Food and drink

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, Face coverings will be required to be worn while circulating, they may be removed while seated.

Find out more about safe visiting at whipsnade 


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

10am - 3.30pm. Hot food served up until 3pm. 

Ordering at Basecamp has changed. All you need to order and pay is your phone. QR will be provided to view the menu, order and pay for your order so you can relax and focus on enjoying your meal. 

Download the Base Camp menu here


Base Camp Barbecue - closed for the winter

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! Our Base Camp Barbeque will reopen in spring 2022. 

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 is open at weekends and during school holidays only, from 12pm - 3pm. Our River Cottage Deli is open from 10am - 3pm every day. 

Download the menu


Fish and Chip van

12pm - 3pm (Weekends and school holidays only, weather dependant)

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.


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. Download our menus:

PDF icon Visitor Centre Cafe Food Menu (10.44 MB)

PDF icon Visitor Centre Cafe Drinks Menu (10.45 MB)


Station Store Picnic Shop

11am - 3pm (Weekends and school holidays only. Weather dependant). 

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.

Download the menuPDF icon Station Store menu (312.38 KB)

Station Store Picnic Shop


Africa Outpost

11am - 3pm (Weekends and school holidays 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.

Download the menu: PDF icon Africa Outpost menu (312.82 KB)



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 paid tickets at the moment. Buy a ticket in advance here: