Feb 16, 2018

Happy double-birthday to Pesto at The Dicconson Arms, and Sutton Coldfield!

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but our Pesto at the Dicconson Arms restaurant, in Wigan, reaches the grand age of three years old on the 4th March, AND our Pesto at Sutton Coldfield is four years old on 28th March. A month of birthday celebrations!three Happy birthday to us!

We hope you will come along and help us to celebrate. Perhaps this is the perfect excuse for you to book that afternoon tea treat that you’ve been promising yourself, or perhaps you want to pop in for our *lunch menu of three piattinis for 8.95/10.95.

We look forward to seeing you on our birthday!

Book for the *Dicconson Arms on 01257 252 733 and
** Pesto at Sutton Coldfield on 0121 329 3203

*Lunch menu available at The Dicconson on Monday – Friday, 12pm til 7pm Saturday & Sunday 12pm til 4pm 
Lunch menu available Monday – Friday 12pm til 7pm Saturday 12pm til 4pm

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

Jan 25, 2018

Pesto Restaurants Joins ‘One Less Straw’ Pledge

One Less Straw pledge

Pesto Restaurants has stopped automatically putting plastic straws in drinks, to help put an end to the ‘wasteful’ practice.

The restaurant will only serve straws upon request in a bid to help reduce the number of plastic straws entering landfill or making their way into the world’s oceans each year.

The announcement comes as a wider campaign known as One Less Straw gathers pace. It aims to reduce the use of plastic straws which are thought to take up to 500 years to decompose.

Owner, Sara Gatt, said: ‘I’m passionate about the environment and I am hopeful, that by ceasing to automatically offer plastic straws, we can do our small part in helping to future-proof our oceans and environment. It’s a simple gesture that could make a huge difference, and I hope that fellow restaurants will follow in our footsteps.”

The Plastic Pollution Coalition which backs the campaign says more than 500 million single-use plastic straws are used each day in the US alone.

Jan 12, 2018

Valentine’s Day at Pesto – bring the romance!

We’ll provide the cosy setting, delicious food and drink. All you need to bring is the romance!

We'll provide the cosy settings, delicious food and drink. All you need to bring is the romance!

Nov 27, 2017

Join us for sparkle and good times this New Year’s Eve!

New Year's Eve at Pesto
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!

Pesto at the Cabbage Hall, Tarporley, is proud to be playing host to platinum-selling classical recording artist Jon Christos and West End/Broadway star Adam Lacey this New Year’s Eve. Known as Il Destino, the duo promises to deliver some incredible vocals, soaring harmonies, spellbinding music and a splash of humour for good measure – what better way to spend the last evening of the year!

Bringing the swing of Sinatra alive, Perfectly Frank by David Knopov as seen on BBC TV`s `The one and only` is without a doubt one of the most successful Frank Sinatra tributes on the circuit. And he’s bringing his brand of Sinatra magic to Pesto at The Dicconson Arms, in Wigan, this New Year’s Eve.

Pesto at Sutton Coldfield is putting on the very best in entertainment and dining this New Year’s Eve, and they’re going to make it one to remember!

Alongside the sensational vintage duo, Brighton Swing Duo, Pesto at Sutton Coldfield will be summoning the swinging vibes of the roaring twenties with a nostalgic 1920s soundtrack.

The Andy Otley Band will be bringing the foot-tapping thrill of swing and current day music to life for this New Year’s Eve at Pesto at The Davenport Arms, in Marton, Macclesfield. Close your eyes and you will swear you’re hearing your heroes live! For just £45 you get your table for the evening, a fabulous Pesto dinner, and fantastic entertainment, for an evening made for memories.

Pesto at The White Horse, in Desford, is putting on the very best in entertainment with one of the original West End Phantom of The Operas! Diners will spend the evening with West End star, Luke McCall, who has acted as understudy for the musical hit ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. He promises to take his audience on an unforgettable journey by performing a range of some of the world’s most loved musicals and opera classics.

Pesto at Widnes is proud to be welcoming the hugely talented Paul Goodall and his swing show to its diners this New Year’s Eve. Close your eyes and you will swear it is ol` blue eyes himself! Swinging entertainment, for an evening made for memories.

Ticket prices can be found here
Contact details for booking and information are here

Perfectly Frank Promises a Magical New Year’s Eve at the Dicconson Arms

Bringing the swing of Sinatra alive, Perfectly Frank by David Knopov as seen on BBC TV`s `The one and only` is without a doubt one of the most successful Frank Sinatra tributes on the circuit. And he’s bringing his brand of Sinatra magic to Pesto at The Dicconson Arms, in Wigan, this New Year’s Eve.

David Knopov is Perfectly Frank

David Knopov is Perfectly Frank

Close your eyes and you will swear it is ol` blue eyes himself! For just £60 you get your table for the evening, a fabulous Pesto dinner, and swinging entertainment, for an evening made for memories.

Tickets must be booked in advance. Please call Pesto at the Dicconson Arms on 01257 252733 for more information and to book.

Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, 206 Appley Ln N, Appley Bridge, Wigan WN6 9DY.

Nov 23, 2017

Send us your ‘elfie’ and WIN a meal for two!

It’s time to dust off your favourite Christmas jumper and head on over to any Pesto restaurant to take part in our crazy festive jumper weekend (Friday 15th to Saturday 17th December) and you could win a meal for two!

Simply don your best festive pullover for your next visit to one of our restaurants, choose your best side, take a pic and tag us in on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (or send it the old fashioned way by email) before 17th December and we’ll pick a winner!

Xmas JumperTake part in our festive photo flurry and win a fabulous Pesto meal at your favourite Pesto restaurant (we have 10 to choose from!).

Send your ‘festive jumper ELFIE’ pic to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages or email selfie@pestorestaurants.co.uk

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

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 Luke McCallThe White Horse present Luke McCall
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 Jersey Guys – The Peacock New Year’s Eve
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