Food and drink

Discover delicious food and drink options at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. 

At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, we’re investing over £1million into our food and drink offerings. The Wild Bite Café is currently undergoing a complete makeover to become the Base Camp Restaurant. This renovation will transform the look and feel of the café, creating more space for visitors to enjoy and offering great new menus. In order to carry out these changes the Café is closed until February half term.

We’re really excited about the new Base Camp Restaurant and can’t wait to see what you think, but we know that this closure may impact your visit.

In the meantime we have the newly opened River Cottage Kitchen offering delicious, locally sourced produce, as well as the Visitor Centre selling hot snacks including deli sandwiches, hot bakery items and jacket potatoes. For those wanting to grab snacks on the go we have the Africa Outpost, Station Store and Hullabazoo Kid’s Café providing coffees, sandwiches, hot and cold snacks and other treats.

River Cottage at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

River Cottage Kitchen and Deli

Formerly known as the Lookout Cafe and opposite our incredible white rhinos, this newest eatery opened in partnership with celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Using the best quality, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, River Cottage’s commitment to quality, sustainably sourced ingredients and materials makes it the perfect eco-conscious eatery for Whipsnade and aligns perfectly with ZSL’s wider work. Adult dishes come full-size as well as in smaller portions for little ones. Why not take a look at our menu? 

Download the menu 

You can also pop in to our River Cottage Deli, next door, selling light take-away snacks and wholesome salads. 
Open 11am – 3:30pm


Visitor Centre Cafe

Situated at the entrance of the Zoo, the Cafe serves deli sandwiches, jacket potatoes, hot savoury snacks (including sausage rolls and pies), plus your favourite hot and cold drinks. 

New Family Meal Deal -  Get four jacket potatoes plus toppings and four drinks, all for £20
Open 9:30am – 4:15pm 

Hullabazoo Kids Café

Make the most of our Kids’ Bites offer where you can get five items for £5, as well as house-prepared sandwiches and salads, bakery items and hot and cold drinks.
Open 10am – 3.30pm

Hullabazoo Kids Cafe


Station Store Picnic Shop

Located within our Station Store next to the Great Whipsnade Railway, here you can grab a selection of sandwiches, warm sausage rolls, bakery items and hot and cold drinks. 
Open 12-3pm

Station Store Picnic Shop


Africa Outpost

The place to go if you have a sweet tooth! Selling waffles, ice creams and sweet treats, plus a range of drinks, hot dogs and soup and stew to help you warm up on these cold days!
Open 11am – 4:30pm 



From June 2016, the Zoo stopped selling single-use plastic water bottles, instead swapping them for a sustainable alternative, CanOWater. Customers are also able to refill their water bottles at various catering outlets around the Zoo. These changes are part of ZSL's #OneLess campaign, which aims to reduce the amount of plastic entering our oceans.

Find out more about sustainability at ZSL.



All of our cafés are wheelchair friendly. Find out more about accessibility at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

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