The Big Red Bus Cafe

Big Red is a beautifully converted double decker Yorkshire bus, with a fully fitted kitchen downstairs and tables for twenty four upstairs. Serving quality refreshments and home cooked food, Big Red is ideal for children’s birthday parties, adult dinner parties and after swimming meals. Climb aboard for a freshly brewed cup of tea or locally roasted coffee anytime.


Open daily, Big Red is available to reserve, either after a swim party on Saturday & Sunday afternoons or in the evening for a special meal in a unique setting.

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Come aboard while the children swim or join them for pizza and ice cream after. Specials are on offer everyday, home made soups and cakes, smoothies and wraps.

Breakfast Menu

English Breakfast £4.25   -Streaky bacon, two fried eggs, baked beans, fresh tomatoes, toast & tea.

Crispy Bacon Sandwich £3.00   –Crispy streaky bacon on thick cut bread. Add a fried egg for 50p

Bacon & Cheese Croissant £1.75   -Streaky bacon & Melted Cheddar 

Butter Croissant £1.00

Pain au Chocolat £1.25

Marmite Soldiers £1.25

Toast & Jam £1.25

Tea & Toast £2.00

Bacon Bap & any 8oz Coffee  £4.00   –For a 12oz Coffee add 30p

Ask us About Porridge!

For Young Hungry Swimmers

Cheese Burger & Chips £5.75   -Upton’s classic burger & fries.

Mac & Cheese £2.99   -Bus made super cheesy béchamel sauce. 

Pizza Margarita £3.50   -Hand pulled and stone baked, cheese and tomato pizza. 

Tomato Pasta Pot £2.99   -Macaroni pasta with our delicious tomato pasta sauce. 

Hot Dog £2.50   -Mini frankfurter in a soft finger roll.

Cheesy Garlic Bread £2.75   -Baked ciabatta with melted mozzarella and garlic oil. 

Cheesy Chips £2.75   -A box of oven baked fries with gooey cheese. 

Mr Whippy Ice Cream £1.65   -Served with a flake. Choice of chocolate, bubble gum, strawberry or toffee sauce. 

Fresh Pizza - Handpulled and stone baked

All our pizzas are made from our own dough recipes, hand pulled and stone baked on board.

Margherita (v) £4.99   Tomato and mozzarella

Hawaiian £5.45   Ham & pineapple, tomato and mozzarella

BBQ Meat feast £5.95   -Ham and pepperoni on a BBQ and tomato base

Pepperoni £5.45   -Fully loaded with our lightly spiced pepperoni and fresh peppers    

Veg supreme (v) £5.45   Red onion, sweetcorn, spinach, green olives and peppers

Sweet Chilli £5.45   -Sweet chilli chicken, corn kernels and red onion

Pesto & Parmesan (v)   -Mozzarella and spinach with basil pesto and parmesan  

Extra toppings for 50p – Olives, jalapeños, onion, pineapple, fresh tomato, pepperoni, peppers, extra cheese

Extra toppings for £1.00 – Double pepperoni, chicken breast, bacon, sausage

Burgers & Buns

Breakfast Bap £ 3.00   Three slices of crispy streaky bacon, add an egg for 50p

The Classic £4.25   Award winning 4oz beef burger with cheese of your choice and Big Red’s mayo in a brioche roll

The Club £4.75   The Classic burger topped with streaky bacon and Swiss cheese

Louisiana £4.50   -Chilli infused beef burger with smokey cheese and jalapeños

Add a portion of chips for £1.50

Toasted Wraps

Bacon, Brie & Cranberry £4.25   Shredded lettuce, tomato and cranberry sauce

Mozzarella melt (v) £3.95   -Creamy mozzarella, tomatoes & spinach, finished with basil pesto

Grilled Chicken £4.25   -Chicken breast cooked with pesto, red onion, pickles and stringy mozzarella

Sweet Chilli Chicken £4.25   -With Spinach & sweetcorn salad, topped with Edam

Cajun Spiced Chicken £4.45   -Crispy bacon, smoked cheese, shredded lettuce and peppers topped with Big Red’s Mayo 

The Club Wrap £4.45 Chicken breast with with diced streaky bacon, romaine lettuce, fresh tomatoes, parmesan and our own tangy dressing 

Spicy Tuna £4.25   -Fresh tuna mayo with a dash of Frank’s hot sauce, crisp lettuce and melted cheddar 


Sun Dried Tomato (v) £2.85   -Basil pesto & melted mozzarella

Tuna Melt (v) £2.99   -Tuna mayo with melted cheddar 

Sweet Chilli Chicken £3.25   -Spinach & sweetcorn salad, topped with melted edam cheese 

Chicken & Pepperoni £3.50   -Bus made tomato sauce with melted mozzarella and a sprinkle of parmesan

Chicken Pesto £3.25  -Chicken breast, basil pesto, fresh tomatoes, spinach, red onion & melted mozzarella 

B.L.T £3.10   -Crispy bacon, romaine lettuce, fresh tomato and mayo 

Chicken & Bacon Melt £3.35   -Cheddar cheese, fresh tomato, crunchy lettuce and BBQ sauce 

Ham & Cheese £2.95   -Roasted ham & cheddar cheese 

Marmite & Cheddar (v) £2.75   -Love it or hate it? 

The Italian £3.50   -Ham, sun dried tomatoes, peppers and mozzarella

coffee, tea and hot chocolate menu

Premium, luxury coffee, roasted in Southampton’s own Mozzo Roastery and served the way you like it

4oz (tiny) 8oz (small) 12oz(regular)
Espresso £2.00
Machiatto £2.20
Americano £2.10 £2.30
Flat White £2.40
Cappucino £2.30 £2.60
Latte £2.30 £2.60
Mocha £2.50 £2.80

All our coffees are served with a double shot of espresso as standard. If you wish to have just a single shot ask the barista. A third extra shot is available for 40p.

8oz (small) 12oz(regular)
Hot Chocolate
 £1.50  £2.00
Marshmallows & Cream
Tea Freshly Brewed
£1.00  £1.25
Herbal Teas £1.60  £1.90

Ice Creams, Milk Shakes and smoothies

Milk Shakes – £2.50

Made with real ice cream, fresh milk and sauce.

Banana, Gingerbread, Caramel, Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla.

Smoothies – £2.75

Blended to order with fruit juice and fresh ingredients

Oat So Good – Strawberries, rolled oats, banana, honey and soya

Berry Blast – Mixed berries, and apple juice

Green Godess – Blueberries, banana, strawberries, chia, spinach, flaxseeds & apple juice

Ice Cream

Bambino Cone £1.25, Large £1.75, Tub £1.60, Chocolate Flake 40p.

Free delicious toppings: rainbow or chocolate sprinkles and a selection of sticky sauces!

Cold drinks – £1.00

Glass of milk

Carton of apple or orange juice

Children's party hire

Children’s party menu

Tea on the top deck of a Yorkshire bus!

Freshly made stone baked Margarita Pizzas to share

Smokey Frankfurter Hot Dogs

Crispy French Fries

Strawberry Milkshake

New Forest Mr. Whippy Ice cream tub with Hundreds and Thousand Sprinkles for desert

Minimum spend of £99 for 12 children (£130 for non-members) any extra children will be charged at £8 per head (maximum 20). Book the pool and bus together for £180 (£225 for non-members).

To hire the bus please contact Shirley Swimming Pool on 02380 781 901 or email us at to check availability. Bookings should be made well in advance to avoid disappointment.  


Come aboard while the children swim or join them for pizza and ice cream after. Specials are on offer everyday, home made soups and cakes, smoothies and wraps.

10% off for Dolphin Swimmers

Party hire form

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