Thank you for visiting the Essentially Hops website!

We are a family owned business that specialises in growing hops and flowers on our farm in Bekesbourne, just outside Canterbury in Kent.

Our History

The farm and Essentially Hops is owned by Amanda and Mike Barker who met at Wye Agricultural College. Amanda’s grandfather started farming here at Chalkpit Farm in 1954 followed by her father. In 1989 Amanda’s father decided it was no longer economical to continue growing hops for beer, but kept one acre to continue the tradition of hanging hops in the farmhouse. It was at this time that Amanda and Mike came to the farm to help with harvest and saw an opportunity to sell hops for decoration at the farm gate and started to explore the decorative flower market, and Essentially Hops was born!

30 Years of Essentially Hops

Since our small beginnings we have developed and grown to become the vibrant business we are today. Mike focuses on the farming and growing side whilst I work with my team to grow the retail side of Essentially Hops. Over the years our flowers and grasses have been available to buy in M&S, The Conran Shop, The White Company and Liberty.

We also frequently supply TV production companies so you may well have seen our flowers in shows including ‘Richard II’ (BBC2), ‘Primeval’ (ITV), ‘Homemade Homes’ (Channel 4), and ‘Kirstie & Phil’s Perfect Christmas’ (Channel 4).

Farm Fresh

While we send our dried flowers and fresh hops around the country, our fresh flowers and services, including weddings, funerals and workshops are only available through our farm shop and in the local area. See more on the Our Farm Shop page.