Oct 06, 2017

Oh My Cod!

Oh, my cod! Did you know that we buy our cod from Fraserburgh, Scotland, and truck it down to England overnight to make sure it’s as fresh as possible?


The restaurateur behind Pesto at the Davenport Arms, Macclesfield, really does go the extra mile to deliver something special for his customers.

For the last few years, Pesto has been buying its cod at the market in Fraserburgh, in north east Scotland, and trucking it down to England overnight.

Neil Gatt comes from a 400+ year line of Scottish fishermen who risk their lives each day doing one of the most dangerous jobs in the country.Neil Gatt with his Fraserburgh-caught cod

“My cousin, Paul, goes to the market for me and selects the best freshest cod he can find, then ships it overnight and it is in our business the next day,” said Gatt.

“We really are determined to serve our customers the best possible fish on their table. Most restaurants have no idea where their fish has come from, but I can tell you which boat caught it, where it was caught and what the skipper’s name is.”

“We have traced my family in the tiny fishing hamlet of Pennan, back to 1635 so far, but unfortunately the records before that were destroyed by fire. But we know that there were fishing communities there long before that.”

Peter Gatt on right. 1817-1900Pennan is nestled beneath sandstone cliffs in the North-East corner of Aberdeenshire and was once a village occupied by just three families, Gatt, West and Watt. Sadly, there are no Gatt’s living in the village anymore, with most of the fisherman’s cottages being used as holiday homes today. But the fishing still goes on, and Neil Gatt has three cousins who still go out in whatever weather nature throws at them to secure a living and to bring fresh fish to the market in Fraserburgh.

The Merluzzo Fritto dish on Pesto’s main menu features selected loin pieces from the Fraserburgh-landed cod deep-fried in Pesto’s own Birra Moretti batter and serve with a tangy mayonnaise.

Sep 29, 2017

New Year’s Eve with more than just a little magic!

Here, at Pesto, we know how to throw a great party, and New Year’s Eve is absolutely no exception.

We’ve got some fabulous entertainment at our restaurants for New Year’s Eve and we’re pretty sure you’re going to want to spend the evening with us!

Click below for the New Year’s Eve menus and entertainment:

It's New Year!

 

White Horse, Desford
White Horse presents Mike Sterling
NYE Menu

Axe and Compass, Wolvey
Axe & Compass presents The Patriot Girls
– NYE Menu

Dicconson Arms, Wigan
Dicconson Arms presents Perfectly Frank
NYE Menu

Cabbage Hall, Tarporley 
– Cabbage Hall presents IL DESTINO
NYE Menu

The Peacock, Alfreton
The Peacock presents The Valli Seasons
NYE Menu

Davenport Arms, Macclesfield 
Davenport Arms Presents The Andy Otley Band
– NYE MENU

Dibbinsdale Inn, Bromborough 
Dibbinsdale Inn presents The Deltatones
NYE MENU

Pesto Widnes
Widnes presents Paul Goodall
– NYE MENU

Pesto at Sutton Coldfield 
– Sutton Coldfield presents Brighton Swing Band
NYE MENU

 

Jul 25, 2017

Footballer Andy Woodward celebrates wedded bliss at Davenport Arms

Pesto at The Davenport Arms played host to celebratory drinks following the wedding of English former professional footballer, Andy Woodward, and partner Zelda Worthington.

The pair rounded-off their celebrations with close friends and family at the Marton-based Italian restaurant, after the nearby wedding ceremony.

Guests, included BAFTA award-winning journalist and broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire and award-winning sports journalist for The Guardian and The Observer, Daniel Taylor.

Happily ever after at Pesto at The Davenport Arms, in Marton.

Happily ever after at Pesto at The Davenport Arms, in Marton.

General Manager of Pesto at the Davenport Arms, Mike Hirst said: “We were delighted to welcome Andy and Zelda at the restaurant on their special day. It really was a fantastic day for both them and their guests and we wish them every happiness in their marriage.”

 

 

 

 

Pesto purchased and reopened the 18th century building in February 2017, retaining many of the building’s original features, including the low oak beams and open fires, the 120-cover dining space boasts a spacious and relaxed feel.

Renowned for its Italian small plates or ‘piatinni’, Pesto boasts over 40 dishes full of big flavours. Giving a true taste of little Italy, dishes include Pizzetta picante con salsiccia with spicy Italian sausage and Penne con pollo al dragoncello with chicken breast, fresh tarragon, mascarpone and pecorino cheese.

To make a reservation at Pesto at the Davenport Arms or to enquire about wedding packages available, please call 01260 224 269 or for further information visit:

www.pestorestaurants.co.uk

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