Jeremy Clarkson has reportedly been forced to close a restaurant at his Diddley Squat Farm in the Cotswolds after receiving an enforcement notice from the local council.
The former Top Gear presenter opened the eatery in a farm barn last July on land she’s owned since 2008, following the success of her hit Amazon series ‘Clarkson Farm’.
But residents of Chadlington, Oxfordshire, complained that the installation was a ‘nightmare’, causing huge disruptions and traffic jams not in keeping with the quiet rural setting.
Clarkson, 62, saw her plans for the restaurant shelved last year amid complaints from ‘jealous locals’ – whom she called the ‘red trouser brigade’ – and a row over planning permission.
Jeremy Clarkson arrives at a town hall meeting in Oxfordshire called to discuss his farm shop, September 9 2021
The former Top Gear presenter opened the eatery in a farm barn last July on land he has owned since 2008
Clarkson, 62, saw the restaurant temporarily close last year amid complaints from ‘jealous locals’, whom he branded the ‘Red Trouser Brigade’, and a dispute over planning permission (Diddley Squat Farm Shop and Cafe pictured)
He managed to open the restaurant with what he called a ‘delightful little loophole’ which allowed him to circumvent traditional planning laws.
But now that West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) has put the hammer down once and for all, petrolheads have admitted defeat this week. Mirror,
The restaurant closure is likely to hit Clarkson’s profits after it was revealed Farm Diddley Squat Farm recorded its best year ever in 2022 ahead of the season two premiere of her hit Amazon series.
At Clarkson’s Farm, Jeremy works his 1,000 acres of land, which is situated between Chipping Norton and Chadlington in the idyllic Cotswolds countryside of Oxfordshire.
After only three years in business, the TV personality’s farm has already accumulated £1.34 million in assets and 17 employees, while in 2021 the business had only £44,000 in assets and six employees.
MailOnline has contacted Jeremy Clarkson, WODC and Diddley Squat Farm for comment.
More than a year after filing the complaint, local residents were celebrating their hard-fought victory this week.
A resident of Chadlington told mirror: ‘It’s a win for the community. I want everything to stop. We’re just a small village and Diddley Squat Farm is in the wrong place.
‘We don’t need theme parks in an area of natural beauty. The new year was funny. It will take you about 20 minutes to try to get into the city.’
Another added: ‘We’ve been plagued with traffic since they arrived. He caused massive trouble with these restaurant plans. It’s just arrogance what he thinks he can get away with.’
Wooden tables adorn the outside of Diddley Squat restaurant, opened by Jeremy Clarkson in July 2022
Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm records its best year yet in 2022 – ahead of the season two premiere of his hit Amazon series
A starter of steak tartare, assembled with a cut mix of rump, skirt and fillet steak, (left) and roast beef atop beef with vegetables (right) served at Diddly Squat restaurant in Clarkson Is.
At Clarkson’s Farm, Jeremy works his 1,000 acres of land, which is situated between Chipping Norton and Chadlington in the idyllic Cotswolds countryside in Oxfordshire.
However, others have argued that Clarkson’s farm brings business to the area and raises awareness of the difficulties faced by farmers in Britain.
Dan Duffy, 36, owner of the energy company, told MailOnline: ‘I feel sorry for her to have to go through all these rules. They don’t make it easy for businesses in this country.
‘I think the objections must be due to jealousy because I don’t see how anyone can complain about a restaurant on a farm[it’s]a beautiful place.’
Engineer Grant Filler, 60, recently visited with friends and was disappointed to find the farm’s restaurant and cafe closed.
‘It’s disappointing when we get off at Oxford after work,’ he said, ‘I don’t think they should close it as I’m sure it will be very popular.’
Another woman who arrived to buy some milk from a ‘cow juice’ machine outside the farm shop said she thought the council was ridiculous.
‘I don’t understand what the problem is,’ she said, ‘that is bringing business to the area. They line up to go to his shop so that it can be successful.’
And Parish Councilor Ann Gate also supports Clarkson, who has written to WODC on behalf of ‘quietly supportive local residents’ to say she ‘used her celebrity status to highlight the hardships of the farming community’ Is’.
Jeremy Clarkson and his Clarkson Farm co-star Caleb Cooper enjoy a drink at Clarkson’s Hawkeston Brewery
Jeremy Clarkson pictured at Diddley Squat Farm
While Amazon Prime viewers are treated to plenty of hi-jinks and entertainment as Clarkson and her rag-tag band of farm colleagues run the farm, the presenters also speak highly of British farmers and the sector. Throw light on the difficulties that come between. government bureaucracy.
Speaking at the British Farming Awards at the end of 2021, Clarkson said: ‘Every time you sit down to eat something you are eating something that is made by British farmers.
‘If there’s a red tractor on your food packaging it was grown in the UK so buy it because it hasn’t traveled a long way to get here.
‘The government is withholding subsidies and grants, so if they’re not going to pay us to grow food they’ve now lost their right to tell us what to do.
‘They have to step back and allow us, I say but I’m still learning, but allowing people like Caleb and Charlie (members of Clarkson’s team who appear on the show), people in that award room I prefer everyone to make decisions that are best for where they live.’
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