Food and drink

Discover delicious food and drink options at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. 

Beetroot and Chickpea Burger

Base Camp Restaurant 

Our new 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.

(Opening times vary. From 16 February 2019 - 24 February the Base Camp restaurant will be open from 10am - 4.30pm. Hot food will be served between 11.30am - 4pm.). 



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 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. The River Cottage Kitchen opens from 11am - 3pm, and the deli is open from 10am - 4pm from 16 February 2019 - 24 February 2019. 



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 opens at 9.30am and closes at 5pm. 

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 at 11.30am and closes at 4pm. 

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 is open weekends and school holidays only until March 2019, and opens at 11am - 4pm. 



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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