RESIDENTS living nearby Jeremy Clarkson’s new farm shop have said the huge turnout to the grand opening 'was a good thing' for the area.

Taking to Facebook one person said they had noticed Chipping Norton was rammed on Saturday, the same day that the Grand Tour presenter Mr Clarkson’s unveiled his new ‘Squat Shop’.

At the Squat Shop – named after his farm Diddly Squat – located near Chipping Norton – the TV-presenter-turned-farmer sold potatoes that were ‘cheaper than Aldi’, raffled off questionably yellow water, and gave away cider that had been donated by Blur’s Alex James – who made a special appearance with a sack of potatoes.

The ex-Top Gear host has been running the farm for more than a year and hailed the opening of his meat-free 'twitter friendly' shop a huge success, even comparing the small garage-like outlet to supermarket giant Aldi.

Taking to Twitter he thanked his fans for flocking from all over the country and apologised for the ‘nightmare’ parking on the muddy field after a Dad said he had to turn around because the site was not buggy-friendly.

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Other visitors were also not happy when they turned up and saw a ‘shed’ in a ‘muddy field’.

One resident Liam Weller wrote on Facebook: “We went today [Sunday] because it said it was open online (was closed) literally a shed in the middle of a muddy field so quite glad actually.”

Linda Trith added: “Went there yesterday to have a look round the farm shop, to only discover it a shed up a muddy track. A bit disappointed to say the least.”

But most of the commenters on social media were glad that the controversial presenter had given a spotlight to the area, which is on the edge of the county.

One man wrote on Facebook: “Love him or hate him he will introduce employment, and paying tourists into the area…and let’s face it he doesn’t need to do it. Well done JC.”

Another said: “It’s a good thing for the town though, I already noticed it was much busier than usual today in Chipping Norton so that also increases footfall and helps local businesses. I don’t see how it’s a negative thing? Some people love him, some don’t but growing and selling local produce is a great thing to do who ever you are.”