Derbyshire farm shop Croots is celebrating after winning
five accolades at the British Pie Awards.

The haul brings to almost 60 the total number of awards that
Croots has won for its home made pies, sausages and bacon over the past two

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the ratings given to our
pies at the British Pie Awards, which had around 900 entries,” said Steve
Croot, who runs Croots Farm Shop at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road,

“This was the second year we had entered the event in Melton
Mowbray, and we were up against some very talented pie makers from across the
country. All our pies are made by deputy manager Margaret Robinson, who’s excited
to hear how well we’ve done.”

Croots scooped silver awards for its chicken, bacon and leek pie and its game pie, along
with bronze awards for its beef and ale pie, corned beef and potato pie, and
chicken and apricot pie.

Last year at the British Pie Awards, Croots won a gold for
its popular steak and kidney pie, a silver in the dessert pie category for its
rhubarb and cherry pie, and bronze awards for its pork pie and its little
mutton pie.

This year’s awards attracted almost 50% more entries than in
2011. Judges included Daily Telegraph food writer Xanthe Clay and TV chefs Phil
Vickery and Rachel Green.

Croots, which has its own in-house butchers’ team, as well
as a delicatessen and cheese counter, has won many awards since opening in June
2008. Over the past two years alone the shop has scooped almost 60 accolades,
including Great Taste Awards – the Oscars of the food industry – and BPEX
awards, run by the pork industry.

All the pork sausages at Croots are made using pork from Packington
Free Range at Barton-under-Needwood, near Burton-upon-Trent. Croots has a range
of around 40 different flavours of banger, which it sells on a rotating basis.

The shop is planning a one-day sausage festival on Saturday
May 5th with 10% off bangers.

The pies at Croots Farm Shop are produced by Margaret
Robinson, with the beef and ale, chicken, bacon and leek, and steak and kidney
pies being the most popular.

“Our pies have become very well-liked with customers since
we introduced them. I’m especially pleased to see that the corned beef and
potato pie has received an award in the pie awards this year – it’s my
favourite,” added Steve.

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Croots Farm Shop & Kitchen is open Sundays from 10am to 4pm (café until
3.45pm), and from Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm (café until 4.30pm). It
is closed on Mondays.

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