‘The hernia on the end of England’ - A look back at AA Gill’s description of Norfolk

AA Gill died on Saturday aged 62, three weeks after revealing he had the 'full English' of cancers.

AA Gill died on Saturday aged 62, three weeks after revealing he had the 'full English' of cancers. Photo: Myung Jung Kim/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Following the death of restaurant critic AA Gill, we look back at his Sunday Times review of the Rose and Crown at Snettisham in 2011 in which he spent most of the time taking pot-shots at Norfolk.


Gill's comments included:

'If Norfolk didn't exist, we would have to make it up, and then regret it'

Norfolk is a 'backward place to allocate dark lusts, incest and idiocy'

'A poverty-bitten place, keeping up its stained trousers with baler twine'

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'The hernia on the end of England'

The review prompted the Eastern Daily Press to create a 'wanted' poster 'for crimes against Norfolk' and offered a reward of two Norfolk Show tickets after much of Gill's review was spent criticising the county.

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Gill died on December 10 aged 62 after a short battle with cancer.

Revealing his illness in an interview last month - diagnosed only recently after family concerns about his rapid weight loss - the writer said it prompted his successful proposal to Nicola Formby, his partner of nearly a quarter of a century.

In a nod to his career as a food writer, Gill referred to his diagnosis as a 'full English' of cancers.

His death was confirmed by the Sunday Times, for whom he was a long-standing columnist.

The controversial critic had a track record of upsetting people having offended the people of Wales, the Isle of Man and TV presenter Clare Balding.

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