Two legendary bangers are being launched by Derbyshire farm shop Croots to mark British Sausage Week.

The theme of this year’s British Sausage Week is Legendary British Bangers – and butchers at Croots have created two sausages that are named after sporting greats.

The Brian Clough Banger and the Henry Cooper Sausage will go on sale during the special week, which runs from Monday October 31st until Sunday November 6th.

The Henry Cooper Sausage has also been chosen to take part in the regional final of a competition being run during British Sausage Week to find the country’s most delicious banger, which takes place in Nottingham on November 2nd.

Life-long sausage fan and rock legend, Noddy Holder will join the British Sausage Appreciation Society to judge the competition and award those that are worthy with a 2011 British Sausage Week Gold Disc.

“Our butchers are very creative when it comes to designing new flavours – they’ve probably got around 40 in their range now,” said Steve Croot, who runs Croots Farm Shop & Kitchen at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, near Duffield.

“We enjoyed coming up with ideas for sausages and experimenting until we got two new ones that we are very proud of. I’m delighted that one has won through to the regional final of the British Sausage Week competition, and looking forward to hearing what Noddy Holder thinks of it.”

The Henry Cooper Sausage, named after the heavyweight boxing champ, features three different types of pork – free range Packington Pork, wild boar and Gloucestershire Old Spot – plus a secret blend of spices. The Brian Clough Banger, which pays tribute to the legendary football manager, features a dash of Old Big ‘Ead beer from Buxton Brewery and Croots Cow Juice ale.

Croots Farm Shop will be holding a sausage festival on Saturday November 5th as part of its celebrations for British Sausage Week, with special deals over that weekend. Samples will be available on November 5th and the butchers will be on hand to offer advice about how to get the best from your bangers.

The farm shop is renowned for its quality sausages and pies, and has won numerous awards. Last year it was a runner-up in the Best UK Independent Food Retailer 2010 category of the Observer Food Monthly Awards. The year before, it was named in The Independent’s top 50 best food shops.

“British Sausage Week is an excellent time to celebrate one of the nation’s favourite foods,” added Steve Croot. 

Croots Farm Shop and Kitchen is open Sundays from 10am to 4pm (café until 3.45pm), and from Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm (café until 4.30pm). It is closed on Mondays.

For more information visit www.croots.co.uk

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