Top Ten British Food and Drink List for a Wimbledon Picnic
You know summer has arrived when the world’s greatest tennis stars descend on Wimbledon, the strawberries and cream come out and the Pimm’s begins flowing, hurrah!
We’re now into the second week of the tournament, which has seen players sweat under the surprise heat wave (enjoyed by us spectators but perhaps not by the players) and the usual downing of racquets as rain halts play — but of course it wouldn’t be Wimbledon without it!
Whilst we don’t profess to be tennis pundits we do know a bit about fine British food, so thought we’d share our Top Ten British food and drink ingredients for the perfect Wimbledon Picnic.
1. It’s always Pimm’s O’Clock when Wimbledon’s on!
Of course we had to get the ball rolling with Pimm’s! The essential summer drink, devised by James Pimm in 1823 and, like birdsong, shady oaks, fresh mown lawns, gazebos, barbeques, cricket, ladies hats and laughter, evocative of summer still today.
Pimm’s is available from all major supermarkets or as an elegant wooden boxed gift here.
2. Cucumber drink from Qcumber
We are impressed with this relatively new drink from Qcumber and for us it is the top soft drink this summer. Made from cucumbers, sparkling spring water and natural sugars this refreshing drink is at it’s best poured over ice and finished with a sprig of mint. We’ve started mixing it with Pimm’s as an alternative to lemonade, complementing the full flavour of Pimm’s and providing a subtle hint of cool cucumber.
For more information about Qcumber click here.
3. Strawberries and Cream
Of course a trip to Wimbledon wouldn’t be complete without some fresh strawberries and cream! According to research commissioned by supermarket Morrison’s, to enjoy the perfect strawberries they should be eaten in under three minutes and cream should be added at the ratio of one tablespoon of cream to two strawberries. Read the Telegraph’s full article here.
4. Strawberries in White Chocolate
If you’re travelling some distance and don’t fancy dipping into a pot of curdled cream when you arrive for your picnic, Chocco Mocca, the British chocolate aficionados, have created the perfect replacement. Their strawberries covered in white chocolate are the perfect accompaniment to Pimm’s or a good cup of English Breakfast tea.
Available direct from Chocca Mocca.
5. Apricot and Ginger Cake from The Simply Delicious Cake Company
If you thought fruit cake was a bit dull give this fantastic cake a go! Full of zingy citrus flavours and stem ginger hand made the traditional way with proper butter and local free range eggs by Archie and Milly Hunter at Moor Farm in the south Shropshire hills.
Available direct from The Simply Delicious Cake Company
6. Snackingham from Serious Pig
Delicious and simple this air dried ham from pioneer of British Charcuterie, George Rice, is a bit too good to share. Created using the finest pork loin infused with a careful blend of herbs and spices, cured and air dried in the traditional way to produce seriously tasty pieces of ham.
7. Prestat Chocolates
World renowned Piccadilly based confectioner Prestat have been enjoyed by the royal, the noble, the famous and the fashionable since 1902 and it’s easy to understand why when you bite into one of their Marc De Champagne Truffles, which remain our favourite truffles of all time.
8. Honey and Almond Biscuits from Artisan Biscuits
Melt in the mouth biscuits with a rich honey taste and subtle hint of almond. They’re incredibly moreish so be warned, it’s very difficult to stop and one or two…or three
Learn more about the people behind Artisan Biscuits by clicking here.
9. Grate Britain Cheese Biscuits from Artisan Biscuits
We’ve not found a better cheese biscuit yet. Small bite size biscuits made from either quality Wookey Hole west country cheddar cheese or crumbled Long Clawson Stilton; these biscuits are full of flavour and simply perfect with a good glass of red wine or a cold beer.
10. The perfect hamper to for Wimbledon
We’ve combined some of our favourite Wimbledon Pimm’s and picnic eats to create the perfect hamper for sharing at Wimbledon or in a shady spot in the garden. To view further information click here for the full hamper details.
This is our new Garden Party Pimm’s Hamper designed for a picnic at Wimbledon or lazy afternoon in the sunshine
Originally published at www.britishhamper.com.