We're recruiting!

Visit our careers page for our latest vacancies at Pesto Widnes, Trafford Centre, Pesto Cabbage Hall & more.

Pesto wins Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence!

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

Bake Off for Macmillan!

Cupcakes are on the menu this summer at Pesto Cabbage Hall in Tarporley and our Widnes restaurant as part of a charity drive.

Staff at both of our venues have been busy channelling the Great British Bake Off making cupcakes, fairy cakes and more as they try to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Widnes team have put their wooden spoons to good use as part of a national charity drive by the Italian restaurant group and have already raised over £100 in donations from customers for their sweet treats with the Pesto Cabbage Hall team not far behind in their fundraising endeavours.

Andi Edwards with the Widnes restaurant's sweet treats!

Andi Edwards with the Widnes restaurant’s sweet treats!

The teams are doing this as part of our national “£20 Challenge” where each restaurant team has to use their creative and entrepreneurial talent to convert an initial £20 donation into as much money as possible for Macmillan by September 16th.

Fundraising activities including secret raffles, donations for specially made loom band bracelets and more are already all taking place in other Pesto restaurants with the restaurant who raises the most named Pesto’s most charitable restaurant.

33 year old Melanie comments: “Everyone loves cake and our cupcakes have already proved incredibly popular in just a few days which has really helped to sweeten our fundraising appeal.

“We’re so glad so many people have already shown their support for the fantastic work Macmillan does on a daily basis by donating for our cakes, and we hope to raise even more over the coming weeks.”

The restaurant is also set to hold fundraising activities over the bank holiday weekend as well as a charity coffee morning in September as part of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

The coffee morning will take place from 9.30am until 11.30am on Friday September 26th where it will offer each guest a cup of tea or coffee plus homemade cakes in return for donations.

Melanie continues: “This will be our first year of holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning and we look forward to welcoming customers new and old as we help raise money together for this amazing cause.”

Donations are of the utmost importance for Macmillan Cancer Support as they make up 98% of the charities income.  The organisation helps people living with cancer and their families giving them essential medical, practical and emotional support and just £25 can pay for a Macmillan nurse’s support for an hour.

We’re recruiting!

We’re looking for people to join our growing teams, not only at Pesto Widnes but also at Pesto at the Axe & Compass, on Five Ways just outside Hinckley, and Pesto Cabbage Hall in Tarporley, Cheshire.

Our Wolvey team at Pesto at the Axe & Compass are looking to find an extra five permanent members of staff (for roles including chefs, waiting staff and runners) by September to meet growing demand from customers.

Our Tarporley team are also looking for two ‘bar stars!’ to join their growing bar team after following its most successful year of trading to date.

Our Widnes restaurant is also recruiting for three roles after extending our outdoor dining area.

This news comes just weeks after both venues have announced they have won a TripAdvisor Certificate for Excellence which is only given to the top 10% businesses on the global review site.

Pesto Italian Restaurant Recruitment

Sara Edwards, Co-owner of Pesto Italian Restaurants at Pesto at the Axe & Compass

Co-owner of Pesto Sara Edwards adds: “We have had an amazing twelve months of trading since opening last year at Pesto at the Axe & Compass, and our Tarporley and Widnes restaurants are going from strength to strength.

“These positions will help us invest in our teams at all sites and ensure we continue to offer customers the excellent standard of service they have come to expect.

“We look forward to hearing from anyone with experience who is interested in joining an energetic and close-knit team.”

If you’re interested in joining one of our dynamic restaurant teams, visit our careers page here for details on how to apply.

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 Cabbage Hall in Tarporley, 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, Pesto Cabbage Hall and Pesto Sutton Coldfield only)

Chocolate (at all sites)

Coconut (at Pesto Widnes only)

Dulce de leche (at Pesto Widnes  and Pesto Cabbage Hall)

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 and Pesto Cabbage Hall 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 careers@pestorestaurants.co.uk or call the restaurant direct on 0151 424 3729 to find out more. Experience is preferred.

Our ‘Pesto selfie’ winners have been announced!

We’ve collated the entries and votes and are delighted to announce the winners of our ‘Pesto Selfie’ competition!

With so many fantastic entries, our judging panel found it very difficult to pick just one winner from our finalists, so they picked two winning pictures – one of whom even brought along their very own sign!

Winning selfie number 1!

Winning selfie number 1!

Winning selfie number 2!

Winning selfie number 2!

Thanks to all who entered – and well done to our winners!

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 with their entry picture 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


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