Derbyshire farm shop Croots has been named in The Independent’s top 50 best food shops.

The farm shop in Wirksworth Road, Duffield, received the rating in a special feature in the national newspaper focusing on some of the finest food shops in the UK.

The judging panel included the founder of the Real Food Festival, the editors of Great British Food magazine, and, and the food director of Olive and Good Food magazine.

One of the judges said: “Croots is more than a shop, it’s a destination. It’s the perfect place to buy everything you need for a special dinner and literally cook from plot to plate.”

Croots Farm Shop & Kitchen owner Steve Croot said: “We were tickled pink to see Croots mentioned as one of the top 50 best food shops in the UK. It’s great to get such high profile recognition.”

Croots was launched in June 2008 and is a passionate supporter of local producers, selling items from around 35 regional suppliers, as well as speciality products from further afield. It produces its own sausages at its in-house butchery department, has a well-stocked cheese and deli counter, and bakes its own scones on the premises.

It also has its own range of locally brewed ales. Visit