Wednesday, July 15, 1998 Published at 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK
Times off the menu in Taunton
Taunton residents are angry how they are depicted in the article
Residents of in the West Country are fuming after a restaurant critic condemned their home town as "boorish" and "unleavened by physical beauty".
But while the menu and ambience met his approval,Taunton did not.
Meades asked in The Times article if the restaurant would thrive in the town.
He questions whether the "three headed sheep shaggers" would come down from the hills to support the establishment.
And if they did, he continues, where would they park their combine harvester or tie up their cow?
But his view has been supported by fellow-columnist Auberon Waugh, who lives nearby, and who described the town as "hell on Earth".
He said: "Everybody in Somerset tries to avoid it.
"It's been made much much worse by the Liberal Democrats since they came to power.
"They've pedestrianised the whole place so you have to walk - you can't park your combine harvester anywhere."
She said: "I think its a disgraceful slur on the county town of Somerset and also Mr Meades made some crude comments on the natives of Somerset who he thinks are not sophisticated enough to enjoy a good restaurant.
"I can assure him they are."
Mr Meades said he will not withdraw his comments as they were meant light heartedly .
He said: "She has no sense of humour, she is after all a Liberal Democrat."