Food at the Zoo

Choose from a variety of food outlets serving delicious menu options:

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:

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 sustainabity and many ingredients are, also, Red Tractor assured.  This helps to recognise food quality to internationally assured standards as well as a maximum rating of five stars for  'Scores on the Doors' Foods hygiene standards too.

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.

Cafe UmPhafaCafe-UmPhafa-pasta

Colchester Zoo's self-service restaurant serves main meals throughout the day from a cooked full English breakfasts (until 11.30am) to delicious choices from our lunch menu and afternoon tea.  There is also a full cooked children's menu and a selection of Children's healthy lunch boxes!

Open daily from 09.30am until late afternoon

Southern Fried Chicken

SFCis situated in next to Chimp World and serves a delicious 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!

This outlet remains open until the Zoo closes so that you can even select a take away option to keep you going on your journey home!

Open daily from 10.00amuntil late afternoon

 The Patisserie

PatisserieThe Patisserie is located around the corner from the Displays Arena and will cater to your needs with a table service restaurant offering a relaxing environment to enjoy a light lunch from our Summer menu or an indulgent gateaux or pastry and a fresh brewed latte or capuchino!

There is an undercover seating area overlooking the Displays Arena so that you can enjoy the great outdoors and daily bird displays* whilst as you relax and enjoy your meal.

*For the daily bird display times please click here

If you require a variation of the menu for children, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.

Playa Patagonia Coffee Shopcoffee-shop

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

There's a range of tasty treats including savouries and cakes as well as a premium coffee menu and hot drinks. 

Open from 09.30am until late afternoon

Meerkat Hangout Food Store panini

Located next to the meerkat enclosure, this new outlet offers a range of food and drinks including baguettes, sandwiches, panini, hot snacks, cakes, ice creams and hot and cold drinks, as well as providing a seated area for visitors to sit and relax!

Open from 09.30am until late afternoon

Wrap Barwrap

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, and a plain chicken option available for those who prefer things simple as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks, muffins and many other snacks!

Open from 10.30am until late afternoon

The Sausage Hutsausage hut

Enjoy a tasty hot dog and relax at The Sausage Hut by Otter Creek, next to the lakes undercover or out at the picnic tables in the sunshine.

Open from 10.30am until late afternoon


The Waterholehot-chocolate

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.

Open from 10.00am until late afternoon


In good weather our Tugela Barbecue offers delicious pulled pork burgers and 100% beef burgers to be enjoyed on the BBQ terrace.


TChipsiger 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. This outlet is open according to season. 

Naughty and NiceNN

Naughty and Nice offers delicious snacks and sandwiches for you to indulge in during your visit, as well refreshing smoothies. Located by Dragons of Komodo this outlet is open according to season.  

Taywell Ice Creams at Colchester ZooTaywell

During high season additional outlets for ice cream and drinks will also be open around the zoo including Taywell Ice Creams. This is located next to the Cafe UmPhafa and offers a large variety of ice creams, sorbets and drinks as well as plenty of seating to enjoy a relaxing break. 

Other outlets open during high season include Kingdom of the Wild Ice Cream and Playa Patagonia Ice Cream. 



Today we close at 4.30pm*

Last admission 3:30pm

*On Saturday 28th November we close at 7.00pm for our Christmas light switch on. Last admissions will be at 6.00pm on this day.

Visitor Information

During the development of Chimpanzee Lookout, viewing of our chimps will be restricted and the slender snouted crocodiles will remain off show. We thank you for your understanding and patience.
Find out more about the redevelopment here.

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