Planning a unique day out for your Papa to celebrate Fathers Day on June 16th? This week’s special Fathers Day blog highlights some of the best Fathers Day activities the North West and Glasgow have to offer.
First up for Fathers Day we head to the Ring Canal in Cheshire. The Cheshire Ring Canal is a circular canal route spanning from Manchester to Kidsgrove, and flows through areas of outstanding natural beauty. In addition to the extensive rural scenery, there are numerous points of architectural interest along the route. Renting a canal boat for the day is an inexpensive and relaxing day out for the whole family.
But if your Dad isn’t a fan of sailing and would prefer to spend time teeing off, Bromborough Golf Course, colloquially known as ‘Wirral’s Parkland Jewel’, is located in the leafy Dibbinsdale area. If you really want to treat your dad why not arrange a team game of golf and an overnight stay at Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn?
In addition to our original piattini menu, Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn and all our other Pesto in a Pub sites, offer a selection of real ales on tap – a great way to round off a relaxing Sunday.
Moving away from the countryside towards the cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Sheffield, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Why not take your Dad to see the latest instalment in the Superman franchise ‘Man of Steel’? The hotly anticipated superhero movie is set for release on Friday 14th June – just in time for Fathers Day.
If you’d like to make a Fathers Day reservation please call your favourite Pesto and a manager will be delighted to help you plan the perfect Fathers Day meal.
Pesto Italian Restaurant Glasgow and Pesto at Cabbage Hall in Tarporley have both helped to support local deaf people by undergoing specialist training for Deafness Awareness Week.
The training will help both Pesto teams to help look after their hearing-impaired diners even better.
Statistics from the UK Council of Deafness show that a staggering one in six people in the UK suffer from a hearing loss, equating to 200,000 across the Greater Glasgow area and 90,000 across Cheshire.
Over five million people also say that their deafness has meant that they have experienced difficulties accessing goods and services, making activities like dining out difficult.
The Pesto Restaurant Glasgow team underwent the training by volunteers from local Glasgow charity Deaf Connections.
The training provided tips on how to lip-read, understand more effectively as well as learning some key sign language phrases.
Mary-Julie MacNally of charity Deaf Connections said: “Many businesses don’t understand just how many people suffer from a hearing loss.
“This can make people feel excluded from society resulting in a lack of confidence and can even lead to depression.”
Deafness Awareness Week, from 6-12 May, is co-ordinated by the UK Council on Deafness to help raise awareness nationwide. The aim is to get people to think about how they can positively impact the lives of deaf people in their region.
Pesto Restaurant Glasgow General Manager Francis Carr said: “Eating out should be a completely enjoyable experience and if this can help make even one person’s evening out more relaxed, then this training is worth it.”
Charity Deafness Support Network ran the training at Pesto Cabbage Hall in Tarporley giving staff plenty of information, including how to help restaurant-goers that visit with working hearing dogs.
Gill Reeder of Deafness Support Network added: “Even a small amount of training can help businesses become more deaf aware and become more inclusive. In fact we know that over 70% of hearing aid users said that having deaf aware staff would encourage them to choose one business over another. So not only is it better for everyone – but it’s also good for business!”
More information on Deafness Awareness week can be found here: http://www.deafcouncil.org.uk/daw
We love a good party at Pesto, and none could be better than a team celebration as Pesto co-owner Sara Edwards‘ mum, Diane, chose our Widnes restaurant for her ‘Second Retirement’ celebrations last week.
Despite retiring in 2004 after working 28 years as a practise nurse, Diane continued to work in health clinics around Merseyside and officially marked her second retirement this month.
26 guests including friends, colleagues and previous workmates, travelled from as far as Formby and Birkdale to enjoy a drinks reception followed by the two course ‘Festa’ party menu to celebrate Diane’s fantastic achievement.
Diane, who now hopes to travel more following her retirement, said: “This was a very special event as I was able to mark the occasion with my close friends and colleagues together – some of whom I’ve known for over 50 years!”
The event held in the Orangery, was a resounding success. In the words of one guest: “Great company, food, venue and wine!”. Happy retirement Diane from all at Pesto!
If you’re planning a special event please don’t hesitate to contact your favourite Pesto’s friendly and helpful management team who will be delighted to assist you in arranging the perfect bespoke party. For full contact information click here: http://www.pestorestaurants.co.uk/contact/
Staff at Pesto Italian Restaurant Glasgow are celebrating after winning a finalist place at the Scottish Entertainment Guide Awards for two consecutive years.
Pesto restaurant Glasgow, which opened in September 2011, came second in the 2013 award for Scotland’s Favourite Mediterranean Restaurant.
This came just one year after the Glasgow restaurant won runner up in the coveted Best New Restaurant category just six months after opening.
The awards highlight the best restaurants across the whole of Scotland, with entrants nominated by public vote.
A panel of independent judges chose this year’s winners and finalists from the 5,000 businesses across the country that participated.
Pesto Restaurant Glasgow General Manager Francis Carr said: “To win the accolade of second place in these prestigious awards two years running is fantastic – and made even more special as our customers voted for us.
“Although we only missed out on the top prize by two points, the team are already looking forward to next year’s event where hopefully we’ll scoop first place.”
Public voting for the 2014 Scottish Entertainment Guide Awards opens September 2013. If you’ve visited Pesto Restaurant Glasgow and want to see the team scoop first place at the 2014 awards, keep an eye on the Pesto blog for updates on when voting officially opens!
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We are delighted to announce the opening of our ninth restaurant Pesto at the Axe and Compass Wolvey Leicester.
The opening of the newly refurbished the Axe and Compass Wolvey pub will create 30 new jobs for the local area.
The pub has been closed for almost two years, but has had its future secured thanks to a £450,000 joint investment from Pesto Restaurants and Punch Taverns.
The historic building situated in stunning countryside on the outskirts of Wolvey is currently undergoing a refurbishment to transform it into the first Pesto Restaurant in Leicestershire.
Pesto Co-owner Sara Edwards said: “We are incredibly excited about becoming a key part of the local community and introducing the people of Leicestershire to our unique ‘piattini’ dining concept.”
As with the other Pesto in a Pub sites, Pesto at the Axe and Compass Leicester will offer original Italian dining combined with open fires, real ales and a relaxed environment in a rural setting.
Sara added: “With the opening of another Pesto in a Pub site these are incredibly exciting times for us as a company.
“We are looking for staff members at all levels to join the Pesto team at the Axe and Compass Wolvey and would encourage anyone interested to contact us.”
If you’d like to become part of the Pesto Axe and Compass Wolvey team please email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org stating which position you’re interested in and why you’d love to work for Pesto.
Earlier this year Pesto opened its first pub in Sheffield, Pesto at the Waggon and Horses. Read all about it here: http://www.pestorestaurants.co.uk/april-opening-for-the-waggon-and-horses-sheffield/
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Pesto’s Widnes restaurant has become an unlikely new family home for a duck as she has chosen to build her nest on the restaurant doorstep.
The brooding bird has chosen one of the Widnes restaurant main entrance plantpots for her nest and has already laid three eggs so far in the spot.
With the restaurant team seeking advice from the RSPB to help safeguard the bird’s future helping the duck be disturbed as little as possible, customers and staff alike are looking forward to seeing the ‘Pesto Poultry’ family grow.
Widnes restaurant General Manager Juanma Gabaldo said: “When we first saw the nest we thought the duck must be ‘quackers’ to set up home in a small plantpot when the park is just over the road. It’s obvious that she felt the spot at our Widnes restaurant fitted the bill for their growing brood!
“We’re all really looking forward to seeing our brood of feathered friends grow up right on our doorstep and will be giving each of our Pesto ducklings Italian names!”
After a naming competition on our Facebook page, the duck has been aptly named Vera Duckworth. We managed to capture a short video of Vera enjoying the sunshine yesterday, you can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI-nikeUpL4
Bizarrely, this isn’t the first time a family of birds have decided to set up home on the Pesto premises, not so long ago two little birds set up camp under one of our outdoor restaurant tables, you can read all about it here: http://www.pestorestaurants.co.uk/two-new-additions-to-the-pesto-italian-restaurant-team/
If you’ve found a bird in your home and are looking for advice on what action to take, check out the RSPB website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/
The Pesto Dibbinsdale team are celebrating after Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn was awarded a 4 Gold star AA hotel rating.
Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn, which was officially opened by the Mayor of Wirral Councillor Gerry Ellis in March, was awarded the 4 Gold star accreditation following a mystery inspection in April.
The inn and restaurant on Dibbinsdale Road have been popular with locals after bringing Pesto’s trademark ‘piattini’ style to the Wirral.
The report, which evaluated the dining offering as well as the accommodation standards of the twelve room inn, also saw the restaurant win a special Dinner award which highlighted the food as “most enjoyable”.
Pesto Dibbinsdale General manager Nick Daws said: “We’re delighted that the hard work of the team in creating this stunning restaurant and inn that offers great food has paid off with this recognition by the AA.”
Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn opened in November following an extensive and lavish refurbishment and created over thirty new jobs in the local area. The AA spokesman applauded the “high standard” of the transformation of the building which gives “thought and care to the guest and experience”.
Nick added: “Since opening our doors just six months ago we’re already getting a loyal customer base and with our 4* rating we are now looking forward to welcoming even more people to Pesto at the Dibbinsdale.”
To indulge in a little four-star treatment call 0151 3349818 to make a reservation or book online: http://www.pestoatthedibbinsdaleinn.co.uk
After a short time away, we are delighted to announce that Pesto’s Picks is now back, bringing you then best of what’s on in your area!
Over the last few months we’ve been working hard launching the newest member of the Pesto family, Pesto at the Waggon and Horses Sheffield.
Following a very successful opening we’ve spent some time in Sheffield and have shortlisted the best of what this iconic city has to offer.
First up we have troll-featured funnyman Bill Bailey at Sheffield City Hall on the 6th and 7th of May. Bill Bailey is one of the nation’s most unique comedians and his latest show, Qualimpeddler is not to be missed. Why should you go? Three words; Dubstep Downton Abbey. Tickets are a very reasonable £25 and doors are at 7pm – http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Bill-Bailey-2013
Up next for Sheffield is the Liquid Gold Charity Night at Sheffield City Hall on May 2nd. This night showcases the best of Sheffield’s up-and-coming musical talent and it’s all for a good cause! Tickets are only £5 and doors open at 7pm – http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Liquid-Gold
Heading east toward Wilsden we have the amazing Derren Brown at Alhambra Theatre in Bradford centre. The lottery-predicting hypnotist will be at the Alhambra for five nights from May 27th – June 1st, tickets range from £32.50 – £38.00 and doors are at 8pm.
Steering westward toward Cheshire, Wirral and Liverpool, for those of you who are keen golfers we have Open Events at Bromnorough Golf Club on May 27th. Open events mean you and your friends can head to the course to play as a team without the requirement for a membership, hurrah! http://www.bromboroughgolfclub.org.uk/open_events_2013/
Bromborough Golf Club is very close to the AA four-star accredited Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn, where you can make a real weekend of it by booking accommodation with breakfast, dinner and drinks for you and your team-mates – click here to make a reservation now!
Also in Liverpool and Manchester in May we have former X-Factor Queen Leona Lewis performing at the Manchester Apollo and Liverpool Echo Arena on the 14th and 15th May respectively. The Liverpool Echo Arena is only a short walk from Pesto Liverpool One, Paradise Street, ideal for pre-concert dinner and drinks.
Last years UK Eurovision representative Engelbert Humperdinck will be performing at the SECC on May 8th, a mere 10 days before this years Eurovision Song Contest. This year the UK is once again represented by one of our nation’s greatest musical exports, Bonnie Tyler. This might just be our year…
Tickets for the all-singing, all-dancing tangerine Humperdinck show are a very reasonable £37.50. http://www.secc.co.uk
Pesto in a Pub Wilsden, is helping to nurture new talent after taking on dozens of staff from the surrounding areas.
Since opening in October 2012, Pesto Wilsden has proven popular in the community and are now helping to support some of its younger local staff members through NVQ training.
Ian Russell, Pesto in a Pub Wilsden General Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be able to make a positive impact to the local community. Not just be offering a unique Italian dining experience for the area, but also by taking on 32 members of staff from the area in the past six months.
“Our staff work across all areas and at Pesto we recognise the potential in our employees and the importance of nurturing new talent. We have identified 11 members of staff across different departments who we feel have a real future in the catering and hospitality industry.”
External training company, JHP, will be conducting the training, with qualifications ranging from a Level Three NVQ in Management to a Level Two NVQ in Food and Beverage.
Aarron Jagger who is working towards NVQ Level 2 Food and Beverage said: “I’m really pleased that I have been given the opportunity to develop new skills, like the health and safety and customer service. As it’s work-based, I don’t have to miss shifts and I’m able to apply everything I learn to my workplace.”
Pesto Wilsden General manager Ian added: “Before working at Pesto, 90 per cent of our staff had been unemployed for a long time. Not only do they have a secure job, but the opportunity to build on it and forge a career in an industry they have a passion for.
“It’s great that we have been able to facilitate this opportunity and I wish all of the staff every success in their studies.”
If you’d like to make a reservation at Pesto Prune Park Wilsden please call 01274 483516.
St Georges Day celebrations will be taking place at Pesto today, and in honour of the dragon-slaying legend we’ve surprised some diners with a special St Georges flag pizzetta margarita!
There are many famous stories chronicling the life of St George, but the best-known tale is of St George and the dragon.
Now, if the mere thought of dragon slaying has got you ravenous, why not reserve yourself a table fit for a king at your favourite Pesto? We’ve got fine ales on tap and a vast selection of hearty, meaty dishes perfect for your St Georges Day celebrations. You can browse or download our menus here: http://www.pestorestaurants.co.uk/menu/
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the tale of St George and need a good old-fashioned fable to whet your appetite, read on for Pesto’s St George’s dragon tale in a nutshell:
After many months of travelling by sea and land, St George came to Libya where he met a hermit who told him that a dragon had ravaged the country, leaving its people in great distress.
According to the hermit, the dragon demanded the sacrifice of a beautiful maiden every day and there were no young girls left to satiate the beast besides the King’s daughter, Princess Sabra. The King offered his daughter’s hand in marriage to any man who could slay the dragon.
St George, who had perhaps grown tired of traditional dating methods, decided he would save the princess and marry her.
As Princess Sabra was being led away to be sacrificed George spurred his horse, overtaking the princess and demanding she return to the castle before he entered the valley to confront the fire-breathing brute.
The dragon charged at George from within its cave, roaring and lashing its enormous tail. A valiant George wielded his spear and struck the dragon, expecting certain death, but the dragon’s scales were so hard the spear shattered into a thousand pieces and George tumbled from his noble steed.
Fortunately for George, his tumble took him underneath an enchanted orange tree where the dragon’s poison was rendered useless. After regaining his strength George returned to battle.
Not learning from the spear situation, George stabbed at the monster with his sword and found himself doused in dragon poison and suit of armour split in half.
George replenished himself at the orange tree and, despite past failings, decided to have one last bash at stabbing the gargantuan fiend. This time George struck lucky and defeated the dragon by piercing it under the wing where there were no scales to protect it.
Whilst George probably celebrated with mutton and ale, we’d like to think he would have enjoyed our pizzetta margarita a lot more!
You can read all about St George and St Georges Day celebrations here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George