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Guild Member Profile

Laura Hadland

Food & Drink Writer
  • Food & drink writer, PR & Marketing for independent F&B businesses, Content creator, 360 degree 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?

Jack of all trades

  • Ten years of food and drink blogging as The Extreme Housewife
  • Three 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 three years
  • Two 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

Currently working my way through WSET (Level 3 starts in October 2018) and then I will be turning my attention to beer qualifications. Follow my journey moving beyond the realm of Enthusiastic Amateur.

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:

  • The Micropub movement is taking hold in Leicestershire

    Originally written for publication in the Leicester Mercury in 2016, this article summarised the rise of the Leicestershire micropub and detailed my top 5.

  • 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!

  • Old Sawley Brewing Company

    I have been creating content for Old Sawley Brewing Company since the end of 2017 through my creative agency, Thirst Media.

  • Tryanuary in Leicestershire

    Although I have never formally been part of the Tryanuary campaign, I have always been a strong supporter and this is evidenced through my Twitter feed.

    Via Twitter I organised the only Leicestershire Tryanuary event, a Tweet-up that visited a number of local pubs to taste a range of locally brewed beers.

    On the back of this I was also able to secure a range of offers and discounts on local beers to encourage people to visit local venues and try our homegrown beers.