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Jeremy Clarkson warns consumers that bottles of Hawkstone cider ‘might explode’ after farm ‘c**k up’

Jeremy Clarkson has warned that some of the bottles of cider made from ingredients at his Diddly Squat farm may explode following what he has described as “a massive cock up.”

The former Top Gear host who is also known for presenting Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, has garnered new fans through his popular show Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Prime, which documents the workings of his 1,000-acre operation in the Cotswolds.

The 63-year-old took to Twitter to warn that a batch of his Hawkstone ciders had over-fermented and could explode.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Jeremy Clarkson attends The Sun Military Awards at The Guildhall on December 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Jeremy Clarkson has warned some of the bottles of his cider made from ingredients at Diddly Squat farm, may explode (Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Mr Clarkson said: “There’s been a massive cock up and as a result, there’s a very slim chance some of our Hawkstone CIDER bottles might, there’s no easy way of saying this, explode.

“If the cap has the code L3160, open it underwater, pour it away and get in touch for a refund.

“Really sorry about this but on the upside, the beer is fine and still delicious. As is the cider, in bottles that are unaffected. Which is almost all of them.”

The Hawkstone drinks brand was launched in 2021, with its primary ingredients coming directly from Clarkson’s Diddly Squat farm in Chipping Norton.

A post on Instagram from Hawkstone explained that the issue is due to “a small amount” of the cider “over fermenting”.

The brand also said: “Take a photo of the caps and we will send you a fresh batch or a refund.”

The latest series of Mr Clarkson’s Amazon series sees the farm get new animals and crops and become involved in meetings with the local council over planning.

Mr Clarkson, who bought the farm in 2008 and started running it himself in 2019, has had a poor reaction from some villagers over plans to expand the business with a farm shop and restaurant.

Variety reported earlier this year that Amazon is planning to end its relationship with Clarkson, who also co-hosts Amazon Prime TV series The Grand Tour with his former Top Gear co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May, in the wake of a controversial newspaper column about Meghan Markle. The already-commissioned third season of Clarkson’s Farm is expected to go ahead, however.

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