Duffield food shop scoops gold at Great Taste Awards

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A Duffield farm shop has proved it has the recipe for success after scooping gold in the ‘Oscars’ of the food world.

Croots Farm Shop, based at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, received the recognition from the Great Taste Awards 2014 for its smoked salmon pate.

Store owner Steve Croot said: “We are really pleased to have added another gold star to our collection of awards. It’s the first we have received for our smoked salmon pâté, which is one of the most popular items on our deli counter here at Croots.”

Judged by more than 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, members of the Women’s Institute, producers and a host of food writers and journalists at blind tasting sessions in Belfast, Devon and Middlesex, Great Taste claims to be the ‘most respected food accreditation scheme’ for artisan and speciality food producers.

Croots has won a number of Great Taste Awards in previous years for its sausages, bacon, pork pie, ale, muesli and lemon oil.

Its smoked salmon pate is smoked on the shop’s premises in its own on-site smokery.

The judges said: “A great appearance and good creamy texture with discernible pieces of fish.”

The shop has won scores of awards for its products since opening in 2008.

Croots was also a runner-up in the Best UK Independent Food Retailer 2010 category of the Observer Food Monthly Awards.

The year before, it was named in The Independent’s top 50 best food shops.