Duffield shop’s tart lands top industry award

Steve Croots along with his staff from Croots Farm Shop.
Steve Croots along with his staff from Croots Farm Shop.

A Duffield farm shop is celebrating after one of its sweet offerings landed a national award.

Croots Farm Shop’s Bakewell tart has been crowned the nation’s best sweet bake in the Great British Food Farm Produce Awards 2015.

The awards are run by Great British Food Magazine.

“To win the category and to be named as the best sweet bake in a national competition, run by a national food magazine, is just amazing,” said owner Steve Croot.

“This is not just great news for Croots Farm Shop - it also flies the flag for one of Derbyshire’s well-known food products.

“All our Bakewell tarts are made by manager Margaret Robinson and her team, in shop, using a recipe that has been in Margaret’s family for generations.

“We love it, our customers love it and we are delighted to hear that the judges loved it too and have crowned it a real winner.”

Croots Farm Shop, based at Farnah House Farm on Wirksworth Road, employs 32 staff and sells more than 50 Bakewell tarts a week, with demand growing since news of the award shortlisting spread, Steve added.

Tom Shingler, deputy editor of Great British Food Magazine, said of the awards: “We had a record-breaking 353 entries from 242 companies, making this the biggest awards yet.

“For us, provenance was a priority.

“The categories were all very hotly contested, so very well done to all the winning and highly commended producers.”

Croots’ Bakewell tart will now feature in the September edition of Great British Food Magazine, on the shelves at the end of July.