The Hop Shop at Castle Farm
During the Summer months our farm is a sea of purple from our fields of Lavender, but come September, our Apple Orchard springs to life! Visiting Castle Farm’s Pick Your Own Orchard during the Autumn months is a great day out for the whole family. Only 50 minutes’ drive from London, our apple picking farm in Kent welcomes guests to our pretty little orchard with some of the freshest, sweetest and juiciest apples, not found elsewhere. We also have selected seasonal fruits and vegetables ready to purchase from our Farm Shop - The Hop Shop. We hope you can visit us soon!
Cash only at the orchard please.
|Castle Farm, Redmans Lane, Shoreham, TN14 7UB Sevenoaks, Kent|
|The Hop Shop is open daily throughout the year|
|Monday- Saturday||9:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Sunday & Bank Holidays||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|The Apple Orchard is open throughout the season||(weather permitting)|
|Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays|
At The Hop Shop at Castle Farm you can pick:
NORFOLK ROYAL APPLES
Few people have heard of the Norfolk Royal apple and indeed, as far as we know, Castle Farm is the only commercial grower of this rare and beautiful variety. (It is one of the few apple trees that will grow happily on the chalky soils of the North Downs.) Ripening in early September, the apple is a distinctive bright red and develops a natural waxy skin as it matures. Sweet, juicy and full of flavour, it is best eaten fresh from the tree (or as early in the season as possible). When cooked is has a soft consistency like Bramleys – but much, much sweeter.We supply a few boxes of apples to markets around the country in September, but it’s not the sort of apple that you will find in a supermarket because it bruises easily and won’t withstand rough handling.
For keeping and storing, you need to buy our traditional Cox apples which are grown on alternate rows in the same orchard. Small and flavoursome, they are ideal for lunchboxes or as children’s snacks.