Keep up to date with the latest news and adventures of Carrs Pasties – from new shops to coverage of the brilliant events we attend.
This is the third time that we’ve taken part in the festival and every year it just gets better and better. Our stall has grown each time that we’ve done the food festival and this year we had our own brilliant tent on Victoria Square.
We had two new festival products to launch this year. Our festival pasty was made with our finest steak, Port O’Call Ale from Bolton’s very own Bank Top Brewery and Smithy mushrooms, while our festival sausage roll was made with our sausage meat and mixed with delicious black pudding from The Real Lancashire Black Pudding Company.
Here’s what the Bolton Food and Drink Festival taught us about Bolton this year…
- The Rain Does Not Bother Bolton
After months of hot weather, the rain decided to come out for this year’s festival. It was absolutely pouring with rain on the Sunday, our tills were getting wet, our staff were wet, our customers were soaking, but the people of Bolton were still out in full force to celebrate the festival – complete with umbrellas and rain ponchos.
2. Bolton Loves a Pasty
There are so many delicious options on offer at the Bolton Food and Drink Festival – cakes, noodles, sausages, burgers… and so we are always so amazed that people still come to our stall for a pasty.
- Beers and Pasties Go Really Well Together
It was the second time that we took part in the Beer and Pasty Tasting Event and this year the celebrity chef was Ainsley Harriott. We included three different pasties in the box as well as our festival sausage roll and a special Chinese style whist pie. Beer sommelier Annabel Smith paired the beers (supplied by Aldi) with our products and they all went down a treat.
4. Black pudding Sausage Roll
This year we launched our festival sausage roll, something completely different to what we’ve done before, but it was a hit with everyone. Even those who wouldn’t normally eat black pudding enjoyed the black pudding sausage roll. Our steak, ale and mushroom pasty also went down very well. It was a different take on our famous steak pasty and it was great to work with two local companies on our festival products.
Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2018 was a blast. As always, the entertainment was brilliant and even during the wet weather the atmosphere was fantastic. Bolton really is great.
What was your favourite part of the festival? Let us know in the comments below.
Plastic bottles are expensive to make, they take up valuable resources during the production and the transportation of the bottles and they are increasingly ending up in our rivers and in the sea – harming our environment
Here at Carrs Pasties we try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, which is why we’ve decided to join the Refill initiative. This means that you can now refill your water bottle at any of our Carrs Pasties shops for free.
What is the Refill initiative?
Refill is an app that was created by City to Sea – a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on running campaigns to help prevent plastic pollution. The app allows you to see where your nearest Refill centre is, so you can pop in and refill your water bottle for free!
And if you’re not a water drinker…
If you’re not a water drinker (you should be, it’s good for you), you can use your reusable travel mug in all our Carrs Pasties shops and you’ll also get 25p off your hot drink!
Now you can stay hydrated on-the-go for free and you’ll be helping the environment too.
You can find out more about the Refill app here.
In 2017 we partnered with the Octagon Theatre, it was an easy and exciting decision to make for us because it’s a huge part of the Bolton community and something that we’re always proud to be a part of.
The Octagon Theatre opened in Bolton town centre in 1967 and has been producing brilliant productions ever since. The home of the theatre is currently undergoing a renovation and we can’t wait to see what it looks like in 2020 when it reopens again. In the meantime, it’s going on tour – you’ll find out more about that in this post.
We’ve had a chat with Alex Joynes, Artistic Assistant Director at the Octagon Theatre to find out a little more about the history of the theatre, its place in Bolton and its work within the community.
- How many shows has the Octagon produced since it opened?
So far, the Octagon has presented 505 productions in the 50 years since it opened in 1967. The first production at the Octagon was Annie and Fanny by Bill Naughton – a playwright from Bolton who also wrote The Family Way and Alfie. The 500th production was A Christmas Carol which broke our Box Office records for selling the most tickets for any show.
- Which well-known faces have worked at the Octagon over the years?
The Octagon has seen many artists of all capacities working together to make theatre in Bolton. Jim Cartwright’s Two premiered at the Octagon featuring Sue Johnston and John McArdle. Deborah McAndrew and Les Smith have both been part of the Octagon over the years – Deborah as actor and writer. Vicky Featherstone was a director here, too – she now runs the Royal Court Theatre in London. Actors including Maxine Peake, Andy Serkis and Robert Powell have performed at the theatre over the years.
- What’s been your proudest moment while working at the Octagon Theatre?
Ben Occhipinti and myself had the opportunity to interview Alan Bennett when Ben was directing Talking Heads. He was fascinating to talk to and shared so many great memories from his career. Working on our community production of The Railway Children was also a highlight – it involved 95 young people from across Bolton working with professional actors. It was such fun.
- Many people don’t know what the Octagon Theatre is a charity, can you tell us more about that?
We believe that theatre can enrich a community and change peoples’ lives for the better. We aim to do this through creating a range of entertaining and thought-provoking theatre that inspires and ignites the curiosity of people in Bolton. We provide opportunities for learning and participation to enable people to realise their potential and express themselves, whether they are 5 years old or over 50. This could be through one of our weekly theatre groups or on one of our Open Days, when special events and workshops take place throughout the building.
- What are you excited about for the future of the Octagon in Bolton?
It’s a very exciting time for the future of the Octagon Theatre as the building is currently undergoing a redevelopment to make our 50-year-old building more accessible. The building will reopen in 2020 with better facilities to welcome all artists and audiences and we’ll have more space for our community work. We’re currently looking forward to our Out and About season where we’re taking theatre on the road to different locations in Bolton – our next production, Gulliver’s Travels, will take place in Queens Park. Carrs Pasties will be onsite providing refreshments – I’ll be sure to have a pasty or two!
The Octagon Theatre’s next production is Gulliver’s Travels at Queens Park – if you can’t wait to see it and you fancy trying to win some free tickets keep an eye on our Facebook page over the next few weeks!
We can’t wait to see what the Octagon Bolton has in store for the future!
We’ve posted our Easter opening times below for you. If you would like to place an order please call us on 01204 387 117 – you can also pick up packs of frozen products from any of our shops. You can find out more about our product range here and if you have any questions about our products just give us a call, we’re more than happy to help.
Want to place an order but not sure what information you need to provide? Don’t worry, it’s simple. We’ve listed the information we need to know below:
- Date of order
- Whether it’s a delivery or a collection
- The full delivery address or which Carrs Pasties shop you would like to collect from
- The time you would like your delivery or collection
- Type of function (e.g. birthday, charity event, funeral, christening)
- Your name
- Contact number
We hope you all have a brilliant Easter weekend!
We’ve been making pasties since 1938 which means we’ve seen pasties eaten with a variety of food, the choices of what to eat your pasty with are endless So, if you ever feel like changing up your pasty eating regime, here are five ways you can eat a Carrs Pasty.
On its own
Just a pasty, on its own, with no fuss. Perfect if you’re on the go and looking for a quick snack, or if you’re at home and you fancy something to eat with a brew. Our pasties are made so that they can be enjoyed on their own or when paired with other foods. So, if that’s how you like them, don’t worry, we like them like that too.
- With sauce
There is a lot of debate about which sauce is the right sauce to have with a pasty – it has even been known to divide friendships (not something we advise). Many people love it with ketchup (that’s red sauce for some of you), others prefer it with brown sauce (HP or Daddies is a separate debate entirely). Of course, then there are the people that enjoy their pasties with salad cream or mayo. Other suggestions you could try are HP Fruity Sauce, Hot Sauce or mint sauce.
- A pasty barm
A pasty barm (bap, cob, barm cake) is a true Bolton delicacy. It’s something that confuses people who aren’t from Bolton – until they try it and realise that although it is double carbs and probably a little bit of a weird combo – it’s delicious. Now, there are many combinations for pasty barms – do you go for our original meat and potato pasty? Do you spice it up a little with our cheese and jalapeño pasty or do you keep it simple with a cheese or steak pasty? Then of course, there’s the condiments – salad cream, ketchup, mayo, butter? The choice is yours.
- Peas and gravy
If you want a proper hearty meal, then there’s only one thing for it. Pasty, peas, and gravy. It’s got to be mushy peas, of course and you can even add a little bit of red cabbage if you want something extra. It’s always a winning tea with the family – and the peas and red cabbage count as two of your five-a-day!
- With another pasty
Now this isn’t for everyone, but for some people one pasty just isn’t enough, so they have two. And sometimes, that’s okay.
Other combos you could try if you’re feeling adventurous are:
- Baked beans
What do you eat your pasties with? Let us know in the comments below.
We hope you all had an amazing Christmas, eating lots of food (many of you eating plenty of pasties), drinking and spending time with family and friends. As 2018 approaches we wanted to look back at what a brilliant year 2017 has been, it gone so fast and so much as happened here at Carrs Pasties. Including a new shop, new sponsorships and new pasties!
Welcoming the Cheese and Jalapeno pasty
Let’s start off by talking about our new pasty…after the success of the Bolton Food and Drink Festival we decided to make the cheese and jalapeño pasty a permanent fixture to our product range and it’s gone down a treat! They sold out every day at the Bolton Food and Drink Festival and we were inundated with requests to sell them in our shops permanently – so that’s what we did. We now sell fresh and frozen cheese and jalapeño pasties in our shops and they are delicious…if we do say so ourselves.
We’re excited to be entering 2018 with new partnerships. As you all know, Bolton is at the heart of everything we do and we’re proud to be involved with other companies that are based in Bolton.
- Bolton Wanderers
After lots of requests we’ve finally got pasties at the Macron Stadium on match days, we’re also now proud sponsors of the BWFC Family Stand which suits us perfectly because we’re all about family!
- Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
In October 2017 we sponsored a brand-new comedy club that launched at the Bolton Albert Halls. Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club has hosted comedians such as Archie Kelly (Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere) and Daliso Chaponda (Britain’s Got Talent) so you can guarantee the line-up is always going to be a good one. For more information on the comedy night or to buy tickets please visit the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club website.
- Octagon Theatre, Bolton
We are so excited to be working with the Octagon in 2018. It’s a brilliant Bolton company which hosts fantastic productions that people from all over the North West come to watch. Similarly, to us, the Octagon has been in business for over 50 years and is at the very heart of Bolton so it’s something we are very proud to be a part of.
Bolton Food and Drink Festival
This was our second year at the festival and it did not disappoint. Not only did we have two stalls – one on Victoria Square and one on Le Mans Crescent, but we also got involved in some of the special events throughout the weekend. Including, beer and pasty tasting with celebrity chef Simon Rimmer which went down an absolute treat. We provided mini chocolate pasties for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and then, of course, we produced three very special festival pasties for the weekend. Our lamb vindaloo pasties, veg pasties and cheese and jalapeño pasties sold out every day of the festival, we had some great feedback on the products and the cheese and jalapeño pasties were loved so much that we decided to make them permanent.
Bolton Beer Festival
Like the Bolton Food and Drink Festival this was our second year at the Bolton Beer Festival and what a brilliant few days it was. We had our fantastic tents up and sold pasties, peas and pasty barms to hundreds of people who needed some delicious, freshly baked food to soak up the alcohol. It’s always enjoyable seeing people try pasty barms for the first time.
We are so pleased to be able to support Bolton Hospice and Bolton Lads and Girls Club, they are both charities that we truly believe in and they make such a difference in Bolton. This year we celebrated Bolton Lads and Girls Club Yellow and Blue Day in the Market Place Shopping Centre, supplied pasties at the famous Bolton Hospice Bubble Rush and wore our best Christmas Jumpers for Jolly Jumper Day and we can’t wait to get involved in more events next year.
The New Manchester Road Shop
After nearly 30 years it’s was time for us to finally get a new bakery shop. No more queuing in the rain, no more squeezing in and out with your pasties, and no more dated décor. 2017 saw our brand-new bakery shop on Manchester Road move into the car wash next door to the bakery and what a difference it has made. We celebrated the opening of the new shop with free pasties for the first 200 customers and a brilliant band played outside.
So, what does 2018 hold for us?
2018 is set to be our biggest and best year yet as we’ll be celebrating our 80th Anniversary throughout the year. There’s going to be events, competitions, and lots of surprises along the way which we’ll keep you updated on. We can’t wait for another fun-filled year!
As always, thanks again for all your support, we hope 2018 is the best yet!
Now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over, the New Year’s Eve rush can start. We’ve updated our Carrs Pasties New Year opening times for this weekend, they are listed below for you. If you would like to place an order for collection please call us on 01204 387 117. Happy New Year!
We don’t know about you, but we feel like Christmas has just crept up on us this year – where has the time gone? Don’t worry if you’re planning to have pasties over Christmas and New Year as we’re still open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
We’ve listed our opening times for each shop below, if you would like to place an order to collect from any of the shops please call us on 01204 387 117.
We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
If you live in Bolton you’re pretty lucky as you can get a Carrs Pasty from all across the town, including our own four shops – but if you live in the areas around Bolton you might not be able to get hold of one so easily. We’re trying to change that for you, after lots of requests we’re starting to branch out across the North West and so you will be pleased to know that Carrs Pasties are available in Bury!
So here are a few places that you can get yourself a Carrs Pasty in Bury. All the businesses below bake our products off fresh on their premises to ensure they taste just as good as they do in our own shops.
Gusto Deli has been in business for four years and is run by Liz Williams, she previously worked in the catering industry with her sister and is a pro at cooking delicious paninis, breakfasts, hot dinners and pasties. Originally Gusto Deli sold around 24 pasties a week, but they’re no so popular they sell around 80 a week.
Carrs Pasties products: meat and potato pasties, cheese pasties, steak pasties, meat and potato pies, steak pies.
Address: 22 Bank Street, Bury, BL8 3AZ
“It’s always a good experience working with Carrs Pasties.” – Lisa at Gusto Deli
Michaela took over Bakers Dozen one year ago, she previously worked at the company and has since decorated the bakery and introduced an event catering service for sandwiches and platter trays. Our original meat and potato pasty is the most popular pasties at Bakers Dozen but the café also sells hot and cold food and cakes.
Carrs Pasties products: meat and potato pasties, cheese pasties, steak pasties.
Address: 67 Bury Road, Tottington, Bury, BL8 3EU
Bake ‘n’ Butties
Michelle took over Bake ‘n’ Butties around 15 months ago, she redesigned the menu and decorated the café so that it was more welcoming for customers and they had a wider food range to choose from. Bake ‘n’ Butties sell a wide range of food including breakfasts, lunches, burger, chips and also has plenty of meal deals.
Carrs Pasties products: meat and potato pasties, cheese pasties, steak pasties, hot pots, sausage rolls, steak pies and meat and potato pies.
Address: 305 Bolton Road, Bury, BL8 2NZ
“We needed to have a good quality pasty to offer our customers, and everyone at Carrs Pasties is always helpful and great to speak to” – Michelle, Bake ‘n’ Butties
Karen opened Karen’s Kitchen in May 2017. It was a new venture for Karen and since the business started the business has developed and gone from strength to strength. Customers can get freshly baked cakes, salads, baked goods and sandwiches.
Carrs Pasties products: meat and potato pasties, cheese pasties, steak pasties, steak pies.
Address: 170 Walmersely Road, Bury, BL9 6LL
You can find your nearest Carrs Pasties supplier by using our handy little Find Your Nearest Carrs Pasty tool.
It was our second year at the famous Bolton Beer Festival and as expected – it was fantastic.
The event is held at the premier suite at the Macron Stadium and has over 200 beers and ciders available in addition to wines, gins and plenty of fizz. We sold our famous meat and potato pasties, cheese pasties and steak pasties, as well as our new cheese and jalapeño pasties, pasty barms and pasty and peas. All perfect with a pint!
We were there every day from Wednesday to Saturday and every day our pasties were met with such a brilliant response, with people genuinely happy to see us there and excited to eat our products. We’re hoping it wasn’t the beer talking…
We enjoy doing events like this because it means that we get to speak to lots of you and we get to hear your feedback which is useful to us. It’s important to us to hear which of our products is your favourite and what you would improve about each of them. Our new cheese and jalapeño pasties went down a treat at the Bolton Beer Festival and pasty barms were a firm favourite. We love seeing people who aren’t from Bolton try a pasty barm for the first time – it might sound like a weird combo if you’re not a Boltonian but it’s definitely delicious and always goes down well.
Wednesday was launch night and Sponsor’s Hour from 6-7, although there was beer tasting and judging from 10am so lots of people were in need of a pasty by 6pm – so much so that we had people queuing before the pasties even arrived!
Thursday was fairly quiet – the England game was on and people were saving themselves for the weekend but we still sold out of pasties and it was still a great atmosphere.
Friday and Saturday were chock-a-block with people enjoying themselves, trying different beers and ciders (some were as high as 11%, so there were probably some sore heads). The bands were brilliant too, getting everyone up dancing and playing songs that we all know and love. Silk Group’s #silkybeerselfie gave people the opportunity to take some fab pictures and to be in with a chance of winning a phone case (unfortunately we didn’t win).
Although the Bolton Beer Festival is full of fun and we love doing it there’s also an important reason behind the event. All profits made from the event go to Bolton Lad’s and Girls Club, a fantastic club in Bolton that does so much to help young people aged 8-19. The funds will help to keep Bolton Lads and Girls Club open for the young people who can take part in activities, sports and have a safe place to go. We’re patrons of the club and we couldn’t be prouder.
We can’t wait to see you all at next year’s festival!
Did you go to the Bolton Beer Festival this year? What was your favourite drink on offer?