Don’t worry, even if you’re not heading to SW9 to watch the action, you can still join in the fun with these – our favourite strawberry-themed tennis treats, teas, drinks and dishes available in London this summer.
The Tennis Choux at PAUL, various locations
French bakery and patisserie PAUL will be offering a mixed doubles during Wimbledon. The Tennis Choux sees juicy strawberries and sweet crème patisserie sandwiched between a choux pastry bun and dusted with icing sugar, while the Tennis Ball Tartlet comprises a sweet shortcrust pastry case filled with a zesty lemon cream. Both will be available to eat-in or takeaway at all PAUL shops from June 27 until July 16.
Wimbledon Glory at Eneko, Aldwych
Created by three-Michelin-starred Basque chef Eneko Atxa, Wimbledon Glory consists of a cream mousse tennis ball filled with fresh strawberry compote, on a buttery crumble-base and garnished with a pinch of mint and honey cress. It’s served with delicate chocolate and a meringue tennis racket.
One Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ, 020 7300 0300
The Strawberry Menu at The White Swan, Fetter Lane
The White Swan have dedicated an entire menu to strawberries, using them in sweet and savoury dishes to serve limited-edition specials throughout the Wimbledon Championships. Look out for chilled heritage tomato and English strawberry soup with Cornish crab and basil oil; pan-fried Brixham brill with pickled wild strawberries, courgette flower and shellfish broth; and Kentish strawberries with strawberry and pink peppercorn jam, fennel and Chantilly cream to finish.
108 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1ES, 020 7242 9696
Afternoon tea at The Petersham Restaurant, Richmond
From Monday, July 3, to Sunday, July 16, The Petersham Restaurant will be offering a sporting afternoon tea featuring tennis-themed sweet treats, such as a ‘tie-breaker’ passion fruit curd and strawberry tart, a ‘break point’ hazelnut praline opera cake and a ‘set point’ choux bun, as well as freshly made sandwiches and scones served with jam and clotted cream. You can add bubbles for an additional £12.50 per glass.
The Wimbledon Afternoon Tea is served from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday and 4.00pm to 5.30pm on Sundays and costs from £27.50 (Monday to Friday) and £29.50 (Saturday to Sunday).
The Petersham Hotel, Richmond Upon Thames TW10 6UZ, 020 8939 1084
Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, Bank
The team at Bread Street Kitchen will be serving up the fabulous looking Wimbledon summer cup, made with Grey Goose vodka, Earl Grey tea, lemon peach purée and passion fruit.
10 Bread St, London EC4M 9AJ, 020 3030 4050
Wimbledon at Tom’s Kitchen, Canary Wharf
Tom’s Kitchen have created a beautiful tennis ball dessert available from July 3–16. A delicious combination of strawberry panna cotta, fresh strawberries, Chantilly cream, meringue and strawberry foam, it’s a great way to celebrate the world’s greatest tennis tournament.
11 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London E14 4HD, 020 3011 1555
The Rufus Hawk Cup Cocktail at ROKA, Canary Wharf
ROKA have created the Rufus Hawk cup cocktail, named after the infamous American Harris hawk, Rufus, whose role is to scare the pigeons away during Wimbledon season.
The Wimbledon Dessert at Aviary, City
Strawberry pudding at The Swan, Bankside
Executive chef Allan Pickett at the Swan restaurant, part of Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s Southbank, has introduced buttermilk cream with poached Kent strawberries to the menu to mark the summer period.
21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT, 020 7928 9444
A picnic from Fortnum & Mason’s
Beautifully presented in a fully lined eau de nil cool box, ‘The Champagne Rambler Picnic’ from Fortnums is perfect for making the most of the summer sun. There’s a selection of finger sandwiches, such as smoked salmon and cream cheese, coronation chicken, ham and mustard mayonnaise, and egg mayonnaise and cucumber. For dessert you’ll find English strawberry pot and popcorn, and to wash it down – a bottle of Blanc de Blancs champagne.
181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER, 020 7734 8040
BLOOM Strawberry Cup
This limited-edition spirit drink is produced in small batches by Joanne Moore, one of the first female master distillers in the world. Great mixed with lemonade, or fizz, it has a strawberry aroma up front on the nose and a slight tart taste from macerated strawberries on the palette.
The Swedish Sling
Go full on Björn Borg with Swedish cider makers Rekorderlig. Mix their delicious strawberry and lime flavour with fresh limes, strawberries and a sprig or two of mint.