Wimbledon wouldn’t be Wimbledon without these classic drinks and dishes

Tennis season is officially with us and in just a few days’ time the world’s finest players will descend onto South-West London to hit some balls around a court or two. Like clockwork, the white-clad athletes bring rain, crowds, and excitement with them to the usually sleepy Wimbledon area.

But while blagging tickets to centre-court is fun, the real joy from the tennis championship is off-court and comes from the classic drinks and dishes that Wimbledon just wouldn’t be Wimbledon without.

 

Strawberries and Cream

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Some are served with clotted cream, others with pouring. Whatever your affiliation, make sure your strawberries are freshly picked from a local farm.

 

Pimm’s Cup

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Essentially a fruit salad in a (boozy) glass, this tennis classic can make or break an English summer. The truly posh will insist on a Pimm’s Royale (that’s Pimm’s and champagne to you and me) whereas the rest of us can sit back and enjoy the regular Pimm’s Cup mixed with either lemonade or ginger ale.

Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the foliage and make sure this classic Wimbledon drink is stuffed with mint, borage, cucumber and strawberries.


Finger Sandwiches

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Baffling to the rest of the world, the mini triangles of cucumber sandwiches are a key part of Wimbledon. To be served in piles on tiered stands, this classic dish is famed throughout the world as being quintessentially English. The joy of eating these delicate offerings is matched only by confused foreigners who cannot contemplate how this tiny morsel is seriously considered to be a sandwich.

Eton Mess

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Yup, more strawberries coming up! This popular summer dish is more English than the Queen herself, having been around since the late 1800s. Comprising of mashed up meringues, strawberries, and cream, the classic dish is simple to make and helps spice up Wimbledon food, for those already tired of simply strawberries and cream.


Scones, with Clotted Cream and Jam

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No matter which way you look at it, the occurrence of Wimbledon brings a huge demand for strawberries, and yet another way to enjoy strawberries and cream is by serving them with scones.


Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Bundles

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The ultimate finger food for appreciating an ace shot. Smoked salmon and asparagus bundles can provide vital energy when a set goes into advantage, over and over again. This delicate dish is the perfect Wimbledon accompaniment.

 

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