Flower & Hop Pickers

Start Date: June 2022 End Date: September 2022 If you are looking for a casual job over the summer and like working outdoors; then this role is for you. We are looking to recruit flower and hop pickers to work here on the farm during the summer of 2022 and will have a variety of…

Website Admin & Customer Care Manager

We are looking for a competent and enthusiastic person to take full responsibility of our customer service and mail order delivery system; from managing and processing online orders, dealing direct with our customers and working with a small but tight team to create new ideas and promotions. We are looking for a dynamic, friendly personality,…

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Hop Plants – Common pests and diseases

All of our hop plants are certified disease free, but they may still be susceptible to pests and diseases that exist in the air or soil in your area.  The old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ will usually help you to keep your plants happy and healthy, but should you have any problems you will find the solution below to the usual suspects.

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Christmas Door Wreath Kit

Watch this video for our new Christmas Door Wreath Kit – the video features everything you have in your kit, plus a few more bits and bobs you might want to add. Here’s our step-by-step guide for making your wreath. You should have one of these in your kit, but if not just refer to…

A Brief Hop History

  Hops have been grown in Kent for nearly 500 years and are associated with good luck and prosperity. The proliferation of Hop culture from Flanders began only a few miles from Essentially Hops, in the village of Westbere near Canterbury in 1520. This successful planting was preceded by nearly 100 years of fierce resistance…

Hops for Medicinal Purposes

When we first started in business in 1990, we were inundated with interest from people who thought what we were attempting to do was wonderful. We raised awareness of the demise of the English hop growing industry and so many people came to visit us with fond memories of their childhood and days hop picking,…

Hops for Brewing

Traditionally grown in the counties of Kent and Hereford, brewers prefer UK hops as our farmers usually grow seeded varieties that are best suited for real ale or beer. Lagers use a different seedless hop grown in other countries in Europe. It is the hops that add the bitterness and aroma to beer.   Kent…

Hops for Eating (yes, you read that right)

First off, it is important to mention that we don’t advice eating any part of a mature grown hop plant!  A full grown hop should be used for hanging in your home and looking (and smelling) gorgeous (take a look at our garlands), or for plucking the cones and using to add some delicious flavour…

Hops for Sleeping

When the hop plant was first discovered in Egypt in the first century, its first use was as a medicinal herb! Over the years the hops have been used as cures for many things in herbal medicine but its most popular use has been in hop pillows for the relief of insomnia. The potential sleep…