Thorpe Park has a range of options when it comes to eating and drinking during your day out. Almost all of Thorpe's establishments offer vegetarian food, children's portions, as well as designated "heathy eating" options. Here we review some of the different eateries the Park has to offer.
Fin's Bar & Grill is Thorpe's biggest restaurant, and its best. It offers affordable and tasty food in a location affording great views of the Park. On a sunny day, a seat here cannot be beaten for the scenery and atmosphere.
Food on offer includes steaks, ribs, burgers, sandwiches and the like. Puddings are served, including chocolate pie and banoffee cheesecake. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Prices are reasonable at £8 - £10 for a main meal.
Fin's Bar & Grill had a refurbishment in 2015 (formally Bar 360), which itself was the result of a refurbishment in 2011 (formerly The Glasshouse), and we rate it as the best place to eat on Park. It's not especially fast food, but it's great value and the good range of simple food is very tasty.
Bush BBQ and Bar's appeal is very weather dependent, being an outdoor restaurant. In the summer, the tent roof provide welcome shade from the sun, but in the winter, the lack of heating can make the Bush BBQ and Bar a rather chilly place to eat.
Food is mainly confined to burgers or ribs, and will set you back around £8 - £10 for a main meal. As a tie in to the "I'm a Celebrity" maze nearby, guests can purchase a "bug pot" for £3, which offers a choice of crickets and mealworms - interesting, but not especially tasty.Hot and cold drinks are also available. It's good fare, but it'd be good to see more choice here, as one of Thorpe's main eateries.
It's easy to like Desperados Mexican Cantina as a quick re-fuelling station. It offers fast Mexican food, from Old El Paso, at a great price. Options available include Nachos, Fajitas and Burritos, and there's a small selection of children's offerings. And as is the case with most Mexican food, it's very tasty indeed!
Individual servings cost around £4 - £5, with the meal deal (which includes spicy potato wedges and a drink) selling at around £5 - £6. Mexican beer (Corona) is also on offer at just over £3!
For fast food, we say Desperados Cantina is definitely a preferable option to some of the Park's chain outlets (such as the Burger King next door).
Formerly Pizza Hut, Merlin took over this restuarant in 2015 and relaunched it as a Pizza & Pasta Buffet, as can be found in sister Parks Alton Towers and Chessington World of Adventures. Like the other incarnations, the buffet offers all-you-can-eat pizza and soft drinks. It's one of the Park's biggest eating spaces, and the restaurant is likely to be the busiest of all of Thorpe's around meal times. Expect queues out of the door on busy days.
Because of this, the prices here are on the more expensive side - expect to pay around £10 - £9 for an adult buffet. If you have an especially empty stomach, one might be able to gain exceptional value from this buffet, but for most, a similarly satisfying lunch can be found on Park for less. Having said this, Pizza Hut pizza is usually very tasty, and there's a good variety of pizzas on offer.
There are a plethora of other options when it comes to food at Thorpe. Worthy of particular mention include Amity Fish and Chips by Stealth, which does great fish and sausage meals for £6 - £8. Wild Wong's Noodle Bar in Canada Creek offers simple oriental food for similar prices. Amity Kebab by Tidal Wave sells doner and shish kebabs made in authentic sauces, and nearby Peckish in Angry Birds Land serves tasty jacket potato and hot dog-based dishes. Colossus Hot Dogs by Colossus does what it says on the tin, along with selling chili pots and nachos all for around £5 - £6. Around the corner, Crust offers hot and cold sandwich / sausage roll type fare. Roast and Relish by the entrance to The Swarm serves good British grub to go.
There are also chain fast food outlets scattered around the Park, including a KFC by Tidal Wave (you can spot this restaurant by the large shark that's crashed just above the entrance...) and 2 Burger Kings in Canada Creek and opposite Rumba Rapids.
This section wouldn't be complete without a brief mention of the weird and wonderful treats and snacks that guests can enjoy on Park. For drinks, our favourite is the Coffee Shack (below left) in the Dome, which offers paninis and cakes as well as a variety of coffees and hot drinks. Newly opened in 2015 is the Coca Cola Freestyle outlet, on the outside of the Dome. This sells Coca-Cola drinks brands in a huge variety of flavours (up to 100) - it's almost a pick 'n' mix for beverages. Prices start at £2.75 for a mix-your-own flavour regular drink.
For treats, special mention goes to the Naughty but Nice stall (below right) in Canada Creek, which sells delicious fruit smothered in milk or white chocolate. For £2 - £3, these have to be some of the yummiest snacks available to buy at Thorpe! The Thorpe Mega Store by Storm Surge and Sweets and Souvenirs in the Dome are also good places to pick up treats and sweets, although beware of the inflated prices on some of the snacks on sale there.