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Guild Member Profile

Laura Hadland

Food & Drink Writer
  • Full member
  • Food & drink writer, PR & Marketing for independent F&B businesses, Content creator, Photographer
  • Midlands
  • camra
  • I have significant experience writing about food. This includes a knowledge of Italian gelato which I believe to be unparalleled by any other English speaker. I also dedicate my time to wine and spirit writing.

What is the one thing you'd like to tell visitors to the Guild's website?

Currently researching and writing the official biography of CAMRA in readiness for their 50th anniversary in March 2021.

  • Eleven years of food and drink blogging as The Extreme Housewife
  • Five years of freelance food and drink writing for local press
  • Regular contributor to food and drink debates on BBC Radio Leicester
  • Deliver beer and wine tastings and food pairing sessions, including the tour and tasting offer at Rothley Wine Estate where I have been a volunteer for nearly 5 years
  • Three years of running Thirst Media, a creative agency that offers content creation, marketing and PR, photography and graphic design. We work with a range of small businesses including a number of breweries, pubs and bars
  • WSET Level 3 trained

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

I love beer because of the people it brings me into contact with. Passionate microbrewers, dedicated landlords, and enthusiastic regulars. I despair when we are told that Britain has no food culture, because our heritage in beer is unsurpassed. So I am dedicated to communicating what is great about beer to the wider public. Flavours, innovation but also fantastic stories deserve to be shared.

Pieces of work by Laura:

  • Floating on a rising tide

    Charnwood Cider’s triumph over adversity

  • What makes a British beer festival great?

    My ruminations on the Great British Beer Festival and the question of what beer festivals are for raised a lively discussion on the CAMRA forums!

  • Sup-liminal Spaces

    Train station pubs as liminal spaces.

  • Low and No Alcohol

    I cover a range of low and no alcohol topics on my blog