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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
“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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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 email@example.com 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.