Croots Farm Shop
Situated on a gentle hill looking out onto shire horses, lambs, open fields and the Ecclesbourne Valley, if there was an award for farm shop with the best view, Kay and Steve Croot’s converted farm outbuilding would probably win it hands down.
Croots Farm Shop opened in 2008 after Steve decided to add a new string to his herb and vegetable growing business. He also chose to attach a restaurant – Shires Eatery – which adds to the shop’s draw and means there is somewhere to sit, relax, eat, drink and enjoy the vista. The shire horses visible from the shop window belong to Steve’s father-in-law Jim Yates, who runs Farnah House Farm where Croots Farm Shop is located and is a renowned breeder of the noble beasts.
Inside the large shop you’ll find food and drink made by around 40 of the region’s producers, including bread and cakes from Luke Evans Bakery of Riddings, Alfreton, beers from Derby Brewing Co, plus a range of herb-flavoured oils and vinegars produced by the shop’s owner himself.
In addition, there’s an extensive butchery stocked with locally reared meat and Croots’ own lamb. Many items here are produced in-house and in total have won more than 60 awards. Prize winners include the shop’s very own Boozy Banger and Henry Cooper Sausage, and a variety of Croots’ pies – Steak and Kidney, Little Mutton and Rhubarb and Cherry, which bagged gongs at the British Pie Awards.
In the deli section, you will find a large variety of cheeses, local and from further afield, plus a mouthwatering range of locally produced patés, home-made quiches and cooked meats.
10% off on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please present your card at the till before paying.