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    • New Lavender Gift Collections

      Posted on 25th October 2017 by

      Lavender Pamper collection

      We have just launched our brand new line of Lavender Gift Collections! New to the website this week, we have carefully selected some of our favourite Lavender gifts to make up nine different Hampers – something for everyone. Each Lavender Gift Collection comes beautifully hand-packaged and is presented in a luxury white gift […]

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    • Pumpkins for carving, cooking & decorating!

      Posted on 4th October 2017 by

      Castle Farm pumpkins

      We are THE place for Pumpkins this year! It’s been a bumper crop down on Castle Farm, so come and choose your perfect pumpkin for carving, cooking, or just making your home look pretty this Autumn! Read more about our pumpkins here.

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    • It’s Pumpkin season on Castle Farm

      Posted on 19th September 2017 by

      kent-pumpkins-and-squashes

      The Hop Shop has a wonderful selection of farm-grown pumpkins now available! Harvested from our pumpkin patch on Castle Farm, we are known for growing some well-known favourites, such as Butternut Squash and Crown Prince, but also some more unusual varieties that you won’t find in the supermarkets, such as Rolet […]

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    • Pick Your Own Apples at Castle Farm

      Posted on 22nd August 2017 by

      Due to the hot weather in the Spring – we have experienced a flush of early ripening from our apples! For the first time ever we opened our orchard gates in August, but they will continue to be open on Fridays and weekends throughout September. Bring family and friends and enjoy picking straight from […]

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    • 2018 Calendar has arrived

      Posted on 8th August 2017 by

      Our 2018 Castle Farm calendar has just landed! Filled with a collection of 12 beautiful photos from around Castle Farm and across the Darenth Valley. A year in the life of farming on our mixed arable acres in the English countryside. Wildlife photos, landscape images and of course, wonderful shots of our famous […]

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    • Introducing our new Coffee Cart

      Posted on 3rd July 2017 by

      Introducing… The COFFEE Cart This year we have been busy lovingly converting an old Rice Horse Box into our band new Coffee Cart! Making a special appearance over the Summer months, The Coffee Cart will be offering freshly ground barista-made Coffees and speciality Hop Shop Teas – all for Take […]

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    • Need a summer job? Barista wanted

      Posted on 30th May 2017 by

      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

      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

      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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    • Lavender Plants – now available

      Posted on 5th May 2017 by

      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

      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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    • Our farm shop is open all weekend!

      Posted on 12th April 2017 by

      Pop into the shop over Easter, we have lots of treats and food as well as beautiful lavender plants for your garden! OPENING HOURS Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday 9am to 5pm Sunday 10am to 5pm Monday 10am to 5pm    

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    • FREE UPGRADE TO NEXT DAY DELIVERY!

      Posted on 19th December 2016 by

      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

      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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    • It’s PUMPKIN time at Castle Farm!

      Posted on 14th October 2016 by

      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

      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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    • Picnic in the Lavender Fields!

      Posted on 4th July 2016 by

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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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    • Castle Farm Pumpkins in season!

      Posted on 22nd September 2015 by

      Pumpkins

      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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    • Lavender Honey now availble!

      Posted on 22nd September 2015 by

      Our beautifully smooth lavender honey is now available in the shop – only while stocks last! It is very popular with locals who use the lavender to help with hayfever.

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    • PYO APPLES OPENING THIS WEEK!

      Posted on 7th September 2015 by

      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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    • Kentish Cherries now available!

      Posted on 11th July 2015 by

      Fresh Kentish cherries now in the shop! Grown by our friends down in Yalding… They really are delicious! Careful of roadside sellers as they are often Spanish cherries.. These are authentic Kent farm-grown cherries!

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    • Fresh Lavender bunches now being cut

      Posted on 24th June 2015 by

      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

      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

      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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    • HONEY TASTING in the shop- Saturday 16th May

      Posted on 15th May 2015 by

      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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