Pie-way to heaven as Duffield shop is honoured at awards

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A pie made by a Duffield farm shop has been rated as one of the best in the country at a top awards night.

The game pie produced by Croots came second in the Speciality Pie section of the the British Pie Awards 2013, which celebrate the nation’s best pies.

Hosted and organised by the British Pork Pie Association in Melton Mowbray, the awards attracted almost 1,000 pies this year across 20 different classes.

Croots Farm Shop owner Steve Croot said: “We are thrilled that our game pie was rated so highly in the speciality pies category.

“We narrowly missed out on taking the champion slot but we were up against some amazing pie makers and pies from across the UK, so to be a runner up and come second is absolutely brilliant. The feedback we get from customers about our pies is great, but to have it recognised by the judges at the British Pie Awards is excellent and a real coup for the team at Croots.”

More than 130 producers from across the UK entered their pies into the awards. Some 106 judges were recruited to munch their way through the entries, including TV chef and food campaigner Rachel Green, food writers and journalists, and cricket broadcaster Jonathan Agnew.

The Croots game pie is one of a number of sweet and savoury pies made by deputy manager Margaret Robinson at the shop, which is based at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, Duffield.

It features venison, pheasant and rabbit, with ingredients varying throughout the year depending on what’s in season.