Exploring the zoo is certain to work up an appetite so head to our various kiosks or restaurant to keep those hunger pangs at bay.
With such a backdrop it’s tempting to relax with your own picnic at any of the idyllic spots around the zoo, or escape to one of the two sheltered picnic areas at Wild Explorers and near the Pygmy hippos should the clouds roll in.
On the other hand, leave your picnic hamper at home and let us tempt you with a wide range of tasty snacks, sit down meals and refreshing drinks.
Cafe Graze, our main self-service restaurant is located next to the meerkats and overlooks the valley field. Here you can enjoy delicious hot meals and a wide variety of snacks and drinks whilst soaking up the view. Our food is also available as a take away for you to enjoy at one of the picnic areas. It’s a popular location for eating out so head here before 12pm or after 1.30pm to avoid the lunchtime rush and take advantage of our extended dining service. If you have specific dietary requirements please ask a member of staff as we do cater for gluten free diets and have soya milk available. Open until 90 minutes before the park closes.
Based in our gift shop at the front of the zoo, here you can treat yourself on two fronts – with tempting sweet and savoury pastries, great cakes, baguettes and wraps, plus irresistible gifts! Open until 30 minutes before the park closes.
These kiosks are open in the school holidays and other busier periods. Please enquire at the information kiosk on arrival
Situated at Wild Explorers playground next to the indoor picnic hut, the Ice Cream Pod offers a selection of delicious, soft scoop ice cream - perfect for a post-lunch treat! Open during summer (weather permitting).
Tucked away in Fur, Feather & Scales, Bushtucker Bites serves light lunches or snacks as well as a great range of hot and cold drinks. Relax at one of the picnic tables whilst your children charge around the playground! Open until 60 minutes before the park closes. Wonderful soft-whipped ice-cream is available during summer weekends and holidays just over the road at Station Kiosk.
Close to the snow leopards and home to a delectable range of scrummy hand-scooped ice creams. If rum & raisin, blackberries & clotted cream or chocolate fudge brownie float your boat then this is a “must visit” on your day out! Also serves hot and cold drinks.
Close to the zoo entrance and just up the hill from Penguin Cove this is the prime spot for freshly baked Cornish pasties and sausage rolls as well as a great selection of hot and cold drinks. It will set you up well for the trek past Savannah Tracks. Open during summer weekends and school holidays.
Located next to Cafe Graze and serving tasty “grab and go” premium burgers and sausage baps from Hampshire sourced beef and pork. It’s easy to find – just follow your nose! Open during summer weekends and school holidays - usually until 2.30pm.
Located at the back of the okapi house and close to the adventure playground, head here for ice creams or hot and cold drinks. Open all year (weather permitting) until 60 minutes before the park closes.
We try to get as much of our food locally as possible, and many of our meals are prepared fresh at the zoo each day. We are members of Hampshire Fare – even using produce grown in our own formal garden!
Wherever possible, we also avoid any ingredients that would conflict with our conservation work.
Palm oil plantations are a major cause of deforestation, which destroys habitats and adds to climate change so we only sell ice-cream which is free of palm oil, and other products that use sustainable palm oil. All the products in our gift shop are palm oil free.
All our fish is accredited by the Marine Stewardship Council, our coffees and hot chocolate are Rainforest Alliance certified and our tea and sugar are Fair Trade.
Guests are more than welcome to bring their own food and drink. We have many picnic areas and plenty of seating. Please note: Picnics are not to be consumed in Cafe Graze or Coffee Corner.
Marwell itself is very accommodating, the staff are always friendly and happy to help, the changing facilities are very good. The children loved the big play parks, doing the Easter egg hunt and meeting the Easter bunny.KIDS, Shepherds Down, 30th April 2015