Derbyshire farm shop Croots has struck gold in the Great
Taste Awards 2014 by winning a gold star for its smoked salmon pâté. 
The awards run by the Guild of Fine Food are regarded as the
‘Oscars’ of the fine food world and the annual scheme is the largest and most
trusted awards scheme for speciality fine food and drink in the UK. 
Croots Farm Shop, based at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth
Road, near Duffield, has won a number of Great Taste Awards in previous years
for its sausages, bacon, pork pie, ale, muesli and lemon oil. 
The latest gold star has been awarded for the store’s smoked
salmon pâté, which is made of salmon that’s been smoked on the shop’s premises
in its own smokery. The judges said: “A great appearance and good creamy
texture with discernible pieces of fish.” 
Farm shop 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.” 
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. 
Earlier this year, owner Steve Croot was named the
Derbyshire Food Hero for 2014.
Croots Farm Shop is open daily from 9am to 5pm (Shires
Eatery until 4.30pm). Croots runs Fresh Fish Thursdays between 9am and 1pm on
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