Oct 19, 2016

New Year’s Eve 2016 at Pesto

To make New Year’s Eve extra special we have a range of magical acts performing at some of our restaurants.

Below is a list of our fabulous acts that are sure to bring 2017 in with a bang!

Pesto at the Axe and Compass will spend the evening with celebrated West End star Mike Sterling, who has performed over 1,000 times as the lead role in the musical hit ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. Along with a special female guest, the duo will take their audience on an unforgettable journey by performing a range of some of the world’s most loved musicals and opera classics. Click here for more information about the event.

cabbagePesto Cabbage Hall, near Tarporley, is holding a special evening with one of the UK’s top swing singers, David Brody. David will be performing numerous rat pack classics as well as pop hits and is guaranteed to get everyone in the party mood! For more information click here.

Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn, Bromborough will host a spectacular night of live music with swing singer and Michale Bublé tribute act Chris G. Chris will be performing all the classic, timeless Swing & Rat Pack hits along with a selection of Michael Buble’s hits. Click here for more information about the event.

dicconsonPesto at the Dicconson Arms, Appley Bridge will enjoy a night of glitz and glamour with West End duo, The Deadly Divas. Singing a range of West End favourites and pop classics this is sure to be a night to remember! For more information click here.

Our newest venue, Pesto at the White Horse, will enjoy an evening with West End stars the Patriot Girls. The celebrated trio will sing a range of West End hits, opera classics and boogie-woogie favourites. Click here for more information.

Image - Miranda Wilford (3)Pesto Sutton Coldfield will spend the evening with West End star and Big Band favourite Miranda Wilford. The celebrated singer will sing a range of swing and jazz classics as well as pop and soul favourites with a special male guest performer to make this a wonderful evening to remember. Click here to find out more.

Pesto Widnes will see Abba Tribute female duo ‘Agnetha and Frida’, Diana Edwards & Sarah Fearnley  (with over 16 years in the Tribute business sharing the stage with Kylie, Cher & The Eagles amongst others) perform in style singing  a range of ABBA favourites from ‘Dancing Queen’ to ‘Super Trouper’. Click here for more information about the event.

All the events above take place on Saturday 31st December 2016. Please contact the relevant restaurant direct for more information.

Please note that tickets are limited for the above events and booking is strictly in advance only.

Oct 18, 2016

Pesto dishes up fork-finding dilemma!


Here at Pesto we’re giving people food for thought with a tasty visual puzzle.

We’ve created a baffling brainteaser asking eagle-eyed customers to see if they can spot where a solitary fork is hiding amongst a mind-bending maze of pasta shapes.

The design is made even more difficult as it features a variety of pasta types from penne to conchiglie – all in a range of sizes and colours.

Our ‘cutlery conundrum’, which was created by our Graphic Designer Mimi Jones, is the latest in a long line of ‘Where’s Wally’ style visual puzzles that have been proving popular on the internet this year.

Mimi comments: “We wanted to create a fun, interactive puzzle that left people scratching their heads and there was definitely only one theme for us to do – especially as National Pasta Day is on October 17th!

“We’re looking forward to seeing how many people go carb-crazy and manage to spot the fork in the pile of pasta.”

This puzzle has an added twist to it as if you can find the fork amongst the fusilli and farfalle and bring in a copy of the completed puzzle to your local Pesto restaurant by October 31st, you will be able to enter a prize draw to win a meal for two people at the restaurant.

New Year’s Eve 2016 at Pesto Widnes

nye-pos-widnesEnjoy a spectacular night of Italian dining and music with renowned Abba Tribute female duo ‘Agnetha and Frida’, Diana Edwards & Sarah Fearnley – who have over 16 years in the Tribute business sharing the stage with Kylie, Cher & The Eagles amongst others.

The celebrated vocalists will sing a range of ABBA favourites from ‘Dancing Queen’ to ‘Super Trouper’ to make this a wonderful evening to remember.

Tickets are just £45 per person and include a fabulous Pesto dinner, entertainment and your table for the evening.

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

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

To book now call 0151 424 3729

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

Oct 07, 2016

Join us for free pumpkin carving!

We’re giving local kids the chance to carve their own spooky pumpkin for free ahead of Hallowe’en at some of our restaurants.

Pesto Cabbage Hall, Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn, Pesto Sutton Coldfield and Pesto Widnes exclusively will hold this ghoulish giveaway from 24th to 31st October between 12-6pm each day when children with families dining at the restaurant can have a go at carving their own design into a pumpkin – and even take their scary creations home with them.

In order to take part parents need to bring in a special voucher to exchange for one pumpkin, whilst stocks last, which they can download here.

As pumpkins are very limited and given out on a first come first served basis, parents can also book ahead by calling their local restaurant to reserve a pumpkin and help avoid disappointment.

Families taking part can then send a picture of their finished pumpkin to our facebook, twitter or Instagram page for their chance to be named the best ‘Pesto Pumpkin’ and win a family meal. Those without social media can email their picture to enquiries@pestorestaurants.co.uk

Ts & Cs: Please note there is very limited availability of our free pumpkins which will be given out on a first come first served basis, one per voucher, whilst stocks last. To avoid disappointment you can book ahead by calling your local restaurant. No cash alternative or alternative product can be offered. Pumpkin carving kits will be given out which are not suitable for use by children under 4 years old. These contain tools with functional sharp edges and points which may cause injury if misused. Adult supervision is required. Please note Pesto Restaurants accepts no liability for any accidents that occur from taking part in this activity. Please hand your pumpkin carving kit back to a server once finished with.

Sep 21, 2016

Win free cocktails for a year!


If you’re mad for mojitos, crazy for a cosmopolitan or even think our non-alcoholic melon-jitos are totally more-ish, then our new cocktail competition is for you!

To celebrate our new cocktail menu we’re giving you the chance to win an extra special prize! Every time you buy either a cocktail or mocktail from September 16th till October 16th from any of our restaurants you’ll get a ‘tipple ticket’ to complete & hand in for your chance to win a round of cocktails or mocktails for two every month – for a year!

Visit any of our restaurants in Widnes, Wigan, Sutton Coldfield, Tarporley, Trafford Centre, Hinckley, Desford and Bromborough for your chance to win…

Good luck and chin chin!

Ts and cs: A ‘tipple ticket’ will be given to customers everytime they buy a cocktail/mocktail from 16 Sep – 16 Oct 2016 up to a maximum of three tickets per day. Alcoholic cocktail prize can be won by over 18s only. If under 18 the Mocktail prize will be given. Proof of age may need to be shown to redeem prize. Prize will be two cocktails/mocktails every month for a year & cannot be exchanged or passed over to the following month if not redeemed. Prize draw entry deadline 16th Oct 2016. One winner will be drawn at the end of October and contacted re their prize.

Pesto Restaurants Ltd encourages responsible drinking. If you suspect that you have a problem, or that someone you know does, please do not ignore it – seek further advice: http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/

Aug 09, 2016

Calling all Book Lovers! Donations needed for Charity Family Book Exchange.

At Pesto we’re asking for people to raid their bookshelves and donate children and family friendly books this summer as we prepare to launch our charitable book exchange on Roald Dahl Day.

September is Roald Dahl’s birth month, and each year celebrations are held centring around his birthday on 13th September. This year’s Roald Dahl Day is sure to be extra special as it is the centenary since the renowned author’s birth.

Laura Shannon of Pesto launches the family book exchange to launch on Roald Dahl day

Laura Shannon of Pesto launches the family book exchange to launch on Roald Dahl day

Here at Pesto we’re launching a family book exchange box at all of our restaurants from mid-September where your little ones will be able to take a book from the selection in return for a donation, which will be given to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

Pesto at the Axe & Compass General Manager David Joesbury comments: “Roald Dahl’s fantastic creations like Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have transformed countless children into devoted readers and this seemed a great opportunity to help encourage more children to get into reading.

“We want to give pre-loved hardbacks and paperbacks a new life so hope we can get support with donations of books to help us launch this book exchange.”

To get involved just drop off any family friendly or children’s books you would like to donate – either new or used in good condition – at any Pesto during opening hours. The book exchange will open from the 13th September.

‘If my books can help children become readers, then I feel I have accomplished something important’ Roald Dahl

Round RDMCC Logo with Marvin

Once the book exchange is open, any monetary donations for the books received from September will go to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity which aims to make life better for seriously ill children in the UK and helps over 20,000 children every year.

Jul 27, 2016

Search for a ‘Golden Cup’ for your chance to win an Italian Afternoon Tea for two!


We’re giving diners an even better reason to have their cake and eat it this August with a special ‘Golden Teacup’ competition.

We’ve launched the competition to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week and will give two customers who book and enjoy an Italian Afternoon Tea at a Pesto restaurant anytime from the 8th to the 14th August the chance to win their afternoon tea for two for free.

All you need to do to enter is visit Pesto for afternoon tea during that week and find one of two special ‘Golden Cups’ that will be served to two lucky winners.

General Manager Laura Shannon at Pesto at Cabbage Hall comments: “Afternoon Tea week is the perfect time to celebrate our unique Italian take on a British classic. Our Italian afternoon tea has become very popular amongst our customers and we wanted give our customers something back by giving them the chance to enjoy their afternoon treat on us.”

Our Italian Afternoon Tea includes a range of Italian savoury and sweet treats including mini bruschettas and a tiramisu served in an espresso cup and costs £12.95pp including unlimited tea or Americano coffee. It is available everyday 2-5pm and pre-booking with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is necessary by calling your local restaurant direct.

*Terms and conditions:  The winner will be informed after their meal if they have won if they have the special winners cup. Regardless of party size dining with us, the prize will be the cost of standard Italian afternoon tea for two people (if more people are dining the amount of £25.90 will be taken off your bill). The winners agree to take part in reasonable publicity (including a photo taken when they receive their prize) and to the use of their names and photographs in such publicity. Two prizes of an Italian afternoon tea for two available. Maximum prize value of £25.90 to be redeemed on an Italian afternoon tea only. Cannot be redeemed for cash and no change.

Jul 25, 2016



If you’re hooked onto the viral game everyone is talking about, we’re giving you a chance to win whilst you hunt with our Pokemon Go competition.

Any game players visiting one of our restaurants will get the chance to win a meal for two if they take a photo or screen grab of them catching a pokemon character whilst dining at the restaurant.

Whether you snap a ‘Squirtle’ or take a picture of a ‘Pidgey’ at Pesto – every picture you take and send in of a pokemon at Pesto, via our facebook or twitter page or by email to enquiries@pestorestaurants.co.uk, will count as an entry into the prize draw. You can also add the hashtag #pokemonatpesto when you send them to us! Just remember the competition closing date is 28th August.

If you manage to get a Pesto menu or sign in the background you’ll also get a bonus entry – our restaurants even have some chargers for you to use to recharge your mobile battery whilst dining with us.

General Manager at Pesto at the Dicconson Arms Natelle Scott comments: “We’ve already had customers (and staff) catching pikachus next to pizzas and charmanders on the chairs so thought this hunt would be great fun to give any Pokemon Go players a tasty bonus for playing.”


As Pesto at Cabbage Hall, Pesto Sutton Coldfield, Pesto at the Dicconson Arms and Pesto at the Axe & Compass are also Pokestops, to help launch the ‘Pokemon at Pesto’ hunt, these restaurants will set off a lure at 6pm on Thursday 4th August to encourage more wild and rare pokemon to visit these restaurants!


The popular game has had 5 million UK downloads already and is still proving popular amongst people of all ages. If you’re a Pokemon Go player and want to enter, just send your picture of a pokemon at a Pesto restaurant to us via social media or the email above by the closing date of 28th August 2016.



 *Terms and Conditions: The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 or under. One prize to be won of a meal for two people up to the value of £40 on food only plus a bottle of house wine from entries via facebook, twitter and facebook. If the winner is aged under 18, the winner must be that person’s parent or legal guardian. Only pictures of pokemon being caught at a Pesto restaurant will be considered valid entries and each different picture will count as one entry into the prize draw (so entrants can have multiple entries). Pictures that also include a Pesto menu or sign at the restaurant will also have a ‘bonus entry’ into the draw. Prize to be drawn in early September from all valid entries and contacted through their method of entry. The winner may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the Prize Draw and the winner shall participate in such activity on our reasonable request. The winner consents to the use by the Promoter both before and after the closing date of the Prize Draw for an unlimited time, of the winner’s picture entries and entrant identities (ie social media handle or name).

Jul 23, 2016

Restaurant shines with Italian award nomination

Our team at Pesto at the White Horse are celebrating after being told that the restaurant has been nominated as ‘Best Newcomer’ in the second ever English Italian Awards.

The restaurant on Leicester Lane in Desford was informed by the team at the national awards that we’ve already received multiple nominations from the public for this highly-esteemed award.
The English Italian Awards were designed to be the fairest restaurant contest in the country as they invite the general public to vote for their favourite Italian venues and businesses across England, with the restaurants achieving the most votes in each category making the final.

This is the second year of the awards, and the Best Newcomer category searches for the best Italian restaurants nationwide that have opened their doors within the past twelve months.

Sister restaurants Pesto at the Axe & Compass in Wolvey, Pesto Cabbage Hall outside Tarporley and Pesto in Widnes have also all been nominated in the Best Restaurant, Best Pizza and Best Family restaurant categories with our whole group also nominated for the honour of winning Best Team and Best Multiple Operator.

General Manager of Pesto at the White Horse Jo Timms comments: “We’re very proud of the response and feedback the team have received from our customers since we first opened our doors – and are delighted that this positive response has translated into being nominated for such a well-regarded national award.”

The next stage will see a small number of finalists named in each category, all of which will then be visited by a ‘mystery guest’ from a panel of esteemed independent judges.

If you would like to support Pesto nominations are open until 31 July 2016 and you can vote here http://englishitalianawards.co.uk/vote-now-2016/ please specify which Pesto restaurant you are voting for in the relevant categories eg ‘Pesto at the Axe & Compass’.


Jul 20, 2016

We’re celebrating our 2016 TripAdvisor success!

Our team are celebrating after the world’s largest travel site has named all seven of our qualifying restaurants as ‘top performing’ in its 2016 awards.

We recently found out that each restaurant that could qualify for the honour, including our restaurant at the Trafford centre, Pesto Dicconson Arms outside Wigan and more, have all been awarded the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

The accolade, which celebrates true excellence in hospitality and is only achieved by roughly the top performing 10% of businesses listed globally on TripAdvisor, is only given to select establishments that achieve exceptional traveller reviews on the travel site by sustaining an overall rating of four out of five or higher for the past twelve months.

Sara Edwards (centre) with some of the Pesto General Managers

Sara Edwards (centre) with some of the Pesto General Managers

Co-owner of Pesto Restaurants Sara Edwards comments: “For all of our eligible restaurants to win this highly esteemed award is a huge accomplishment by all of our team members.

“For most of the restaurants this is the second or third consecutive year that they have won this honour as well, most achieving it every year since they could first qualify for it, which makes it even more of an extraordinary feat.”

Our only restaurant that was not able to enter the awards process was Pesto at the White Horse in Desford which, as it only opened ten months ago, didn’t meet the minimum one year trading entry requirement. Sara adds:

“We’re already getting very positive reviews from our customers, and on TripAdvisor, for Pesto at the White Horse so are hoping we can add to our awards collection and keep our 100% record next year!”

TripAdvisor launched the Certificate of Excellence six years ago to celebrate hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a top quality level of customer experience.

Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor comments: “With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers.

“This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”