Croots Farm Shop owner and Samuel Fox pub bag awards
Published on January 24, 2014
Left: Steve Croot receives his award from Valentine Warner
Steve, who runs Croots Farm Shop near Duffield, Derbyshire, was presented with his award at a ceremony hosted by celebrity chef Valentine Warner. “I am thrilled and proud to be named Local Food Hero 2014 for Derbyshire. There is some fantastic local food produced in Derbyshire, and I am honoured to be part of it all,” said Steve.
Croots Farm Shop employs 21 people and sells products from more than 40 producers from within a 50-mile radius. It has won a number of Great Taste Awards.
The Samuel Fox Country Inn in Bradwell in the Hope Valley has been run by head chef James Duckett since October 2012. A Great Food Club reviewer described his cooking as “exceptional – eating here leaves you in no doubt of the skill at work in the kitchen”.
The Samuel Fox
Both Croots Farm Shop and The Samuel Fox are part of the Great Food Club network.
The other Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards winners are as follows:
Restaurant of the Year: Darleys Restaurant, Darley Abbey
Best International Restaurant: Calabria Cucina, Chesterfield
Gastro Pub of the Year: Red Lion Bar and Bistro, Stonedge
Traditional Pub of the Year: The Dragon, Willington
Tea Room/Coffee House of the Year: No. 6 The Square Tearooms, Buxton
Café of the Year: Naughty and Nice, Bakewell
Best Derbyshire Breakfast: Fresh Basil, Belper
Best Family Friendly Venue: Scrumdiddlyumptious, Wirksworth, and Foresters Bar and Restaurant, Darley Moor
Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “Derbyshire has so many fantastic food and drink businesses that it is getting harder each year to pick a winner. They all play an important role in the Derbyshire’s economy and we are delighted that our awards give them all much deserved recognition.”
The Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards were sponsored by HSKS Greenhalgh Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors and Holdsworth.