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    • Today’s Lavender view!

      Posted on 23rd June 2017 by

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      The sunshine this week has really brought on the colour of our Kentish Lavender! The shop will be open all weekend as usual, but our Lavender Tours (where you can go into the fields) don’t start until next week (see dates here). Fresh lavender bunches and lavender foods all available […]

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    • Lavender Tour dates announced!

      Posted on 14th June 2017 by

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      Our guided Lavender Tours start on 28th June 2017! Go behind the scenes with an expert Castle Farm guide and learn all about this versatile crop – how we grow, harvest, distill and use Kentish Lavender. For dates and booking details see here.  Our Tours are always very popular, so make sure […]

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    • Yoga in a Lavender Field anyone?

      Posted on 13th June 2017 by

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      New event for 2017 – thanks to Fisical Oils Yoga who are offering a unique experience to enjoy a 1hr early morning vinyasa flow practice 🙏🏼 A perfect way to start a summer morning looking out onto the beautiful scenery and taking in the amazing scent the lavender offers whilst […]

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    • Kentish Strawberry Scones

      Posted on 10th June 2017 by

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      These scones are light and delicious – only 5 easy ingredients! Pick up a punnet of fresh Kent grown strawberries, and double cream in the shop and get started! 6 strawberries 2 cups self-raising flour 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup thick cream 1/2 cup lemonade Simply add all ingredients into […]

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    • Need a summer job? Barista wanted

      Posted on 30th May 2017 by

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      Looking for a summer job and LOVE coffee? Something exciting is happening at The Hop Shop in the next few weeks and we are looking for someone who can confidently serve coffees and teas, plus can work weekends. To apply, please email info@hopshop.co.uk with your details and availability. We are […]

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    • Local strawberries now in the shop

      Posted on 24th May 2017 by

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      STRAWBERRIES || Locally Kent grown and now in the shop! Can’t get much more delicious than a new season sweet English strawberry! 🍓 We also have plenty of cream (double and clotted!), plus giant meringues, brandy snaps and ice cream. Summer evening perfection. Support Local.

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    • Family Business of the Year 2017!

      Posted on 23rd May 2017 by

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      We are very proud to have been crowned winners of Family Business of the Year 2017 in The Times Local Newspapers Business Awards! The farm has come through several generations, and now sits with William and Caroline Alexander, who work alongside their three children including Crispin and his wife Hazel […]

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    • Waitrose Garden Magazine – out now

      Posted on 16th May 2017 by

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      Read all about our beautiful Kent Lavender fields in this month’s Waitrose Garden Magazine. Pick up in you nearest Waitrose store and learn about the lavender we grow – and admire the beautiful photographs taken mid-July last year at the height of the season! Or read the article digitally by […]

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    • Lavender Plants – now available

      Posted on 5th May 2017 by

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      We have a wonderful selection of locally grown Lavender Plants now available. Purchase from the shop – a mixture of Lavender and Lavandin varieties. Lovely as potted gifts and to brighten up your backyard. Lavender plants are hardy, smell wonderful and the flowers are loved by bees, and are good […]

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    • Rosemary Oil – helping students revise!

      Posted on 5th May 2017 by

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      A little bottle of memory wonder! As reported in the news (see BBC NEWS), Rosemary is great at boosting the memory. Sniff when revising, then pop a few drops on a handkerchief and take into the exams with you! This is pure and grown in our beautiful fields. Pick up a […]

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    • Home brewing? Grow your own Hop Plants now!

      Posted on 7th March 2017 by

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      Order your hop plants now! If you’re planning to plant hops – they’ll be starting to shoot soon and it’s best to get them in the ground as soon as possible. Available in pots from the shop or bare-rooted for Mail Order despatch. You can then grow your own hop mine […]

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    • Snap, Share, Tweet & Tag

      Posted on 7th February 2017 by

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      We are social! If you don’t already follow one of our social media platforms, then make sure you hop online to take a look. We regularly update with news from the farm, info about upcoming events, new product, or generally lovely looking farm photos! We hope you enjoy getting a […]

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    • Lavender Massage bookings are now open

      Posted on 7th February 2017 by

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      Bookings for our wonderful open-air Lavender field Aromatherapy massages are now open! We have been working tirelessly to upgrade the booking process so that now all bookings must be made through our website. This means you can book in your pyjamas on a rainy Thursday night or get the girls around for a […]

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    • FREE UPGRADE TO NEXT DAY DELIVERY!

      Posted on 19th December 2016 by

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      From now until Christmas for no extra charge we will UPGRADE your delivery to a NEXT DAY service. From TEA TOWELS to TEA BAGS, from LAVENDER SHORTBREAD to LAVENDER SOAP we can package them up and either send them to you or directly to the recipient with a GIFT MESSAGE […]

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    • Beef, turkey, goose….. Now is the time to order!

      Posted on 16th November 2016 by

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      NOW IS THE TIME TO ORDER YOUR YUMMY CHRISTMAS MEATS! Beef, pheasants, ducks, chickens and turkeys can be pre-ordered for collection anytime. Gammons will be available from the beginning of December. DONT MISS OUT! For more information click here!

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    • Stay on the farm.. One of our cottages now listed on Airbnb!

      Posted on 8th November 2016 by

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      One of our lovely farm cottages is now listed on Airbnb for overnight stays! Enjoy the peacefulness of waking up looking out onto calming river views and our water meadows, in our Grade II listed cottage which sleeps 4. Complete with private lawned garden, parking for 2 cars, fully equipped kitchen, […]

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    • It’s PUMPKIN time at Castle Farm!

      Posted on 14th October 2016 by

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      Our range of delicious pumpkins are now available at the shop. So many rare and wonderful varieties to choose from – plus pick up a recipe leaflet in the shop for cooking inspiration.

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    • PYO OPENS THIS WEEKEND!

      Posted on 12th September 2016 by

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      We are happy to announce that our delicious Norfolk Royal Apples will be ready to eat from Friday 16th September. We are the only registered Norfolk Royal orchard in the world – so come down and try what a real apple tastes like! Norfolk Royals are beautiful, big red, sweet, […]

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    • The team hard at work!

      Posted on 7th September 2016 by

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      This week we are in full swing cutting and drying our beautiful green Kentish Hop Bines.. Here you can see the team hard at work! Hops have been grown on Castle Farm for generations.. and now decorate homes, pubs, film sets and events across the country. Click below to watch the […]

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    • Hop garlands for weddings

      Posted on 15th August 2016 by

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      Our hop bines are increasingly popular for wedding decorations – twined up marquee poles, suspended above tables, decorating marquee roofs, pergolas, archways, church entrances… so many options! Use fresh hop bines from mid August – mid September, then dried hop bines for the rest of the year. Our fresh bines […]

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    • Lavender harvest is now complete

      Posted on 15th August 2016 by

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      Our Lavender has been harvested and the oil carefully distilled for another year. Thank you to everyone who came on our Lavender Tours and learnt all about this wonderful, versatile crop! The Valley smelt amazing as we extracted all the oil from the plants – head to our online shop now […]

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    • Experts at growing hops

      Posted on 15th August 2016 by

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      We are the experts at growing hop bines for interior decoration. Originally harvested for brewing, our hops are now exclusively sold as decorative garlands. Easy to use and very cost effective, hop bines are increasingly popular for weddings, parties, festivals and film sets. Twined up poles, along beams or over doorways, they create a beautiful […]

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    • Picnic in the Lavender Fields!

      Posted on 4th July 2016 by

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      For the first time, we are opening up our lavender field for you to enjoy a relaxing evening picnic with friends and family. Bring your own rug and picnic hamper and enjoy the beautiful view and lovely scent while the sun goes down. There will be a marquee for shelter and some extra snacks […]

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    • Castle Farm Beef for your BBQ

      Posted on 27th June 2016 by

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      Sausages, Beefburgers, Steaks, and now amazing Jacobs Ladder BBQ Beef Ribs! We have plenty of reason for you to fire up the BBQ this summer and enjoy some home-reared Castle Farm Beef. The best way to cook the Beef Ribs is to marinade overnight (try using Stokes BBQ sauce), and […]

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    • Summer fruits galore

      Posted on 27th June 2016 by

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      It may have rained rather a lot in the past few weeks, but our Kentish Summer fruits just keep on coming… flavourful Strawberries and Raspberries in the shop now. Our all time favourite Kent Cherries are due to be ready early July – keep an eye out on our Facebook […]

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    • Fresh Lavender now available!

      Posted on 27th June 2016 by

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      Our beautiful big bunches of lavender – cut by hand straight from our fields are now available daily. Take home the scent of summer with your own handful of beautiful lavandula angustifolia. Just pop into a vase without water and let them air dry naturally. £3 per bunch of 4 for £10 from […]

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    • JOIN US ON A FARM WALK ON SATURDAY 28th MAY

      Posted on 19th May 2016 by

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      Join us on Saturday 28th May 10am-11.30am for a special behind the scenes Farm Walk giving insight into our Castle Farm cattle. Join Hazel as she takes you on a tour of our state-of-the-art Roundhouse cattle building, and learn how we grow the grass and maize to feed our lovely […]

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    • Congratulations to our Farmer William

      Posted on 6th April 2016 by

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      Congratulations to our Farmer William who has just finished his 12 month stint as the High Sheriff of Kent. He now passes the baton to Kathrin Smallwood (in photo) who will continue the great work across our beautiful county. Over the past year, William and Caroline have worked hard to […]

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    • Start eating local honey now to help relieve hey fever in the summer!

      Posted on 19th February 2016 by

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      Now is the perfect time to start eating LOCAL HONEY to suppress the symptoms of hay fever later on in the year! Here at The Hop Shop we sell Kentish Honey Royale with added pollen which is perfect for this and tastes rather delicious on your toast too! We also […]

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    • Looking for a Valentines gift? Look no further!

      Posted on 11th February 2016 by

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      Why not buy a loved one an AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE VOUCHERS so they can enjoy a unique experience of a massage in the lavender fields? Order before Saturday 13th February & we will automatically upgrade the delivery to FIRST CLASS at no extra cost! For more information including dates & to […]

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    • Aromatherapy Massage bookings NOW BEING TAKEN!

      Posted on 2nd February 2016 by

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      Dates: Fri 8th, Sat 9th, Sun 10th, Mon 11th, Tues 12th, Wed 13th, Thurs 14th, Fri 15th, Sat 16th, Sun 17th, Mon 18th & Tues 19th July 2016 ONLY! For a unique experience, you can book an Aromatherapy Massage in the lavender fields. Imagine lying on a couch in the […]

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    • MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE HOP SHOP

      Posted on 23rd December 2015 by

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      All the staff at The Hop Shop wish you a very happy Christmas! The farm shop will close at 5pm on Wednesday 23rd December and re-open on Saturday 2nd January at 9am. The office will re-open on Monday 4th January and mail order will restart in the same week. We […]

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    • FREE UPGRADE TO NEXT DAY DELIVERY!

      Posted on 16th December 2015 by

      Lavender Hamper - Large

      From now until Christmas for no extra charge we will UPGRADE your delivery to a NEXT DAY service. From TEA TOWELS to TEA BAGS, from LAVENDER SHORTBREAD to LAVENDER SOAP we can package them up and either send them to you or directly to the recipient with a GIFT MESSAGE […]

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    • Christmas Meats and Gorgeous Treats!

      Posted on 16th December 2015 by

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      The countdown to the big man coming down the chimney has started and here at the Hop Shop our lovely shop elves are keeping the shelves crammed full of wonderful Christmas GIFTS, HAMPERS bursting with local scummy foods and delightful DECORATIONS ready to make your home look like its own […]

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    • AWARD WINNING CATTLE AT CASTLE FARM!

      Posted on 8th December 2015 by

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      We are delighted to congratulate our stockman David on being awarded FIRST PRIZE at the Ashford Cattle Show this Month with our beautiful Limousin x heifers! As if we need more persuasion to enjoy the homebred Castle Farm beef this Christmas! Fortunately it isn’t too late to order yours… Click here […]

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    • Beef, duck, turkey…… Order now for Christmas!

      Posted on 6th November 2015 by

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      NOW IS THE TIME TO ORDER YOUR YUMMY CHRISTMAS MEATS! Beef, pheasants, ducks, chickens and turkeys can be pre-ordered for collection anytime. Gammons will be available from MID December. DONT MISS OUT! For more information click here!

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    • PYO APPLES OPENING THIS WEEK!

      Posted on 7th September 2015 by

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      We are happy to announce that our delicious Norfolk Royal Apples will be ready to eat from Friday 11th September. We are the only registered Norfolk Royal orchard in the world – so come down and try what a real apple tastes like! Norfolk Royals are beautiful, big red, sweet, […]

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    • HONEY TASTING in the shop- Saturday 16th May

      Posted on 15th May 2015 by

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      This Saturday our honey man – Dan – will be in the shop offering honey tastings and answering all your questions on bees and honey! Call for specific times.

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    • NEW DATES ADDED FOR LAVENDER MASSAGES!

      Posted on 1st May 2015 by

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      We pleased to announce that due to overwhelming demand two new dates have now been added to our Lavender Massage calendar! New dates are: Wednesday 15th July and Monday 20th July. These are in addition to the following dates: Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, Thursday 16th, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th & […]

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    • Merry Christmas from The Hop Shop

      Posted on 22nd December 2014 by

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      All the staff at The Hop Shop wish you a very happy Christmas! The farm shop will close at 5pm on Tuesday 23rd December and re-open on Friday 2nd January at 9am. The office will re-open on Monday 5th January and mail order will restart in the same week. We […]

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