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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • The Red Tractor Scheme

      Posted on 27th April 2016 by

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      It has been a long time since I sat an exam but I was reminded of that pre-exam tension feeling a couple of weeks ago, when Alan came to visit the farm. Alan was a representative from the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme and had come to examine how our farm […]

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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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    • FREE UPGRADE TO NEXT DAY DELIVERY!

      Posted on 16th December 2015 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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    • 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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    • GIVEAWAY! Win our Luxury Sleepy Hamper worth over £60!

      Posted on 2nd December 2015 by

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      To celebrate our online shopping this Christmas, we are giving you the opportunity to win the gift of sleep – with one of our Luxury Sleepy Hampers! The prize includes a hamper packed full of natural sleep and pampering gifts, including; Lavender flowers Hop flowers 100ml Kentish Lavender Bath Oil […]

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    • Latest newsletter – Christmas gifts, decoration inspiration and news

      Posted on 21st November 2015 by

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      Simply click here to see our most recent newsletter – gift ideas, wreath making courses and Christmas meat ordering. Christmas 2015 Newsletter

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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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    • Hop Season is here!

      Posted on 10th August 2015 by

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      It’s nearly hop season! Our hop garden looking lovely this morning. We used to grow for brewing, but now all our hops are grown specifically for interior decoration. Pre-order online now!

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    • Our Lavender Harvester is in full swing!

      Posted on 29th July 2015 by

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      We have been busy cutting our lavender fields while the sun shines and in-between rain showers! Our distillery has been working overtime to get through the trailers of lavender, extracting the oil which will be used in aromatherapy and toiletries. The smell is incredible! Check out our Facebook, Instagram and […]

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    • A purple valley – Lavender in bloom

      Posted on 7th July 2015 by

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      The Darenth Valley is looking beautiful as our lavender fields come into full flower! We have already been cutting for bunches, and now we are waiting for the flowers to be at optimum oil capacity before harvesting. Don’t miss out – come and visit before the crop is cut! You […]

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    • Fresh Lavender bunches now being cut

      Posted on 24th June 2015 by

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      Our gorgeous lavenders have started to bloom, and fresh bunches are being cut daily and are available from the shop. £2.75 each or 4 for £10.00.

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    • New Season Kentish Strawberries

      Posted on 25th May 2015 by

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      Now in stock! Very pleased to have the first of the Kent season strawberries now in the shop. From the same farm that supply Wimbledon Tennis! Come and pick up a punnet.

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    • Kentish Asparagus now in stock

      Posted on 17th May 2015 by

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      We now have plenty of delicious local asparagus now in The Hop Shop! Grown locally at a farm down the road, asparagus is a great addition to your Spring Summer dishes. For the best results, wash the stems thoroughly in a sink full of cold water. Then trim the stalks […]

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    • FARMING NOTES: January 2015

      Posted on 30th January 2015 by

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      Every month, Farmer William writes a feature for the Shoreham Gazette on what has been happening around the farm and in the world of agriculture; here’s his notes from January 2015. A Letter from (Outback) Australia….. I have great respect for the fencing skills of Australian stock farmers. Their fences […]

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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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    • Christmas shopping on the farm

      Posted on 3rd December 2014 by

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      We have plenty of parking, no shopping centre crowds, and a treasure trove of beautiful gifts for you to choose from for family and friends. You can even  pick your own hampers in the shop from our wide range of baskets and products and we’ll gift wrap them for you […]

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    • Another award to keep us smiling!

      Posted on 19th November 2014 by

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      We are extremely proud to have won an award at the Kent Life Food & Drink Awards for our farm shop last week! We want to thank our lovely customers for nominating us! And congratulations to all the other winners!

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    • Fantastic Apple Turnover!

      Posted on 2nd October 2014 by

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      The September sunshine encouraged huge numbers of visitors to our orchards- and they’ve picked it clean! We closed the orchard on Sunday 28th September – a week earlier than anticipated so APOLOGIES to anyone who was hoping to come next weekend. However, READY-PICKED APPLES – COX, NORFOLK ROYALS, BRAMLEYS AND […]

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    • Pumpkins Galore!

      Posted on 11th September 2014 by

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      Our home-grown pumpkins are now in season! Come down to the farm and have a look at our range… the various varieties are slowly coming into season (some ripen later), but we usually have a range of shapes and sizes from the tasty little ‘rolet’ that can be baked whole, […]

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    • PYO Apples – and enjoy the view!

      Posted on 28th August 2014 by

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      We are happy to announce that our delicious Norfolk Royal Apples will be ready to eat from Friday 5th 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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    • Kentish Hop Season is upon us!

      Posted on 5th August 2014 by

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      Now the last of our Lavender fields have been harvested.. our minds start to turn to wonderful Kentish Hop Bines! You can pre order now – our Fresh Hop Bines will be available in the shop and for mail order despatch across the UK from Monday 18th August, and our […]

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    • Our Lavender harvester in The Times

      Posted on 25th July 2014 by

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      Did you see us in The Times?! Farmers son photographer Thomas Alexander took a stunning photo of the lavender harvester in full action as it started cutting the first field of Lavender in July. We are very lucky to have Thomas on hand with his camera – if you like […]

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    • Tweet Time!

      Posted on 28th June 2014 by

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      Taking over Twitter Farmer William will be making a guest appearance on the popular @farmersoftheUK Twitter handle from 30th June – 6th July. The account features a ‘week in the life’ of a different farmer every 7 days – from sheep farmers in the Highlands to crop farmers in Norfolk. […]

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    • June news from the Farm

      Posted on 15th June 2014 by

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      Planting, weeding and preparing for harvest! We have certainly been kept busy down on the farm in the past few months. Not only have we had to look after and carefully hand-weed all our existing lavender fields, but we have added 65,000 new baby plants to the family! These new […]

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