It is famous for starting up the popular and famous bakery chain Plaxtol Village Bakery. Although there is no longer a bakery in the village, there is a local primary school, a Cromwellian church, a grocer, a butcher and a pub.
The name Plaxtol is rumoured to be derived from "Plax" meaning 'play' and "tol" meaning 'area'; there used to be a large green in the middle of the village where children would play after attending church on a Sunday.
There is a Plaxtol cricket club, who play in the Kent County Village League against other local teams, as well as friendly matches on Sundays. The club has a thriving junior section as well as an active social scene.