Croots Farm Shop wins national award with its Bakewell tart

Croots Farm Shop wins national award with its Bakewell tart

The Bakewell tart produced by Derbyshire-based Croots Farm Shop has been crowned the nation’s best sweet bake in the Great British Food Farm Produce Awards 2015.

The Duffield farm shop’s home-made Bakewell tart was selected as a winner in the awards run by Great British Food Magazine.

Owner Steve Croot said: “We were thrilled when our Bakewell tart was chosen as a finalist in the Great British Food Farm Produce Awards. 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.

“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, here at the 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, Wirksworth Road, sells more than 50 Bakewell tarts a week, with demand growing since news of the award short listing spread, said Steve.

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 from 31st July 2015.

Croots Farm Shop opened seven years ago and sells a range of home-produced items, including sausages and meat products, pies, ready meals and flavoured oils.

It has won a wide range of awards for its products, and last year Steve Croot was named as the Derbyshire Food Hero.

Croots Farm Shop and Shires Eatery employs a 32-strong workforce.

Croots Farm Shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm (Shires Eatery until 4.30pm) and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays. Croots runs Fresh Fish Thursdays between 9am and 1pm on Thursdays.

For more information visit; Twitter handle: @crootsfarm_shop

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