Food and drink

Please note that we are operating a limited service at the moment and all our food options are take-away only for the time being. Please see below for the latest menus and to see what's on offer. We are not accepting cash at the present time, and ask that you pay by card.

When dining indoors at our Base Camp restaurant, Face coverings will be required to be worn while circulating, they may be removed while seated. We ask that you only dine indoors in household groups of 6 or fewer.

Find out more about social distancing on site 


Discover delicious food and drink options at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. 

Sink your teeth into a sumptuous treat at one of our many catering outlets around the Zoo. With options to suit every pallette and dietary need including vegan and vegetarian options, we're certain you'll be spoiled for choice on your next visit. Find out more and download menus, below:


Base Camp Restaurant

Closed for the time being.

Serving a delicious menu of hot food and indoor dining with social distancing measures in place until Saturday 19 December only. We are operating with a reduced capacity and can only seat a maximum of 6 people in a party. Your details will be collected on entry for Track and Trace. We aren't currently offering a takeaway service from the Base Camp Restaurant but check out our other delectable al fresco options below for food on the move.

Fish and chips

PDF icon Basecamp menu September 2020.pdf (144.51 KB) (144.51 KB)


Base Camp Barbecue

11.30am onwards

Nestled just outside our Base Camp restaurant, visit our on-site barbecue for something freshly cooked before your very eyes. Offering both meat and vegetarian sausage baguettes, burgers and soft drinks - tuck into something seriously tasty on your next trip and pay us a visit!


Fish and Chip van

11am onwards

Hit our pop-up chippy and warm your cockles with a bag of chips or two. Currently serving up hot and cold drinks, saveloys, chips (with cheese if you like!) and freshly prepared fish, you can't go wrong.


River Cottage Deli

10am - 3pm. 

While our seasonal menu is subject to change, visit the River Cottage Deli for hot and cold sandwiches, warming soups, crispy salads and a tempting variety of cakes and muffins.


Visitor Centre Cafe

9.45am - 4pm.

Situated at the entrance of the Zoo, the Cafe serves deli sandwiches, hot savoury snacks (including breakfast baps), plus your favourite hot and cold drinks.

PDF icon Visitor Centre Cafe Food Menu August 2020.pdf (10.43 MB)

PDF icon Visitor Centre Cafe Drinks Menu August 2020.pdf (10.44 MB)


Station Store Picnic Shop

10.30am - 3.30pm. (Weather dependent). 

Located within our Station Store next to The Great Whipsnade Railway, here you can grab a selection of sandwiches, bakery items and hot and cold drinks.

Station Store Picnic Shop


Africa Outpost

10am - 3pm, (Weekends only, weather dependant).

The place to go if you have a sweet tooth! Selling ice creams and sweet treats, as well as sandwiches, salads and snacks plus a range of drinks to help you warm up on these cold days! Africa Outpost opening times are weather dependant.



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. All of our disposables are recycled and compostable – our “plastic” disposables are actually made from vegetable starch.

Find out more about sustainability at ZSL.



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

Book tickets online

It is essential to pre-book your visit at the moment. Book a timed slot here!