Nov 27, 2017

Perfectly Frank Promises a Magical New Year’s Eve at the Dicconson Arms

Bringing the swing of Sinatra alive, Perfectly Frank by David Knopov as seen on BBC TV`s `The one and only` is without a doubt one of the most successful Frank Sinatra tributes on the circuit. And he’s bringing his brand of Sinatra magic to Pesto at The Dicconson Arms, in Wigan, this New Year’s Eve.

David Knopov is Perfectly Frank

David Knopov is Perfectly Frank

Close your eyes and you will swear it is ol` blue eyes himself! For just £60 you get your table for the evening, a fabulous Pesto dinner, and swinging entertainment, for an evening made for memories.

Tickets must be booked in advance. Please call Pesto at the Dicconson Arms on 01257 252733 for more information and to book.

Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, 206 Appley Ln N, Appley Bridge, Wigan WN6 9DY.

See-in New Year’s Eve with a swing at Sutton Coldfield!

Pesto at Sutton Coldfield is putting on the very best in entertainment and dining this New Year’s Eve, and they’re going to make it one to remember!

Alongside the sensational vintage duo, Brighton Swing Duo, Pesto at Sutton Coldfield will be summoning the swinging vibes of the roaring twenties with a nostalgic 1920s soundtrack.

Brighton Swing Duo

Brighton Swing Duo


For just £45 per ticket, diners will be treated to a fabulous Pesto dinner, their table for the evening and a delectable entertainment set that ranges from 1920s jazz and swing standards taken straight from The Great American Songbook to the latest chart tunes shaken up with a swinging style.

The Brighton Swing Duo takes inspiration from legendary artists old and new, including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Postmodern Jukebox and Beyoncé. This eclectic inspiration, combined with beautiful female vocals, stunning flute and gorgeous acoustic guitar, results in a unique performance that’ll help make for a wonderful end of the year and start of a new year!

Tickets must be booked in advance. Please call Pesto at Sutton Coldfield, 20 Hollyfield Rd S, Sutton Coldfield B76 1NX, 0121 329 3203 for more information and to book.

Nov 20, 2017

Happy birthday to ya, Cabbage Hall is 6!

Our Cabbage Hall restaurant, in Tarporley, is six years old this month, and you can help mark this milestone with a special two for £19.95 afternoon tea!

Our signature afternoon tea offers a twist on the traditional, with its Italian influence providing the ultimate treat of a mini bruschetta selection, sun-dried tomato focaccia filled with mozzarella, sunblush tomatoes and pesto, plus a baguette bite with Milano salami, Gran Moravia cheese and garlic herb mayo. The next level offers freshly baked scones served with preserves and the Italian favourite Nutella! Not to mention tea or coffee – you choose!

Happy birthday Cabbage Hall!

Happy birthday Cabbage Hall!

As if that wasn’t enough, you then reach for our favourite part – a selection of Italian sweet tasty treats and delicious desserts! For just £3 extra, you can raise a glass of Prosecco in celebration.

Located in the rolling countryside of rural Cheshire, Pesto at the Cabbage Hall offers our delicious Italian piattini menu, alongside real ales in the ultimate cosy setting with real fires, which fit right in with the current ‘hygge’ trend.

Pesto at the Cabbage Hall can be easily located from the main scenic routes through Cheshire, namely the A49 and A54 . Tarporley is a hub of activity in otherwise sleepy Cheshire, with frequent dressage and cycling events taking place in and around the Cabbage Hall. Nearby attractions include historic Beeston Castle and Cheshire Pony Centre.

To make sure we have everything perfectly prepared for you, please pre-book your afternoon tea offer by calling us on 01829 760292 where one of the Pesto team will be happy to discuss your requirements.

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It’s a family affair for Sutton Coldfield’s new manager!

It’s a family affair for Elsa Teixeira who has joined Italian restaurant, Pesto at Sutton Coldfield, as General Manager. Her son, partner and two brothers also work at the restaurants providing a genuine family feel to the working day!

Elsa has more than 17 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, having started her career at 17 and quickly rising through the ranks to her first management role when she was just 20. She previously worked in the kitchen at Pesto at The White Horse in Desford before being promoted to supervisor.

Elsa Outside of Sutton Coldfield

Elsa Outside of Sutton Coldfield

Her son, Joshua, aged 17, currently works as a server at Sutton Coldfield and has aspirations to be an MMA fighter. Elsa’s youngest brother is the head chef at Sutton Coldfield, her eldest brother is head chef at Pesto at The White Horse in Leceister, and her partner is the head chef at Axe and Compass in Wolvey.

Elsa said: ‘Pesto is a great place to work, the team is hardworking and fun, and I get to spend time with my family in an industry that I love – what could be better?’

‘The restaurant is just stunning. It’s a beautiful building, and we take pride in making sure every guest has the best experience they can. If they’re happy, then I’m happy!’

Pesto at Sutton Coldfield is based at the heart of the community and offers elegant dining in a cosy setting. The privately-owned Italian restaurant company now has ten sites. It features open fires, cask ales and gorgeous settings.

Renowned for its Italian small plates or piattini, Pesto boasts more than 40 dishes full of big flavours. Giving an authentic taste of little Italy, dishes include Spiedini di Pollo – a skewer of marinated chicken breast wrapped in fine cured ham, sealed and baked in the oven, also and Polpette di Manzo – deliciously spicy meatballs.

The restaurant is an ideal location for all occasions, offering a main, daytime and afternoon tea menu,

For bookings, please call 0121 329 3203. Pesto at Sutton Coldfield, 20 Hollyfield Rd, Sutton Coldfield B76 1NX

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Oct 24, 2017

A Dancer’s Dream at The Davenport Arms

If you’ve visited Pesto at The Davenport Arms, in Macclesfield, recently, you might have noticed that one of the waitresses has an extra spring in her step. That’s because Helena Lomas, aged 18 from Buglawton, is a trained dancer who is working at the restaurant to fund her dreams of a life of performing in London West End Musicals.Helena Outside The Davenport Arms

Helena has been dancing since the tender age of three, and she was often to be found practising pirouettes in her bedroom. She later went on to train in ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance.

She is taking a gap year and working at Pesto Restaurants to help fund her dream and the cost of living in London when she is taking part in auditions.

Helena has been part of Youth Dance England where she travelled to Royal Ballet School and the Royal Opera House. She has been part of the BBC Proms with the ‘Halle Choir’ in 2015 and is soon to be in Cats at the Regent Theatre in Hanley.

Helena said: ‘I love working at The Davenport Arms and it’s helping me to get closer to my ultimate dream to dance. I’ve always wanted to be a dancer, and my family has got used to seeing me, and my moves around the house. I’m taking a gap year to earn enough to fund the cost of auditions, accommodation in London can be very expensive, and so this is a great way for me to make sure I can afford to be in the running.’
For bookings please call 01260 224269. Pesto at The Davenport Arms, Congleton Road, Macclesfield SK11 9HF

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Oct 11, 2017

Autumn brings a menu makeover – available NOW!

We’re head-long into autumn now, and that means it’s time for a menu make-over! We can’t wait to share our fantastic new dishes with you. To whet your appetite here’s an idea of what could be hitting your plate!

Bruschetta Caprese

Fans of our meatball dish will be over the moon, as we’ve added Bruschetta alle Polpettine, is a smaller version of our classic dish on toasted ciabatta.
Or if you go mad for mozzarella, you’ll love our Bruschetta Caprese (pictured left) with buffalo mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, finished with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and fresh basil.

Pizzette con gorgonzola e pere

We’ve updated our pizza dishes and proudly introduce our Pizzette con gorgonzola e pere, a gorgeous mozzarella and gorgonzola pizza with pear and rocket.

For those looking for something a little lighter, why not try our new Insalata Panzanella. This little beauty is our version of the 16th-century Tuscan salad, with tomatoes, ciabatta bread, red onion, basil leaves, green olives, roasted peppers and Gran Moravia shavings.

And it’s great news for our seafood fans, who will be in their element with two new dishes, Spiedini di gamberoni alla griglia, which is a skewer of king prawns, peppers and red onion, chargrilled and dressed with a mouthwatering lemon butter.

Spiedini di gamberoni alla griglia

Also the power of the people has won us over and we are very proud to be reintroducing (by seriously popular demand) a huge favourite. Farfalle al salmone affumicato e asparagi. This sumptuous favourite features farfalle pasta tossed with smoked salmon, asparagus, garlic, white wine and double cream. You’re welcome.

Click here to view menu Autumn Menu 2017
The new menu is available from all restaurants!


Oct 06, 2017

Oh My Cod!

Oh, my cod! Did you know that we buy our cod from Fraserburgh, Scotland, and truck it down to England overnight to make sure it’s as fresh as possible?

The restaurateur behind Pesto at the Davenport Arms, Macclesfield, really does go the extra mile to deliver something special for his customers.

For the last few years, Pesto has been buying its cod at the market in Fraserburgh, in north east Scotland, and trucking it down to England overnight.

Neil Gatt comes from a 400+ year line of Scottish fishermen who risk their lives each day doing one of the most dangerous jobs in the country.Neil Gatt with his Fraserburgh-caught cod

“My cousin, Paul, goes to the market for me and selects the best freshest cod he can find, then ships it overnight and it is in our business the next day,” said Gatt.

“We really are determined to serve our customers the best possible fish on their table. Most restaurants have no idea where their fish has come from, but I can tell you which boat caught it, where it was caught and what the skipper’s name is.”

“We have traced my family in the tiny fishing hamlet of Pennan, back to 1635 so far, but unfortunately the records before that were destroyed by fire. But we know that there were fishing communities there long before that.”

Peter Gatt on right. 1817-1900Pennan is nestled beneath sandstone cliffs in the North-East corner of Aberdeenshire and was once a village occupied by just three families, Gatt, West and Watt. Sadly, there are no Gatt’s living in the village anymore, with most of the fisherman’s cottages being used as holiday homes today. But the fishing still goes on, and Neil Gatt has three cousins who still go out in whatever weather nature throws at them to secure a living and to bring fresh fish to the market in Fraserburgh.

The Merluzzo Fritto dish on Pesto’s main menu features selected loin pieces from the Fraserburgh-landed cod deep-fried in Pesto’s own Birra Moretti batter and serve with a tangy mayonnaise.

Sep 29, 2017

New Year’s Eve with more than just a little magic!

Here, at Pesto, we know how to throw a great party, and New Year’s Eve is absolutely no exception.

We’ve got some fabulous entertainment at our restaurants for New Year’s Eve and we’re pretty sure you’re going to want to spend the evening with us!

Click below for the New Year’s Eve menus and entertainment:

It's New Year!


White Horse, Desford
White Horse Luke McCallThe White Horse present Luke McCall
NYE Menu

Axe and Compass, Wolvey
Axe & Compass presents The Patriot Girls
– NYE Menu

Dicconson Arms, Wigan
Dicconson Arms presents Perfectly Frank
NYE Menu

Cabbage Hall, Tarporley 
– Cabbage Hall presents IL DESTINO
NYE Menu

The Peacock, Alfreton
The Jersey Guys – The Peacock New Year’s Eve
NYE Menu

Davenport Arms, Macclesfield 
Davenport Arms Presents The Andy Otley Band

Dibbinsdale Inn, Bromborough 
Dibbinsdale Inn presents The Deltatones

Pesto Widnes
Widnes presents Paul Goodall

Pesto at Sutton Coldfield 
– Sutton Coldfield presents Brighton Swing Band


Jul 31, 2017

This summer enjoy our £8.95 menu all day, every day at the Trafford Centre!

Here, at Pesto at the Trafford Centre, we’re now offering our ever-popular £8.95 menu all day, every day from Monday 31st July.

For £8.95 you get to choose three of our delicious piattinis – the biggest problem you’ll have is deciding which three to have!

Click here to view our lunch menus.
Choose 3 piattinis for just £8.95!

Choose 3 piattinis for just £8.95!