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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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    • 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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    • 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

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Castle Farm Pumpkins in season!

      Posted on 22nd September 2015 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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    • Lavender Honey now availble!

      Posted on 22nd September 2015 by

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      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

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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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    • 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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    • The perfect nights’ sleep..

      Posted on 10th August 2015 by

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      All you need when its time for sleep. Our unique formula of Kentish lavender and hops to relax and help you drift off to a restful sleep. A cup of Sleepy Tea, some Sleepy Scent on a tissue by your bed, or Sleepy Balm on the soles of your feet.. […]

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    • #Harvest15 underway!

      Posted on 10th August 2015 by

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       This piece of equipment has been doing lots of long days and late nights! Summer harvest is well and truly underway on Castle Farm and we are also busy preparing the ground for next years crop. No rest in a farmers world!

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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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    • Kentish Cherries now available!

      Posted on 11th July 2015 by

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      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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    • 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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