Here's what you need to know:

  • Word count: minimums 700 words. Please stay under 1000 words.
    Tone: Inclusive, accessible and generally positive. Take a look around and see what we've previously posted.
    Original Content: We ask that posts submitted be unique and original to restaurantkeys.co.uk We do not accept posts that have already been published or submitted elsewhere online (but we can accept if it was posted on your personal blog) but we don’t accept if you plan to distribute to other websites.
    We are not interested in SEO-driven submissions: If you work for a content farm or are writing articles for the sole purpose of linking up keywords in an effort to boost SEO or to plug a product or brand name in a post, we are not interested. If your submission or bio references or promotes a business or service that is not in line with our philosophy (e.g. a weight-loss gimmick), then we are not interested.
    Bio and promotion: Since we do not compensate contributors for posts, we're more than happy to include a byline and your brief bio containing links to your website, and social accounts, which we will promote when your post goes live. Please keep your bio to just 2-3 sentences. Restaurant Key is a great resource to promote what you're doing.
    Claims: If you mention a statistic or a study in your piece, please include a link to that source. If you're claiming that a certain food is healthy, tell us how you know. Ideally you'd link to peer-reviewed scientific papers, academic journals, and/or credible news outlets. This way, readers can follow your line of thinking and investigate further if they want to know more.
    We love connecting with new contributors. While we cover an insane amount of ground, restaurantkeys.co.uk consists of just a few people. As such, sometimes we don't have the opportunity to respond to all submissions. We can assure you, however, that we carefully read every single submission that we receive. If your post has been accepted, we will respond within 14 days. If your post has not run within two weeks of submission, we have passed.
  • Please only submit one post at a time: You're welcome to submit again with a different post after you've waited 7 days.
  • By submitting to restaurantkeys.co.uk you acknowledge that you accept our terms, and any form of editing that might occur on behalf of the restaurantkeys.co.uk editorial team.
  • Click through below to find out more about our submission process, including contact information for submissions.

What we look for in submissions

  • We love posts that help our readers grow and feel inspired. While there aren't strict guidelines about the type of posts we feature, we find that practical ideas, advice pieces, and personal essays about a major transformation do well. Advice pieces typically provide tips to improve restaurant management, human recourses, social media management and tactics, tools needed to launch a restaurant, food. Pieces with specific how to sequences or case study also resonate with our readers.
    Photo: All contributors are encouraged to submit photos with their posts. These should be at least 850 pixels wide by 400 pixels tall (bigger in either direction, or both, is fine). We love photos that are in line with the blog post.

why write for restaurantkeys.co.uk?

1.  You'll help lives
Our community is passionate about launching their own hospitality venture! They're eager to learn as much as possible.

2.  You'll reach a global audience
Once your piece is published, we'll do our part to make sure it reaches as many people as possible. In addition to posting your work on our home page, which gets lots of visits each month, we share most posts on our social media channels and our subscribers. 

3.  You'll achieve your professional dreams

4.  You'll set your own schedule

5.  You can contribute a post when you like. Which means: no deadlines, except the ones you create for yourself!

5 Questions to ask yourself before submitting to Restaurant Keys

1.  Is my piece inspiring, informative, and/or educational?
Posts featured on restaurantkeys.co.uk are positive and informative. If your piece is snarky, or sarcastic, or not about the hospitality or food industry it will not be featured.

2.  What's a great title?
Remember: our readers are busy. A good title has the potential to grab their attention and make them want to read your piece. If you're stuck trying to create one, ask yourself: What problem does my article solve? How will reading this article make someone's work and life better? How would I explain this to a friend?

3.  Is my first paragraph concise?
You only get one chance to make a first impression! Does your introductory sentence make the reader want to continue? Does your first paragraph tell the reader very clearly and succinctly what the article will be about?

4.  Am I offering actionable tips?


6 tips to write a great post

Here are few pointers to keep in mind when writing for us.


Write in your own voice

A great post will sound like a real person wrote it, and it will have a distinctive voice. If you're not sure what "voice" means in this context, think about it this way: how would you explain your idea to a good friend? Use that conversational tone when you write! 

Delete needless words

Sometimes people use several words when just one will do the trick. We recommend taking one look at your piece to make sure you're only including words that are absolutely necessary.

Stick to plain english


Keep it short

These don't need to be long posts! Just around 500 words is great! If you're going to offer tips, include a short introductory paragraph at the top of your post explaining why you're offering this advice. Are you an expert on the topic? Did you struggle to understand the issue and want to share your knowledge?

Use An authoritative voice 

It's understood that restaurantkeys.co.uk posts are the opinion of the author. As the writer, you're the expert on your own opinion! For this reason, you don't need to use phrases like, "in my opinion," or "I believe," which detract from the idea you're trying to convey.

Show us your sources


We love personal stories, and we're always on the lookout for great ones


Please email us the following if you're ready to submit:

  • Your full post with a working title. Please send this within the body of an email.
    Any relevant images for your post. (Please send as separate files, not pasted within a doc). Please only send images that you own.
  • Your brief bio (less than 120 words) with links to your website, social media pages. Please put any relevant links in brackets like this both in your bio, and in the piece. [https://www.facebook.com/RestaurantKeysConsultancy/]
  • Please DO NOT hyperlink ever.
  • A headshot or photo of you to use for your bio.

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