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Jeremy Clarkson’s Farm: The Diddly Squat Farm

Jeremy Clarkson's Farm: the Diddly Squat Farm

Something extraordinary was born the day Jeremy Clarkson announced that running his Cotswold farm in England would be something he would be doing himself. He had purchased his lovely piece of land while co-hosting the record-breaking TV series Top Gear. The land was his, but no, he was not the one who had seen things over. In his words, a ‘chap’ had run the farm for many years, and that particular ‘chap’ had gone on to retire.

So, Jeremy decided it would be an excellent idea for him, who has yet to experience the farming industry, to take on the challenge of being a real-life farmer with sheep, wheat, potatoes, and all. How hard could it be, right? If you did not know this, Jeremy Clarkson has a knack for coming up with the most ridiculous, nonetheless creative, ideas under the sun. Running a farm was one of these ideas. But where there is a will, there is a way. If anything, Jeremy Clarkson is quite a willful person. Let’s look at Jeremy Clarkson’s Farm as the latest Cotswold tourist destination without any further delay. It must simply be the best-run farm…in the world.

All About Jeremy Clarkson’s Farm

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Diddly Squat Farm

Jeremy Clarkson's Farm: The Diddly Squat Farm
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Diddly Squat Farm, a sprawling and charming piece of land, is nestled in the picturesque Chipping Norton, Cotswold in Oxfordshire. Spanning an impressive 4,046,856 square metres, this sizable piece of land was acquired by Jeremy Clarkson in 2008. The farm’s name, Diddly Squat, reflects Jeremy’s witty and self-deprecating humour, adding to its unique charm. It’s not just a farm but a testament to Jeremy’s unique personality and ability to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.

Today, the farm welcomes many eager fans and guests who would like to see the farm in its entirety. The show, Clarkson’s Farm, is why Diddly Squat Farm now reigns as one of Cotswold’s main tourist attractions. The farm boasts diverse crops, including wheat, barley, rapeseed, and even oats! However, Clarkson himself is prone to experimentation, so who knows what he plans to grow in the future, keeping the excitement and interest alive.

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Diddly Squat Shop

Jeremy Clarkson's Farm: The Diddly Squat Farm
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In this case, you could get a hold of what you see on the show. Tangibility is the word. Quality is the standard. Jeremy, with his business partner Lisa, had to devise a plan after growing about 40 tonnes of potatoes on the farm. So, they purchased hives and started making and selling something called ‘bee juice?’, apple juice and fresh milk from a nearby dairy. Diddly Squat Farm was born in 2020, a testament to Jeremy’s hands-on involvement, and now welcomes those eager to try the yields of Jeremy’s farm for themselves, fostering a sense of connection and engagement.

The shop is open Wednesday to Sunday, including all Bank Holidays, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Despite the Farm Shop‘s small size, it’s filled to the brim with all sorts of farm-to-table delicacies. In addition, their Big View Café is also situated on the farm and serves the most scrumptious hamburgers ‘in the world’ along with Jeremy’s own Hawkstone beer. Table seating is available within their lambing barn as well as outside at The Big View.

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Jeremy Clarkson’s Show

Jeremy Clarkson's Farm: The Diddly Squat Farm
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Wouldn’t every person sick of their corporate job love to buy a plot of land and start their own farm? Honestly, I know I would. In fact, I’m so ready for it, especially after watching the hit TV series Jeremy’s Farm. Gosh, how interesting it must be to venture into the world of farming at such a late age. I guess old dogs can learn new tricks, right, Jeremy? One of the show’s trumpets being blown is that the show highlights the everyday difficulties of being a farmer in the UK. It’s not just intensely relatable; it’s a mirror to our own struggles and, obviously, hilarious.

Watching this comedic show seems like a wellness activity in itself, and who could not do with some TV endorphins now and then? The show’s evident themes include Clarkson’s rapid learning curve and as he learns through the difficulties of farming, such as operating heavy equipment, tending to the needs of the farm animals, and comprehending crop rotations. None of this could be easy to learn.
Diddly Squat Farm is dog-friendly, provided your dog is well-behaved and kept on a leash. However, dogs are unfortunately not allowed in the shop itself.

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The Big View Café & Baste

Jeremy Clarkson's Farm: the Diddly Squat Farm
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No, Jeremy is not the one cooking up buttered Brioche bun burgers in the back kitchen. However, now that I mention it, Jeremy running The Big View Cafe could also make for a grand TV show. But no, Jeremy is probably doing something more important, like trying to understand Gerald Cooper, the wall mender and security guard.

Most of what you eat at The Big View has either been planted by Jeremy or has frustrated Jeremy. He had something to do with everything you consume, which should worry you a bit. Just a bit. You can taste the quality in every bite. Hence, the high cost of the menu items. In 2021, Baste was thrilled to be offered the chance to work with Diddly Squat Farm using ingredients sourced directly from the farm and surrounding farms. The menu centres around showcasing and championing the idyllic Cotswold’s bounty.

You do not need to make a booking if you want to feast at The Big View Café. They are located at (obviously) Diddly Squat Farm, 5-12 Chipping Norton Road, Chadlington, Chipping Norton. They are open Wednesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Also note that the last orders are taken at 3:00 pm, and the Bar closes at 4:30 pm.

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What Do You Say, Chap, let’s Visit Jeremy Clarkson’s Farm?

Jeremy Clarkson's Farm: The Diddly Squat Farm
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Jeremy Clarkson’s farm is a testament to what hard work could create. And look, the Diddly Squat Farm has brought so much joy to the local community; Jeremy has learned what sheep and wheat farming is all about, and we viewers have been blessed with comedic gold. Jeremy Clarkson’s Farm is a gift, however chaotic it is. Whether you love to see Jeremy Clarkson with all his antics on screen or you’re simply interested in seeing a smidgeon of what the farming world is all about, Jeremy Clarkson’s Farm is an exciting take on what it means to try something that’s way out of your comfort zone.

Hopefully, this show inspires you to venture into a new industry, take a chance, and try something new. It’s never too late; ask Mr Clarkson. Or, perhaps you’re just curious about the farm and want to pay it a visit. I can only hope this article has answered all your questions or intrigued you enough to want to visit it. Till next time, chaps!

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