Food & Drink Writer

Location: London
Department: Content
Reporting to: Executive Editor, EMEA
Closing date: Friday 11th June 2021 

To apply for this role, submit your CV & cover letter along with 80 funny, engaging, insightful words about the last meal you ate. 

Role overview 

A plugged-in, funny, hungry, food obsessed, culturally relevant Londoner who can write up Michelin-starred places, fried chicken joints, city bars and weird pubs with a consistent tone of voice. We want to learn, we want to laugh and we don't want to read the word 'delicious' any more than once a week.

This person should feel strongly about the cultural side of food in London. This person must have a favourite kebab. This person should be good at using their own social media in a natural, engaging fashion. 

A bit about us

We’ve been documenting London for Londoners since the ‘60s. Our plan for 2021? Cover more grassroots stuff. Dig up powerful, original local stories. Get political. Show all sides of the city. Be funny, useful and engaging to read. 


  • Writing quick digital stories that cover events that matter to us. Warning: we aren't an extension of the big food PR companies. The way we report on a doughnut is a reflection of who we are. It all matters.
  • Pulling together the food and drink section for print.
  • Visiting and reviewing restaurants, bars and pubs we deem relevant to our readership.
  • Having a right go at our lists. Let's strip it all back and just leave in the places that chime with our own values. 
  • Occasionally contribute food-and-drink-related features that appear on other sections of the website and magazine.

Strong disclaimer: You do not have to have loads of food writing experience to apply for this role, we’re just looking for someone who a) loves and knows loads about London’s food and b) writes with tone and flair.   

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.

About Time Out Group plc


It all began in London in 1968 when Time Out helped people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the capital. Since then, this iconic brand has consistently maintained its status as the go-to source of inspiration for both locals and visitors alike.

Time Out Group has been named one of the Most Innovative Companies for 2020 by Fast Company - this prestigious annual list honours the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today’s fast-changing world. The Group comprises two highly synergistic business divisions: Time Out Media and Time Out Market. 

Time Out Media’s digital and physical media proposition comprises websites, mobile, social media, print and live events. Across these platforms, Time Out distributes its high-quality content – written and curated by local expert journalists – around the best food, drinks, culture, art, music, theatre, travel and entertainment in 328 cities and 58 countries. The Company is monetising this global reach and its strong traffic from a desirable audience via digital and print advertising as well as e-commerce. Since its launch 50 years ago, Time Out has become a global brand that advertisers and consumers love and trust.

Time Out Market is a food and cultural market leveraging the Time Out brand to bring the best of the city under one roof: its best chefs, drinks and cultural experiences – based on the editorial curation Time Out has always been known for. The world’s first food and cultural market experience based wholly on editorial curation, Time Out Market captures decades of local knowledge, independent reviews and expert opinions. Everything that is being offered in Time Out Market must have been reviewed with four or five stars, and not one star less, by independent Time Out journalists.

The first Time Out Market opened in Lisbon in 2014 and is now Portugal’s most popular attraction with 4.1 million visitors in 2019. Following this success, five new Time Out Markets opened in North America in 2019 in Miami, New York, Boston, Montréal and Chicago. A further pipeline of other global locations includes Porto, Prague, Abu Dhabi and London. 

Across both business divisions, the Group’s mission is to help people around the world go out better. 

Time Out is a dynamic, pioneering brand and so is our team. We want to work with the best and brightest talent because we work for the world’s greatest cities, the people enjoying them and the businesses in them. As a truly global team we get to collaborate with colleagues from New York to Paris, Tokyo and Sydney and beyond. It’s our integrity, passion, curiosity, creativity and openness that make us successful and a unique team.

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