Belfast Zoological Garden’s new catering facility, ‘The Treetop Tearoom’, was officially opened on Friday, February 10.
Building work, for this new and improved facility off the Antrim Road began in June 2011 and was completed in November 2011. The Treetop Tearoom is located at the very top of the zoo, providing visitors with the perfect view over Belfast Lough and the zoo below and is surrounded by a number of rare and endangered animals - including the Malayan sun bear and cheetah.
After an enjoyable walk up the Cave Hill to visit the zoo’s animals, the new Treetop Tearoom will provide visitors with a range of refreshments including traybakes, icecreams, sandwiches and hot and cold beverages.
The Treetop Tearoom was built after the prior facility on site, ‘The Mountain Tea House’, was destroyed in an arson attack during the early hours of June 23, 2009.
Zoo Manager, Mark Challis, is delighted with the new facility and said: “We were all devastated when the Mountain Tea House was destroyed but the replacement is even better. This is definitely a very exciting time for Belfast Zoo. In 2011 we won a hattrick of awards, including the ‘Visitor Inspired’ category at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards and we also topped a UTV poll for Ultimate Ulster, being voted ‘The best place to spend a day with the children’! I truly believe that our success lies in delivering the best experience possible for our visitors and the new Treetop Tearoom will help us to continue to provide a good family day out.”