Jeremy Clarkson has finally opened a restaurant at his Oxfordshire farm – following a long planning dispute. The former Top Gear presenter and host of Clarkson’s Farm has been working to open a restaurant at Diddly Squat Farm for some time.
However, on Saturday, July 9, a restaurant opened at the site opened after Clarkson found what he described to The Times, a national newspaper, as ‘cunning little loophole’ that allowed him to change the use of part of the site without planning permission.
Photographs posted online showed diners sitting outside, with tables of four. You can’t just turn up and you have to book in advance for the experience.
The restaurant’s description on OpenTable states: “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.
“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. We even have a tiny VIP room housed in an old shepherd’s hut.
“This seats four (just) but it is dry and warmer than outside. We will even serve you a complimentary bottle of English sparkling wine. Don’t scoff. It’s very good. This is a restaurant like no other. Apart from one I went to in Croatia once. And which served me the best lunch I’ve ever had.”