Dec 28, 2016

We’re a Christmas card recycling donation station!

 

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As the last of the mince pies are digested and the Christmas clean up commences, we’re helping local people put their old Christmas cards to good use with a recycling station at our restaurants throughout the month of January.

With the special donation stations, you can tidy up and do good in the process by turning your festive waste into woodland. We’re supporting the M&S Christmas card recycling scheme with the Woodland Trust and hoping to make it easier for our customers to donate with the local collection points.

We’re encouraging our customers  to take their cards to the restaurant or send them along with friends or relatives. This simple act will help create habitat for wildlife.

All donated cards will be taken by the restaurant to a local M&S where money generated through the recycling scheme will fund the planting of new trees throughout the UK. One tree will be planted for every 1,000 Christmas cards handed in, so every card counts. Since 2012 more than 32 million cards have been collected and 32,000 trees have been planted.

Drop your cards off at any Pesto by the 28th of January and help the Woodland Trust keep our countryside beautiful and wildlife-rich into the future.

 

 

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 selfie@pestorestaurants.co.uk

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. 

Nov 19, 2016

We’re a donation station!

This year many of our restaurants will be supporting Christmas appeals by becoming gift donation stations for needy children this festive season.

Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn, Bromborough, and Pesto Widnes will be supporting Radio City’s campaign.

The radio station’s appeal hopes to help give thousands of local children across Merseyside, Cheshire and the Wirral a happy and memorable Christmas by asking ‘secret santas’ from across the region to donate a gift to a child in need at a local drop off point like Pesto.

Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, Appley Bridge, will be a donation station for Rock FM. This is the second year that Pesto has been a donation station for Mission Christmas which last year saw the overall appeal raise over £654,000 in gifts and cash supporting over 12,500 local children.

Pesto Cabbage Hall, near Tarporley, and Pesto at the Trafford Centre are both acting as a donation points for  the Lalley Toy Appeal. The Toy Appeal receives requests for support every year from schools, adoption centres, social workers and more. Each child the appeal helps will receive a bundle of around eight presents including a main present, books and board game, meaning the charity needs to receive over 15,000 donations to achieve their goal.

New and unwrapped gifts are needed for children and young people aged from 0-18 years old – with main presents for children aged 8-11 years old and older teens particularly wanted. Books, board games, play items, teddy bears, arts and crafts gifts, selection boxes and teddies are all welcome donations as well as age appropriate main presents or toys.

Pesto at the Sutton Coldfield is also looking for donations of toys or gifts that can be given to child patients at Good Hope Hospital, in particular the Child Assessment Unit and Children’s A and E department, festive period.

If you would like to help out and donate an item please feel free to drop off your gift (please note it must be new and unwrapped) at any of the restaurants mentioned above anytime throughout the week when the restaurant is open.

Thank you for your support.

 

Oct 18, 2016

Pesto dishes up fork-finding dilemma!

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Here at Pesto we’re giving people food for thought with a tasty visual puzzle.

We’ve created a baffling brainteaser asking eagle-eyed customers to see if they can spot where a solitary fork is hiding amongst a mind-bending maze of pasta shapes.

The design is made even more difficult as it features a variety of pasta types from penne to conchiglie – all in a range of sizes and colours.

Our ‘cutlery conundrum’, which was created by our Graphic Designer Mimi Jones, is the latest in a long line of ‘Where’s Wally’ style visual puzzles that have been proving popular on the internet this year.

Mimi comments: “We wanted to create a fun, interactive puzzle that left people scratching their heads and there was definitely only one theme for us to do – especially as National Pasta Day is on October 17th!

“We’re looking forward to seeing how many people go carb-crazy and manage to spot the fork in the pile of pasta.”

This puzzle has an added twist to it as if you can find the fork amongst the fusilli and farfalle and bring in a copy of the completed puzzle to your local Pesto restaurant by October 31st, you will be able to enter a prize draw to win a meal for two people at the restaurant.

Sep 21, 2016

Win free cocktails for a year!

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If you’re mad for mojitos, crazy for a cosmopolitan or even think our non-alcoholic melon-jitos are totally more-ish, then our new cocktail competition is for you!

To celebrate our new cocktail menu we’re giving you the chance to win an extra special prize! Every time you buy either a cocktail or mocktail from September 16th till October 16th from any of our restaurants you’ll get a ‘tipple ticket’ to complete & hand in for your chance to win a round of cocktails or mocktails for two every month – for a year!

Visit any of our restaurants in Widnes, Wigan, Sutton Coldfield, Tarporley, Trafford Centre, Hinckley, Desford and Bromborough for your chance to win…

Good luck and chin chin!

Ts and cs: A ‘tipple ticket’ will be given to customers everytime they buy a cocktail/mocktail from 16 Sep – 16 Oct 2016 up to a maximum of three tickets per day. Alcoholic cocktail prize can be won by over 18s only. If under 18 the Mocktail prize will be given. Proof of age may need to be shown to redeem prize. Prize will be two cocktails/mocktails every month for a year & cannot be exchanged or passed over to the following month if not redeemed. Prize draw entry deadline 16th Oct 2016. One winner will be drawn at the end of October and contacted re their prize.

Pesto Restaurants Ltd encourages responsible drinking. If you suspect that you have a problem, or that someone you know does, please do not ignore it – seek further advice: http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/

Aug 09, 2016

Calling all Book Lovers! Donations needed for Charity Family Book Exchange.

At Pesto we’re asking for people to raid their bookshelves and donate children and family friendly books this summer as we prepare to launch our charitable book exchange on Roald Dahl Day.

September is Roald Dahl’s birth month, and each year celebrations are held centring around his birthday on 13th September. This year’s Roald Dahl Day is sure to be extra special as it is the centenary since the renowned author’s birth.

Laura Shannon of Pesto launches the family book exchange to launch on Roald Dahl day

Laura Shannon of Pesto launches the family book exchange to launch on Roald Dahl day

Here at Pesto we’re launching a family book exchange box at all of our restaurants from mid-September where your little ones will be able to take a book from the selection in return for a donation, which will be given to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

Pesto at the Axe & Compass General Manager David Joesbury comments: “Roald Dahl’s fantastic creations like Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have transformed countless children into devoted readers and this seemed a great opportunity to help encourage more children to get into reading.

“We want to give pre-loved hardbacks and paperbacks a new life so hope we can get support with donations of books to help us launch this book exchange.”

To get involved just drop off any family friendly or children’s books you would like to donate – either new or used in good condition – at any Pesto during opening hours. The book exchange will open from the 13th September.

‘If my books can help children become readers, then I feel I have accomplished something important’ Roald Dahl

Round RDMCC Logo with Marvin

Once the book exchange is open, any monetary donations for the books received from September will go to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity which aims to make life better for seriously ill children in the UK and helps over 20,000 children every year.

Jul 27, 2016

Search for a ‘Golden Cup’ for your chance to win an Italian Afternoon Tea for two!

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We’re giving diners an even better reason to have their cake and eat it this August with a special ‘Golden Teacup’ competition.

We’ve launched the competition to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week and will give two customers who book and enjoy an Italian Afternoon Tea at a Pesto restaurant anytime from the 8th to the 14th August the chance to win their afternoon tea for two for free.

All you need to do to enter is visit Pesto for afternoon tea during that week and find one of two special ‘Golden Cups’ that will be served to two lucky winners.

General Manager Laura Shannon at Pesto at Cabbage Hall comments: “Afternoon Tea week is the perfect time to celebrate our unique Italian take on a British classic. Our Italian afternoon tea has become very popular amongst our customers and we wanted give our customers something back by giving them the chance to enjoy their afternoon treat on us.”

Our Italian Afternoon Tea includes a range of Italian savoury and sweet treats including mini bruschettas and a tiramisu served in an espresso cup and costs £12.95pp including unlimited tea or Americano coffee. It is available everyday 2-5pm and pre-booking with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is necessary by calling your local restaurant direct.

*Terms and conditions:  The winner will be informed after their meal if they have won if they have the special winners cup. Regardless of party size dining with us, the prize will be the cost of standard Italian afternoon tea for two people (if more people are dining the amount of £25.90 will be taken off your bill). The winners agree to take part in reasonable publicity (including a photo taken when they receive their prize) and to the use of their names and photographs in such publicity. Two prizes of an Italian afternoon tea for two available. Maximum prize value of £25.90 to be redeemed on an Italian afternoon tea only. Cannot be redeemed for cash and no change.

Jul 25, 2016

POKEMON DOUGH! PESTO LAUNCHES POKEMON HUNT

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If you’re hooked onto the viral game everyone is talking about, we’re giving you a chance to win whilst you hunt with our Pokemon Go competition.

Any game players visiting one of our restaurants will get the chance to win a meal for two if they take a photo or screen grab of them catching a pokemon character whilst dining at the restaurant.

Whether you snap a ‘Squirtle’ or take a picture of a ‘Pidgey’ at Pesto – every picture you take and send in of a pokemon at Pesto, via our facebook or twitter page or by email to enquiries@pestorestaurants.co.uk, will count as an entry into the prize draw. You can also add the hashtag #pokemonatpesto when you send them to us! Just remember the competition closing date is 28th August.

If you manage to get a Pesto menu or sign in the background you’ll also get a bonus entry – our restaurants even have some chargers for you to use to recharge your mobile battery whilst dining with us.

General Manager at Pesto at the Dicconson Arms Natelle Scott comments: “We’ve already had customers (and staff) catching pikachus next to pizzas and charmanders on the chairs so thought this hunt would be great fun to give any Pokemon Go players a tasty bonus for playing.”

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As Pesto at Cabbage Hall, Pesto Sutton Coldfield, Pesto at the Dicconson Arms and Pesto at the Axe & Compass are also Pokestops, to help launch the ‘Pokemon at Pesto’ hunt, these restaurants will set off a lure at 6pm on Thursday 4th August to encourage more wild and rare pokemon to visit these restaurants!

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The popular game has had 5 million UK downloads already and is still proving popular amongst people of all ages. If you’re a Pokemon Go player and want to enter, just send your picture of a pokemon at a Pesto restaurant to us via social media or the email above by the closing date of 28th August 2016.

 

 

 *Terms and Conditions: The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 or under. One prize to be won of a meal for two people up to the value of £40 on food only plus a bottle of house wine from entries via facebook, twitter and facebook. If the winner is aged under 18, the winner must be that person’s parent or legal guardian. Only pictures of pokemon being caught at a Pesto restaurant will be considered valid entries and each different picture will count as one entry into the prize draw (so entrants can have multiple entries). Pictures that also include a Pesto menu or sign at the restaurant will also have a ‘bonus entry’ into the draw. Prize to be drawn in early September from all valid entries and contacted through their method of entry. The winner may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the Prize Draw and the winner shall participate in such activity on our reasonable request. The winner consents to the use by the Promoter both before and after the closing date of the Prize Draw for an unlimited time, of the winner’s picture entries and entrant identities (ie social media handle or name).

Jul 20, 2016

We’re celebrating our 2016 TripAdvisor success!

Our team are celebrating after the world’s largest travel site has named all seven of our qualifying restaurants as ‘top performing’ in its 2016 awards.

We recently found out that each restaurant that could qualify for the honour, including our restaurant at the Trafford centre, Pesto Dicconson Arms outside Wigan and more, have all been awarded the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

The accolade, which celebrates true excellence in hospitality and is only achieved by roughly the top performing 10% of businesses listed globally on TripAdvisor, is only given to select establishments that achieve exceptional traveller reviews on the travel site by sustaining an overall rating of four out of five or higher for the past twelve months.

Sara Edwards (centre) with some of the Pesto General Managers

Sara Edwards (centre) with some of the Pesto General Managers

Co-owner of Pesto Restaurants Sara Edwards comments: “For all of our eligible restaurants to win this highly esteemed award is a huge accomplishment by all of our team members.

“For most of the restaurants this is the second or third consecutive year that they have won this honour as well, most achieving it every year since they could first qualify for it, which makes it even more of an extraordinary feat.”

Our only restaurant that was not able to enter the awards process was Pesto at the White Horse in Desford which, as it only opened ten months ago, didn’t meet the minimum one year trading entry requirement. Sara adds:

“We’re already getting very positive reviews from our customers, and on TripAdvisor, for Pesto at the White Horse so are hoping we can add to our awards collection and keep our 100% record next year!”

TripAdvisor launched the Certificate of Excellence six years ago to celebrate hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a top quality level of customer experience.

Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor comments: “With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers.

“This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

 

Jun 09, 2016

We’re Mad for Martinis at Pesto!

We’re celebrating National Martini Day by giving away tasters of martinis to our customers on the 19th June – but only if you know the secret phrase!

Pesto Cabbage Hall’s Josh Hall serves a martini in true Bond fashion!

Our teams are marking the day that’s devoted to celebrating the renowned tipple in all its guises – by treating customers to some tasty samplers of one of our popular martinis.

To get a complimentary taster of a special martini on the day, all you need to do is say the correct phrase in Italian to a member of staff on the day.

So…what’s the secret well-known phrase? Well the photo on this page gives you a hint of what it could be to do with…and here’s another hint: Make sure it’s ordered the right way!   (But remember you need to say it in Italian!)

Samples will be given out at our restaurants to anyone saying the correct phrase to a manager exclusively on Sunday June 19th but are limited and will be given out on a first come first served basis.

 

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