The Hop Shop at Castle Farm
The Hop Shop is based on Castle Farm – a family run lavender farm in North Kent. In the summer months, the Lavender fields burst into colour across the Kent landscape and the family harvest and extract pure Kentish Lavender Oil.
The farm’s own beef, apples, apple juice, Kentish hop garlands, dried flowers, pumpkins, Kentish lavender oils, food essences, Lavender teas and honey are all sold through the unique, award-winning farm shop (and online), along with carefully selected gifts, cards, crafts, seasonal decorations, food hampers and local, traceable produce.
At The Hop Shop, in accordance with the seasons, they sell different produce, including Kent strawberries and cherries during the Summer and locally grown asparagus and Hop Plants in the Winter and Spring – excellent for home-brewing enthusiasts! Cards and inspirational gifts are available throughout the year.
During the Lavender Season (which runs from late June until the end of July every year), The Hop Shop organises tours of the picturesque lavender fields to teach you all about the versatile crop, plus host Aromatherapy Massages al fresco in the Lavender fields. You can purchase Lavender Plants direct from the shop, and enjoy a take-away coffee from their lovely little converted Coffee Cart. The farm extract their beautiful precious Kentish Lavender Oil on site, and sell a variety of Lavender products through the shop – from toiletries and essential oils, through to Lavender fudge and shortbread biscuits! By combining both Kentish Lavender and Hops, the farm has also developed a very successful ‘Sleepy Scent’ to help people get a better nights sleep.
Throughout Autumn, there are pumpkins, hops, and a pretty little PYO Apple Orchard which grows a heritage variety called the Norfolk Royal Apple, as well as Cox apples. In the Winter the shop is packed with Christmas food and gifts.
Castle Farm has been featured on television, radio, home lifestyle as well as food magazines. The farm has been used as a location for numerous TV advertisements, films and magazine shoots.
The fam hold a high value on their conservation policy for the protection of Kent wildlife and beautiful Darenth Valley landscape and have a reputation for high ethical and environmental standards.
The Hop Shop at Castle Farm is open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday & Bank Holidays 10am-5pm.
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