Shop of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2022/23
Chosen by our judges:
Croots Farm Shop, Duffield, Derbyshire
The top public vote-winners:
The winner is Croots Farm Shop, which opened in 2008 on the owner’s family farm and has developed into something special.
Croots Farm Shop was a finalist in the Great Food Club Awards 2020/21 and has many loyal fans. This is not surprising because inside the shop you’ll find a large butchery stocked with locally reared meat and Croots’ home-produced lamb, as well as many items including award-winning pies, cakes and savouries on the deli.
There is also a well-stocked cheese counter and lots of locally produced food items such as Renishaw Hall wines, Peak Ales beers and local honey.
Croots is one of the region’s most extensive and successful food and drink outlets and now has a cafe attached. It has everything you could want in a farm shop and it supports a vast range of small, local producers.
The other finalists
Bridge 67 Butchers
Bridge 67 Butchers & Deli in Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire, is a gem of a shop that sells beef, lamb & pork from owner Jill’s family farm in Smeeton Westerby. You’ll also find homemade pies and sausages and a really excellent cheese counter.
Croxton Village Shop
Every village needs a great shop. Luckily for Croxton Kerrial in Leicestershire, Chaz & Zoe have opened a lovely shop in their own home. The Croxton Village Shop is a superb community hub packed with delicious food & drink.
Bulwick Village Shop
A past winner of this award, Bulwick Village Shop was almost completely destroyed by fire just a couple of years ago. Today, it is back to being one of the most beautiful village shops you’ll find. Not only does it sell delicious cakes and local produce, but also has a stunning ‘tea terrace’ – Bulwick Village Shop is a slice of heaven in north Northamptonshire.