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Try our new menu at your nearest Pesto!

Enjoy ten new piattini dishes at Pesto from Pizzette Fiorentina to Gnocchi Tricolore and even a rack of Italian pork ribs.

Pesto picks up business award!

We’re delighted to announce that Pesto has been identified by the London Stock Exchange as one of the ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’!

We have been recognised in the second edition of London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report published this month.

The report identifies the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) that are making a positive impact on economic growth and job creation within the UK.

Co-owner Neil Gatt comments on the accolade: “It’s a real honour to be included in such a prestigious report and testament to the hard work and dedication of the team in driving the company forward.

“Despite a difficult trading environment for the restaurant industry, we’re going from strength to strength and also making a positive impact to communities by transforming old pub sites into some of our most successful restaurants to date, such as Pesto at the Dicconson Arms in Wigan.

“To be named as one of the most inspiring companies is especially significant for us as we continually strive to offer an innovative dining experience for our customers with our ‘piattini’ menu and this is a true validation of our unique concept.”

Pesto, whose Head office is in Irlam, is just one of 30 companies in the Greater Manchester area recognised in the report.

To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers.

Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group said: “This report is a significant part of London Stock Exchange’s broader campaign to support UK high growth companies in their journeys from Start-up to Stardom and to create an entrepreneurship revolution.

“I’m delighted that a strong alliance between UK Government, financial market participants, investors, entrepreneurs and companies has been created to support these inspiring businesses.”

More detail on the methodology as well as a fully searchable database of all the companies featured within the report can be found online at www.1000companies.com.

Well done Team Pesto!

Mother’s Day at Pesto

Mamma Mia! Mothering Sunday is just around the corner on Sun March 15th 2015 and – as it’s one of our busiest Sundays of the year we recommend booking early!

So to treat your mum to an unforgettable Mother’s Day book your nearest Pesto now – and enjoy our new menu with ten new dishes from delicious chargrilled ribs to a delicious Spaghetti alla “Norma” in a tasty aubergine and tomato sauce.

Our 3 piattini dishes for £8.95 special offer is also available on Mother’s Day at select restaurants including: Pesto at the Cabbage Hall in Tarporley, Cheshire; Pesto in Widnes and Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough, on the Wirral.

Click here to book your nearest Pesto now.

Cheers with our new Widnes cocktail!

Our Widnes team arcocktailimagee celebrating the success of local actress Maria Lovelady by creating a very special cocktail in her honour.

The team were inspired to create the special tipple after it was announced that Maria was cast as the lead role of Helen in the new stage adaptation of ‘Twopence to Cross the Mersey’.

To recognize this fantastic achievement, the restaurant’s mixologist team came up with ‘Maria’s Mersey Ferry’, a twist on a ‘Staten Island Ferry’ cocktail with a mix of Cointreau, white rum, raspberry puree and orange juice, all served in a 1930s style Mason’s Jar glass.

“We wanted to create a cocktail that was not only enjoyable to drink but also evoked the 1930s setting of the play”, said General Manager Laura Shannon. “By using Cointreau, one of the most popular spirits during this era, and these uniquely designed glasses we think this drink is the perfect way to pay homage to a wonderful actress.”

The upcoming play of Helen Forrester’s best-selling book is set to premiere at the Epstein Theatre next month ahead of a Merseyside tour and Maria hopes to drop in at Pesto before this for a cocktail masterclass where she’ll get to shake up her eponymous cocktail herself.

Maria comments: “I am so pleased to have this cocktail named after me, it sounds delicious as it includes all my favourite flavours and I’m really looking forward to having a go at making it myself. It will be nice to have something special to celebrate with on opening night!”

Maria’s Mersey Ferry cocktail is available exclusively at Pesto restaurant in Widnes and costs £5.95.

‘Twopence to Cross the Mersey’ opens at the Epstein Theatre on March 10 – a charity performance raising funds for North West Cancer Research, and will then tour to Southport, St Helens and New Brighton.

Send us a Smooch!

Will you be our Valentine this Valentine’s Day?!

This Valentine’s weekend we’re offering the perfect way to share the love with our regular piattini menu. With most of our dishes around the £4 mark, they’re ideal for sharing with that special someone. Click here to view our piattini menu.

We’re also offering a prize of a romantic night out for 2 for the winner with the best kiss chosen from all the pics of people puckering up at Pesto over Valentine’s weekend.

To enter simply send us a pic of you blowing a kiss or having a cheeky smooch at any of our Pesto restaurants from 13th to 15th February right here or through Facebook/Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #pestosmooch

The picture that receives the most votes by midnight 22 February will win!

Our restaurants will also have their very own ‘Kissing Hampers’ filled with cute props for customers to use over the weekend to help snappers get the best shot! So get ready to blow us a kiss – for your chance to win!

Terms and conditions: Only photos taken at a Pesto restaurant of people blowing kisses and must be uploaded/sent between 13-15 February 2015 will win. Prize is for one meal for two people up to value of £40 (on food only) plus a bottle of house wine. Prize must be booked in advance and is subject to availability. Winner will be chosen by votes cast by 22nd February and judges decision in final. By entering this competition you agree to be added to Pesto Restaurants mailing list which you can unsubscribe from at any time.

Can you help our search?

Our new restaurant manager at Pesto Widnes has launched a search to find out more about the historic restaurant building’s past – and hopes you can help!

25 year old Laura Shannon has been recruited as General Manager of Pesto restaurant on Birchfield Road this week as Maternity cover for departing manager Melanie Mooney.

Laura, who has family in the Gateacre area, hopes locals will be able to help her and her team find out more about the landmark building in Farnworth. Laura says:

“I’ve already started to hear a lot of stories about the building’s past from customers and team members but we’re really keen to trace as much of the restaurant’s history as possible.

“The building is very recognisable locally and, whilst we know that it has been a restaurant for a number of years, we are hoping people will be able to tell us more or even show us pictures of its previous incarnations decades ago.”

Pesto Italian restaurant Widnes

Laura outside Pesto restaurant in Widnes

Laura, who lives in Eccles, is well known to Cabbage Hall regulars as she has moved to Pesto Widnes after working for almost two years at Pesto at Cabbage Hall in Tarporley and is looking forward to the new challenge.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to take the reins from Mel whilst she is on maternity leave as I’ve heard great things about the restaurant and customers.

“I can’t think of a better way to mark the start of my time here at Pesto by finding out a little bit more about the building’s past – whether from anecdotes, archived pictures or past experience – and so urge anyone who can help to get in touch.”

If you can help trace the history of the building on 217 Birchfield Road or have any old images please drop in to the restaurant or call Laura on 0151 424 3729.


Staff from Pesto restaurant in Birchfield Road, Widnes and Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn inBromborough, joined hundreds of fundraisers for Brainwave’s annual Santa Dash last weekend.

Team members dressed as Father Christmas, and even Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, for the 5k run around Birchwood Forest Park, all to help raise money for the charity which helps children with disabilities and additional needs across the North West achieve greater independence.

Pesto restaurant Widnes & Bromborough teams do Santa Dash!









This is the first time Pesto has taken part in the local event which saw the fun-runners brave the elements including hail during the multi-terrain ‘dash’.

Emma Prescott, Marketing Manager at Pesto who ran dressed as Rudolph commented:

“It was great to see so many people from across the region doing their bit for this amazing cause and be part of such a spectacular event. Having everyone cheering us on was a great help – who knew it would be quite so tough to run in fancy dress!

“Despite the cold, we all got through it and managed to finish the course. In fact I didn’t need my special Rudolph nose by the end of the course as the low temperature had given it a natural glow!”

“We’ve already raised over £150 for charity with more still coming in, so would like to thank everyone who has supported us already!”

Well done teams!

Get your winter woolly on this Friday at Pesto to win!

Our restaurant staff will all be donning their novelty seasonal sweaters on Friday 12th December to support Save The Children’s ‘Winter Woolly Day’ and we’re hoping to get our customers involved by holding a special prize draw on the day!

Any customers visiting Pesto on Friday 12th December wearing a festive jumper will be put into a special prize draw to win a Prestige 5 piece cookware set.

To get involved, all you have to do is send a picture of yourself wearing a Christmas jumper at a Pesto restaurant on Friday 12th December either by twitter to @PestoRestaurant, upload it to Pesto’s facebook page, add a picture to Instagram with the hashtag #pestorestaurant or even email a Christmas jumper selfie to selfie@pestorestaurants.co.uk by midnight that evening. One winner will then be chosen from all the entries received on the day.

General manager of Pesto Cabbage Hall Laura Shannon said: “Everyone loves a novelty sweater and we thought it would be a great idea to spread some ‘jumper joy’ by not only taking part in this Save The Children awareness day but also helping encourage more people to get into the festive spirit with this prize draw.”

Christmas Jumper Day is now in its third year and, thanks to supporters popping on their pullovers up and down the nation, Save The Children have raised more than £1.6 million to date.

The charity asks for a £2 donation for anyone wearing their woolly through their website or by texting WOOLLY to 70050 and this year the Government will also match every pound donated.


Pesto Italian Restaurant mince pie event in Widnes

Andi Edwards with some festive treats at Pesto restaurant Widnes


Enjoy a treat this December…and help raise money for charity at Pesto!

We’re holding some special ‘Mince Pie Mornings’ at Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn and our Widnes restaurant throughout December to help raise money for Macmillan.

Our Widnes Pesto, on Birchfield Road, will now be open from 10.30am every day for coffee from the 1st of December and is offering any customers who drop in for tea or coffee from 10.30am until 12pm during the festive period mince pies in return for donations to the charity.

Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough is also offering ‘Mince Pie Mornings’ every day in December from 10am till 12pm, again offering these festive treats in return for donations to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Widnes General Manager Melanie Mooney comments: “With the festive season underway we wanted to show our support once again for Macmillan with our own event, especially as we had such positive feedback for our coffee morning in September.

“Everyone is welcome to drop in so we hope that once again local residents will show their support for this incredible cause by visiting us and enjoying a mince pie or two together with the Pesto team.”

Macmillan Cancer Support help people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support and just £25 can pay for a Macmillan nurse’s support for an hour.

New Year’s Eve 2014 at Pesto Widnes

Enjoy a spectacular evening of Italian dining and live music with a rat-pack style singer at Pesto Italian restaurant in Widnes this 2014 New Year’s Eve – and bring in 2015 in style!

New Year's Eve Widnes 2014Tickets are just £35 which include a celebratory meal and entertainment throughout the evening.

For more information on timings and menus etc please call the restaurant direct.

With only limited tickets available, booking is strictly in advance only so book now by calling the restaurant on 0151 424 3729.

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


Our Finance Director Martin Evans along with his wife Karen Evans and friend Fiona Buckley are set to cycle a challenging 400 kilometres from Vietnam to Cambodia in just five days.

Pedal power will see the trio ride from Saigon all the way to Siem Reap in intense heat and humid
conditions – all in the name of charity.

They are raising money for the amazing Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester and the Pesto team are supporting them on their way by encouraging our staff and customers to show their support. Not only will Pesto be matching any donations made by employees or customers by Sunday 23rd November, any customers who donate to the challenge by the 23rd November will also be put into a draw to win a meal for two.

So help support an amazing cause and be in with a chance to win!  How can you enter? Just donate to Martin’s bike challenge with your full name & town and contact email and we will contact the winner by December 7th, visit https://www.justgiving.com/EvansBuckley/

Read more about their challenge below:

Their route will see them ride from the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City through numerous river
communities within the heart of the Mekong Delta to the finish line at stunning Angkor Wat.

The amateur cyclists are taking on the gruelling challenge to raise money for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Backford which cares for 1,500 people from Chester, Deeside and Cheshire every year.

Whilst the amateur cyclists have never completed a challenge on this scale ever before, they are all looking forward to the once-in-a-lifetime challenge later this month.

48 year old Martin Evans comments: “To say we’ve never done anything on this scale before is an understatement.
Not only is it by far the furthest distance I’ve ever ridden but Karen and Fiona have had to buy bikes
just to be able to do this!”

Pesto Finance Director Martin Evans in training on his bike.

Pesto Finance Director Martin Evans in training on his bike.

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd helps to improve the quality of life for those living with any
incurable illness and gives support to families, friends and carers but needs to raise an astounding £6,800 every day to provide free care. Martin and team have chosen to support them after the hospice cared for his mother late last year. He adds:

“The hospice work very hard to look after families during some very difficult times, as we found out first hand. The care they gave was amazing. Their team were very kind and compassionate through a very hard time and this is our way of thanking them as well as helping to support their work going forward.”

Martin and team have covered all travel costs and fees to enter the challenge themselves,  meaning
that all donations will go straight to the charity.

To donate to Martin’s bike challenge, visit https://www.justgiving.com/EvansBuckley/

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