Food and Drink at the Zoo

Start your day with a delicious breakfast, take a break from exploring for a coffee and snack, or pause for lunch at one of our many food and drink outlets available throughout the zoo. We would like all visitors to enjoy their day at Colchester Zoo and have created food and drink options to appeal to a range of specific dietary needs.

Our main food and drink outlet, Penguini’s Restaurant, and Meerkat Hangout are both open every day from 9:30am. Gourmet Sausage and The Waterhole are also open daily from 10:30am.
Our other food outlets may be closed on weekdays and in certain seasons, so please check with our Guest Services team as you enter the zoo for all available outlets on the day of your visit. All food outlets are subject to change and supply chains, and may close due to visitor numbers, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances without prior notice.

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Allergen information is available at each each outlet. Please speak to a member of the team regarding any allergen concerns.


Beach Hut

Location – Next to Playa Patagonia
Seating – Outdoor undercover
Food options – Snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Hot and cold food and drinks
Facilities – Toilets / baby change outside outlet.
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan option
Opening time – Weekends and School Holidays – open until 1 hour before Zoo close.


Penguini’s Restaurant

Location – Near Kids’ Safari play area
Seating – Indoor or outdoor
Food options – Breakfast, pizza, pasta, full meals, snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Hot and cold food and drinks
Facilities – Toilets / baby change inside restaurant. High chairs available. Bottle warming on request
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Opening time – from 9:30am until 30 minutes before Zoo close.
Hot food will be available until 1 hour before Zoo close.


The Gourmet Sausage
Closed on Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th February 2024

Location – Next to Australian Rainbows
Seating – Takeaway only
Food options – Sausages, chips, snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Hot and cold food and drinks
Facilities – Bottle warming on request
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Opening time – from 10:30am until 1 hour before Zoo close.


Meerkat Hangout

Location – Near Lion Rock
Seating – Outdoor undercover
Food options – Snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Hot and cold food and drinks
Facilities – Toilets / baby change outside outlet. High chairs available. Bottle warming on request
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan option
Opening time – from 9:30am until 1 hour before Zoo close.


The Waterhole

Location – Next to Elephant Kingdom
Seating – Outdoor
Food options – Snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Hot and cold food and drinks
Facilities – Toilets / baby change outside outlet. Bottle warming on request
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Opening time – Weekends and School Holidays only – open until 1 hour before Zoo close.


Ice Cream Parlour

Location – Next to Southern Kitchen
Seating – Outdoor undercover
Food options – Ice cream, slush, snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Cold food. Hot and cold drinks
Facilities – Toilets / baby change outside outlet. Bottle warming on request
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Opening time – Weekdays (weather dependent), Weekends and School Holidays – open until Zoo close.


Chip n’ Mix Stop

Location – Next to Tiger Taiga
Seating – Outdoor
Food options – Chips, chicken, fish, snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Hot and cold food and drinks
Facilities – Kiosk only
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Opening time – Daily – open until 1 hour before Zoo close.


Naughty and Nice *CLOSED FOR WINTER*

Location – Next to Dragons of Komodo
Seating – Outdoor
Food options – Snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Cold food. Hot and cold drinks
Facilities – Kiosk only
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Opening time – Weekends and School Holidays only – open until 1 hour before Zoo close.


Outpost Coffee Lounge

Location – Inside the Outpost Gift Shop
Seating – Indoor or takeaway
Food options – Snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Hot and cold food and drinks
Facilities – Toilets / baby change inside outlet. High chairs available. Bottle warming on request
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options


Safari Shack Shop

Location – Next to the Elephant paddock
Seating – Outdoor
Food options – Snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Cold food. Hot and cold drinks
Facilities – Kiosk only
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Opening time – CLOSED FOR WINTER


Scoop and Go

Location – Near to Aardvark Burrow
Seating – Outdoor undercover
Food options – Ice cream, slush, snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Cold food. Hot and cold drinks
Facilities – Bottle warming on request
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Opening time – Weekends and School Holidays only – open until 1 hour before Zoo close.


Snack Shack

Location – Next to Penguini’s Restaurant
Seating – Outdoor
Food options – Snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Hot and cold food and drinks
Facilities – Kiosk only
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Opening time – Weekends and School Holidays only – open until 1 hour before Zoo close.


Southern Kitchen

Location – Near Chimpanzee Lookout indoor area
Seating – Indoor or outdoor. Restaurant seating is available until 30 minutes before Zoo close.
Food options – Full meals, snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Hot and cold food and drinks
Facilities – Toilets / baby change outside restaurant. High chairs available. Bottle warming on request
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Opening time – Weekends and School Holidays only – open until 15 minutes before Zoo close.


Spirit

Location – Inside Kingdom of the Wild
Seating – Indoor
Food options – Snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Cold food. Hot and cold drinks
Facilities – Kiosk only
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Opening time – Weekends and School Holidays only – open until 1 hour before Zoo close.


Sweet Shop

Location – Next to Meerkat Hangout
Seating – Takeaway only
Food options – Sweets, slush, Mr Whippy, snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Cold food. Hot and cold drinks
Facilities – Kiosk only
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Opening time – CLOSED FOR WINTER


Wrap and Roll

Location – Near to Aardvark burrow
Seating – Outdoor undercover
Food options – Wraps, slush, snacks, treats and drinks
Hot or cold – Hot and cold food and drinks
Facilities – Bottle warming on request
Dietary Options – Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options
Opening time – Weekends and School Holidays only – open until 1 hour before Zoo close.

All food outlets are subject to change and supply chains, and may close due to visitor numbers, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances without prior notice.

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