here for more information about the event.

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

phantommike-680x836Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, Appley Bridge will enjoy a night of musical theatre this New Year’s Eve with Mike Sterling. The celebrated West End star has performed as the lead role in the musical hit ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ over 1,000 times. Sterling has also starred as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. 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.

Pesto at the White Horse, Desford will enjoy an evening of swing and Rat Pack with singer Andy Otley. Our newest venue will bring the new year in 2016 in style with an evening of sparkle and swing! Click here for more information about the event.

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

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

New Year’s Eve 2015 at Pesto Cabbage Hall

cabbageEnjoy a spectacular night of Italian dining and music with renowned Abba Tribute female duo ‘Agnetha and Frida’, Diana Edwards & Sarah Fearnley – who have over 16 years in the Tribute business sharing the stage with Kylie, Cher & The Eagles amongst others. The celebrated vocalists will sing a range of ABBA favourites from ‘Dancing Queen’ to ‘Super Trouper’ to make this a wonderful evening to remember.

Tickets are just £55 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 01829 760 292

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

Nov 05, 2015

Out with the old…

We’ve recently given our menu a make-over and are delighted to announce the arrival of some sparkling new dishes (and the revival of an old favourite) – just in time for Christmas!

We’ve brought back Penne con pollo al dragoncello due to popular demand. This beautiful chicken and penne pasta dish with fresh tarragon, lemon zest, mascarpone and pecorino cheese is the perfect comfort food for cold winter afternoons.

Our polenta chips have also had a make-over. Now with rosemary and Gran Moravia cheese and served with two dips, they’re tastier than ever. They’re a firm favourite with our customers on TripAdvisor – and we think you’ll love them even more now (we know we do!).


Our brand new Insalata Toscana has been inspired by all you health-conscious connoisseurs. Featuring some super-food ingredients including spinach, rocket, cannellini beans, tuna, avocado, olives and red onion – it’s sure to be a winner.

We know that one of the top choices amongst pizza-lovers in the UK is a spicy pizza so our new Pizzette piccante con salsiccia combines spicy Italian sausage and jalapeno peppers to get your taste-buds twinkling!

Our new Parmigiano e ricotta ravioli con pesto e pomodori secchi is full of flavour. The parmesan and ricotta filled ravioli are mixed with sun-dried tomatoes and one of our favourite ingredients, pesto (of course!), to create this deliciously moreish dish.

We have also added a new risotto dish combining the delicate flavours of roasted peppers with creamy goat’s cheese in our Risotto di formaggio di capra e peperoni arrostiti.


Finally our dolcelatte sauce as featured on our Bruschetta Funghi is so popular amongst customers we’ve decided to create a pasta dish with it too. Our Tagliatelle con salsa di funghi e dolcelatte tosses tagliatelle and mushrooms in our creamy dolcelatte sauce. Yum!

To view our new menu click here.

Oct 26, 2015

‘Tis the season for giving!

Christmas gift boxes

Food as good as ours was made for sharing!

Why not buy a gift voucher for your loved ones? You can purchase them in any amount you like.

Simply visit one of our restaurants to purchase a gift voucher for a meal or even an afternoon tea for two! The choice is yours!

Oct 07, 2015

Design your own pizza at Pesto

Get your kids excited about cookery and fresh ingredients as under 12s can now design and eat their own pizzette for free with every adult dining from the main menu at Pesto restaurant in Sutton Coldfield, Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, Appley Bridge and Pesto at Cabbage Hall in Tarporley Cheshire.

Layer 11

Available everyday from 2pm-6.30pm at Pesto at Sutton Coldfield, Pesto Cabbage Hall in Tarporley and Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, Appley Bridge.

One free child’s pizzette for kids aged 12 or under with every adult ordering 3 piattini dishes each. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Terms and conditions apply.

Don’t get the baby shower blues!

Here at Pesto we love a party! What better excuse could there be than an exciting new arrival to get together?

The baby shower boom has seen us spending a whopping £220 million every year on these lavish events. However, we think you needn’t spend a fortune to have a beautiful party.

Here at Pesto we’ve found some fantastic ideas on how to throw a fabulous (and affordable!) baby shower. We love popsugar.com and their ‘36 Tips and Tricks to Make Your Baby Shower Shine’ article.

Here are our three favorites to help you plan your very own baby shower.

1.Digital Invites
Save money (and trees!) by using online services like Pingg or Paperless Post for your baby shower invites. These fantastic tools have a range of amazing digital templates that are really simple to edit and personalise. We love the quirky digital envelopes and handy RSVPs for your guests.

It’s not a wedding! You don’t need an expensive band or act to have a great time. Play games like guessing how big the baby bump is using ribbons. There are plenty of fun and memorable games you can play with just paper and pens.

3.Try a Breakfast Baby Shower!
Who says your baby shower has be to in the afternoon? Throw a breakfast baby shower. It’s a great way to start the day. Your venue will be quieter (and probably more child-friendly) giving you peace to relax with your friends. With Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, Appley Bridge, now opening at 10.30am now is the perfect time to book your breakfast baby shower!

Have we inspired you to throw a baby shower of your own? Here at Pesto we’re happy to help. We have eight stunning locations, including Appley Bridge, Tarporley and Sutton Coldfield, where you could hold your perfect party. Contact us today for more information.

The story behind Moretti

Here at Pesto we love traditional beers. That’s why we’re excited to tell you about one of our favourite authentic Italian beers, Moretti.

Luigi Moretti started his factory over a century ago in Udine. Udine was know for it’s generations of hard-working craftsman.

Moretti came from a family of wealthy merchants who sold wine, spirits and even beer! With that knowledge behind him he built the brand we know and love today.

Moretti Label

The Moretti label has a story of it’s own. Luigi Moretti’s nephew saw a man drinking a Moretti at a restaurant in Udine. Moretti’s nephew thought that this man embodied the values of the beer; authenticity, tradition and genuineness. Mr Moretti gave the man another beer in exchange for taking his photo. This image has been on every bottle ever since.

We love the story behind the Moretti label and Moretti’s commitment to authenticity!
Find out more.

Why not try a bottle or a pint at your local Pesto today?