Scrumptious Cottage Kitchen Opens At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

New River Cottage Kitchen and Deli opens at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Feeding time at the Zoo has become a mouth-watering experience for visitors as River Cottage Kitchen and Deli opens its doors at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. The exciting new collaboration with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his River Cottage team, sees the food writer and campaigner bring his River Cottage restaurant to the UK’s largest Zoo.

At the unique restaurant, visitors can enjoy delicious lunches where the finest seasonal ingredients, ethically and locally-sourced, are at the heart of delightful new menus. The experience doesn’t stop with delicious food; the rustic restaurant overlooks the picturesque Chiltern Hills on one side and the Zoo’s herd of white rhinos on the other side, a truly unique experience.

Guests can graze on an appetising menu of grilled flatbread, organic hummus and hemp seed dukkah for starters. Roast spiced cauliflower, split peas and crisp onions; baked lamb meatballs with pickled lemon and yoghurt, are just some of the meals available. Deserts provide the perfect finish, guests can opt for hazelnut pavlova with roasted apples and custard, and much more.

Kathryn England, ZSL Head of Commercial, whose role oversees the hospitality team at ZSL Zoos, said: “We are passionate about the quality of our visitor experience and as a result, we are in the middle of a £1m investment programme of our catering options at Whipsnade. Underpinned by our shared ethos and commitment to ethically-produced food, River Cottage is the perfect catering partner for ZSL”

“Our new River Cottage Kitchen and Deli is the first phase of this transformation and so, alongside the 200 different animal species people can see at the Zoo, visitors can also go wild for the unique experience at this River Cottage restaurant. It is truly an experience like no other, giving diners the chance to refuel with delicious meals while enjoying a remarkable view of our incredible herd of white rhinos on one side and overlooking the Chiltern Hills on the other. It is the perfect addition for any foodie exploring the UK’s largest Zoo.”

Widely-known for his unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability and conservation, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is no stranger to ZSL, having partnered with the international wildlife conservation charity in the past.

ZSL runs more than 50 conservation projects worldwide and many of these are aligned with the environment champion’s commitments, such as his influential mission to combat the elephant ivory trade.

Another of Fearnley-Whittingstall’s recent hard-hitting campaigns was aimed at drastically reducing levels of consumer waste. Similarly, ZSL’s commitment continues through to reducing levels of consumer waste proudly sending upwards of 99.74% to be reused or recycled.

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