Jeremy Clarkson opens restaurant on farm – despite plans being rejected

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The Diddly Squat farm shop. Picture: Ed Nix
The Diddly Squat farm shop. Picture: Ed Nix

JEREMY Clarkson has opened a restaurant on his Oxfordshire farm – despite plans being rejected by councillors.

Proposals for the Diddly Squat restaurant in Chadlington were thrown out by West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) in January.

However, rather than using an old lambing barn under the initial plans, Mr Clarkson told The Sun he has found a ‘delightful little loophole’.

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He tweeted: “I’m thrilled to announce that you now have a chance to try the amazing food we grow and rear on my farm at the brand new (but quite rustic) Diddly Squat restaurant.”

The former Top Gear host has found another barn at the West Oxfordshire farm and told WODC he would be opening a restaurant there instead.

On the online restaurant booking service OpenTable, information for Diddly Squat reads: “Before making your booking, you should know it’s small, mostly outdoors and very rustic.

“Ordering a beer or going to the lavatory isn’t as easy as in your local pub and we don’t cater to the faddy.

“We’ve done our best to keep you warm and dry, but this is England.

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“On the upside, the view is enormous and almost everything you eat was grown or reared on our farm, so it’s fresh with minimal food miles.

“There is no menu as such – we simply serve what’s available that day.

“But worry not, your table will be given a selection of snacks and starters followed by a roast and a pudding.

“Our bread, made with Hawkstone lager is absolutely brilliant.”

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This story was written by Liam Rice, he joined the team in 2019 as a multimedia reporter.

Liam covers politics, travel and transport. He occasionally covers Oxford United.

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