It’s safe to say that Jeremy Clarkson’s new farming show, Clarkson’s Farm has been a huge success, with the show being greenlit for a second season. But when such a thing rides on a physical location, especially a business that is open to the public, there are bound to be some setbacks.
It turns out fans from all across the country want a bit of the action, flocking to Diddly Squat Farm shop in droves. Jeremy has already apologised for the resulting traffic in a tweet:
“People of Chadlington,” he wrote. “I’m truly sorry about the traffic around our farm shop last weekend. We are doing everything we can to improve the situation.”
People of Chadlington. I’m truly sorry about the traffic around our farm shop last weekend. We are doing everything we can to improve the situation.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 21, 2021
There’s been such an influx of people in the area in fact, that the police had to be called.
But now there’s a new issue with the shop, and this will result in its temporary closing. Its roof has to be replaced, according to a column from The Grand Tour presenter over the weekend:
“The bees worked hard and produced a lot of honey and the shop is proving to be something of a success?
“Even though I’ll have to close it down this winter to give it the fake slate roof that the local council likes, instead of the tasteful green roof it has now, which everyone else likes.”
According to sources, during the planning permission phase of the building of the shop, Jeremy agreed to let officials choose the material of the building’s roof. But on being built, a contractor, not knowing this clause, built the shop with a green steel roof.
Jeremy wrote at the time:
“My shop had only been open a few days when we received a stern letter warning us that our rather lovely ice cream had been made from the juice of cows that lived eight miles away, in Gloucestershire, and that this contravened a clause that said that we could only sell produce from West Oxfordshire.
“Since then we’ve been told that the roof is the wrong colour, that the sign is 0.3 of a metre too wide, that we aren’t allowed to sell teas and coffees, that the gingham covering on the straw bales contravenes Covid regulations, that the car park is a road safety hazard, that the sausage rolls are wrong in some unfathomable way, and that if we were allowed to sell beer, yobbos would come and urinate in the graveyard.”
It’s safe to say Clarkson has had quite a drama with his local council, but with a closure planned for the not-so-distant future, you might want to get there sooner rather than later if you fancy some of Clarkson’s excellent looking breakfast.