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    • It’s Pumpkin season on Castle Farm

      Posted on 19th September 2017 by


      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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    • Castle Farm features in Selfridges & Net-A-Porter photoshoots

      Posted on 18th September 2017 by


      Castle Farm was chosen as the location backdrop for Selfridges and NetA Porter to photoshoot their Autumn looks earlier this summer.. taking advantage of the varied landscape and fields we have in the Darenth Valley. They used the apple orchards, maize fields, harvest wheat fields, grassland and straw bales. The resulting […]

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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

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      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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    • Lavender Harvest is now complete

      Posted on 3rd August 2017 by


      After the weather playing havoc with our harvesting schedule this July, we are very happy to say our final load of Kentish Lavender is now in from the fields, and our beautiful high-grade Lavender and Lavandin Oils have now been distilled! But – if you missed out on this year’s […]

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    • Lavender Harvest 2017 is underway

      Posted on 26th July 2017 by

      Kentish Lavender Harvest at The Hop Shop

      Our Lavender Harvester is out working hard in our fields. We are already half way through our Kentish Lavender crop. Our final Lavender Tours of the season are running 29th / 30th July and these will take you right out into our last field of Lavender, and over to the […]

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    • Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year

      Posted on 18th July 2017 by


      Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 by Sky Arts will be filming at The Hop Shop, Castle Farm on Tuesday 18th July! The selected artists will be competing in the semi-finals of the series by painting our beautiful Lavender fields in full bloom across the Darenth Valley. You are welcome to […]

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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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    • Watch our Lavender Season video

      Posted on 30th June 2017 by


      Get a feel for everything that happens at The Hop Shop on Castle Farm over the Kentish Lavender season with our little video… We hope to see you soon!

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    • Today’s Lavender view!

      Posted on 23rd June 2017 by

      Kentish Lavender Farm

      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


      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

      Yoga at Kentish Lavender at The Hop Shop

      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


      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 with your details and availability. We are […]

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    • Local strawberries now in the shop

      Posted on 24th May 2017 by

      Local Kent strawberries in the shop

      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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    • Waitrose Garden Magazine – out now

      Posted on 16th May 2017 by


      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

      Lavender plants at The Hop Shop

      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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    • 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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    • Home brewing? Grow your own Hop Plants now!

      Posted on 7th March 2017 by

      Hop Plants at The Hop Shop

      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


      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


      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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      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


      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


      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


      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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      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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    • The team hard at work!

      Posted on 7th September 2016 by


      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


      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


      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


      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


      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


      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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      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

      Cattle Red Tractor

      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


      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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