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 opened on Saturday 10 February and 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 queueing to collect food, leaving you to sit and relax while we prepare your meals.

Menu items include favourites such as Sausage and Mash and Classic Caesar Salad, whilst our younger guests can choose from the kids’ menu with dishes including Chicken Dippers and Mini Pasta Marinara. (Opening times during peak season: 10am – 5pm. Main hot food served until 3.30pm with hot sides available until 4.00pm). 

Base Camp BBQ: Weather dependant (Opening times during peak season: 11am – 4pm).



Pizzeria at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Base Camp Pizzeria  

Situated at the heart of the Zoo on our main lawn, our pizzeria sells tasty, freshly made pizzas. We have three varieties for you to choose from; Margherita, Americano and Ham and Mushroom. There are also freshly made salads, potato wedges, a selection of cold drinks, as well as beers and wines available too. (Opening times during peak season: 11.30am – 4.30pm). Please note, our pizzeria is weather dependant.  


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. Take a look at our menu. (Opening times during peak season: 11.30am – 3pm). 


Download the children's menu 

You can also pop in to our River Cottage Deli, next door, selling light take-away snacks and wholesome salads. (Opening times during peak season: 10am – 5pm). Please note the River Cottage Kitchen is closed until 19 September 2018 while we carry out scheduled maintenance work.

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. (Opening times during peak season: 9.30am – 6.30pm).  

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. (Opening times during peak season: 10am – public closing of Play Zone). 

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. (Opening times during peak season: 11.30pm – 5pm). 

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! (Opening times during peak season: 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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