FARM owners near Ledbury have spoken of their delight at meeting Jeremy Clarkson at his Diddly Squat Farm Shop in the Cotswolds.

Former Top Gear host Clarkson started farming in 2019, with an Amazon Prime show following his progress.

As part of Clarkson's Farm, the presenter was shown opening Diddly Squat Farm Shop just outside Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

Graham and Dordie Ketley, of Middletown Farm Shop between Ledbury and Gloucester, paid a visit to Diddly Squat Farm Shop and said the "delightful and charming" Clarkson made an appearance.


They said he and his girlfriend, actress Lisa Hogan, arrived with samples of some chilli jam for visitors to try.

One of the stars of the show Caleb Cooper, who helps Clarkson on the farm, was also there along with a film crew.

Hereford Times: Jeremy Clarkson outside Diddly Squat Farm Shop. Picture: PA Features Archive/Press Association ImagesJeremy Clarkson outside Diddly Squat Farm Shop. Picture: PA Features Archive/Press Association Images

"There are a lot of great things to buy, we chose a selection of presents which were rather fun and got some nice things to eat as well," the couple, who sell a range of locally produced food, goods and gifts, as well as tea and cakes, from their own shop.

"All of a sudden, a black Range Rover pulled up and out got Jeremy and his girlfriend, Lisa. They were surrounded by quite a big film crew. Kayleb was there too.

"Jeremy announced that he had made some chilli jelly from home grown chillis and had some samples for everybody to try. He stayed and chatted with all of us shoppers and fans. He is the most delightful and charming man; it was a treat to meet him.

"The chilli jelly is absolutely delicious and I am sure will be popular in his shop.

"It’s a beautiful drive out to Diddly Squat Farm which is on the top of a hill with the most spectacular views."


When Clarkson opened his farm shop to the public, it proved a big hit as fans flocked to the presenter's countryside home.

None of the people working on the show, which will return with a second series, are actors, with Clarkson instead shining a light on the real people that work tirelessly on farms all over the country.

The series won plaudits for its beautiful cinematography coupled with the lovable group of staff who weren’t afraid to tell Clarkson when he was being useless. It charted the difficulties faced by farm workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Clarkson bought the farm in 2008 and it was run by a local villager, but when he retired in 2019, the TV presenter decided to see if he could run it himself.