Food & Drink Editor

Location: London (hybrid arrangement)
Department: Content
Reporting to: Editor, London

Role Overview

We’re looking for a plugged-in, funny, food obsessed Londoner who is just as comfortable writing about fried chicken joints as they are about Michelin-starred places, who knows the city’s fancy bars and weird pubs inside out, and who can write about it all in an insightful and engaging way.

This person should be on top of the latest culinary trends, skilled at digging up original stories, and be passionate about the cultural side of food in London. They should also be ready to tell us – and our users – where to go for the very best food and drink in the city, whether it’s a curry, kebab or cocktail.

We’re looking for a critic who is well-versed in SEO, has experience writing reviews, and who isn’t afraid to put their own stamp on Time Out’s catalogue of curated lists. This person should also be excellent at using their own social media in a natural, engaging fashion, and ideally they’ll have experience contributing to podcasts and videos too.

Responsibilities

  • Manage all food and drink coverage across Time Out London. This includes writing, commissioning and editing listings, reviews, news posts and curated lists for restaurants, bars and pubs, as well as building that content in the CMS.
  • Visit and review restaurants, bars and pubs that are relevant to our readership.
  • Create and update curated lists, ensuring they are optimised for SEO.
  • Write quick digital news stories that cover events that matter to us.
  • Shoot and edit low-fi, engaging vertical video (see: @TimeOutLondon on TikTok), providing voiceovers and possibly being on camera (not mandatory!).
  • Maintain the Food & Drink, Restaurants and Bars hubs on the Time Out London website, and ensure food and drink content is surfaced across other city homepages and hubs wherever relevant.
  • Contribute to major projects, monthly themes, big features, digital covers and newsletters as required, taking ownership of any that apply directly to food and drink.
  • Embrace Time Out’s data-driven approach to content by monitoring the performance of food and drink stories and lists on a daily basis, focusing on audience growth and making sure that content contributes to the UK team hitting (and exceeding!) monthly goals.

What we look for in a candidate

Time Out is a company filled with individuals as diverse as the cities we live in and cover.  At the same time there are common characteristics and values we all share. To join our team, you’ll want to… 

  • Be commercially astute
  • Either have experience at or want to dive headfirst into a fast-paced digital-first company
  • Think globally
  • Have excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • Have a high sense of ownership, urgency and drive
  • Be a team player

About Our Culture

At Time Out Group we believe in diversity and equal opportunity for all people. We do not discriminate against external or internal candidates on the basis of age; disability; gender, gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; sexual orientation; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity. We believe that diversity develops creativity and enables personal and professional growth where we all learn from each other. We believe in an open culture where ideas are shared candidly and where there is no fear of failure, but rather an understanding that we must experiment and have the freedom to succeed. We believe that everyone has the right to express themselves as they are as this enriches us all. We believe in an open world, social justice, and the pursuit of happiness, after all, we are in the happiness business.

As our cities have reopened, we have embraced a hybrid way of working that gives us the opportunity to work remotely, as well as from the office; offering the flexibility that brings many benefits to our lives, as well as still providing a space where we can connect and collaborate as part of our Time Out community.

About Time Out Group plc


Time Out Group is a global media and hospitality business that inspires connection and joy by capturing the soul of the world’s greatest cities through its two divisions – Time Out Media and Time Out Market.

Time Out launched in London in 1968 with a magazine to help people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the city. Today, Time Out’s professional journalists curate the best things to do, see and eat in 333 cities in 59 countries.

Time Out Market is the world’s first editorially curated food and cultural market, bringing a city’s best chefs, restaurateurs and unique cultural experiences together under one roof. From cooking classes with top chefs to installations from local artists and live entertainment, Time Out Market captures the soul of the city.

The first Time Out Market opened in 2014 in a historic market hall in Lisbon, quickly turning into the most popular destination in the city with 4.1m locals and tourists visiting in 2019. The success of Lisbon brought further expansion in North America, with Time Out Market opening in five major cities in 2019: Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago and Montreal. In 2021, Time Out Market expanded into the Middle East with Time Out Market Dubai, and more Time Out Market locations are in the pipeline including Porto, London, Prague and more.

Time Out Group was named International Brand of the Year 2021 in the Campaign Publishing Awards – awarding bravery, editorial innovation and forward thinking. While Time Out Market won the Most Innovative Food & Beverage Concept Award at the Global RLI (Retail & Leisure International) Awards 2021.

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