About Holwood Farm

We established Holwood Farm Shop because we’ve always been really passionate about local food and had such trouble finding local Kentish produce in the shops and supermarkets. Before opening the shop in October 2012, we did lots of research into English producers, particularly the ones in our region, and met some amazing people.

Our offering changes with the seasons, and we go out of our way to support small, independent producers. The emphasis is on local – as much as we can find – and free range. Everything you’d expect from a really good deli but in a rural setting. It's a farm shop, but on a bigger scale. We hope you like it!

Gary Mercer and Sarah Clout 

Our guiding principles

We are committed to providing a food retail environment with the best quality regional produce in a friendly atmosphere with knowledgeable staff, providing value for money and excellent service to our customers.

To be a good employer.  We aim provide an attractive and forward-looking place of work, encouraging the personal and professional development of our staff.

We do our best to provide food and drink that is:
Of known provenance
Locally produced or distributed
Value for money for the highest quality and taste
Sustainably grown
Unprocessed and unadulterated
Produced or distributed by cooperatives, worker-managed businesses, small businesses and cottage industries
Not produced by the exploitation of workers 

Living history

The 16th century Holwood Farm certainly has an historic past.

Originally the home farm on the Holwood estate – famous for being the home of William Pitt the Younger – in 1820, the architect of Holwood House, Decimus Burton, redesigned the farm buildings around a central courtyard consisting of a dairy, stables, grain store and byre, and the farm operated as a working dairy farm until 2006 when the land was sold separately and it fell into disrepair.

The estate still boasts the oak tree under which, it’s said, William Pitt and William Wilberforce discussed the abolition of slavery. 

 

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