Jeremy Clarkson is going into the catering business – he wants to open his own cafe.
The Grand Tour host has applied for planning permission to turn a barn on his sprawling estate into an eatery to complement his Diddly Squat farm shop.
And he hopes to flog local ales alongside hot meals and butties for customers.
Initial documents seeking approval for the change of use have been filed with West Oxfordshire District Council.
Strict rules governing what he can sell at his enterprise have already been laid down by the council.
He was told earlier this year that local fair must only be on sale to customers.
Planners told the telly star that goods retailed from the farm shop shall be limited to produce grown, reared or produced on the holding or from local producers.
They include meat, vegetables, flowers, bread and cakes, eggs, dairy products, cheese, yoghurts and similar products.
The council defined “local producer” as one based solely within West Oxfordshire District boundaries.
Clarkson has said he will not be selling turkeys in his farm shop this Christmas as he does not have a licence.
He said: “Although I have a licence to drive a car and another that allows me to operate a shotgun, I don’t have one that lets me sell you one of my own turkeys in my own shop.
“Not that you’re going to want a turkey anyway this Christmas, because you’ll be eating your lunch in a tiny group of three or four.
“And one’s bound to be a vegan. And the other’s going to be bird-intolerant. So it’d be silly to cook something the size of a blue whale.”
Clarkson also applied to be allowed to film on his land.
Permission was granted by the council but he was told “limited film-making shall be for a period not exceeding 9 months in any 27 month period”.
- Jeremy Clarkson
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