Dec 28, 2016

We’re a Christmas card recycling donation station!



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

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. 

Oct 18, 2016

New Year’s Eve 2016 at Pesto Sutton Coldfield

nye-pos-suttonEnjoy a spectacular night of Italian dining and music with West End star & Big Band favourite Miranda Wilford.

The celebrated singer will sing a range of swing and jazz classics as well as pop and soul favourites with a special male guest performer to make this a wonderful evening to remember.

Miranda has played lead roles in London’s West End, including Rizzo in Grease, Sheila in Hair and portrayed the iconic Doris Day in the world premiere of Ol’ Blue Eyes. In the UK, she performs regularly with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra with the “World’s Biggest Big Band” and will be starring in next year’s UK tour of the Fred Astaire Tribute ‘Remembering Fred’.

Tickets include a fabulous Pesto dinner, entertainment and your table for the evening.

With only limited tickets available, booking is strictly in advance only.

Click here to view our special New Year’s Eve menu.

To book now call 0121 329 3203

For more information on Pesto including a map and address details, click here.

Oct 07, 2016

Join us for free pumpkin carving!

We’re giving local kids the chance to carve their own spooky pumpkin for free ahead of Hallowe’en at some of our restaurants.

Pesto Cabbage Hall, Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn, Pesto Sutton Coldfield and Pesto Widnes exclusively will hold this ghoulish giveaway from 24th to 31st October between 12-6pm each day when children with families dining at the restaurant can have a go at carving their own design into a pumpkin – and even take their scary creations home with them.

In order to take part parents need to bring in a special voucher to exchange for one pumpkin, whilst stocks last, which they can download here.

As pumpkins are very limited and given out on a first come first served basis, parents can also book ahead by calling their local restaurant to reserve a pumpkin and help avoid disappointment.

Families taking part can then send a picture of their finished pumpkin to our facebook, twitter or Instagram page for their chance to be named the best ‘Pesto Pumpkin’ and win a family meal. Those without social media can email their picture to

Ts & Cs: Please note there is very limited availability of our free pumpkins which will be given out on a first come first served basis, one per voucher, whilst stocks last. To avoid disappointment you can book ahead by calling your local restaurant. No cash alternative or alternative product can be offered. Pumpkin carving kits will be given out which are not suitable for use by children under 4 years old. These contain tools with functional sharp edges and points which may cause injury if misused. Adult supervision is required. Please note Pesto Restaurants accepts no liability for any accidents that occur from taking part in this activity. Please hand your pumpkin carving kit back to a server once finished with.

Oct 06, 2016

We’re celebrating our first birthday at the White Horse!

Here at Pesto at the White Horse in Desford we’re celebrating reaching our landmark first birthday after an exciting twelve months of trading.

Pesto at the White Horse opened last year following a £550,000 joint investment from Pesto Restaurants and Marston’s which saw the well-known pub undergo an extensive refurbishment.

To mark the occasion, we invited representatives from local charity the Harley Staples Cancer Trust to the restaurant to cut the birthday cake with us and offered our customers cake in return for donations to the charity.

General manager Jo Timms comments: “It’s been an incredible year and the support we’ve received has been truly over-whelming, especially as we’ve now achieved over two hundred 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor to date – a huge accomplishment for our opening year.”

As part of our birthday celebrations, you can also enter a fundraising raffle between now and the 14th October in aid of the Harley Staples Cancer Trust. Prizes include a family meal at the restaurant, a family ticket to Tropical Birdland, cinema tickets and more.

The Harley Staples Cancer Trust is a charity created in memory of 8 year old Harley who lost his battle with a rare leukaemia B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia Burkitt type in 2009 – just nine months after he was diagnosed. The charity has been created to help support families with children or young people with cancer, and will open a space for affected families to go on holiday called ‘Harley’s House’ very soon.

For more information about Harley Staples visit

Oct 03, 2016

Training scheme served up at Pesto!


One of our restaurants is helping to nurture culinary talent for the region through a new training scheme.

Pesto at the Dicconson Arms just outside Wrightington, which has employed dozens of local staff since opening last year, is focusing on improving the future career prospects of some of its staff members through NVQ training.

Natelle Scott, Pesto at the Dicconson Arms General Manager, said: “At Pesto we recognise the potential in our employees and the importance of nurturing new talent, so we’re delighted to be able to make a positive impact to the local community through this training initiative.”

“We have identified five members of staff across different departments who we feel have a real future in the catering and hospitality industry. Not only do they already have a secure job, but with this new scheme we’re able to give them the opportunity to build on it and forge a career in an industry they have a passion for.”

Specialist training provider Charnwood Training Group is delivering the courses which include BIIAB qualifications in Licensed Hospitality Operations.

With the training recently started, early feedback from the team members undertaking a NVQ is already positive with many embracing the opportunity to not only learn new skills whilst they earn, but to gain a nationally recognised qualification along the way.

Pesto team members Charlotte (left) and Ashley (right) with Charnwood Training group’s Steve Panter (centre)

23 year old Ashley Christie who lives in Wigan said: “This is the first professional training scheme most of us have done and I’m really pleased that I have been given this opportunity to develop my abilities even further. It’s definitely been more intense than I expected at first but we’re all supporting each other which has been a great help and I’m really excited to see how this training helps support my future within the industry.”

Steve Panter, Training Officer at Charnwood adds: “It’s great to see how Dicconson Arms have truly embraced the Apprenticeship programmes and the employees and management team are seeing the benefits. We look forward to continuing a strong relationship with Pesto and supporting their staff development.”

The team also recently announced that they are looking to find an extra four permanent members of staff including chefs and front of house by the end of the month to meet growing demand from customers.

Natelle Scott adds: “In these difficult times there are not that many opportunities to not only find permanent employment but to be part of an exciting new initiative. It’s great that we have been able to facilitate this opportunity and I wish all of the staff every success in their studies.”

Jul 27, 2016

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


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



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, 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.”


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!


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 23, 2016

Restaurant shines with Italian award nomination

Our team at Pesto at the White Horse are celebrating after being told that the restaurant has been nominated as ‘Best Newcomer’ in the second ever English Italian Awards.

The restaurant on Leicester Lane in Desford was informed by the team at the national awards that we’ve already received multiple nominations from the public for this highly-esteemed award.
The English Italian Awards were designed to be the fairest restaurant contest in the country as they invite the general public to vote for their favourite Italian venues and businesses across England, with the restaurants achieving the most votes in each category making the final.

This is the second year of the awards, and the Best Newcomer category searches for the best Italian restaurants nationwide that have opened their doors within the past twelve months.

Sister restaurants Pesto at the Axe & Compass in Wolvey, Pesto Cabbage Hall outside Tarporley and Pesto in Widnes have also all been nominated in the Best Restaurant, Best Pizza and Best Family restaurant categories with our whole group also nominated for the honour of winning Best Team and Best Multiple Operator.

General Manager of Pesto at the White Horse Jo Timms comments: “We’re very proud of the response and feedback the team have received from our customers since we first opened our doors – and are delighted that this positive response has translated into being nominated for such a well-regarded national award.”

The next stage will see a small number of finalists named in each category, all of which will then be visited by a ‘mystery guest’ from a panel of esteemed independent judges.

If you would like to support Pesto nominations are open until 31 July 2016 and you can vote here please specify which Pesto restaurant you are voting for in the relevant categories eg ‘Pesto at the Axe & Compass’.


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.”