Last Word: Dawn Miles

Co-owner, Anarchy Brew Co

What do you have for breakfast?
I fast most mornings, but when I do have breakfast, I’ll have something quick and simple like porridge or boiled eggs.

What’s your go-to guilty pleasure?
Chocolate, in all its forms. Once I have a taste, I crave it, so it’s a real guilty pleasure.

What would be your last meal on earth?
I cook every Sunday with my husband [and Anarchy co-owner, Simon] and I’d choose one of our Sunday dinners – roast beef, Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings – with a half of Anarchy’s Blonde Star.

What’s in your home fridge?
Right now, there’s fresh vegetables from E Price in Morpeth, English and French cheeses from The Cheese Shop in Morpeth, lots of pickles, and some Anarchy beers of course! You’ll also find rhubarb and currants from our garden in the freezer along with fish from Alliance in Amble and meat from R Martin Butchers in Morpeth.

What’s your most important piece of kitchen kit?
We’ve got some great kit, including a Vitamix and an air fryer which does extra stuff from pressure cooking to dehydrating, but a good set of knives is the most important thing in the kitchen.

What’s your favourite food/beer book?
I love all The Hairy Bikers’ books – they’re great for everyday cooking and the photography is brilliant. On brewing, 500 Beers by Zak Avery is essential reading.

What’s your most important piece of advice in the food and drink business?
Keep learning and keep up with the trends. We stay in touch with brewers and follow what’s happening in the US closely as it drives so much of what people will soon be looking for in the UK.

What would you be doing if you weren’t working in beer?
If I was good with video, I would be travelling with a campervan and motorbike and making content – that seems like a good way to make a living.

If you only had £10 to spend on a meal, what would you buy?
I’d have lunch from Veganatomy on Heaton Road in Newcastle.

Who is your favourite food and drink expert?
I‘ve had some great food and drink all around the world from some amazing chefs and brewers. Locally, Dave Coulson at Peace & Loaf is great, and Jimmy Allan – our brewer at Anarchy – is brilliant. Both guys have an amazing attention to detail.

Anarchy Brew Co, Benfield Business Park, Unit A1, Benfield Road, Newcastle, NE6 4NQ, tel 0191 389 7580,

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