A Duffield farm shop has been visited by Britain’s ‘Sausage King’ as part of his quest to find the nation’s best banger.
Stephen Plume, who runs a website dedicated to sausages, is one of the UK’s leading sausage experts and dropped in to Croots Farm Shop, in Wirksworth Road, on Thursday.
The visit was part of a pledge the chipolata champion has made to visit all the high-quality butchers listed on his sausagefans.co.uk website.
Owner Steve Croot told the Belper News: “We were chuffed when the Sausage King added Croots Farm Shop to his directory of great sausage-makers and even more delighted when we heard he wanted to visit us.
“Stephen is an absolute authority on the best British bangers, and we are looking forward to showing him our range of sausages at Croots and letting him try some of them for himself.”
The farm shop is based at Farnah House Farm has won scores of awards for its home-produced sausages, including Great Taste Awards, which are the ‘Oscars’ of the fine food industry.
The shop is also renowned for creating unusual and original flavours as well as more traditional bangers, plus new sausages to mark occasions, such as the Olympics and the World Cup, with a percentage of sales going to charity.
Stephen said: “The visits I’ve done so far have had a huge impact and hopefully helped to encourage people back to buying local.”
“The sausage makers on sausagefans.co.uk are the finest from around the country as recommended for inclusion by readers of the website.
“So far I’ve been to Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Cheshire, and I was very much looking forward to visiting Croots, as I’d heard excellent reports about the quality of the shop’s sausages.”
The shop employs three full-time butchers and two assistant part-time butchers, as part of a 28-strong workforce employed in the shop and the restaurant, Shires Eatery.
The pork used in Croots’ sausages comes from Packington Free Range Pork, in Staffordshire, while the beef hails from R & M Heath at nearby Hazelwood Hall Farm.
Launched in 2008, Croots Farm Shop is open daily from 9am to 5pm. For more information visit www.croots.co.uk.
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