North England and Scotland

Read our guide below highlighting the best days out this summer Northern England and Scotland. These top visitor attractions care about the food they serve and hold a Food for Life Served Here award. We would love it if you shared snaps from your day out with us on twitter using #EatWellOut.

Northern England

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Chester Zoo 

Chester Zoo provide freshly prepared meals to their visitors in their Junes, Manado and Bembe outlets. Chester Zoo’s experienced team of chefs freshly prepare all meals which incorporate sustainably sourced fish, free range eggs, British farmed meat and fresh local produce. Chester Zoo’s commitment to sustainability does not end with food – in 2018 the Zoo removed over 2 million pieces of single use plastic from entering the waste stream. Guests needing to refuel in between exploring the 125 acre site with 21,000 amazing animals can also hop on the monorail and alight outside ‘Bembe Kitchen’ for an African inspired meals including Piri-Piri Chicken.

Visit the Chester Zoo website.

 NT National Trust Speke Hall Garden and Estate

The visitors at Speke Hall and Gardens can gain a behind-the-scenes look at the plot to plate journey. A visit to the kitchen garden is a real treat, and visitors can watch as the produce is harvested and then makes the short journey across the property to the restaurant. The team of chefs will include the kitchen garden grown produce within the daily the menu. A favourite ‘spirit of place’ dish is called ‘Pan Haggerty’ which is made from potatoes grown in the kitchen garden. The recipe can be downloaded from their website.

Visit the Speke Hall Garden and Estate website.

Photo credit: (c) National Trust Images, Paul Harris
 rspb RSPB Old Moor

In the heart of Yorkshire’s Dearne Valley lies Old Moor, a family friendly nature reserve with a wide range of facilities and teeming with wildlife. All of the food is made fresh to your order in the newly refurbished café. The café offers light meals and snacks such as coronation Quorn / hummus and roasted Mediterranean vegetable tortilla wraps. You can also purchase a cup of the RSPB’s very own organic fairtrade bird friendly coffee, made by barista trained staff.

Visit RSPB Old Moor's website. 


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Edinburgh Zoo

Sustainability plays an important role at Edinburgh Zoo. With a commitment to using only sustainable palm oil, or palm oil free products.  All the coffee cups are completely compostable, meanwhile all of the used coffee grind is collected by Edinburgh Zoo’s garden team and used for compost. Four of the Edinburgh Zoo outlets have achieved the FFLSH bronze award, the Big Griller, Grasslands, Jungle Café and Penguins Café. The Penguin Café serves a selection of savoury pastries, alongside soups, breakfast rolls and salads.  You can even get a Penguins Kids Lunch Bag to take around the Zoo with you exploring.

Visit the Edinburgh Zoo website. 

If you visit somewhere this summer that would benefit from the award, please do get in touch with our team. 

"The Food for Life Served Here Award helps us explain to our members and supporters how, as a food business, we’re different."Matt Drew (Head of Food and Beverage, National Trust)

75% or more of meals at Food for Life Served Here attractions are freshly prepared

All eggs on Food for Life menus come from free range hens

Full List of Served Here Visitor Attractions