Jeremy Clarkson’s Restaurant ‘Under Investigation’

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Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat farm restaurant is under investigation.

The 62-year-old presenter recently revealed that an old barn on his property has now become an eatery due to a ‘loophole’ in the planning permission regulations.

However, this announcement has led to West Oxford District Council launching an inquiry, as a spokesperson has told the Oxford Mail: “The council was made aware of the restaurant opening at Diddly Squat Farm.”

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They added: “As part of our standard operating procedure, we have been looking into the operation to ensure it is compliant with local and national planning law and policies, as well as licensing and food hygiene regulations.”

The former Top Gear host previously applied to turn one of his lambing barns into a farm restaurant, having already opened a farm shop.

However, the proposal got turned down after a number of local residents voiced their concern about traffic disruption in Chadlington.

Despite this, Clarkson found an alternative method that checked all the boxes for the council planning regulations.

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He told The Times: “We found a cunning little loophole. It’s a weight off my shoulders and it appeals to my anti-establishment bent.

“We happen to have a barn which met every single one of the criteria. You have to prove it’s a viable business. We sent the council an email on Wednesday night and on Thursday it was like something from Challenge Anneka to get it ready.”

The current restaurant has limited capacity and is mainly an outdoor seated eatery.

Guests must also agree to be part of the filming, as Clarkson is currently shooting the second season of Clarkson’s Farm.

The show was a smash hit on Amazon Prime during lockdown and fans are eagerly anticipating the follow-up series.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.