The start of July usually turns thoughts to strawberries and cream, fresh-cut grass, lots of fizz and the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament, The Championships at Wimbledon. The Wimbledon Championships is one of the world’s most celebrated tennis events. Taking place at the meticulous and perfectly maintained All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), it runs for two weeks and attracts over 500,000 spectators. Wimbledon is one of four tennis Grand Slam events held each year, and these tournaments are considered the most important competitions of the tennis season. It is the only Grand Slam event to be played on grass courts, and the grass at Wimbledon is immaculate. The grass is tended to year-round, and during the event, it is cut to a height of exactly 8mm. The first Wimbledon championship took place in 1877, making it the oldest tennis tournament in the world.
The Championships are played just minutes from Wimbledon Village, a lovely town with restaurants, bars, shops all set amongst period buildings and open spaces. During the Championships, Wimbledon Village is filled with people from all over the world, all the shop and restaurant windows are decorated in a tennis theme and there is so much excitement in the air.
Although the Championships take place in July, The AELTC’s museum and gift shop are open year-round, and I would highly recommend a visit to the museum and take a tour if you happen to be in the area. The museum is filled with tennis memorabilia from the past and has a fantastic Virtual Reality experience that enables you to feel what it’s like to attend the Championships. I would also suggest signing up for a tour of the facility as it’s fascinating what you will learn and see. Click here to take the tour.
This year the Wimbledon Championships are canceled, so I will be recreating the atmosphere at home with a glass… or two of Pimm’s and some strawberries and cream, the traditional snacks of the Championships as I look to next year. If there is one quintessentially Wimbledon cocktail, the Pimm’s cocktail is undeniably it. Pimm’s No. 1 is a gin-based herbal liquor, with a refreshing spicy citrusy taste, invented by James Pimm in the early 19th century. Strawberries and cream were served at the very first Wimbledon tournament in 1877 when 200 spectators came to see the tournament, and the tradition continues today.
At the 2019 Wimbledon Championships, 276,291 glasses of Pimm’s were served and 191,930 portions of strawberries were served. The strawberries are always Grade 1 English strawberries of the highest quality from Kent, and to ensure the utmost freshness, the strawberries are picked at 4:00 am, collected from the packing plant at 9.00 am, and are delivered to the Club for inspection and hulling. They are then enjoyed by guests on the same day.
2 oz. Pimm’s No 1 3 oz. Lemonade 6 mint leaves 1-3 orange slices 3 strawberries sliced
Simply pile all the ingredients in a tall glass over ice and mix it up. Enjoy!
Strawberries and Cream
Fresh strawberries Fresh whipping cream
Simply bathe the strawberries in fresh whipping cream. Enjoy!