On Saturday 1st December 2018 we will be shutting the doors at our shop on Bolton Market for the final time.

It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but after lots of discussions we’ve decided that it’s the right thing to do for the company and our staff. From the very first day we opened in 1995, we have had 23 brilliant years on the market and we’ve loved getting to know all our customers and fellow stall holders – we’ve had a lot of laughs along the way.

We’ll be sad to see the shop go, the market had a fantastic atmosphere and we loved being a part of it for so long. The staff at the shop will be moved to other shops or departments in the company where we can make the most of their skills. They’ve done a brilliant job at the shop and we can’t thank them enough.

The closure of the Market Shop will allow us to develop other areas of the business and although it is sad that we are closing, it is the best decision for the company. We are very excited at what the future holds.

Shop manager, Margaret said: “I must admit when I was asked to leave the bakery after many years to work in the Market Shop I was a little apprehensive. However, the move turned out to be a wonderful experience, and I have worked in the Market Shop for 23 years. It has never felt like work. During this time, I have had the pleasure of meeting many great people who have become friends. From the market traders, to regular customers and all the staff throughout the years, including all the Saturday staff. I will be sad to leave the market and all my friends there, but I am looking forward to new challenges.” 

Market Shop staff with a customer
Market Shop staff with a customer

Ann, who worked at the Market Shop for 20 years with Margaret and now manages our Market Place shop, said: “Firstly, I’d like to say that I’m looking forward to seeing our Ashburner Street customers over at our Market Place shop.

I’ve had 20 very happy years on the Market. Watched babies grow into young adults. Made a lot of good friends and knew our regular customers by name. It has been a privilege to serve to the good people of Bolton, love you all. Keep smiling.”

The shop will shut at 5pm on Saturday 1st December. Customers who regularly get their pasties from the Market Shop can still get fresh and frozen pasties from the Market Place shop on Corporation Street outside the Market Place Shopping Centre, which is around a 10-minute walk and now has seating outside. Our Original Shop on Halliwell Road and our Bakery Shop on Manchester Road will remain open. The closure of the Market Shop enables us to open our Bakery Shop until 7pm from Monday – Friday.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all our loyal customers who have shopped with us on the market over the years, we’ve had an absolute blast.

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.

Refill App

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.

Alex Joynes, Artistic Assistant at Octagon Theatre
Alex Joynes, Artistic Assistant at Octagon Theatre
  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Octagon Theatre in Bolton Town Centre
Octagon Theatre in Bolton Town Centre
  1. 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
Carrs Pasties Easter Opening Times 2018
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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.

  1. 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.

Meat and potato pasty
                   Meat and potato pasty
  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Pasty Barm
                              A Pasty Barm
  1. 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!

Meat and Potato Pasty
A meat and potato pasty with peas and red cabbage
  1. 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:

  • Piccalilli
  • Baked beans
  • Beetroot
  • Chips
  • Relish

What do you eat your pasties with? Let us know in the comments below.

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!

Carrs Pasties New Year Opening Times
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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.

The Bakery Shop Christmas Opening Times
                                                   
The Market Shop Christmas Opening Times
                                                    

Carrs Pasties The Market Place Shop Christmas Opening Times

The Original Shop Christmas Opening Times
                                                

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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!

Our Carrs Pasties stall
                   Our Carrs Pasties stall

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).

#silkybeerselfie
                #silkybeerselfie

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?

On Friday 22 September 2017 we opened our brand new bakery shop. It took a lot of planning and preparation (as you can imagine) but we are so pleased with the end results.

Our bakery shop hasn’t been refurbished since it opened in 1975. So after 42 years, we decided that it needed to be bigger, brighter and it deserved a modern makeover.

When the car wash next door to our bakery went up for sale, we immediately saw an opportunity – it was the perfect place for our new shop – the right size and located next to our bakery.

We enlisted the help of local Bolton companies to work on the shop – there’s so much talent within Bolton that there was no need for us to look elsewhere. We would like to thank all our project partners for their hard work on the shop – it’s been a pleasure working with such talented and enthusiastic people.

The opening of our new bakery shop on Manchester Road
The opening of our new bakery shop on Manchester Road

We wanted the new shop to be big enough so that customers wouldn’t have to queue outside (sometimes people even queued in the rain). We wanted to have enough room to display our products in the shop too so that customers can see what delicious products we sell.

The inside of our new bakery shop
The inside of our new bakery shop

After months of hard work we opened the doors to our new bakery shop on Friday 22 at 10am. It was humbling to see customers queuing up early for the opening. The shop was opened by the chairman, John Carr and our longest serving member of staff, Julie Gorse.

How did we celebrate?

To celebrate our opening we gave our first 250 customers a free pasty voucher on both Friday and Saturday which went down a treat. We also had a brilliant band – The King Brasstards play on Friday which made everyone who walked past smile and it created a great atmosphere on Manchester Road throughout the day!

John Carr and Julie Gorse opening the new shop
John Carr and Julie Gorse opening the new shop

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who came down for the opening weekend and to everyone who has wished us well on social media – we hope you’re as pleased with the new shop as we are.

If you do have any feedback on our products or our shops please let us know, it’s important for us to hear what our customers think.  

Joe Carr, Liam Carr and Matt Carr
Joe Carr, Liam Carr and Matt Carr

It’s been a week since the Bolton Food and Drink Festival and we’ve just about got over the buzz of the weekend.

With the train station closed and the summer making a very brief appearance we didn’t know if the festival would be as busy as previous years – but it was even busier – 267,000 travelled from all over the North West to attend, which is a record! The town was filled with fabulous stalls showcasing a variety of food and drink such as churros, paella, pizzas, flavoured gin, beers and wine. There was also live music and a beer tent at Le Mans Crescent which was packed every day with people enjoying the sunshine (hooray for the summer which decided to make an appearance for the weekend).

After the success of last year’s festival we wanted to really make a splash this year, we were lucky enough to have two stalls, one on Victoria Square and then another on Le Mans Crescent next to the main stage. Our fantastic pie warmer display stood out and then our Carrs Pasties flags looked brilliant blowing in the wind. You couldn’t miss our tent at Le Mans Crescent either with it’s yellow and brown stripes!

Festival Pasties

As many of you will know we created some very special pasties for the festival – and they went down a treat. The cheese and jalapeno were definitely the favourite, but the lamb vindaloo were also very popular and people were pleasantly surprised by how delicious and flavoursome the new vegetable pasties were. All in all – the festival pasties were a great success!

Special Events

The special events this year really catered for everyone, we were very lucky to be asked to do an event with celebrity chef Simon Rimmer where we worked together to create the lamb vindaloo pasty. Simon Rimmer and Matt Carr also hosted the Beer and Pasty tasting event which was great fun – lots of delicious beers to try which had been specially matched to our 6 different pasty flavours. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party was magical and the perfect event for children during the bank holiday weekend – filled with activities, characters, food and the unbelievable cake made by Kaykes on Manchester Road. We even got to meet Ainsley Harriott who popped over to our stall to taste our cheese and jalapeno pasties!

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Entertainment

The entertainment at the Bolton Food and Drink Festival is always so good, the acts all look the part and they really engage the audience which makes for a brilliant atmosphere across the weekend. Then of course the bands on the main stage were excellent and put on amazing shows which had everyone up dancing.

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In a nutshell, the Bolton Food and Drink Festival can only be described as fantastic! Thank you all for a brilliant bank holiday weekend.

What did you enjoy at the Bolton Food and Drink Festival? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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