Bolton Wanderers fans still go to Burnden Park Pie Shop

Amanda Partington, left, and Ann Treuffas, at the Burnden Park Pie Shop

The Burnden Park Pie Shop in Manchester Road

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , business editor

A PIE shop loved by thousands of Bolton Wanderers fans has been making a crust for Amanda Partington’s family — for 107 years.

Whites fans continue to call in for their pre-match snack at Burnden Park Pie Shop in Manchester Road, even though the football club which used to be opposite, moved to Horwich 17 years ago.

Owner Ms Partington would much prefer it if Bolton Wanderers were still playing on the hallowed Burnden Park turf of yesteryear, but she is not complaining.

“The fans still come in for their pies,” said 44-year-old Ms Partington. “Our pies are much cheaper than the ones they get in or around the ground, so it is not surprising.

“I still think it’s a shame they moved the football club out of the town. Walking to the ground from the town centre was a magical experience for fans for many years.

“When it moved the shop was affected because we didn’t get the match day crowds, but there are many people who still come here on the way to the games now. One or two of the officials from the club also come in.”

Ms Partington believes the shop is continuing to thrive because it supplies market stalls in Bolton, Bury and Farnworth with the pies it makes.

She added: “We also deliver to private functions — we’re currently doing at least one every weekend.”

Ms Partington, who is an Army Reservist sergeant major at 216 Battery, based in Weston Street, took over the shop in 2005 following the retirement of her father and mother, Frank and Mary Partington.

The shop had previously been passed down from founder Frances Wood — Ms Partington’s great grandmother — to her daughter Frances Partington, Frank and Herbert Partington’s mother.

Although Ms Partington and her 59-year-old partner, who is a major in the same Army Reservist battery, have no children, there are nieces Abbie and Lucy Russell, aged 15 and 10, respectively, and eight-year-old Jessica Partington waiting in the wings.

“It’s a family business,” said Ms Partington. “Even before I took over the shop and I was doing secretarial work, I was still coming in to the shop helping my dad.”

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11:01am Tue 12 Aug 14

the judgement day says...

Great little advertising piece, surely"Theo from Olympus chippy" gets Wanderers fans in for a pre match snack, he needs a bit of exposure in the BN
Great little advertising piece, surely"Theo from Olympus chippy" gets Wanderers fans in for a pre match snack, he needs a bit of exposure in the BN the judgement day
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12:20pm Tue 12 Aug 14

William2701 says...

What do businesses have to do to get a free advert in the Bolton News?

That's what this is... an advert, it isn't news. Bit like most of the so called Bolton News really.
What do businesses have to do to get a free advert in the Bolton News? That's what this is... an advert, it isn't news. Bit like most of the so called Bolton News really. William2701
  • Score: 0

1:39pm Tue 12 Aug 14

waynagain says...

I always pay a visit to the Burnden pie shop whenever I visit from the USA. They provide good product and good value, which is something I no longer get from my beloved Wanderers. Lets hope the town council don't find out that this place has been in business for 107 years or they'll want to have it pulled down. Keep up the good work Amanda and best wishes to your dad.
I always pay a visit to the Burnden pie shop whenever I visit from the USA. They provide good product and good value, which is something I no longer get from my beloved Wanderers. Lets hope the town council don't find out that this place has been in business for 107 years or they'll want to have it pulled down. Keep up the good work Amanda and best wishes to your dad. waynagain
  • Score: 8

2:36pm Tue 12 Aug 14

lisa hilton says...

great to see this business still doing well, my dad used to work there years ago, and they was the best pies around,, i used to go with him delivering these pies as far as liverpool , when i was a kid, well done.xx
great to see this business still doing well, my dad used to work there years ago, and they was the best pies around,, i used to go with him delivering these pies as far as liverpool , when i was a kid, well done.xx lisa hilton
  • Score: 1

2:57pm Tue 12 Aug 14

John Edwards says...

Great pies from this shop. When we have our monthly meetings at the 216 Battery barracks, which is in Nelson Street, not Weston Street, our buffet is from Burnden Park Pie Shop. An enjoyable after meeting snack.
Great pies from this shop. When we have our monthly meetings at the 216 Battery barracks, which is in Nelson Street, not Weston Street, our buffet is from Burnden Park Pie Shop. An enjoyable after meeting snack. John Edwards
  • Score: 0

4:49pm Tue 12 Aug 14

The bluetooth. says...

Burnden park(bwfc).
Those were the days.
Burnden park(bwfc). Those were the days. The bluetooth.
  • Score: 1

9:46am Wed 13 Aug 14

JOHN HIGHAM says...

I have only been in that place once and once was enough, They need to stop burning the pies when I threw it in the bin it broke the bottom of the bin "sorry bolton council"
I have only been in that place once and once was enough, They need to stop burning the pies when I threw it in the bin it broke the bottom of the bin "sorry bolton council" JOHN HIGHAM
  • Score: -2

12:42pm Wed 13 Aug 14

waynagain says...

JOHN HIGHAM wrote:
I have only been in that place once and once was enough, They need to stop burning the pies when I threw it in the bin it broke the bottom of the bin "sorry bolton council"
Looks like you are used to buying poor quality products if the bottom fell out of your bin. Obviously the pies from Burnden are too good a quality compared to the items you usually get.
[quote][p][bold]JOHN HIGHAM[/bold] wrote: I have only been in that place once and once was enough, They need to stop burning the pies when I threw it in the bin it broke the bottom of the bin "sorry bolton council"[/p][/quote]Looks like you are used to buying poor quality products if the bottom fell out of your bin. Obviously the pies from Burnden are too good a quality compared to the items you usually get. waynagain
  • Score: 0

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