Sep 28, 2017

Christmas Italian Style!

Christmas is just around the corner and we’re excited to announce our brand new Christmas menu!

Christmas Menu

Christmas Menus 2017

Nov 28, 2016

Wear a Christmas jumper & send us an ‘Elfie’ for your chance to win!

Join in the fun by wearing a festive knit from 16th-18th December at Pesto for the chance to win a meal for 2 at your local Pesto.

Simply send us a picture (an ‘ELFIE’!) of you wearing a Christmas jumper at Pesto between 16th and 18th December to be in with a chance of winning!

Send your ‘festive jumper ELFIE’ pic to our facebook or twitter page or email

Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, Appley Bridge, will also be supporting Joseph’s Goal with their Christmas jumper weekend. Do your bit by dropping in wearing your festive jumper and making a donation to support this amazing cause!


Terms and conditions: Only pictures received by Pesto from Friday 16th to midnight on Sunday 18th December will be deemed valid. One picture will be chosen as the winner from all entries received and the winner will receive a gift voucher for a meal for two (up to the value of £35 on food only plus a bottle of wine) which must be handed in to the restaurant to be redeemed. No exchanges and the voucher has no cash alternative. 

Dec 01, 2015

Wear a Christmas Jumper and send us an ‘ELFIE’ for your chance to win


Group Of Female Friends Enjoying Christmas Drinks In Bar

Here at Pesto we’re supporting Radio City’s Mission Christmas appeal. We’ll be participating in their Christmas Jumper day to help make Christmas special for disadvantaged local children.

Join in the fun and do your bit by wearing a festive knit on Friday 11th December and Friday 18th December at Pesto for the chance to win a 5 pieces Meyer Circulon cookware set worth over £250.

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Simply send us a picture (an ELFIE!) of you wearing a Christmas jumper at Pesto on 11th December or 18th December to be in with a chance of winning!

Send your ‘festive jumper ELFIE’ pic to or

To donate £1 on the day just text ‘CITY £1’ to 70808

Only pictures received by Pesto on Friday 11th December and Friday 18th December by midnight will be deemed valid.

Nov 13, 2015

Love Christmas at Pesto!

We love Christmas at Pesto – and are getting into the festive spirit by giving you the chance to win when you book your table over the Christmas period!

If you book now for the Christmas season before the 6th December you will be put into a prize draw to win a table for four at your nearest Pesto restaurant in January – so you can keep the celebrations going even longer! Make sure you remember to give your contact details to the manager when making your booking so we can contact you if you’re our lucky winner!

Click here to view our menu.

Larger groups of 8 people or more can enjoy our special Christmas menu –  you can download a copy of our Christmas menu by clicking here

Remember our lunch menu is also still available throughout the festive season for groups of 7 people or less. For times and availability at your local Pesto restaurant please click here.

To make a booking click here


Terms and conditions:

– Prize has no cash alternative. One entry to the prize draw will be made for each booking taken between 14 November until 6 December for tables until 17 January 2016. Prize consists of a meal for up to four people totalling up to £70 on food only plus a bottle of house wine and must be taken in January. Additional food or drinks must be paid for separately. A £10 deposit pp is required for Christmas party bookings of 8 or more people. Prize draw will take place on 8th December and winner informed by 10 December.

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!

Aug 26, 2015

Christmas 2015 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 13 November 2015 until 10 January 2016 for groups of 8 or more people.

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.

A deposit of £10 per person is required within 14 days of booking to secure your reservation. 

Sep 16, 2013

Christmas office party etiquette

Summer may only just be starting to leave us but one thing we have noticed already is the number of Christmas party reservations we’ve been taking – you office party organisers don’t half love a festive knees-up!

Unfortunately, not every office party takes place outside of the workplace, and for this we’d like to offer up a little advice on how to avoid the office party faux pas this year.

  • Don’t talk about work – it seems obvious, but if you’re resigned to hosting the Christmas do in the office, it could be tempting to default conversation to the familiar. Talking about work will certainly not help you get to know your colleagues better, so try to avoid talking shop.
  • Don’t wear or bring anything with mistletoe attached – it’s just awkward.
  • Do eat something before consuming any alcohol; if you’ve not had the chance to eat since breakfast it’s a pretty good idea to line your stomach before festivities commence. If you can pop out for a hearty lunch, something starchy, such as pasta will prepare your stomach for the evening ahead!
  • Don’t drink too much – again, this one might seem obvious, but when you really think about it, nobody wants to be that person and at every office party that person is always there. If you want to pace yourself and avoid a conversation down the porcelain telephone why not stick to light beers? They’re low in alcohol and calories and take longer to drink.
  • Do mingle – spending the whole evening chatting with the people you sit next to is a little anti-social and removes any opportunities you might have to make new acquaintances in the workplace.

Now if all of the above seems a little too much like (even more!) hard work, why not become the office hero and book a real Christmas party at Pesto Italian Restaurants?

At Pesto Italian Restaurants we offer special Christmas party menus, click here to have a look.

In addition to a vast vegetarian range, we even offer dishes for diners with special dietary requirements – just let us know in advance what you need and we’ll be sure to make your party perfect.

To make your Christmas party reservation now click here and choose your favourite Pesto Italian Restaurant.

Dec 23, 2011

Pesto’s Perfect Trees!

Pesto Italian Restaurants Christmas Bert and ErnieCarrie and Big. Bert and Ernie. Cookies and milk. Some things just work better together, and without a tree Christmas just doesn’t work. The festive aroma, the decorating ritual and above all, presents underneath are part of what make Christmas, er, Christmassy!

Now, with there only being one days left till the big day itself, we’d hedge our bets that some of you are still scrambling to find the time to even choose a tree, never mind get it dressed up in time for Christmas morning. This is where we’re on hand to help! Here are Pesto’s top five tips for choosing the perfect tree!

Pesto Italian Restaurants Tree1. Size does matter. If, like most of us, every inch of living space matters the last thing you want is a monster Redwood Christmas tree eating up your lounge. If you’re struggling to squeeze in a Tesco pot-plant, steer clear of lavish big trees, however tempting! Pick the perfect space for your tree and measure it before going shopping to save yourself a world of hassle later in the day.

2. Age also matters. A recent Facebook post from a most unlucky festive relative served as an excellent reminder that choosing where you buy your tree is every bit, if not more important than the tree. The relative in question splashed out a rather decadent £75 at her local farm shop only for the tree to wilt and die within ten days. Finding out whether your local tree stockist buys in their stock weekly or if it’s one big delivery will allow you to gauge how ago the tree was cut and judge whether it’s likely to be a duffer by Christmas morning.

3. Hate hoovering? The Norway Spruce might not be the tree for you…Some trees emit that gorgeous festive aroma, others retain their needles long after they’ve adopted that delightful shade of brown. For best needle retention the Noble Fir might be best for your household, while the Norway Fir really captures that festive scent.

Pesto Italian Restaurants Christmas Sideshow bob4. Shape matters. As most Christmas trees in commercial shops have already been stuffed into nets, it makes it nigh on impossible to guess whether the tree in question has a classic Christmas tree shape, or is in fact a Side-Show Bob bonsai nightmare. Short of ripping the net off in-store (and possibly being removed from said shop) all you can do is try to find a small platform from which to gaze down the top of the tree to assess how even the branches are. Or you could try grabbing a tree from a local seller, who tend not to net their stock.

5. Fake it. If all of the above just seems too strenuous for arguably the most time-consuming month of the year, pop into John Lewis and buy a fake. Buying a fake does have its upsides; no messy pine needles, no faffing with nets, no watering around hundreds of potential fire hazards and best of all you can shove it in the attic and drag it out next year saving you time and money in the long run. All that aside, fake trees are rather naff, and it might just take you all year to find one that looks anywhere near as pretty as a genuine festive fir.

Struggling for a last minute stocking filler? Pop into Pesto today and pick up a gift voucher!

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