Wimbledon’s Centre Court is finally back in action. That means it’s time to roll out the quintessential courtside snacks with a 2022 twist.
This year, the tennis championship is marking 100 years since its Centre Court moved to Church Road, Wimbledon Village.
Over the past century, Centre Court has definitely seen its fair share of drama as well as iconic tennis players gracing its court. With everyone from Serena and Venus Williams to Wimbledon wildcard Emma Raducanu having played on Centre Court, the venue truly has seen some iconic sporting moments over the years.
2022, therefore, is the year to celebrate and look towards the next 100 years of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
Courtside Food Traditions
Grand Slam fever is ripe across the UK. It’s also only expected to reach greater heights within the next fortnight.
If you didn’t manage to bag yourself courtside tickets, then why not bring the spirit of Wimbledon to your own living room or garden space instead? The ultimate Wimbledon soiree in the comfort of your own home. The best part? There’s no chance of you missing any Centre Court action.
Traditionally, Wimbledon has a long-standing relationship with strawberries and cream. Alongside this classic British snack, you’ll find the likes of gin-based fruit cups and afternoon tea set-ups also being associated with the tennis championship.
For 2022, why not put a modern spin on these traditions with my list of essential food and drink offerings? Made with your Wimbledon home-based soiree in mind, you’ll find everything from non-alcoholic drinks to picnic packs.
One of the biggest sporting events is back, and of course, we’re doing it in style.
Wimbledon At Home Lunch Picnic Kit
A sure-fire way to keep it classy when you’re away from the Grounds is the Wimbledon At Home Lunch Picnic Kit. Seasonal and fresh, the Wimbledon At Home Lunch Picnic kits cater for a variety of dietary requirements including vegetarian and plant-based eating. There’s also a gluten-free option for coeliacs.
Their main Lunch Picnic kit features classic Isle of Arran Oatcakes alongside iconic Wimbledon Coronation Chicken with a side of fruit cous cous. Elsewhere in the meal kit, you’ll find a zesty Summer Super Salad and also boujie Clarence Court Quails Eggs with Truffle Mayonnaise.
For dessert, the classic Wimbledon Strawberries and Pouring Cream feature alongside not-so-traditional Passionfruit Cheesecake and a Chocolate Mousse. The latter has specifically been designed for Wimbledon 2022 Championships Picnics.
The At Home Lunch Picnic Kit’s are perfect for low-key celebrations for two tennis fans. It’s also the easiest way to feel involved away from the Grounds.
Lola’s Deluxe Afternoon Tea
London-based Lola’s Cupcakes are delivering for all the sweet tooth punters this year. Their Deluxe Afternoon Tea boxes showcase the best of British.
Inside the Afternoon Tea boxes, you’ll find everything from freshly baked scones to a slab of Farmhouse Cheddar. Elsewhere, there’s a fresh fruit selection as well as a naked Victoria sponge cake and pots of moreish clotted cream. Heaven truly is a place on earth.
The Lola’s Deluxe Afternoon Tea box is the perfect way to indulge in the thrill of Wimbledon’s Centre Court from the comfort of your own home.
The Delicatessen Letter Box Hamper
Take the fuss out of hosting your grand slam soiree this summer with Letter Box Hampers. Small but mighty, Letterbox Hampers deliver a selection of luxury British food and drink straight through your door. You can also personalise your Wimbledon party hamper, or choose from their pre-made boxes.
The Delicatessen Letter Box Hamper features sophisticated snacking. In the hamper, you’ll find garlic and basil Halkidiki olives nestled amongst Applewood-smoked ham, snacking almonds and also chilli pork Salami.
The Letter Box Hamper features everything you need to create a sophisticated Wimbledon viewing party spread. It also even comes with traditional Wimbledon green wrapping paper. It’s all in the details, right?
Bon Maman Strawberry & Creme Pots
It’s not Wimbledon without the strawberries and cream, right? So, why not put a 2022 spin on tradition with the help of Bonne Maman’s Strawberry & Creme Chantilly chilled desserts.
Boujie on a budget, these deserts firstly feature a generous layer of ripe strawberry compote. This fresh compote is then topped with a swirl of rich Chantilly cream. They’re potted in glass and come as a duo to share… Or just to enjoy yourself during the Women’s Doubles Finals at Centre Court.
These simple but effective pots of pure joy are available exclusively at Sainsbury’s. At £2.80, they’re truly a steal.
Doughlicious Strawberry Eaton Mess
Another twist on the modern classic is the Dough. Chi Strawberry Eaton Mess. Acting as the perfect accompaniment to British Summertime, this bitesize dessert consists of premium strawberry dairy ice cream wrapped in strawberry-flavoured cookie dough. These heavenly mouthfuls also feature freeze-dried strawberries and a meringue crumb.
However, the bit I love most is every pack of Dough. Chi Strawberry Eaton Mess is also helping raise breast cancer awareness with CoppaFeel. Help save lives by enjoying a Wimbledon-inspired dessert? Don’t mind if I do.
Silent Pool Gin Ready to Drink Cans
Take your Wimbledon gin-drinking to an elevated level with Silent Pool’s ready-to-drink cans. The Silent Pool tins feature Silent Pool’s handcrafted gin, gently blended with their bespoke premium Indian tonic water. Flavour profiles include Kaffir lime leaves, sweet honey and zesty orange peel.
Not only are these gin cans aesthetically pleasing but they also come in at 8.6% ABV. It’s the classic G&T done properly, thanks to Surrey-based Silent Pool. It’s almost like they’ve been designed with garden-based Grand Slam soirees in mind.
Sea Arch Non-alcoholic Sea & T Cans
Sea Arch tinned gins are proving you don’t need to consume alcohol this Grand Slam season to have a good time. Carefully crafted using sea kelp and samphire, a Sea Arch ‘Sea & T’ can go big on flavour without dealing out the after-effects.
Perfect for keeping a clear head come crunch time, the Sea Arch Sea & T cans are alcohol-free, low calorie, vegan-friendly and sweetener-free. Make your Wimbledon 2022 viewing experience a more mindful one with Sea Arch. Expect flavour profiles of blood orange, coriander and wild Devonshire herbs.
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