02 01/02/2011

Mouth-watering new offer on the menu

Change is on the menu for the zoo’s catering outlets with the Ark Restaurant and Café Tsavo being given an overhaul and fresh and exciting food offers in the pipeline.

The zoo has joined forces with Heathcotes Outside which was set up in 1997 by Michelin-starred chef Paul Heathcote MBE and Managing Director Gary Bates.

Alasdair McNee, Chester Zoo’s Corporate Director, said: "Working with Heathcotes Outside will bring a vibrant new offering for all our visitors, whether they are here for a day, a specific function or just to enjoy a coffee with friends.

"This is an exciting time for the development of the zoo’s catering and we look forward to unveiling an exciting new food offer in the near future. We have been inspired by Heathcotes Outside’s creativity and vision and believe this will be reflected in our new menus."

Heathcotes Outside already works with a number of household names across the North West including ACC Liverpool, Tatton Park, Warrington Wolves RLFC, Preston North End FC and Blackpool Tower and Winter Gardens.

Gary Bates said: "Our aim and vision is to work in partnership with Chester Zoo to create a strong, ethical brand and provide all visitors, delegates and clients with a high quality, value for money food and beverage offering using the freshest local ingredients.

"We know the zoo remains a market leader in national visitor attractions; we want to make the catering a world class attraction over the coming years as well.

"This will all be delivered by a highly motivated and trained team to ensure the zoo remains to be a top national visitor attraction."

Cap: Paul Heathcote (front) with, from left, Chester Zoo’s Managing Director Barbara Smith, Chester Zoo’s Corporate Director Alasdair McNee and Heathcotes Outside Managing Director Gary Bates.

Notes to Editors

Chester Zoo is a registered conservation charity that supports projects around the world and closer to home in Cheshire.

Welcoming 1.4 million visitors a year, it is the largest zoo in the UK; home to 7000 animals, 400 different species, many of which are endangered.