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Indulge in an Italian Afternoon Tea!

Just £12.95pp at Pesto in Sutton Coldfield, Widnes, Bromborough, Tarporley & Appley Bridge! Visit our blog for info.

Kids can design & eat their own pizza for FREE at Pesto

Everyday 2-6.30pm at Pesto in Sutton Coldfield, Tarporley and Appley Bridge (Ts and Cs apply)

Try our new Premium Lunch Menu at Pesto Cabbage Hall!

Choose 3 dishes including Bruschetta Funghi & Pizzetta Rustica for just £10.95* - only at Pesto Cabbage Hall! (Time restrictions apply).

Don’t get the baby shower blues!

Here at Pesto we love a party! What better excuse could there be than an exciting new arrival to get together?

The baby shower boom has seen us spending a whopping £220 million every year on these lavish events. However, we think you needn’t spend a fortune to have a beautiful party.

Here at Pesto we’ve found some fantastic ideas on how to throw a fabulous (and affordable!) baby shower. We love popsugar.com and their ‘36 Tips and Tricks to Make Your Baby Shower Shine’ article.

Here are our three favorites to help you plan your very own baby shower.

1.Digital Invites
Save money (and trees!) by using online services like Pingg or Paperless Post for your baby shower invites. These fantastic tools have a range of amazing digital templates that are really simple to edit and personalise. We love the quirky digital envelopes and handy RSVPs for your guests.

It’s not a wedding! You don’t need an expensive band or act to have a great time. Play games like guessing how big the baby bump is using ribbons. There are plenty of fun and memorable games you can play with just paper and pens.

3.Try a Breakfast Baby Shower!
Who says your baby shower has be to in the afternoon? Throw a breakfast baby shower. It’s a great way to start the day. Your venue will be quieter (and probably more child-friendly) giving you peace to relax with your friends. With Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, Appley Bridge, now opening at 10.30am now is the perfect time to book your breakfast baby shower!

Have we inspired you to throw a baby shower of your own? Here at Pesto we’re happy to help. We have eight stunning locations, including Appley Bridge, Tarporley and Sutton Coldfield, where you could hold your perfect party. Contact us today for more information.

The story behind Moretti

Here at Pesto we love traditional beers. That’s why we’re excited to tell you about one of our favourite authentic Italian beers, Moretti.

Luigi Moretti started his factory over a century ago in Udine. Udine was know for it’s generations of hard-working craftsman.

Moretti came from a family of wealthy merchants who sold wine, spirits and even beer! With that knowledge behind him he built the brand we know and love today.

Moretti Label

The Moretti label has a story of it’s own. Luigi Moretti’s nephew saw a man drinking a Moretti at a restaurant in Udine. Moretti’s nephew thought that this man embodied the values of the beer; authenticity, tradition and genuineness. Mr Moretti gave the man another beer in exchange for taking his photo. This image has been on every bottle ever since.

We love the story behind the Moretti label and Moretti’s commitment to authenticity!
Find out more.

Why not try a bottle or a pint at your local Pesto today?

Christmas 2015 is coming…!

This year you can enjoy a variety of festive party menus at Pesto from £15.95 (lunch) and £19.95 or £25.95 (lunch or dinner), to make your special Christmas event with friends, family and loved ones go with a bang.

All of these Christmas menus are available to view or download here

This menu is available from 13 November 2015 until 10 January 2016 for groups of 8 or more people.

For smaller groups, our fantastic daytime offer of 3 piattini for under £9 is still available at our usual times 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.

A deposit of £10 per person is required within 14 days of booking to secure your reservation. 

Cheers to our Ale Launch!

Our Widnes restaurant is celebrating International Beer Day by partnering with a local brewery to launch its first real ale offering.

Pesto, on Birchfield Road, will now have Wirral Microbrewery Peerless Brewing Company’s popular tipple Triple Hop available as a limited trial in early August after receiving customer requests for a real ale on draught.

Acting general manager Gizela Kalkucka comments: “International Beer Day is the perfect time to celebrate lagers, ales and beers from far and wide and we wanted to find a local beer that would be perfect for cask ale connoisseurs visiting Pesto.”

As part of the launch, and to celebrate International Beer Day on August 7th, any customer that purchases a pint of the Peerless tipple at either Pesto restaurant in Widnes or Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn on the Wirral will also be put into a prize draw to win one of three special Peerless real ale gift packs at each restaurant.

All real-ale drinkers need to do is fill in the entry card given to them at either Pesto Widnes or Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough with each Peerless pint they buy between 4th- 9th August and hand it in to a server by closing time on Sunday August 9th to be entered into the draw.

“International Beer Day is the perfect time to taste new and different beers. Not only is this the first time we’ve launched a real ale at our restaurant but we’re giving beer-lovers an extra reason to raise a glass to the special day with our celebratory customer competition.”

 Terms and conditions of prize draw
- Customers can enter the prize draw after purchasing a pint of Peerless real ale at Pesto Widnes or Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough from 4th – 9th August. To enter they need to complete their details on the entry card & give the completed card back to a server by August 9th to enter.  Entrants will be added to the Pesto Restaurants & Peerless Brewing company’s mailing list to receive the latest news and offers from both companies, but will be able to unsubscribe at any point. 
- Three winners for each restaurant will each get a Peerless Gift Pack featuring three real ales and will be drawn from all the completed entries received on 14th August. 

 Our Peerless competition is now closed! Here are the winners:

The Dibbinsdale Inn winners:
Paul Hebblewhite
Peter Thronber
Michael Freeman-Carpino

The Widnes winners:
Iain Pritchard
Norman Armstrong
Dave Gee


An Italian Afternoon Tea!

After the success of our Italian Afternoon Tea at our Sutton Coldfield restaurant – we’re now offering this at: Pesto restaurant in Widnes, Pesto at Cabbage Hall in Tarporley, Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough plus Pesto at the Dicconson Arms in Appley Bridge outside Wigan everyday from 2-5pm (pre-booking required).

For just £12.95pp you can now indulge with our Italian afternoon tea which includes:

Mini bruschetta selection, Sun-dried tomato foccacia filled with mozzarella, sun blush tomatoes and pesto (V) plus a baguette bite with milano salami, Gran Moravia cheese and garlic herb mayo

Freshly baked scones served with preserves & the Italian favourite Nutella (V)

A selection of Italian sweet treats & desserts: homemade Tiramisu served in an espresso cup (V) , mini Victoria sponge slice (V) and a Chocolate Fudge Cake bite (V)

Unlimited English Breakfast tea or Americano coffee

(V) denotes items that may be suitable for vegetarians; however some cheeses used may contain rennet. Items may contain nuts. For advice on allergens please ask your server. Please note items may change due to availability.

To make this treat extra special, you can add a glass of Prosecco for just £3 more!

You can view our current Afternoon Tea menu here but please note that this can change due to availability.

Please note pre-booking is required (24 hours notice) – to book click here for contact details.

This is available every day 2-5pm only at Pesto Sutton Coldfield, Pesto Widnes, Pesto at the Dicconson Arms in Appley Bridge, Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough, Wirral or Pesto at Cabbage Hall in Tarporley, Cheshire.



Restaurant winners!

Five of our restaurants are celebrating after being named as top performing restaurants as reviewed by travellers on the world’s largest travel site.

Pesto in Widnes, Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough, Pesto at the Axe & Compass in Wolvey, Pesto in Sutton Coldfield and Pesto Cabbage Hall in Tarporley, Cheshire all recently received the 2015 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence which is only given to the top performing 10% of businesses listed worldwide on Tripadvisor.

The honour, which celebrates hospitality excellence, is only given to select establishments that achieve exceptional traveller reviews on Tripadvisor globally by sustaining an overall rating of four out of five or higher for the past year.

Co-owner of Pesto Sara Edwards

Co-owner of Pesto Sara Edwards

Co-owner of Pesto Sara Edwards comments: “We’re very pleased to have achieved these wonderful awards for five of our restaurants as we always strive to offer the best possible experience for our customers and this is an affirmation of what we offer.”

This achievement was even more remarkable for the Pesto restaurant in Sutton Coldfield as it only opened just over a year ago.

General Manager at the Hollyfield Road South restaurant Russell Bennett added: “The whole team love checking out our Tripadvisor reviews and we’re just so pleased that our customers support us like this by taking the time to write these reviews that we value so much.”

As President of TripAdvisor for Business, Marc Charron knows how important Certificate of Excellence is: “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, but also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

Hat’s the way to raise money!

Staff at our restaurants nationwide have put their heads together to help raise money for Brain Injury charity Headway with a wacky event held as part of Brain Injury Week, after being inspired by the incredible recovery story of their colleague.


Laura Shannon (front centre) goes hat-crazy with Pesto team members and Pesto co-owners Neil Gatt & Sara Edwards (back left & middle)!

The Pesto team took part in the ‘Hats for Headway’ event, organised by the national brain injury association Headway, which asked people to wear a funny hat on May 22nd and make a donation to help support the many thousands of people that suffer a brain injury every day in the UK.

The whole team donned a wacky array of headgear – from food inspired pizza and chilli hats and pumpkin caps through to bright neon wigs and colourful clown bowlers – and managed to raise over an astonishing £1600 for the worthy cause with donations coming from staff across all Pesto restaurants as well as customers at each site.

Pesto employees were keen to get involved in the event, which was created to raise awareness and generate funds to help brain injury survivors, after one of their colleagues Laura Shannon recently suffered a brain injury.

25 year old Laura, who works as General Manager at the Pesto Widnes restaurant, suffered a brain haemmorhage in Costa Rica but is now making a full recovery. Laura adds:

“To get so much support from my colleagues like this for ‘Hats for Headway’ has been really astounding. My original target was to raise £250 but the Pesto team, along with our customers as well as family and friends, have helped me raise more than six times that – a feat I never thought would be possible!

“Every 90 seconds someone in the UK is admitted to hospital with an Acquired Brain Injury (an injury caused to the brain since birth) which just goes to show how prevalent these injuries can be and how much these funds are needed to help support families, just like mine, who are affected by brain injuries. I can’t thank everyone enough for the support they’ve shown!”

The current total amount raised including gift aid is £1672.21. If you would also like to support the Pesto team in their fundraising, you can still donate by visiting Laura’s justgiving page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/LauraShannon or by visiting this website https://www.headway.org.uk/donate.aspx

The UK charity Headway helps to rebuild lives and put the pieces back together for survivors, their families and carers, offering advice, support and rehabilitation activities at their centres.

You can view lots of photos from the day by clicking here to our Facebook album.

Hat’s the way to raise money!

Our staff across all our restaurants are getting a headstart in helping to raise money for a Brain Injury charity by inviting customers to join them in wearing wacky hats at any Pesto restaurant on 22nd May.

Our employees are taking part in the ‘Hats for Headway’ event, organised by the national brain injury association Headway, which invites people to wear a funny hat on the day in return for making a donation to the charity, all in support of the thousands of people that suffer a brain injury daily in the UK.

Waiters, chefs and management at the restaurant will all be donning berets, pirate hats and even fascinators in aid of the event, which is organised as a key part of Brain Injury Week running from 18-24 May.

We were keen to get involved in the event, which aims to help raise awareness and generate funds to help brain injury survivors, after one of our colleagues Laura Shannon recently suffered a brain injury.

Laura Shannon

Laura Shannon at Pesto Widnes restaurant

25 year old Laura, who many of our customers will know currently works as Manager at the Widnes restaurant and used to work as General Manager at Pesto Cabbage Hall, suffered a brain haemorrhage in Costa Rica but is now making a full recovery. Laura comments:

“Every day more than 2,500 people in the UK suffer from a brain injury just like I did and this charity has really helped support me and my family in my journey to getting back to full health.

“To know that up to 500 Pesto employees will be helping to support this worthy cause by wearing quirky headwear on the 22nd means a great deal to me and any customers are more than welcome to join us in our charity efforts on the day!”

To join in on the 22nd May customers just need to turn up to any Pesto restaurant wearing a hat, fascinator or even head bobbers and donate their chosen amount on Laura’s justgiving page www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/LauraShannon or by visiting this website https://www.headway.org.uk/donate.aspx

To encourage more people to take part, Pesto will also be giving a prize of one meal for two people to one customer wearing a special hat on the day! To enter just take a picture of yourself at a Pesto restaurant in your hat and send it to selfie@pestorestaurants.co.uk or add it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #pestohat.

The UK charity Headway helps to rebuild lives and put the pieces back together for survivors, their families and carers, offering advice, support and rehabilitation activities at their centres.

Try an Affogato at Pesto

We’ve created a new gluten-free dessert to help give even more choice for coeliacs as part of a national awareness week.

The Italian classic dessert of ‘Affogato’, which consists of two scoops of Italian gelato doused with a shot of Italian espresso, will now be available at Pesto at the Axe and Compass in Wolvey, Pesto Cabbage Hall in Tarporley, Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough, Pesto in Widnes and Pesto Sutton Coldfield from Allergy Awareness Week and throughout the spring and summer.

Italian gluten-free dessert Affogato at Pesto Italian restaurant

Italian gluten-free dessert Affogato at Pesto Italian restaurant

Allergy Awareness Week runs from 20-26 April 2015 and was created by charity Allergy UK to help raise awareness and support the estimated 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK.

General manager at Pesto at the Axe and Compass David Joesbury said: “Whilst we already have lots of options on our menu for our customers that have specific dietary requirements, Allergy Awareness Week is the perfect time for us to launch a new sweet option for diners that suffer from a gluten intolerance.

“Dining out with special dietary needs can be difficult and as we had such positive feedback on the short trial we ran last year for our Affogato, we thought this was a great gluten-free dessert for us to bring back that doesn’t compromise on flavour.”

The Affogato costs £4.95 and diners can choose from a choice of Vanilla, Dulce de Leche or Dairy Free Chocolate gelato which is accompanied by a shot of espresso to pour over.

For more information about Allergy Awareness Week or to find out more about living with special dietary needs visit https://www.allergyuk.org/

Win a VIP Kid’s experience this Easter!

Join us this Easter at Pesto – our daytime menu is still available all bank holiday weekend, just click here to find out availability for your nearest Pesto.

We’re also giving under 12s the chance to win an amazing VIP Kid’s experience this Easter at Pesto Italian restaurant!

All your artistic little ones need to do is pick up an entry sheet in any of our restaurants and design their very own Easter egg, then hand their picture in or post it to the address on the sheet. The best design chosen from all those received will win a fantastic VIP Kid’s experience!*

Closing date for entries to be received is the 19th April 2015.



* Prize includes a family meal for 4 (up to value of £50 on food only plus bottle of house wine) plus a night’s stay in a family room at Pesto Dibbinsdale Inn, Bromborough including breakfast for up to two adults and two young children plus a priority car park space for your VIP visit! Prize (excluding hotel stay) can be exchanged to take place at any Pesto restaurant. Meal & hotel stay must be taken at same time only is subject to availability and has to be taken by 29 November 2015. Prize must be booked in advance and there are no exchanges or cash alternative. Prize cannot be taken on 1-4 May, 22-25 May, 21-24 August.

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