Foodie Five: The Best Ways to Eat Wimbledon
So you haven’t snagged Centre Court tickets? Worry not!
We’ve scoured the capital for the best ways to enjoy Wimbledon without needing to step foot in SW19. So don your tennis whites and ready your taste buds. Game, set, munch.
The Warm Up:
Ease yourself into the action with some delicious Grand Slam goodies, ideal for packing in a picnic hamper or for setting up shop in front of your TV screen.
Joe & Seph’s delicious Strawberry and Cream popcorn makes a perfect (doubles) partner to Lanson’s Black Label Brut Champagne, the official fizz of the Championships (and currently on offer at Ocado). When it all becomes too tense, enjoy a mid-match comfort break with Dorset Tea’s scrummy ‘Strawberries and Cream’ fruit infused tea – best served chilled over ice. And when you’ve safely cheered your favourite player through to round two, celebrate with a scoop of Jude’s Gin & Tonic ice cream. Strictly adults only!
The Crowd Pleaser:
Slice your way to SW19 satisfaction with Rocket’s limited edition ‘Rachetta’. Shaped like a tennis racket – complete with a calzone crust handle – this freshly-baked pizza stays true to the green courts of Wimbledon with scatterings of spinach along with mushrooms, tomatoes, creamy ricotta and Bocconcini (that’s mini mozzarella balls to you and I!). And to quench your thirst after watching all that tennis, Rocket have also mixed up an ingenious cocktail, The Murray Medlar, which combines freshly muddled strawberries with vanilla vodka, Fraise De Bois, Licor 43 and lemon juice. The perfect way to cheer on your champ!
The Rachetta Pizza (£11.90) and Murray Medlar Cocktail (£8) are available at Rocket Holborn, Bishopsgate, The City and Canary Wharf throughout the course of the Championships.
The Rain Delay:
When the weather reminds us that even Wimbledon is at its mercy, enjoy another terribly British treat at Ethos, who are serving a ‘deliciously different’ afternoon tea in celebration of the prestigious tennis tournament. From the 29th June to 12th July, settle in for three sets of sweets, freshly baked scones and strawberries & cream, paired with a selection of teas or Prosecco. As you would expect from one of London’s most exciting vegetarian ventures, they are also serving a vegan alternative to this high tea tradition, with homemade scones accompanied with coconut cream and fresh delicious strawberries on offer. Plus, when the action on court restarts, you won’t need to move a muscle as the tennis will be screened live in the tree-lined restaurant for the entire fortnight.
The ETHOS Afternoon Tea is available from the 29th June – 12th July, priced at just £9.95 for two, or £13.95 when paired with a glass of Prosecco.
The Three Set Thriller:
Three sets, three courses: this one is going the distance. Settle in for an afternoon of aces at the Ten Room, where chef de cuisine, Armand Sablon, has created a special Wimbledon Menu du Jour, featuring ingredients symbolic of a traditional British summer and the world famous sporting event. Start strongly by selecting from the ‘first serve’ selection of crab bisque, chicken liver and truffle tossed salad, pink Himalayan cured salmon, or smoked duck and foie gras deuce, before continuing onto ‘second serve’ options including Gnocchi Romaine and a braised beef cheek Provençale. Close out the occasion with a flourish with your choice of ‘Emphasis on strawberry’, ‘Tennis ball’ or ‘“Love” profile 66’ dessert. A feast fit for a champion.
The Wimbledon Menu Du Jour is available at the Ten Room in the Hotel Café Royal from Monday 29th June to Sunday 12th July, priced at £35 for three courses.
The Final Showdown:
Finals day deserves something extra special, and second only to being on Centre Court is watching on a big screen. Book yourself a bean bag at Duke of York Square, in the heart of Chelsea, and enjoy traditional tennis treats from the pop-up ‘Strawberries and Screen’ bar. Alternatively, The Refinery Bankside has set up its own mini Murray Mound – complete with deck chairs and white picket fencing – so you can soak up the SW19 action with an Eton Mess and Strawberry Fields cocktail in hand. For Pimms, Prosecco and an enviable picnic spot (plus some of the finest street food courtesy of KERB), head to Lewis Cubitt Square in Kings Cross, or combine your support with a delicious steak supper at Gaucho, where the beautiful terraces of Broadgate, Canary Wharf and Piccadilly will be showcasing the hotly contested matches live. And for those of you ‘oop north, make a beeline for the big screens at Black Dog Ballroom in Manchester, who will be serving jugs of Pimms for just £12 and giving out free strawberries and cream whenever Andy Murray is playing. All the more reason to hope he’s the last man standing.
Image Credit: SouthEastern Star