Food & drink

Child eating a ice cream

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.

Open all year round

Cafe Graze

Cafe Graze, our main self-service restaurant is located next to the meerkats and overlooks the African Valley. 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.

Coffee corner

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 seasonally

These kiosks are open in the school holidays and other busier periods. Please enquire at the information kiosk on arrival

Bushtucker Bites

Tucked away in Fur, Feather & Scales, Bushtucker Bites serves delicious gourmet hot-dogs 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! Wonderful soft-whipped ice-cream is available during summer weekends and holidays just over the road at Macaque Station Kiosk.

Ice cream hut

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.

Snack Kiosk

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 and food. 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 breakfast bacon baps from Hampshire sourced beef and pork. It’s easy to find – just follow your nose! Open during summer weekends and school holidays.

Picnic Marquee Refreshments

Ideally placed next to the picnic marquee and close to the adventure playground, head here for ice creams or hot and cold drinks. Open during weekends and school holidays.

Responsible produce

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 are changing other products that contain it too.

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.

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