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 at the White Horse

nye-pos-white-horseEnjoy a spectacular night of Italian dining and music with West End stars The Patriot Girls. The celebrated trio will sing a range of West End hits, opera classics as well as boogie-woogie favourites to make this a wonderful evening to remember.

Tickets are just £60 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 01455 822394.

For more information on Pesto at the White Horse including a map and address details, click here.

Oct 06, 2016

We’re celebrating our first birthday at the White Horse!

Here at Pesto at the White Horse in Desford we’re celebrating reaching our landmark first birthday after an exciting twelve months of trading.

Pesto at the White Horse opened last year following a £550,000 joint investment from Pesto Restaurants and Marston’s which saw the well-known pub undergo an extensive refurbishment.

To mark the occasion, we invited representatives from local charity the Harley Staples Cancer Trust to the restaurant to cut the birthday cake with us and offered our customers cake in return for donations to the charity.

General manager Jo Timms comments: “It’s been an incredible year and the support we’ve received has been truly over-whelming, especially as we’ve now achieved over two hundred 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor to date – a huge accomplishment for our opening year.”

As part of our birthday celebrations, you can also enter a fundraising raffle between now and the 14th October in aid of the Harley Staples Cancer Trust. Prizes include a family meal at the restaurant, a family ticket to Tropical Birdland, cinema tickets and more.

The Harley Staples Cancer Trust is a charity created in memory of 8 year old Harley who lost his battle with a rare leukaemia B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia Burkitt type in 2009 – just nine months after he was diagnosed. The charity has been created to help support families with children or young people with cancer, and will open a space for affected families to go on holiday called ‘Harley’s House’ very soon.

For more information about Harley Staples visit http://www.harleystaples.co.uk/

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.

Aug 07, 2016

Love a Pesto Lunch?


If you love to lunch at Pesto our latest competition is perfect for you!

If you dine with us before 6pm any day, at Pesto at the White Horse, ask your server for an entry card for your chance to win your next meal on us. Your server will validate your entry card and you’ll be entered into a prize draw for your chance to win a meal for two.

So whether our classic cannelloni is your favourite or you dream about our creamy Risotto ai funghi you could win them both – enter today!

Good luck!

Only available at Pesto at the White Horse. One prize to be given of a meal for 2 people up to the value of £35 on food only at Pesto at the White Horse

Prize draw closing date 30 September 2016. Meal must be booked in advance.

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’.


Jun 23, 2016

Pesto supports Armed Forces Day!

We’re supporting Armed Forces Day at Pesto by giving anyone who shows their Armed Forces ID at the following Pesto restaurants the chance to enjoy our £8.95 and £10.95 daytime menus all day and evening – exclusively on Saturday the 25th June.

This promotion will be available at Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn in Bromborough, Pesto in Widnes, Pesto Cabbage Hall outside Tarporley, Pesto at the Dicconson Arms in Appley Bridge, Pesto in Sutton Coldfield, Pesto at the Axe & Compass in Wolvey and Pesto at the White Horse in Desford.

To enjoy these menus on the 25th, qualifying customers just need to show their Armed Forces ID to their waiter when being seated at their table and ask for the appropriate menus.

Armed Forces Day is an annual event to give people the chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

To book a table at your nearest Pesto restaurant, click here. To view our special daytime menus click here.

Jun 09, 2016

We’re Mad for Martinis at Pesto!

We’re celebrating National Martini Day by giving away tasters of martinis to our customers on the 19th June – but only if you know the secret phrase!

Pesto Cabbage Hall’s Josh Hall serves a martini in true Bond fashion!

Our teams are marking the day that’s devoted to celebrating the renowned tipple in all its guises – by treating customers to some tasty samplers of one of our popular martinis.

To get a complimentary taster of a special martini on the day, all you need to do is say the correct phrase in Italian to a member of staff on the day.

So…what’s the secret well-known phrase? Well the photo on this page gives you a hint of what it could be to do with…and here’s another hint: Make sure it’s ordered the right way!   (But remember you need to say it in Italian!)

Samples will be given out at our restaurants to anyone saying the correct phrase to a manager exclusively on Sunday June 19th but are limited and will be given out on a first come first served basis.