Duffield farm shop lands industry praise

Croots Farm Shop.
Croots Farm Shop.

Croots Farm Shop has struck gold at this year’s Great Taste Awards, with three of its products earning recognition.

The shop’s sloe gin earned two gold stars while their leg of lamb and sticky maple and hickory belly pork also won a gold star each at the awards which are held in high esteem in the catering sector.

The farm’s gin was labelled ‘outstanding’ by judges, who commented: “Beautiful looking sloe gin, great colour and lovely ‘on the nose’.”

The drink is made by Croots Farm Shop owner Steve Croot from sloes collected around Farnah House Farm in Duffield, where the shop is based.

Steve said: “These awards are presented to the very best food and drink products, so we are over the moon to have won gold stars for three more of our products.

“I only started making the sloe gin last year, so I’m particularly pleased that the judges regarded it as outstanding.”

In previous years Croots has scooped Great Taste Awards for a range of home-produced items, including sausages, smoked salmon pâté, bacon, pork pie, muesli and lemon oil.

Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, is the acknowledged benchmark for speciality food and drink and has been described as the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize’.

Products awarded two stars are deemed ‘outstanding’, while those that receive one star are viewed as ‘simply delicious.’

The judges included hundreds of top chefs, restaurateurs, acclaimed cooks, food experts, retail buyers and food writers.