Food and drink

In line with government guidelines regarding COVID-19, we've made some changes to our catering options. We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to act on the advice of the Government: 

  • Indoor seating areas are closed and we'll be offering takeaway options only. 

  • Ordering/Collection stations will be set up in Base Camp restaurant, which will offer a reduced menu of hot/cold take away options.

  • The River Cottage Kitchen restaurant will be closed, however the Deli will remain open with takeaway options available. 

  • The Visitor Centre Café will remain open but with reduced seating. 

  • The Hullabazoo Café will close in line with the closure of the indoor soft play. 

  • Our Railway Picnic Shop is expected to remain open with a hot/cold take away offer. 

  • Africa Outpost is expected to remain open with a hot/cold takeaway offer.



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:

Beetroot and Chickpea Burger

Base Camp Restaurant 

Our Base Camp Restaurant offers great value, tasty food made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in a comfortable, modern, family-friendly setting. Lots of seating, electronic ordering and new table service means no queuing to collect food, leaving you to sit and relax while we prepare your meals.

Hot food will be served up until an hour and a half before the Zoo closes. Base Camp Restaurant will close half an hour before the Zoo closes. 



River Cottage at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

River Cottage Kitchen and Deli

With a view overlooking our incredible white rhinos, this eatery opened in partnership with food writer and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Using the best quality 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. 

River Cottage Kitchen will close two hours before the Zoo closes, and the Deli will close one hour before the Zoo closes. 

The restaurant is open weekdays and weekends throughout April - October and open on weekends during November - March. Opening times and dates may vary due to weather.

Download our menus: 

PDF icon River Cottage menu August 2019 (43.81 KB)


Visitor Centre Cafe

Situated at the entrance of the Zoo, the Cafe serves deli sandwiches, hot savoury snacks (including sausage rolls and pies), plus your favourite hot and cold drinks. The Visitor Centre will close at the same time as the Zoo. 

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. Subject to session availability. The cafe opens at 10am and closes in line with the last play session. 


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, bakery items and hot and cold drinks. The Station Store opens weekends and during the school holidays while the The Great Whipsnade Railway is running. It closes in line with the last train journey. 


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 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.

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