Keep up to date with the latest news and adventures of Carrs Pasties – from new shops to coverage of the brilliant events we attend.
As we are all more than aware, 2020 has been different. It has been the kind of year that many of us have never known or ever thought we would experience.
Although it has been a hard year, what we have seen is communities coming together, people having socially distant celebrations in the streets, ringing bells on doorsteps to thank our wonderful NHS, foodbanks overflowing with donations and people shopping local more than ever.
2020 threw a lot of curveballs our way, but it also allowed us to add some new services too. We introduced our new online shop where customers can order online for delivery or click & collect – it’s been great and the frozen delivery service helped a lot of people who were isolating in lockdown which we were really happy to be able to do.
After years of searching for the right way to do it, we finally launched our nationwide delivery service too! Our customers have been asking for our pasties to be sent to different parts of the country for years and we have finally found a way to do it. The response was fantastic, and it was brilliant to see people enjoying their small taste of home in so many different areas.
We couldn’t be more grateful to our customers who have supported us throughout this year. In all our 80 years, we’ve never had to close our bakery for longer than a few days so to shut our doors back in March and April was a really difficult decision. But it was one we had to make to keep our staff and customers safe. We knew we needed to come up with a plan if we were going to reopen again, so in some ways, the hibernation period did us a favour. It gave us the chance to make our bakery and three shops COVID-19 secure so that we could return to do what we love, but it also gave us clarity on where we wanted to take the business too. We want to be able to serve families everywhere. Our staff have been brilliant too, they’ve adapted to all the changes we’ve had to implement and worked so hard throughout the year.
So, while 2020 has been a difficult year – we have had some positives too and we are thankful that we can still make pasties for families in Bolton.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all our customers, thank you for showing your support when we had to close our doors and for welcoming us back when we reopened them again. Thank you for adapting to the changes and for adhering to the measures in place, we appreciate each and every one of you.
We hope 2021 is a better year for all, if all goes to plan we have some very exciting projects coming up!
Thanks again for all your support this year!
Here are our Christmas and New Year opening times for 2020. As always there are still days where you can get yourself a pasty during the festive period – we’d never leave you without!
There’s still time to get your pasties in before Christmas too, whether you’d like frozen products delivered to your door or you’d prefer to click and collect fresh products from one of our three shops for your Boxing Day buffet – we’ve got you covered.
Our frozen pasties do not need to be defrosted, they can be cooked from frozen and take around 25 minutes (each oven varies so be sure to check they are piping hot all the way through).
We hope you have a great Christmas and New Year – remember to be safe and to continue looking after each other.
We’ve finally launched our nationwide delivery service which means you can get our frozen pasties delivered to your door wherever you live in the UK!
We offer delivery on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and if you order before 12pm you’ll get next day delivery! You can order pasties, sausage rolls, whist pies and mushy peas and all you need to do is bake them in the oven (no need to defrost them) and within 30 mins you’ll have your hands on a freshly baked Carrs pasty.
This service has been in demand for a long time, with so many Boltonians living across the country it was clear to us that we needed to find a solution so they could all have their very own taste of home. We tested a variety of options to ensure that our pasties would arrive in perfect condition when delivered – we’re just sorry it took so long!
So, if you live outside of Bolton and you need some Carrs Pasties in your life you can place your order online and they’ll be delivered straight to your door!
We are very excited to introduce our new pasty, made with beef, onions, black pepper, Roquito peppers, Scotch Bonnet peppers, gravy and our famous puff pastry – it’s definitely got a fiery kick to it – it wouldn’t live up to its name if it didn’t!
As you may already know, we support Rock It Bolton – a charity that gives young people in Bolton a place to go to create, perform and record music at Big Unit Studios in Bolton. They also get the chance to perform gigs to larger crowds in the community. The talented bunch have come up with the brilliant idea of creating a special Rock It pasty. It took a lot of work and lots of taste tests to make sure we had the right amount of spice (not too hot but definitely not bland). Profits from the pasty will be donated to Rock It, so if you buy one you not only get to enjoy the taste explosion, but you’re donating to a great charity too.
To help us launch the new pasty – Rock It made this fantastic video – the whole video was written, filmed, produced and performed by members, mentors and volunteers at Rock It. It was filmed and edited by Wesley James Media and Rock It members, the instrumental was written by Rock It mentor, Rory A Green and the song was written and performed by talented Rock It member, Izzy Ingham.
Where to get the Rock It Pasty?
The pasty is limited edition and is only available to buy in our three shops in Bolton or via the Click and Collect service on our website – they’re already flying off the shelves so be quick , they won’t be around long!
We usually like to launch a new pasty each year, (normally at the Bolton Food and Drink Festival, previous examples include our cheese & jalapeno and vegan pasties) but of course, this year hasn’t quite gone to plan…
What pasty would you like us to make next? Let us know in the comments below!
We’ve been making pasties for over 80 years (we don’t like to shout about it too much….), and while we have many memories of making those pasties (that’s a whole other post!), it means that our customers also have lots of memories of eating our pasties over the years. Some of you remember eating them while walking down Halliwell Road on the way home from school, and some of you had our pasties at special events such as weddings or birthday parties.
We love that we can be there for you for all occasions and at all events. It’s amazing to hear that some of you have memories that go back as far as when we made the pasties in the back of the Halliwell Road shop and yet you still buy them today!
We thought we’d share with you some of the memories our customers have kindly shared with us. Maybe they’ll even remind you of some of your own!
We love the fact that our pasties are being eaten by families, colleagues and friends and they are even being shared with people across the country! Whatever the occasion, what ever you’re allowed to do (in these ever changing times), we’re here for you.
Do you have any memories of eating our pasties? Let us know in the comments below – we’d love to hear them!
All of our shops are now open – it’s good to say that! You can find a list of our opening times and the safety measures in place below.
Our Bakery Shop, Manchester Road
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 10.30 – 1.30
Our Original Shop, Halliwell Road
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Our Market Place Shop, Market Place Shopping Centre
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Things are still a little different, so please bear with us while we adjust to the changes too. The safety of our staff and customers is most important to us so everything that’s in place is there to keep you, and us, safe.
So, what can you expect when you visit our shops?
- All staff wearing PPE
- Hand sanitising facilities available (please use them)
- A reduced menu (we are slowly increasing this)
- Limited number of customers in the shops at one time
- Social distancing markers in place
- Card only payments
We know it’s a lot to take in, but we can assure you that even with all the measures in place, we’ll still be welcoming you back with a smile and providing you with the best customer service.
You can also place an order for Click & Collect or delivery on our online shop.
On Monday 15th June our Bakery Shop on Manchester Road opened it’s doors again and it felt great to welcome our customers back!
We have had to make a few changes in order to keep our staff and customers safe so here’s what you can expect on your next visit:
- Only two customers will be allowed to enter the shop at one time which means you may be asked to queue outside. Don’t worry, there are social distancing markers on the floor.
- You’ll be asked to use hand-sanitiser before you enter the shop.
- We are offering a reduced menu of just pasties and sausage rolls (fresh and frozen) but sandwiches, salads, peas, etc. are not available just yet.
- Our staff are all in PPE and everything is cleaned down thoroughly and regularly.
- We cannot take any pre-orders for the shop, but you can order frozen pasties for click and collect or delivery on our Online Shop.
Please also be aware that our opening times have changed for the forseeable future. Our Bakery Shop on Manchester Road will now be open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm and on Sundays 10.30 – 1.30pm.
It’s great to be back!
Things have had to change around here, we had to close for a while (first time ever!), but we are slowly starting to come back out of hibernation to provide the people of Bolton with pasties.
At the moment, we can deliver frozen pasties to your door – you can place an order using our Online Shop, but we do have limited slots available and they book quickly. Once it’s safe, more slots will be available.
We are working hard to re-open our three shops in Bolton but the safety of our staff and customers comes first so we will not open until it is absolutely safe to do so.
Any other updates will be mentioned on our website and on our social media channels so please keep coming back to check.
Take care and we’ll see you soon.
As you may have heard, we have made the very difficult decision to close our business for the foreseeable future (we never thought we’d have to say that Carrs Pasties are closing!). We’ve tried our very best to remain open for as long as we can so that we can serve the community of Bolton, but we know that closing is truly the best decision for our staff, our customers and their friends and families.
This means that our shops, office and bakery will all be closed, we will not be able to take any orders via our phone lines or on social media until we reopen again.
We are so proud of all our Carrs Pasties staff for the way they have pulled together over the last few weeks, without them we wouldn’t have been able to provide pasties to as many people as we did. Throughout this time we have stuck by our values by doing the right thing, filling everything with pride and working as a family. We hope that we’ve managed to help at least some of you stock up your freezers or made your day a little bit better with one of our pasties.
The last few weeks have been difficult for everyone, we’ve all had to change and adapt quickly, and it has been full of uncertainty. We just want to say a massive thank you to all of you for your continued support and understanding with all the decisions we have chosen to make at Carrs Pasties.
We’ll be back as soon as it’s safe for us to reopen (we’ll be craving a pasty just as much as you are!), but in the meantime, please stay at home and look after each other.
We’ll see you soon.
We know lots of you still want to enjoy pasties over the festive period, whether it’s for a buffet on Christmas Eve or as a snack on Christmas Day while you’re watching all the festive TV specials, so we try to make sure our opening times allow you to stock up on your pasties. If you would like to place an order for collection please call us on 01204 387 117.
We hope you all have a brilliant Christmas and New Year!