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Brogdale Collections: Producer of the Month

Red Brogdale apples hanging off a tree

We quite simply adore Brogdale Collections, the Kent based charity that provides heritage fruit sales and public access to the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm.

The National Fruit Collection, one of the largest collections of temperate fruits in the world, has been based at Brogdale since 1952. Set in 150 acres of luscious Kent countryside, they are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year.

The objectives of the Collections are to act as:

  • A ‘gene bank’ conserving the biodiversity of fruit
  • A source of plant material for propagation, research, and breeding
  • A living reference library of ‘heritage’ fruit varieties

From spring blossom to autumn harvest, they welcome thousands of visitors each season to enjoy guided tours, fruit themed family events, school trips, rural courses and of course fruit tastings.

On a guided tour you can learn about ancient and modern growing methods, the history of fruit, it’s cultivation and most importantly the reasons for keeping this living museum. In cherry season, try some 400 varieties, including the beautiful white cherries. You will see the Decio apple that dates to Roman times and sample fruit that Henry VIII enjoyed. By apple season there are over 2000 varieties to taste, including the pineapple flavoured Pitmaston Pine apple or the super ugly but delicious Knobby Russet! We highly encourage a visit or corporate picking event!

Look out for Brogdale apples & pears this month in store!

A tour guide at Brogdale Collections

WE’RE STARTING AN IN-STORE REFURB

We have some VERY exciting projects coming in 2024 starting with: doubling the size of our kitchens.

This will mean no hot meals or warm lunches, if you visit us in store, for a few weeks beginning on Monday, March 25th. Our terraced seating will remain open for coffees, cakes & bakes. You can still order bagels, sandwiches & salads inside at the deli to eat outside. And we hope to be back up and running for hot meals (and soon MORE) in a few weeks. 

DELIVERY ZONE INFORMATION

Local London Delivery

Due to the nature of our range, some items can only be delivered within the London area. If your order containers any flowers or fresh fruit then you will need to live locally to be able to have it delivered. Sushi is delivered within a 3 mile radius of our store.

Nationwide Delivery

All other goods can be delivered nationwide (excluding Highlands and Islands) via our partner couriers. There is a slightly larger delivery cost for this service outside of London.

Collection In Store

Everything on the store can be ordered for collection from our store. Orders must be picked up on your chosen collection date, and can be picked up from the store between the hours of 9am – 6pm, seven days a week. If your order was placed online, please bring your order confirmation when collecting.

Certain goods can be sent overseas, please call for more information.