A SUCCESSFUL farm shop in Duffield is flying ‘pie’ in the sky after scooping four prestigious awards.
Staff at Croots are celebrating after pies, which are hand-made by the shop’s deputy manager Margaret Robinson, won a quartet of gongs at the British Pie Awards 2011.
The highlight was a gold award for the popular steak and kidney pie.
The shop, which is based at Farnah House Farm, on Wirksworth Road, also won a silver award in the dessert pie category for its rhubarb and cherry pie and bronze awards for its pork pie and its little mutton pie.
The awards featured 619 pies produced by bakers and butchers from across the UK. Judges included food writers, authors and chefs.
Steve Croot, who runs the farm shop, said: “It was the first time we’d entered the British Pie Awards and the whole team at Croots is absolutely chuffed to win four awards.
“We were up against some really top quality competition, so to come away with a gold, a silver and two bronze awards is brilliant.”
The awards are the latest in a long line of accolades for the farm shop, which opened three years ago.
Less than a month ago, Croots took three golds and a silver award for its sausages and pies at the 17th Robin Hood Championship.
And in February, the shop won a staggering 16 awards for its sausages and pies at the BPEX regional roadshow at Newark Showground, in Nottinghamshire.
Steve said: “We won a gold award for our mutton sausages last month, and this month we’ve won an award for our mutton pie at the British Pie Awards, which is great because mutton is undergoing a real revival at the moment.”
Croots has also just raised almost £1,200 for Derbyshire children’s charity Treats.
Staff took part in a sponsored walk – clocking up 66 miles between them – and a luxury food hamper was raffled during a family fun day to mark the shop’s third birthday. The hamper was won by Edith Hough, of Hulland Ward.
Treats, which helps under-privileged children, is one of Croots’ chosen charities for 2011.
Steve said: “It was a great effort by customers and staff. It’s great to have raised so much for Treats.”
Donations can still be made at www.justgiving.com/Steven-Croot.