Celebrate New Year’s Eve at our stunning Widnes restaurant with our special live music event on the 31 December.
Diners can enjoy our festive £25.95 gourmet menu accompanied by a ‘Rat-Pack’ style swing singer, perfect to enjoy the final hours of 2013 with friends and family.
To book just call Pesto Widnes direct on 0151 424 3729.
At Pesto the Christmas countdown is well and truly on! This year you can enjoy a variety of festive party menus from £15.95 (lunch), £19.95 (dinner) and even our special gourmet menu of £25.95, 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 and are available for groups of 8 or more from 17 November to 5 January 2014.
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
Budding young chefs have experienced a taste of Italy at our Widnes restaurant as part of an end of year school project.
The Year 9 pupils from Wade Deacon High School visited their neighbouring Pesto Italian restaurant on Birchfield Road as part of their Food Technology course where they have been learning about different types of International food.
As part of the special afternoon event held just before their last day of term, the group of thirty fourteen year olds took part in fun quizzes about Italian cuisine as well as enjoying a wide variety of Pesto’s speciality ‘piattini’; small dishes of authentic Italian food.
Nicola Thomson, Teacher of Food Technology at Wade Deacon school comments: “This was a lovely end of term treat for our pupils and a great way for them to put everything they’ve learnt about different forms of International ‘tapas’ style food into a real-life restaurant setting.”
The Pesto restaurant team also talked about the unique style of ‘piattini’ and were on hand to give out recipe tips to help encourage the children to create and cook their own recipes over the summer break.
Geraldine Rouski , who is also a Teacher of Food Technology at Wade Deacon added: “It’s great to see the time and effort Pesto have put in to create this afternoon for our pupils and has been a fantastic way to inspire them ahead of their extended learning task.
“Their assignment will see them select a specific country and then create some ‘tapas’ recipes that they will then cook when they come back in September.”
Keeping the kids occupied for the duration of summer may seem a daunting task with the family wallet taking a hit along the way, but at Pesto we reckon it doesn’t have to be that way.
Pesto’s Italian take on grill favourites at Pesto’s Italian Barbeque will be available every weekend from 12-6pm throughout summer – hurrah! For more info check out our BBQ blog post – http://www.pestorestaurants.co.uk/summer-bbq-fun-for-all-the-family-at-pesto-wilsden/
A huge free event is taking place at the Trafford Centre on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July when the recently renamed Intu Centre launches its Summer Party!
The Intu Summer Party is two days of family fun with dance, music and surprises aplenty taking place throughout one of Europe’s biggest and best shopping complexes. With all this free fun on offer you’ll have plenty of pennies left over to treat everyone to meal at Pesto in the Great Food Hall, where we offer a special kids menu.
Up in sunny Glasgow the City Council operates a free swimming programme for Glasgow Young Scot/Kidz card holders. Don’t have a card? Not to worry, the cards are completely free and entitle kids to free swimming sessions at twelve pools across the city. It’s not just kids who go free though, the over 60s can enjoy a free swim as well! So, once you’ve worked up an appetite at the pool you can enjoy a well-deserved dinner at Pesto St Vincent Street! To make a group reservation at our Glasgow restaurant click here: http://www.pestorestaurants.co.uk/bookings
Heading southward to Sheffield there’s an opportunity to have a late spring clean and make some money back from unwanted items at the Parson Cross Park Car Boot Sale. To enjoy a well-earned meal out afterward click here to reserve a table at Pesto Waggon and Horses http://pestorestaurants.co.uk/bookings or call the team directly on: 0114 236 1451
For more information on the open day and how you can get involved click here for the events list: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/out–about/parks-woodlands–countryside/parks/events.html
If it’s rural fun you’re after you’d be hard-pressed to find a more idyllic spot than the leafy village of Bromborough.
Surrounding Pesto at the Dibbindale Inn are areas of outstanding natural beauty, perfect for family days out walking, cycling or playing golf at the nearby Bromborough Golf Course.
For families who want to get a little closer to nature, the Sea Watch Foundation and the RSPB are hosting a Marine Wildlife Workshop in Wirral Country Park on Saturday 13th July – entry is completely free and there’s no need to book – better still the park is within easy driving distance of Pesto Liverpool One and Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn!
To make a weekend of it with the family click here to view the rooms at Pesto Dibbinsdale: http://pestoatthedibbinsdaleinn.co.uk
Last but not least, over in Yorkshire we have the Harrogate Summer Festival, which runs from Thursday 4th – Saturday 27th July.
Every July Harrogate International Festivals presents a month of classical, jazz, contemporary, world and folk music and musicians, a Children’s Festival, literature and lecture series and the atmospheric Spiegeltent. More information on the festival can be found here: http://www.yorkshire.com/whats-on/Harrogate-Festival-2013/1208544
Harrogate is a short drive from Pesto Prune Park and also happens to be the location of the next Pesto – Pesto at the Red Lion Harrogate – for more information on our upcoming openings subscribe to the blog or keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter!
The Pesto team have been giving the safety of a mother duck and her ducklings top billing after we unveiled a new road sign this week we hope to be temporarily erected next to the restaurant.
The bird (named ‘Vera Duckworth’ by our customers when it arrived at our restaurant a few weeks ago!) has hatched five ducklings at the site after choosing one of the main entrance plant-pots at our Widnes restaurant, situated on the busy Birchfield Road, to build her nest.
After receiving advice from the RSPB on how to help the birds cross the road, our worried Widnes restaurant team had tried to find a local lollipop lady to help escort the ducklings across the traffic-way to the pond.
General Manager Juanma Gabaldo comments: “This is a busy roundabout and we wanted to help these ducklings take their first journey to their pond in as much safety as possible.
“Whilst there are a couple of duck signs much further down the road, our sign only needs to be up for a few days whilst the wildfowl make their journey and will help alert drivers to these much smaller (and cuter) obstacles, hopefully preventing a few accidents.”
Keep updated on our Pesto fledglings by visiting our facebook page.
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/
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/
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
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
Take her out for a special mothers day lunch or dinner
Now, it would be terribly old-fashioned of us to assume that all mums do the cooking, but if your mum is head of the kitchen why not give her the night off and treat her to a special Mothers Day lunch or dinner?
At Pesto we offer a piattini (tapas) menu, meaning mum can try a number of Italian dishes, rather than having to settle for just one – isn’t that clever? We also have an extensive veggie selection, low fat options, gluten-free and kids menu for the little ones. Check out the full menus here: http://www.pestorestaurants.co.uk/menu/
There are eight Pesto Italian Restaurants in the UK and each one of them has a team of managers on hand to help you create the perfect Mothers Day lunch or dinner treat. If you’d like to make a reservation now, check the locations page for your preferred restaurant and contact us by phone or email to discuss your plans.
Take a trip to the zoo
Chester Zoo is located close to Pesto at the Cabbage Hall, Pesto Widnes and Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn – perfect for making a real day out for mum. The zoo has over 11,000 animals from 400 different species, plenty to keep busy and to work up an appetite for that tasty evening meal.
The zoo is open from 10am – 4:30pm on Mothers Day, child tickets are £12.50, adults are £16.00 with family tickets and concessions also available. You can beat queues by booking online here: http://www.chesterzoo.org/shop/bookings/standard/date.aspx
Take her shopping!
If you’re fortunate enough to have the kind of mum who doesn’t mind running round after you washing clothes, cooking dinner, providing a taxi service and juggling a job then chances are she doesn’t have much time for a little retail therapy! Why not treat mum to a spot of shopping on Sunday? Liverpool One, Manchester’s Trafford Centre, Deansgate and Glasgow’s city centre offer some of the best shopping in the UK – they also have their own Pesto!
Take her to the cinema
The cinema is an ideal place to take mum on Mothers Day, why you say? Because this is one time when she can watch a film from beginning to end without being interrupted! Whether your mum is a fan of romantic, action, drama, horrors or animated movies there’s guaranteed to be something on she’d love to watch. Why not book tickets in advance now to avoid the queues? The AMC in Manchester is an atmospheric independently run cinema with comfier seats and more affordable ticket prices than big chains. You can browse films and book online here: http://www.amccinemas.co.uk/amc-manchester The AMC is located just a two minute walk from Pesto Deansgate.
Game of Golf?
Offices are horrible places; stuffy, always too hot or too cold and above all they hide you away from the outdoors. Whether or not your mum is a golf fan, a day out on the green will provide a fun, relaxing afternoon with some much needed fresh air. If your mum really isn’t a golf fan, but wouldn’t mind some outdoor r n r why not take her for a scenic walk instead? Around Pesto Prune Park, Pesto Widnes and Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn there are excellent golf clubs and several country parks, including areas of outstanding natural beauty!
To make a mothers day lunch or dinner reservation now make a booking enquiry online or call us on:
Manchester Deansgate: 0161 831 9930
Manchester Trafford Centre: 0161 749 8228
Liverpool One: 0151 708 6353
Glasgow St Vincent Street: 0141 204 0979
Pesto Cabbage Hall: 01829 760292
Pesto Widnes: 0151 424 3729
Pesto Wilsden: 01274 483 516
Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn: 0151 334 9818