Who supplied the pie and mash stand?

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  1. Pieman

    Pieman TowersStreet Member

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    Hi all, here's a random question if ever there was one and I hope I've posted it in the right place, as I'm going back about 10 years I think...

    The pie and mash food outlet that used to be opposite Rita had some of the best pies I've ever tried. At the time I remember getting in touch with AT guest services and asking who their supplier was, and they told me. But in the haze of time that's passed, and replacing my laptop and losing emails, I can't remember the supplier's name.

    I've been in touch with guest services again and despite the best efforts of one of their staff (who even went rummaging in a storeroom to see if he could find anything branded with the supplier's name) I've drawn a total blank.

    So here's the million-dollar question... did anyone here ever ask the same question about who supplied the pie and mash stand? And if you did, can you remember the answer?!

    Thanks in desperate and hopeful anticipation!
    Joe.
     
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  2. jon81uk

    jon81uk TowersStreet Member

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    I’ve been looking at Google street view but it’s doesn’t give a clue really.
    https://goo.gl/maps/SHaMCRosz5va1qF3A
    my guess would have been Pieminister but I expect they would have put branding on the signage if it was.
     
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  3. Pieman

    Pieman TowersStreet Member

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    Hi jon81uk -- thanks for that Street View link; I had no idea Google had imagery from inside AT, especially going back to 2009!

    Pieminister is a good guess but I know it wasn't them sadly, it was a trade-only supplier because I remember phoning them and asking if they sold to the public -- they said they generally didn't but if I met their minimum order of a couple of cases, then they'd be able to. But thanks again for the suggestion, and the Street View link, fascinating!
     
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  4. Rick

    Rick TowersStreet Member

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    This thread is amazing.
     
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  5. JAperson

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    I'm with @Rick on this. This thread is brilliant. Can't wait to find out who the pie shop was ran by. I'm so excited to know.
     
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    Finally, definitive proof that the F&B options at Alton Towers have gone downhill.
     
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  7. BarryZola

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    There's no way this thread ends up with us not finding out now.
     
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    I'm sure we're all trawling LinkedIn for people who worked in AT F&B during that golden age.
     
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  9. jon81uk

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    There was a Steak Spitfire (assume the ale) pie, a Chicken, Leek and Ham Hock Pie and a Shepherds pie.

    Don't think that helps though.
     
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  10. Pieman

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    I'm humbled by the excitement and intrigue this has caused! I feel like I'm amongst a family of pie-lovers and what a wonderful place to be :hearteyes:

    I think the three pie types you've identified there Jon may well be a useful starting point, I'm off to do some Googling... the shepherd's pie was a particularly distinctive one with its pastry sides but mash top so that might be the strongest clue yet :grinning:
     
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    Beware the false hope that is Justin's House Pie-O-Matic Factory.
     
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    Why not check company house and see if there was a pie shop company with an address at Alton Towers and then see who owned it.
     
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    Alton Towers sold the pies, but what is not known is who sold them to Alton Towers.
     
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    aah that makes it even more difficult to find out.
     
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    Did they have liquor and jellied eels as well?
     
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    "COOK" do a steak and spitfire ale pie...
     
  18. Pieman

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    I'm so chuffed with everyone's suggestions so far, thank you all! I've applied to join the Facebook group so I'll update on here if I get anywhere on that track, thanks for pointing me in that direction BarryZola. I've had a look at the Cook website (thanks rob666) and it seemed promising but they're down in Kent and I'm half certain the firm was Midlands-based, but I could be wrong. Lastly, Tom, I think the less said about jellied eels, the better :tonguewink:
     
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    It seems pieminister supplies Alton Towers with pies. They are featured on this page of there website: https://pieminister.co.uk/places-with-pies/
    So there's a good chance that the stand was supplied by pieminister.
     
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    Thanks JAperson for continuing to help my quest! I rang Pieminister this morning and spoke to a very nice chap (Dan) who said they had supplied AT for about 18 months pre-pandemic, but not as far back as 2009-10 when the pie and mash stand was operating, so it's not them. Dan also confirmed they've never produced a shepherd's pie with a mash topping, so the search continues... :grinning:
     
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