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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, suppliers 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/

Pesto brews up funds for charity!

Our customers have been clinking cups across many of our restaurants last week, helping to raise over £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Pesto at Cabbage Hall, on Forest Road, Tarporley, Pesto in Widnes, Pesto in Sutton Coldfield, Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn Bromborough and Pesto at the Axe & Compass in Wolvey all held special coffee and cake events on Friday September 26th giving guests homemade cakes plus teas and coffees in return for donations to the charity.

Pesto Cabbage Hall also hosted a Caran D’Ache mini boutique as part of their special charity morning, where customers were able to drop in and browse the latest stunning styles from their autumn/winter collection with 15% from all clothing & accessory purchases also going to Macmillan.

Total funds raised currently stand at £420, with more still coming in.

General manager of Pesto Cabbage Hall Laura Shannon comments: “We’re truly astounded by the amount of local support we received for our event, especially the generosity of our customers which meant we were able to raise such a significant amount for Macmillan Cancer Support. Our customers not only enjoyed the chance ‘give as they shop’ but many also brought in their own cakes to help boost our fundraising!”

So – we want to send you our customers a HUGE thank you for helping us raise so much already and support such a worthy cause!

Coffee & cake morning at Pesto for Macmillan!

We hope you’ll join us for cake and coffee this September as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Our restaurants in Widnes, Sutton Coldfield, Pesto at the Axe & Compass in Wolvey, Pesto at Cabbage Hall in Tarporley and Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough are all holding a special coffee morning from 9.30am til 11.30am on Friday September 26th where we’ll offer each guest tea and coffee plus homemade cakes in return for donations to the charity. Just drop in on Friday to any of the below restaurant to enjoy free cakes & coffee:

Pesto, 20 Hollyfield Road, Sutton Coldfield B76 1NX

Pesto, 271 Birchfield Road, Widnes WA8 9AH

Pesto at Dibbinsdale Inn, Dibbinsdale Road, Bromborough CH63 0HJ

Pesto at the Axe & Compass, Five Ways, Wolvey LE10 3HG

Our Pesto Cabbage Hall restaurant in Tarporley are even taking it one step further  by holding a ‘Fashion, Coffee & Cake’ event partnering with Tarporley retailer Caran D’Ache to host a mini boutique at the restaurant as part of their charity morning.

Customers will be able to drop in and browse the latest stunning styles from their autumn/winter collection as well as enjoy free tea and coffee and homemade cakes (made by Pesto & Caran D’Ache team members).

Caran D’Ache will also be kindly donating 15% from all clothing & accessory purchases made on the day at Pesto Cabbage Hall.

To join us for our special Fashion Coffee & Cake event, just drop in on Fri 26th Sep 9.30-11.30am to:

Pesto Cabbage Hall, Forest Road, Tarporley CW6 9ES

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event where it hopes to raise £15million through events like this held nationwide.

General manager at our Widnes restaurant Melanie Mooney comments: “Everyone is welcome to drop in on the 26th at any of our events and we look forward to the team and local community all enjoying a piece of cake together.”

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.

Christmas is coming…

It may seem far off but at Pesto the Christmas countdown is well and truly on as we’ve been taking bookings for ages! This year you can enjoy a variety of festive party menus 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 menus are available to view or download here

This menu is available from 14 November 2014 until 11 January 2015.

For 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

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.

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