Chris Evans feeds celebrity guests with Carrs pasties

Chris Evans

John and Joe Carr with a tray of ‘celebrity pasties

John and Joe Carr with a tray of ‘celebrity pasties

First published in News

CELEBRITIES have sampled a Bolton delicacy — Carrs pasties.

When superstar superfan Chris Evans held a Children In Need charity event in his Surrey pub there was only one firm he wanted to cater for his celebrity guests.

And Carrs director, Joe Carr and his girlfriend Joanna Sewell, were only too happy to deliver the Bolton favourite.

They were enjoyed by celebrities including Gary Barlow, the rock band Stereophonics and singer James Blunt.

Joe said: “It started two years ago when we supplied the pasties for a Help for Heroes charity golf event at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire.

“We set up at the ninth hole to distribute the pasties and Chris Evans was taking part in the event.

“He chatted to me and my father (managing director John Carr) for five minutes and was really nice.

“The next thing we knew, he was on air saying the golf club was where he met his wife and eating our pasties was an experience which compared favourably to that.

“Then he wrote a piece in a national Sunday newspaper magazine saying ‘If Carrs Pasties ever want to go global, I’m in. This may be my Victor Kian moment’.”

The DJ’s on-air banter even prompted Joe to grasp the nettle and learn how to build a website for Carrs, based in Manchester Road.

The 28-year-old said: “He said he couldn’t believe we didn’t have a website, and we agreed with him, so I set about learning how to do it. It took me a couple of days, but we’re quite pleased with the results.”

Joe said it was like going into a different world when he and Joanna dropped the pasties off at the Mulberry Inn, where Evans was hosting the Children In Need event.

Evans is not the only celebrity fan of Carrs Pasties. The firm supplied more than 200 pasties for a Vernon Kay Radio One show at St Gregory’s Social Club, where Phoenix Nights was filmed. The event was hosted by Bolton funnyman Peter Kay and attended by Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness.

Carrs Pasties was founded by Joe’s grandfather Joseph Edward Carr, in Halliwell Road, Bolton — where there is still a Carrs shop — in 1938.

Joe, who was named after his grandfather and great-grandfather, said: “There were seven children and they started making them to feed the family.

“We now have three shops, the third one is in Ashburner Street. We are Bolton through and through and are proud of being part of the fabric of the town.

"I think part of the reason we’re getting national recognition is that there’s something special about being from Bolton. We have family values and it is reflected in our 53 staff, most of whom have been working with us for 15 years and the rest five years or more.”

Carrs Pasties is one of the sponsors of this year’s Bolton and Bury Business Awards. The firm is sponsoring We’re Backing Bolton and Bury award.

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9:09am Sat 5 Jul 14

Wolfie190 says...

I need to try Carrs pasties again they way people go on about them I thought they were rubbish last time and are they more expensive than the old pasty shop ?
I need to try Carrs pasties again they way people go on about them I thought they were rubbish last time and are they more expensive than the old pasty shop ? Wolfie190
  • Score: 0

9:54am Sat 5 Jul 14

thomas222 says...

Hope they had some Rennies.
Hope they had some Rennies. thomas222
  • Score: 3

11:35am Sat 5 Jul 14

Chrome1 says...

Oh my word, wasn't this article boring. I nearly fell asleep in my beans on toast. Okay, so this self indulgent pie maker got a few orders from z-list celebs. Give him a round of applause people.
Oh my word, wasn't this article boring. I nearly fell asleep in my beans on toast. Okay, so this self indulgent pie maker got a few orders from z-list celebs. Give him a round of applause people. Chrome1
  • Score: -19

11:50am Sat 5 Jul 14

goldie47 says...

junes bakery...st helens road....best pasties.....by far...and great customer service too
junes bakery...st helens road....best pasties.....by far...and great customer service too goldie47
  • Score: 9

11:59am Sat 5 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

Pies 'av ****,what a mundane story,but at least we can comment on it,unlike the story of Bolton's top battling "celeb". who appears to be suffering from the Suarez syndrome.I believe Khan and Suarez are tied 3 each at unsportsman like behaviour and only red cards and wrist slaps were handed out.Great role models.......NOT. I give this one two minutes then gone,just like the pies.
Pies 'av ****,what a mundane story,but at least we can comment on it,unlike the story of Bolton's top battling "celeb". who appears to be suffering from the Suarez syndrome.I believe Khan and Suarez are tied 3 each at unsportsman like behaviour and only red cards and wrist slaps were handed out.Great role models.......NOT. I give this one two minutes then gone,just like the pies. boltonnut
  • Score: -7

12:22pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Gman13 says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Oh my word, wasn't this article boring. I nearly fell asleep in my beans on toast. Okay, so this self indulgent pie maker got a few orders from z-list celebs. Give him a round of applause people.
Yeah come on Bolton News, stop publishing stories about people have success with there businesses!!! How indulgent can you get............
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Oh my word, wasn't this article boring. I nearly fell asleep in my beans on toast. Okay, so this self indulgent pie maker got a few orders from z-list celebs. Give him a round of applause people.[/p][/quote]Yeah come on Bolton News, stop publishing stories about people have success with there businesses!!! How indulgent can you get............ Gman13
  • Score: 15

3:02pm Sat 5 Jul 14

janet1970 says...

I don't rate them at all. Far nicer pasties available and for a lot less money. so expensive for what you get
I don't rate them at all. Far nicer pasties available and for a lot less money. so expensive for what you get janet1970
  • Score: 1

3:07pm Sat 5 Jul 14

gigglebox3 says...

pound bakery are far better.......
pound bakery are far better....... gigglebox3
  • Score: -10

4:01pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Terry McC says...

an comment on pasties but not real news freedom of speech my Ar*e


Eden Boys’ School is a faith school being opened by the Tauheedul Free Schools Trust, which was formed following the success of the Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School in Blackburn — a voluntary aided school.

Although it is designated as a Muslim faith school, the school says it will welcome applications from families of all faiths ... yes of course it is !!!
an comment on pasties but not real news freedom of speech my Ar*e Eden Boys’ School is a faith school being opened by the Tauheedul Free Schools Trust, which was formed following the success of the Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School in Blackburn — a voluntary aided school. Although it is designated as a Muslim faith school, the school says it will welcome applications from families of all faiths ... yes of course it is !!! Terry McC
  • Score: 2

4:40pm Sat 5 Jul 14

owencoyle99 says...

Good piece of publicity
Have not been in since they put the pasties up to £1.38p

Ye olde pasty shop in town are lot better and also cheaper trouble is parking there
Good piece of publicity Have not been in since they put the pasties up to £1.38p Ye olde pasty shop in town are lot better and also cheaper trouble is parking there owencoyle99
  • Score: 6

5:23pm Sat 5 Jul 14

cosmicma says...

carrs pasties used to be the best pasties in bolton
i remember them from my youth in the 60's n 70's and they really did taste good but more recently i find them to be bland and overpriced
maybe it's because of the so called healthier ingredients used today maybe not but they don't taste the way i remember them

ye old pasties are probably the best at the moment with junes homebake being a close second
carrs pasties used to be the best pasties in bolton i remember them from my youth in the 60's n 70's and they really did taste good but more recently i find them to be bland and overpriced maybe it's because of the so called healthier ingredients used today maybe not but they don't taste the way i remember them ye old pasties are probably the best at the moment with junes homebake being a close second cosmicma
  • Score: 7

6:21pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Chrome1 says...

Gman13 wrote:
Chrome1 wrote:
Oh my word, wasn't this article boring. I nearly fell asleep in my beans on toast. Okay, so this self indulgent pie maker got a few orders from z-list celebs. Give him a round of applause people.
Yeah come on Bolton News, stop publishing stories about people have success with there businesses!!! How indulgent can you get............
Stop using my words. Get your grammar in order too.
[quote][p][bold]Gman13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Oh my word, wasn't this article boring. I nearly fell asleep in my beans on toast. Okay, so this self indulgent pie maker got a few orders from z-list celebs. Give him a round of applause people.[/p][/quote]Yeah come on Bolton News, stop publishing stories about people have success with there businesses!!! How indulgent can you get............[/p][/quote]Stop using my words. Get your grammar in order too. Chrome1
  • Score: -5

7:22pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Gman13 says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Gman13 wrote:
Chrome1 wrote:
Oh my word, wasn't this article boring. I nearly fell asleep in my beans on toast. Okay, so this self indulgent pie maker got a few orders from z-list celebs. Give him a round of applause people.
Yeah come on Bolton News, stop publishing stories about people have success with there businesses!!! How indulgent can you get............
Stop using my words. Get your grammar in order too.
Oooo sorry very.....
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gman13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Oh my word, wasn't this article boring. I nearly fell asleep in my beans on toast. Okay, so this self indulgent pie maker got a few orders from z-list celebs. Give him a round of applause people.[/p][/quote]Yeah come on Bolton News, stop publishing stories about people have success with there businesses!!! How indulgent can you get............[/p][/quote]Stop using my words. Get your grammar in order too.[/p][/quote]Oooo sorry very..... Gman13
  • Score: 2

10:17pm Sat 5 Jul 14

JustBecause says...

Gman13 wrote:
Chrome1 wrote:
Oh my word, wasn't this article boring. I nearly fell asleep in my beans on toast. Okay, so this self indulgent pie maker got a few orders from z-list celebs. Give him a round of applause people.
Yeah come on Bolton News, stop publishing stories about people have success with there businesses!!! How indulgent can you get............
Hear, heat, it's ridiculous, to show how a family business can be doing great, how dare they !
[quote][p][bold]Gman13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Oh my word, wasn't this article boring. I nearly fell asleep in my beans on toast. Okay, so this self indulgent pie maker got a few orders from z-list celebs. Give him a round of applause people.[/p][/quote]Yeah come on Bolton News, stop publishing stories about people have success with there businesses!!! How indulgent can you get............[/p][/quote]Hear, heat, it's ridiculous, to show how a family business can be doing great, how dare they ! JustBecause
  • Score: 5

12:56pm Sun 6 Jul 14

wsw69 says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
I need to try Carrs pasties again they way people go on about them I thought they were rubbish last time and are they more expensive than the old pasty shop ?
Carrs pasties are £1.35 each from the town centre shop next to the market, against the Olde Pastie Shoppe at £1.00. The OPS pasties are also much larger than Carrs and in my opinion better. Carrs are too peppery for my liking.

Carrs are also overpriced. If Marie Walsh can knock theirs out at a quid a pop whilst paying town centre rates etc, how can Carrs be 35% dearer?

Walshes 1st and Carrs 2nd in my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: I need to try Carrs pasties again they way people go on about them I thought they were rubbish last time and are they more expensive than the old pasty shop ?[/p][/quote]Carrs pasties are £1.35 each from the town centre shop next to the market, against the Olde Pastie Shoppe at £1.00. The OPS pasties are also much larger than Carrs and in my opinion better. Carrs are too peppery for my liking. Carrs are also overpriced. If Marie Walsh can knock theirs out at a quid a pop whilst paying town centre rates etc, how can Carrs be 35% dearer? Walshes 1st and Carrs 2nd in my opinion. wsw69
  • Score: 0

5:29pm Sun 6 Jul 14

gigglebox3 says...

everyone should go to pound bakery! better vale for money than any other shop!
everyone should go to pound bakery! better vale for money than any other shop! gigglebox3
  • Score: -7

5:29pm Sun 6 Jul 14

gigglebox3 says...

value! oops
value! oops gigglebox3
  • Score: -1

6:02pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Gman13 says...

gigglebox3 wrote:
value! oops
Yeah get your grandma right, people on here will pick you up on it.......
[quote][p][bold]gigglebox3[/bold] wrote: value! oops[/p][/quote]Yeah get your grandma right, people on here will pick you up on it....... Gman13
  • Score: 1

11:50pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Wolfie190 says...

wsw69 wrote:
Wolfie190 wrote:
I need to try Carrs pasties again they way people go on about them I thought they were rubbish last time and are they more expensive than the old pasty shop ?
Carrs pasties are £1.35 each from the town centre shop next to the market, against the Olde Pastie Shoppe at £1.00. The OPS pasties are also much larger than Carrs and in my opinion better. Carrs are too peppery for my liking.

Carrs are also overpriced. If Marie Walsh can knock theirs out at a quid a pop whilst paying town centre rates etc, how can Carrs be 35% dearer?

Walshes 1st and Carrs 2nd in my opinion.
I need to try Carrs again I dont mind peppery but last time had one years ago I wasnt impressed never mind the price. Bolton town centre is not best served for good pie shops just the mass produced chain shops. The old pastie shop is always worth bobbing in if open.
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: I need to try Carrs pasties again they way people go on about them I thought they were rubbish last time and are they more expensive than the old pasty shop ?[/p][/quote]Carrs pasties are £1.35 each from the town centre shop next to the market, against the Olde Pastie Shoppe at £1.00. The OPS pasties are also much larger than Carrs and in my opinion better. Carrs are too peppery for my liking. Carrs are also overpriced. If Marie Walsh can knock theirs out at a quid a pop whilst paying town centre rates etc, how can Carrs be 35% dearer? Walshes 1st and Carrs 2nd in my opinion.[/p][/quote]I need to try Carrs again I dont mind peppery but last time had one years ago I wasnt impressed never mind the price. Bolton town centre is not best served for good pie shops just the mass produced chain shops. The old pastie shop is always worth bobbing in if open. Wolfie190
  • Score: 0

4:01pm Mon 7 Jul 14

gigglebox3 says...

Gman13 wrote:
gigglebox3 wrote:
value! oops
Yeah get your grandma right, people on here will pick you up on it.......
lol thanks!
[quote][p][bold]Gman13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gigglebox3[/bold] wrote: value! oops[/p][/quote]Yeah get your grandma right, people on here will pick you up on it.......[/p][/quote]lol thanks! gigglebox3
  • Score: 0

7:18pm Mon 7 Jul 14

JustBecause says...

gigglebox3 wrote:
everyone should go to pound bakery! better vale for money than any other shop!
Yes, why support a local business, when you can by cheat rubbish from the nationals.......
[quote][p][bold]gigglebox3[/bold] wrote: everyone should go to pound bakery! better vale for money than any other shop![/p][/quote]Yes, why support a local business, when you can by cheat rubbish from the nationals....... JustBecause
  • Score: 0

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