Roxhill Media x Cowley Manor

Autumn Brunch Club

When: 28th September 2023

Where: Cowley Manor,
Cowley, Cheltenham,
Gloucestershire, GL53 9NL

On the day

At Roxhill, we know that nothing beats meeting journalists face-to-face, but if you’re based outside of London, it’s much harder to build connections. That’s why we’re committed to hosting events outside of the capital, to help link up local writers and local PRs, so you can get to know one another, but also bring London journalists out to meet you on your home turf.

Our brunch club offers you the opportunity to network with your peers, and explore Cowley Manor, which has just reopened after a full refurbishment by the Experimental Group.  

Why you need to be there

We’ll be welcoming eleven journalists, both from the local area and London, including Lisa Grainger, Deputy and Travel Editor at Times Luxx; Fiona Duncan, Hotels Expert, The Telegraph; Harriet O’Brien, Travel Writer, Condé Nast Traveller, The Telegraph, The Independent; Jane Knight, Freelance Travel Journalist for Mail on Sunday and The Telegraph; Daisy Finer, Travel and Spa writer for Tatler, Country & Townhouse, Condé Nast Traveller; and Richard Mellor, Travel Writer for The Times, Metro, The Mail on Sunday.

You’ll get the chance to chat to them over brunch canapes and cocktails, introduce yourself, tell them about your relevant clients, and, most importantly, learn more about them so next time you pitch, you can tailor your ideas to their requirements. Plus, once they’ve met you, you’ll get that crucial inbox recognition that will hopefully lead to email opens, and then coverage.


Join us at Cowley Manor in September: please see the full list of journalists attending below.

We have 30 tickets for PRs available, priced at £100 each, including brunch and drinks. They will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. We look forward to seeing you then.

The journalists attending Roxhill x Cowley Manor Brunch Club, on Thursday September 28, 9.30am-11.30am will be:

Fiona Duncan 

Freelance Journalist 

Telegraph Travel’s hotel expert, reviews the best and worst of Britain’s hotels and bed and breakfasts, from boutique to budget, countryside to city centreShe also writes for the Daily Mail, Mail On Sunday and Country & Town House.

Lisa Grainger 

Deputy Editor and Travel Editor, Times LUXX, 

Lisa is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor who, in addition to her role at Times LUXX, writes for The Times Magazine, FT, CNT, Travel + Leisure, Departures, Robb Report and Centurion. 

Richard Mellor

Freelance Journalist

Regular outlets include Metro, The Times and The Mail on SundayRichard also writes a weekly Roxhill column advising travel PRs and regularly undertakes copywriting, consulting or PR training masterclasses. 

Daisy Finer

Freelance Travel and Spa Journalist

For four years, she was Spa Editor of Condé Nast Traveller UK and prior to this she edited Tatler’s spa guide for seven years and worked on their 101 Best Hotels in The World. She also writes for Country and Town House. 

Harriet O’Brien

Freelance Travel Writer

An award-winning travel writer, editor and author. She is currently a regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveller, the Telegraph and The Independent among other publications. 

Jane Knight 

Freelance Journalist 

Since going freelance in 2019, Jane has regularly written for publications such as The Mail on Sunday and The Telegraph, across topics such as family travel, conservation and adventure holidays, and spa. Before that, she was Travel Editor of The Times for almost a decade.

Georgina Fuller 

Freelance Journalist 

Writes about family, lifestyle, neurodiversity, travel and careerShe writes for The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Mail, The Observer, i Paper, Daily Express, Red, Tatler, Marie Claire, Grazia, Prima, Good Housekeeping, Woman, Woman’s Own and Take A Break magazine.

Michelle Fyrne

Editor, SoGlos

After years living in London and the Middle East, working for titles such as The Guardian, The Evening Standard and Time Out Dubai, Michelle Fyrne returned home to Gloucestershire and co-founded SoGlos. Starting out as an online lifestyle magazine focusing on arts, entertainment, food and drink, and leisure across the country. SoGlos has grown and is now Gloucestershire’s leading media brand covering lifestyle and business across the region. 

Zoe Levey 



The Editor of Wildflower Magazine, Zoe has over 20 years’ experience in journalism, working for publications such as Woman & Home, Vanity Fair, Country Living, SHE and House and Garden. In 2018 Zoe founded Wildflower, an interiors and country lifestyle quarterly based in Oxfordshire.

Sophie Tweedale

Editor, Muddy Stilettos Gloucestershire & Worcestershire

Editor of Muddy Stilettos, formerly Editor in Chief of Smallish Magazine. Contributing editor and national journalist for The Telegraph, The Times, Sunday Times Home, The Guardian, Femail, Daily Express, Grazia, Red. Features, news and opinion writer with a focus on lifestyle, trends, style, travel, celebrity interviews, parenting and wellbeing.

Laura Sanders

Freelance Journalist

With bylines in titles such as Conde Nast Traveller, The Independent and Lonely Planet, Laura is an experienced travel writer and host of travel podcast True Travel Podcast. Most recently, she had been working as Senior Travel Writer for Which? Magazine, until going freelance in August 2023. 

Kate Eshelby

Freelance Journalist

Travel writer and photographer. She contributes to the FT, Guardian, Observer, Conde Nast Traveller and Harper’s Bazaar. 


Cowley Manor, Cowley, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9NL

This event is part of Roxhill’s events programme, aimed at helping PRs to build personal relationships with journalists in an informal setting.

Cancellations are permitted up to seven working days before the event. You can transfer to a different talk up to two days before the event (subject to availability), and delegate substitutions are accepted at any time. Please contact our event team at for cancellation, transfer and substitution requests.

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