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 14, 2017

Pesto Widnes closes for exciting new changes!

Pesto at Widnes will be closed for exciting new changes from Monday 18th September and reopens at 6pm on Thursday 28th September.

But don’t worry, we’re still taking bookings for when we reopen, you can call us on 0151 424 3729.

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 19, 2016

New Year’s Eve 2016 at Pesto

To make New Year’s Eve extra special we have a range of magical acts performing at some of our restaurants.

Below is a list of our fabulous acts that are sure to bring 2017 in with a bang!

Pesto at the Axe and Compass will spend the evening with celebrated West End star Mike Sterling, who has performed over 1,000 times as the lead role in the musical hit ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. Along with a special female guest, the duo will take their audience on an unforgettable journey by performing a range of some of the world’s most loved musicals and opera classics. Click here for more information about the event.

cabbagePesto Cabbage Hall, near Tarporley, is holding a special evening with one of the UK’s top swing singers, David Brody. David will be performing numerous rat pack classics as well as pop hits and is guaranteed to get everyone in the party mood! For more information click here.

Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn, Bromborough will host a spectacular night of live music with swing singer and Michale Bublé tribute act Chris G. Chris will be performing all the classic, timeless Swing & Rat Pack hits along with a selection of Michael Buble’s hits. Click here for more information about the event.

dicconsonPesto at the Dicconson Arms, Appley Bridge will enjoy a night of glitz and glamour with West End duo, The Deadly Divas. Singing a range of West End favourites and pop classics this is sure to be a night to remember! For more information click here.

Our newest venue, Pesto at the White Horse, will enjoy an evening with West End stars the Patriot Girls. The celebrated trio will sing a range of West End hits, opera classics and boogie-woogie favourites. Click here for more information.

Image - Miranda Wilford (3)Pesto Sutton Coldfield will spend the evening with West End star and 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. Click here to find out more.

Pesto Widnes will see Abba Tribute female duo ‘Agnetha and Frida’, Diana Edwards & Sarah Fearnley  (with over 16 years in the Tribute business sharing the stage with Kylie, Cher & The Eagles amongst others) perform in style singing  a range of ABBA favourites from ‘Dancing Queen’ to ‘Super Trouper’. Click here for more information about the event.

All the events above take place on Saturday 31st December 2016. Please contact the relevant restaurant direct for more information.

Please note that tickets are limited for the above events and booking is strictly in advance only.

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.

New Year’s Eve 2016 at Pesto Widnes

nye-pos-widnesEnjoy a spectacular night of Italian dining and music with renowned Abba Tribute female duo ‘Agnetha and Frida’, Diana Edwards & Sarah Fearnley – who have over 16 years in the Tribute business sharing the stage with Kylie, Cher & The Eagles amongst others.

The celebrated vocalists will sing a range of ABBA favourites from ‘Dancing Queen’ to ‘Super Trouper’ to make this a wonderful evening to remember.

Tickets are just £45 per person and 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 0151 424 3729

For more information on Pesto Widnes 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 enquiries@pestorestaurants.co.uk

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.

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