Celebrate in style this Christmas at Pesto

Get your tastebuds twinkling this festive season with our Christmas menus from just £15.95

Party at Pesto this New Year's Eve!

Find out about our spectacular New Year's Eve events by visiting the location page of your nearest restaurant.

Indulge in an Italian Afternoon Tea!

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

It's out with the old and in with the new with our sparkling new menu!

Our fantastic new dishes include a spicy new pizza and a deliciously moreish ravioli

New Year’s Eve 2015 at Pesto Widnes

widnesEnjoy a spectacular night of Italian dining and live music with swing singer Ryan Grant and bring in 2016 in style!

Tickets are just £40 and include a fabulous Pesto dinner, entertainment and your table for the evening.

With only limited tickets available, booking is strictly in advance only.

To book now call 0151 424 3729

Click here to view our special New Year’s Eve menu

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

Out with the old…

We’ve recently given our menu a make-over and are delighted to announce the arrival of some sparkling new dishes (and the revival of an old favourite) – just in time for Christmas!

We’ve brought back Penne con pollo al dragoncello due to popular demand. This beautiful chicken and penne pasta dish with fresh tarragon, lemon zest, mascarpone and pecorino cheese is the perfect comfort food for cold winter afternoons.

Our polenta chips have also had a make-over. Now with rosemary and Gran Moravia cheese and served with two dips, they’re tastier than ever. They’re a firm favourite with our customers on TripAdvisor – and we think you’ll love them even more now (we know we do!).


Our brand new Insalata Toscana has been inspired by all you health-conscious connoisseurs. Featuring some super-food ingredients including spinach, rocket, cannellini beans, tuna, avocado, olives and red onion – it’s sure to be a winner.

We know that one of the top choices amongst pizza-lovers in the UK is a spicy pizza so our new Pizzette piccante con salsiccia combines spicy Italian sausage and jalapeno peppers to get your taste-buds twinkling!

Our new Parmigiano e ricotta ravioli con pesto e pomodori secchi is full of flavour. The parmesan and ricotta filled ravioli are mixed with sun-dried tomatoes and one of our favourite ingredients, pesto (of course!), to create this deliciously moreish dish.

We have also added a new risotto dish combining the delicate flavours of roasted peppers with creamy goat’s cheese in our Risotto di formaggio di capra e peperoni arrostiti.


Finally our dolcelatte sauce as featured on our Bruschetta Funghi is so popular amongst customers we’ve decided to create a pasta dish with it too. Our Tagliatelle con salsa di funghi e dolcelatte tosses tagliatelle and mushrooms in our creamy dolcelatte sauce. Yum!

To view our new menu click here.

‘Tis the season for giving!

Christmas gift boxes

Food as good as ours was made for sharing!

Why not buy a gift voucher for your loved ones? You can purchase them in any amount you like.

Simply visit one of our restaurants to purchase a gift voucher for a meal or even an afternoon tea for two! The choice is yours!

Pesto Widnes is hosting a spooky bake off for bake a wish!

Pesto Widnes is ensuring fundraising is a piece of cake by organising a special Hallowe’en weekend event in aid of a national children’s charity.

The team at Pesto restaurant on Birchfield Road are holding a Bake-A-Wish morning on Friday 30th October between 10am and 12pm where customers can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee plus homemade cakes in return for donations to the charity.

Staff are busy channelling the Great British Bake Off and are set to make spooky themed cupcakes, fairy cakes and more as they try to raise money for Make-A-Wish, the charity that grants magical wishes for children across the UK.

Cupcakes decorated

Deputy Manager and amateur baker Andi Edwards comments: “Everyone loves cake so the team are getting their mixing bowls ready to bake some sweet treats in return for donations to this worthy cause.”

“Everyone is welcome to drop in and we look forward to the team, residents and local community all enjoying a cake – or two! – together.”

Make-A-Wish rely on donations to help transform the lives of children across the UK and have granted over 9,000 magical wishes over the past 26 years.

Pesto is situated on 217 Birchfield Road, Widnes WA8 9AH and customers can book by calling 0151 424 3729.

Mini Picassos wanted at Pesto!

Kids colouring competition at Pesto

Our restaurants have launched a search for ‘Mini Michaelangelos’ or ‘Piccolo Picassos’ with a very special art competition.

We’re giving young diners the opportunity to get creative and design their very own ‘Pesto’ character with the winning design set to be used nationwide next year on our new kids menu.

To enter, all youngsters aged 12 and under need to do is draw their unique design on the competition entry form given out to diners throughout the autumn at any of our restaurants.

Natelle Scott, Manager at Pesto comments: “We wanted to give our young diners the chance to win big with this fantastic drawing competition and encourage local budding artists to come forward.

“We look forward to seeing the fantastic entries we get over the next few months and picking the Pesto young artist champion!”

Drawings will be judged by a panel from Pesto restaurants after the closing date on 28 February.

Terms and conditions:
Only entries that have a clear design are drawn by children aged 12 and under and have all contact details completed and received by 28 February 2016 will be entered into the competition. A panel of judges from Pesto will choose their favourite ‘Pesto character’ design from those entered after this date to be transformed into a new character on the next print run of the kids menu. The judges decision is final and a winner will be chosen in March 2016, although the judges reserve the right to not choose a winner if no entry is suitable. If the winner cannot be contacted we reserve the right to withdraw the prize and pick a replacement winner. By entering the competition you give Pesto the right to use your name for the purpose of identifying you as a winner of the competition on our web page and social media sites and to use your name and image in any publicity material. By entering the competition you give Pesto the copyright to your design for whatever purpose including the print of your design on our menus. Pesto restaurants Ltd is compliant with the Data Protection Act. We will not pass on your details to any third party without your consent.
Pesto has also partnered with Venture photography on a monthly colouring competition at our Trafford Centre, Pesto at the Dicconson Arms in Wigan and our Widnes restaurants where entrants with the best pictures received could win a top prize of a family photography shoot and pictures worth over £350 at Warrington based Venture as well as a runner up prize of a Pesto restaurant gift voucher. You may be contacted by Venture with regards to your prize.

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.



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