Oct 11, 2017

Autumn brings a menu makeover – available NOW!

We’re head-long into autumn now, and that means it’s time for a menu make-over! We can’t wait to share our fantastic new dishes with you. To whet your appetite here’s an idea of what could be hitting your plate!

Bruschetta Caprese

Fans of our meatball dish will be over the moon, as we’ve added Bruschetta alle Polpettine, is a smaller version of our classic dish on toasted ciabatta.
Or if you go mad for mozzarella, you’ll love our Bruschetta Caprese (pictured left) with buffalo mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, finished with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and fresh basil.

Pizzette con gorgonzola e pere

We’ve updated our pizza dishes and proudly introduce our Pizzette con gorgonzola e pere, a gorgeous mozzarella and gorgonzola pizza with pear and rocket.

For those looking for something a little lighter, why not try our new Insalata Panzanella. This little beauty is our version of the 16th-century Tuscan salad, with tomatoes, ciabatta bread, red onion, basil leaves, green olives, roasted peppers and Gran Moravia shavings.

And it’s great news for our seafood fans, who will be in their element with two new dishes, Spiedini di gamberoni alla griglia, which is a skewer of king prawns, peppers and red onion, chargrilled and dressed with a mouthwatering lemon butter.

Spiedini di gamberoni alla griglia

Also the power of the people has won us over and we are very proud to be reintroducing (by seriously popular demand) a huge favourite. Farfalle al salmone affumicato e asparagi. This sumptuous favourite features farfalle pasta tossed with smoked salmon, asparagus, garlic, white wine and double cream. You’re welcome.

Click here to view menu Autumn Menu 2017
The new menu is available from all restaurants!


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

Dibbinsdale Inn, Bromborough 
Dibbinsdale Inn presents The Deltatones

Pesto Widnes
Widnes presents Paul Goodall

Pesto at Sutton Coldfield 
– Sutton Coldfield presents Brighton Swing Band


Jul 31, 2017

This summer enjoy our £8.95 menu all day, every day at the Trafford Centre!

Here, at Pesto at the Trafford Centre, we’re now offering our ever-popular £8.95 menu all day, every day from Monday 31st July.

For £8.95 you get to choose three of our delicious piattinis – the biggest problem you’ll have is deciding which three to have!

Click here to view our lunch menus.
Choose 3 piattinis for just £8.95!

Choose 3 piattinis for just £8.95!


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:


Pesto at The Peacock is off to a flying start!

Our newest restaurant, Pesto at The Peacock, has got off to a flying start at its new home in Oakerthorpe, Derbyshire.

Since opening on Chesterfield Road last month, the Italian restaurant has welcomed more than 8,500 people through its doors and served a staggering 26,313 piattini – Italian for ‘small plates’.

Topping the list of popular dishes are Polpette di manzo (spicy meatballs in garlic), Spiedini di pollo (marinated chicken skewers wrapped in ham), and Frutti di mare (king prawns and scallops in white wine) with hundreds of these Italian delicacies being enjoyed by our diners.

Pesto at the Peacock is our tenth opening and follows a six-week refurbishment of the former tavern, which saw over £400,000 invested and the recruitment of 48 new team members. The new restaurant features a contemporary, relaxed interior with state-of-the-art facilities and spacious dining area for 160 customers.

Pesto at The Peacock off to a flying start

Pesto at The Peacock off to a flying start

Speaking on the restaurant’s success, Pesto at The Peacock general manager Russell Bennett, who previously headed up Pesto Sutton Coldfield, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive response from diners, both to our menu and the design of the interior which has a completely modern look, while retaining key historical features of the building.

 “A number of dishes have already been established as firm favourites and we’re looking forward to welcoming more customers through our doors over the summer months – whether it be for a special occasion, light lunch or a drink while soaking up the sun on our outdoor terrace.”

Renowned for its Italian small plates or ‘piattini’, Pesto boasts over 40 dishes full of big flavours. Giving a true taste of little Italy, dishes include Pizzette 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 please call 01773 832 088 or for further information visit