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Food at the Zoo

Enjoy a delicious range of food options during your visit!

Check out the outlet opening times here.

Whether you fancy a quick snack or a full meal there are a whole variety of food outlets serving some delicious menu options throughout the day:

In good weather these additional food options may also be available:

For more information on our vegetarian and vegan options click here.

You can also check out our gluten free menu items here. 

Penguini’s Pizza & Pasta Restaurantnew pizza

Penguini’s self-service restaurant offers family favourites Pizza and Pasta as well as a selection of freshly made sandwiches, salads and other light snacks.

Full English breakfasts and Afternoon tea are also available during selected hours of the day as well as a private function room available to hire for special events. 


 Southern KitchenThe Southern Kitchen

Situated next to Chimpanzee Lookout this eatery offers a range of tasty Southern Fried Chicken and burger meals.

Take your pick from a selection of meal deals including chicken fillets, wraps and kids' meal boxes. 


 The Patisserie

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The Patisserie is located around the corner from the Displays Arena and offers fantastic table service in a relaxing environment. With a selection of light lunches, indulgent cakes and luxury hot drinks it’s a great place to relax before exploring the lower half of the zoo.

The undercover seating area also overlooks the Displays Arena so that you can enjoy the great outdoors and daily bird displays* whilst you enjoy your meal.

*For the daily bird display times please click here


Playa Patagonia Coffee Shoppanini edit

The Coffee shop is situated next to our 24m tunnel that takes you under the water at the Playa Patagonia Sealion enclosure, through to Orangutan Forest.

It offers a range of tasty treats including savouries and cakes as well as a premium coffee menu and hot drinks to eat in or take away.


Meerkat Hangout Food Store meerkat

Located next to the meerkat enclosure, this outlet serves some great snack foods and lunches including baguettes, sandwiches, cakes, ice creams and hot and cold drinks and more!

An undercover seating area is also provided for our visitors to sit and relax whilst enjoying their meal. 


Wrap Barwrap bar new

Situated at the side of the lake, next to the smooth-coated otter enclosure, the Wrap Bar offers freshly made wraps with various fillings and plenty of salad options. There are also delicious Quorn options available for vegetarians.

A selection of hot and cold drinks, muffins and many other snacks can also be purchased here and can be enjoyed at undercover seating overlooking the lake.

*Please be aware this outlet is open according to season. 


The Sausage Hutsausage

Enjoy a tasty hot dog and relax at The Sausage Hut by Otter Creek. Our sausages are locally sourced and served in a soft brioche bun alongside a selection of chutneys and sauces for you to try!

Cold drinks and crisps are also available from The Sausage Hut and can be enjoyed next to the lakes undercover seating or out at the picnic tables in the sunshine.

*Please be aware this outlet is open according to season. 


The Waterholewaterhole coffee

Located on the corner of Elephant Kingdom and Kingdom of the Wild. This area includes a terrace which overlooks the lakeland and offers the opportunity to relax and take a break with a choice of tasty refreshments and thirst quenching drinks.


Tchipshopiger Taiga Chip 'n' Dip

Located next to Tiger Taiga, the Chip 'n' Dip offers tasty chips with your choice of dip, plus delicious cheesy chilli bites. Our chips are palm oil free making them orangutan friendly.

Please be aware this outlet is open according to season.


Naughty and NiceNN hot drinks

Located by Dragons of Komodo, Naughty and Nice offers delicious snacks and sandwiches for you to indulge in during your visit, as well refreshing smoothies, tasty sundaes and scooped ice cream!

Please be aware this outlet is open according to season.


Ice Cream Parlouricecream waffle

This outlet is located next to Southern Kitchen Restaurant and offers a large variety of ice creams, sorbets and sweet treats as well as luxurious hot drinks or refreshing slush drinks.

During high season additional outlets for ice cream and drinks will also be open around the zoo.Other outlets open during high season include Spirit of Africa and Playa Patagonia Ice Cream. 


The Veg Box

Check out ‘The Veg Box’! Located outside Penguinis on the terrace,
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The Veg Box offers a choice of vegetarian smoothies, salads, hot boxes,
pasty's, soup and hotdogs with most being vegan friendly! 

We also offer our 100% plant-based Mountain burgers which have Zero cholesterol and are 100% Vegan.  

Please be aware this outlet is open according to season.


Responsible Produce

All our food is sourced as locally as possible and we work to ensure that our ingredients do not conflict with any of our conservation policies. 

Our fresh brewed, full bean coffee is certified by the Rainforest Alliance which ensures rigorous standards that conserve biodiversity and sustainability and many ingredients are, also, Red Tractor assured.  

We are committed to continuing to sell food at the highest standards set by the food standards agency at all catering outlets throughout the park.

We always recommend washing your hands regularly before you eat and hand washing facilities are provided close to each catering outlet.

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OPENING TIMES

4.30pm close or dusk if earlier
Last admission to zoo grounds at 3.30pm

Click here for further closing times

 

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