Feb 02, 2018

Pesto Restaurants Appoints Operations Director

Successful Italian restaurants group, Pesto Restaurants, has appointed Darren Traynor as its new Operations Director.

The married, father-of-two comes, from his previous role as Operations Manager at Greene King, where he spent two years. Darren has more than 28 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, having started his career running his own bars and late-night venues in Wigan. He then joined Luminar Leisure and quickly rose through the ranks to his first senior operations role when he was 30.

Darren Traynor outside of Cabbage Hall

Darren Traynor outside of Cabbage Hall

Previous career highlights include Head of Operations for The Living Room Bar and Restaurants, Operations Director for The Orchid Group and Divisional Director at Premium Bars and Restaurants.

Darren said: ‘I am delighted to have been asked to join the team at Pesto. They have already built a fantastic restaurant business and my focus will be to a work with the team to evolve and develop the brand to create a people focused culture and deliver industry leading food, hospitality and future growth.

The team at Pesto are passionate about delivering great Italian food in a relaxed dining environment. This is the perfect time to be joining one of the UK’s best privately-owned restaurant businesses. With more restaurant openings planned, this is an exciting time to join a dynamic growing family business.’

The privately-owned Italian restaurant company now has 10 sites. It features open fires, cask ales and a stunning outdoor dining area complete with resident doves.

Renowned for its Italian small plates or piattini, Pesto boasts more than 40 dishes full of big flavours. Giving a true taste of little Italy, dishes include Spiedini di pollo – a skewer of marinated chicken breast wrapped in fine cured ham, sealed and baked in the oven, also and Polpette di manzo – deliciously spicy meatballs.

Offering a main, day time and afternoon tea menu, the restaurant is an ideal location for all occasions.

For a complete list of Pesto’s restaurants, please see www.pestorestaurants.co.uk for update and news.

Jan 29, 2018

Dicconson Arms welcomes new General Manager, Eddie!

Italian restaurant, Pesto at The Dicconson Arms at Appley Bridge in Wigan, has appointed Edward Woodhouse as General Manager.Eddie Woodhouse - new manager at Dicconson Arms

Eddie has more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, having started his career at 16 and quickly rising through the ranks to his first management role when he was just 20.

Eddie said: ‘Pesto at the Dicconson Arms is a fantastic restaurant, it’s a real meeting hub for the local community. I’m really looking forward to getting to know our patrons and developing the community feel further.’

‘The restaurant is just stunning. It’s a beautiful building, in a fantastic location and we take pride in making sure every guest has the best experience they can. If they’re happy, then I’m happy!’

Eddie’s interests outside of Pesto include cycling, walking his chocolate Labrador, cookery, and fine wines. Eddie also admits to enjoying unusual exercise sessions, such as Glofit and hot yoga.

Pesto at The Dicconson is based at the heart of the community and offers elegant dining in a cosy setting. The privately-owned Italian restaurant company now has ten sites. It features open fires, cask ales and gorgeous settings.

Renowned for its Italian small plates or piattini, Pesto boasts more than 40 dishes full of big flavours. Giving an authentic taste of little Italy, dishes include Spiedini di Pollo – a skewer of marinated chicken breast wrapped in fine cured ham, sealed and baked in the oven, also and Polpette di Manzo – deliciously spicy meatballs.

The restaurant is an ideal location for all occasions, offering a main, daytime and afternoon tea menu,

For bookings, please call 0121 329 3203. Pesto at Dicconson Arms, 206 Appley Lane North, Wigan, WN6 9DY

Nov 20, 2017

It’s a family affair for Sutton Coldfield’s new manager!

It’s a family affair for Elsa Teixeira who has joined Italian restaurant, Pesto at Sutton Coldfield, as General Manager. Her son, partner and two brothers also work at the restaurants providing a genuine family feel to the working day!

Elsa has more than 17 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, having started her career at 17 and quickly rising through the ranks to her first management role when she was just 20. She previously worked in the kitchen at Pesto at The White Horse in Desford before being promoted to supervisor.

Elsa Outside of Sutton Coldfield

Elsa Outside of Sutton Coldfield

Her son, Joshua, aged 17, currently works as a server at Sutton Coldfield and has aspirations to be an MMA fighter. Elsa’s youngest brother is the head chef at Sutton Coldfield, her eldest brother is head chef at Pesto at The White Horse in Leceister, and her partner is the head chef at Axe and Compass in Wolvey.

Elsa said: ‘Pesto is a great place to work, the team is hardworking and fun, and I get to spend time with my family in an industry that I love – what could be better?’

‘The restaurant is just stunning. It’s a beautiful building, and we take pride in making sure every guest has the best experience they can. If they’re happy, then I’m happy!’

Pesto at Sutton Coldfield is based at the heart of the community and offers elegant dining in a cosy setting. The privately-owned Italian restaurant company now has ten sites. It features open fires, cask ales and gorgeous settings.

Renowned for its Italian small plates or piattini, Pesto boasts more than 40 dishes full of big flavours. Giving an authentic taste of little Italy, dishes include Spiedini di Pollo – a skewer of marinated chicken breast wrapped in fine cured ham, sealed and baked in the oven, also and Polpette di Manzo – deliciously spicy meatballs.

The restaurant is an ideal location for all occasions, offering a main, daytime and afternoon tea menu,

For bookings, please call 0121 329 3203. Pesto at Sutton Coldfield, 20 Hollyfield Rd, Sutton Coldfield B76 1NX

See www.pestorestaurants.co.uk for update and news.