Get voting for your favourite #pestoselfie!

Visit to see the entries and vote now.

Pesto wins Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence!

Pesto Cabbage Hall, Axe & Compass, Widnes, Glasgow & Wilsden restaurants are all global award winners

Indulge with an ‘Affogato’!

Now you can try the perfect post-dinner pick me up as a new exclusive dessert this summer at Pesto Widnes, Pesto Sutton Coldfield and Pesto at the Axe & Compass in Wolvey.

affogatoTreat yourself to the Italian classic ‘Affogato’ for just £4.95 with your choice of ice cream from:

Vanilla (at Pesto at the Axe & Compass and Pesto Sutton Coldfield only)

Chocolate (at all sites)

Coconut (at Pesto Widnes only)

Dulce de leche (at Pesto Widnes only)

Hazelnut (at Pesto Sutton Coldfield only)

or Honeycomb (at Pesto at the Axe & Compass only) 

 All served with a shot of espresso to pour over and enjoy.

At Pesto at the Axe & Compass you can make it extra indulgent with a shot of Amaretto for just £2. Truly delicious!


Recruiting at Widnes

We’re looking to fill three positions at our Widnes restaurant after the expansion of our new outdoor dining area to a 45 seat outdoor area.

Outdoor dining restaurant Widnes

Outdoor dining at Pesto Widnes

General manager at Pesto Melanie Mooney comments: “With summer finally here we are so pleased that we are not only growing our outdoor dining offering, but also growing our team!

“We’re all really looking forward to investing in our team further with these three positions and look forward to hearing from chefs and waiting staff interested in joining a growing, dynamic team.”

Anyone interested in a position should send their CV to or call the restaurant direct on 0151 424 3729 to find out more. Experience is preferred.

Take a ‘Pesto selfie’ to win!

We want you to get snap happy this summer for the chance to win a Pesto night out for you and your friends & family!

All you need to do is take a ‘Pesto selfie’ of you enjoying a night out at your nearest Pesto restaurant letting us know which restaurant you’re at and upload it above or using the hashtag #pestoselfie send it to us on Instagram & Twitter or even just email your pic to by 20 July for your chance to win dinner for four people including two bottles of wine at your nearest Pesto restaurant!

The pictures with the most votes by 3rd August will be in the running to win the prize as the top prize winner will be chosen from the top 5 pictures, as voted by you!

So whether it’s a picture of a ladies lunch, a cheeky snap of friends on a night out or even you with your other half on a romantic night out, make the pics fun and get snapping and voting for your chance to win!


Terms and conditions: Entries will be accepted from 20 June until 20 July via facebook/twitter/Instagram or uploaded here. Entries are moderated and any found with inappropriate comments/language will not be published. Voting is open from 20 June until 3 August. Only one vote per facebook page per day is allowed. The competition winner will then be chosen from the top five with the most votes as of 3 August and announced on this page and the pestorestaurants website in mid August 2014. The prize winner will win a meal for four people up to the maximum value of £70 for food plus two bottles of house wine at their nearest Pesto. No cash alternative or change will be given for the voucher. This meal must be arranged with the Pesto online team and pre-booked in order to claim the prize. Entrants will be added to the Pesto mailing list to receive one Pesto emailer but will be able to unsubscribe from this list at any point.

TripAdvisor awards aplenty for Pesto!

The Pesto team is celebrating this June after finding out that five of our restaurants have been named as global top performers as reviewed by travellers on the world’s largest travel site!

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence winner 2014

The Pesto Cabbage Hall team with their award!

Our very own famous five which have all received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014 are: Pesto at Cabbage Hall in Tarporley (winning it for the third year in a row); Pesto at the Axe and Compass in Wolvey which opened last year; Pesto in Wilsden outside Bradford; Pesto in Glasgow (winning it for the second year) and Pesto in Widnes.

This award, which honours hospitality excellence, is only given to the top performing 10% of businesses listed on Tripadvisorworldwide that maintain an overall rating of four out of five or higher for the past year so we are incredibly proud to have achieved this goal.

Mel Mooney (right) of Pesto Widnes, one of our Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 winners!

Mel Mooney (right) of Pesto Widnes, one of our TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 winners!

General manager of Pesto in Widnes Melanie Mooney said: “We take great pride in the reviews we receive on Tripadvisor as these have helped keep us consistently in their top five restaurants in Widnes. We find it very humbling that so many of our diners take the time to write about their experience and this award really is the icing on the cake for the whole team.”

Co-owner of Pesto Sara Edwards added: “We’re very proud of all five sites to have achieved this accolade  and it shows the dedication and commitment of all our teams in giving our guests the best possible experience. We’ll definitely be raising a glass or two to this!”

Design a Pizza – now at Widnes & Bromborough too!

We are delighted to launch the extension of our exclusive campaign to help encourage more families to eat together and inspire kids about cooking.

We have created a very special ‘Design a Pizza for free’ campaign after a recent survey we have undertaken showed that only 45% of families sit down to eat together four times weekly, with one in ten only managing one family meal together a fortnight.

With The Children’s Society also revealing recently that four in five parents spend less than one hour cooking with their children each week*, we have been keen to create a campaign that combined the creativity of cookery whilst giving more parents the opportunity for family time together.

dapposterDesign a Pizza for free, which already runs on Sundays 12-6pm at Glasgow, will now also run at Pesto Widnes and Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn, Bromborough on Mondays – Fridays 3-5pm and every Sunday from 12-6pm.

One free child’s design your own 5” pizzette will be available for kids aged 12 and under with each adult ordering 3 piattini dishes each off the full menu each*.

* Not in conjunction with any other offer. 

Mother’s Day at Pesto

Mamma Mia! Mothering Sunday is just around the corner on Sun March 30th, so to treat your mum to an unforgettable Mother’s Day book your nearest Pesto now.

Our 3 piattini dishes for under £9 special offer is also available on Mother’s Day at select restaurants including: Pesto at the Cabbage Hall in Tarporley, Cheshire; Pesto in Widnes; Pesto on Prune Park Lane in Wilsden outside Bradford; and Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough, on the Wirral.

If you’re visiting our Pesto at the Axe & Compass, Glasgow or Trafford Centre restaurants our full menu is available all day with over 40 piattini dishes from £3.25, perfect for sharing together.

Click here to book your nearest Pesto now.

New Year’s Eve at Pesto Widnes

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at our stunning Widnes restaurant with our special live music event on the 31 December.

Diners can enjoy our festive £25.95 gourmet menu accompanied by a ‘Rat-Pack’ style swing singer, perfect to enjoy the final hours of 2013 with friends and family.

To book just call Pesto Widnes direct on 0151 424 3729.

It’s Christmas!

At Pesto the Christmas countdown is well and truly on! This year you can enjoy a variety of festive party menus from £15.95 (lunch), £19.95 (dinner) and even our special gourmet menu of £25.95, to make your special Christmas event with friends, family and loved ones go with a bang.

All of these menus are available to view or download here and are available for groups of 8 or more from 17 November to 5 January 2014.

Christmas party booking Italian RestaurantFor smaller groups, our fantastic daytime offer of 3 piattini for under £9 is still available throughout the festive season.

All our restaurants are closed on Christmas Day but please check other opening times direct with the restaurant by calling us.

Click here to contact us to make a Christmas party reservation or for more information.

Please note availability of some items may vary between restaurants – for more information please contact us


Widnes restaurant young chefs!

Budding young chefs have experienced a taste of Italy at our Widnes restaurant as part of an end of year school project.

The Year 9 pupils from Wade Deacon High School visited their neighbouring Pesto Italian restaurant on Birchfield Road as part of their Food Technology course where they have been learning about different types of International food.

School event at Widnes Italian Restaurant

Wade Deacon pupils get a pizza the action!

As part of the special afternoon event held just before their last day of term, the group of thirty fourteen year olds took part in fun quizzes about Italian cuisine as well as enjoying a wide variety of Pesto’s speciality ‘piattini’; small dishes of authentic Italian food.

Nicola Thomson, Teacher of Food Technology at Wade Deacon school comments: “This was a lovely end of term treat for our pupils and a great way for them to put everything they’ve learnt about different forms of International ‘tapas’ style food into a real-life restaurant setting.”

The Pesto restaurant team also talked about the unique style of ‘piattini’ and were on hand to give out recipe tips to help encourage the children to create and cook their own recipes over the summer break.

Pupils enjoy Italian piattini

The event saw the pupils enjoy a selection of piattini!

Geraldine Rouski , who is also a Teacher of Food Technology at Wade Deacon added: “It’s great to see the time and effort Pesto have put in to create this afternoon for our pupils and has been a fantastic way to inspire them ahead of their extended learning task.

“Their assignment will see them select a specific country and then create some ‘tapas’ recipes that they will then cook when they come back in September.”


Duckling safety on menu for Pesto Widnes restaurant!

The Pesto team have been giving the safety of a mother duck and her ducklings top billing after we unveiled a new road sign this week we hope to be temporarily erected next to the restaurant.

One cute duckling on mum's back!

The bird (named ‘Vera Duckworth’ by our customers when it arrived at our restaurant a few weeks ago!) has hatched five ducklings at the site after choosing one of the main entrance plant-pots at our Widnes restaurant, situated on the busy Birchfield Road, to build her nest.

After receiving advice from the RSPB on how to help the birds cross the road, our worried Widnes restaurant team had tried to find a local lollipop lady to help escort the ducklings across the traffic-way to the pond.

General Manager Juanma Gabaldo comments: “This is a busy roundabout and we wanted to help these ducklings take their first journey to their pond in as much safety as possible.

The Pesto duckling warning sign!

“Whilst there are a couple of duck signs much further down the road, our sign only needs to be up for a few days whilst the wildfowl make their journey and will help alert drivers to these much smaller (and cuter) obstacles, hopefully preventing a few accidents.”

Keep updated on our Pesto fledglings by visiting our facebook page.



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