Wimbledon is back! Pass the strawberries please...

Isn’t it funny how when British strawberries are at their best we automatically think of Wimbledon? So how did this quintessential part of the Wimbledon experience come about? 

Historians believe that this tradition was started by Thomas Wolsey, King Henry VIII’s right hand man and the Lord Chancellor. In 1514 Thomas built a grand palace (Hampton Court) and within the grounds there was a tennis court where staff would serve strawberries and cream to spectators. 

The winning combination was also served at the first ever Wimbledon tournament in 1877, when 200 spectators came to see the Championships.

It is reported, by Wimbledon, that on average 28,000 kg of strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream are consumed at the tournament each year! All of the strawberries served each day at Wimbledon are grown at farms in Kent and transported to the capital, freshly picked that morning.

Like many, we’re delighted to welcome back this annual event after its absence last year. The British sport is renowned for bringing people together, whether that’s gathering with other spectators on Murray Mound, previously Henman Hill, to watch on the big screen, at a garden party with friends and family or whilst enjoying another British tradition – afternoon tea.

In celebration of Wimbledon our Chefs have put together a wonderful themed afternoon tea available for the fortnight only (28th June to 11th July). Enjoy dainty finger sandwiches, warm scones and Wimbledon-inspired treats served with your choice of tea.

Why not complete the experience with a refreshing glass of Pimm’s too? If you’d prefer to take your tea to the lawns you can dine alfresco on our terraces which overlook beautiful green gardens.

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