Throwing a Wimbledon party this summer? Take your spread beyond strawberries and cream and try our crowd-friendly recipes to serve in front of the tennis.
It's that time of year when we don the purple and green, dish out the strawberries and cream and pour glasses of chilled Pimm's to welcome the arrival of Wimbledon. If you're entertaining during the tournament and want to serve up a grand slam, our easy, make-ahead dishes are guaranteed champions...
Pies on point
Pies, pastries and parcels make great buffet food. Our rainbow veggie picnic pie truly captures the colours of summer. Part tortilla, part pie, this multicolour masterpiece is composed by layering up beetroot slices, peppers, squash, onions, feta, potatoes, peas, eggs and herbs. You really will taste the rainbow with each bite!
Or venture to the other side of the court with our beef & chorizo empanadas. Serve these tasty South American-style pasties with guacamole and sour cream for a mouthwateringly meaty snack.
Happy hour hotshots
Everyone loves a classic Pimm’s. It's easy to top up, guests can dip into the punch whenever they like and it has all the tastes of a traditional British summer. Try our fruity pomegranate version as a glitzed-up version of this Wimbledon classic. If you fancy some fizz, our apple, elderflower & gin cocktail is a light and refreshing alternative.
Set point scones
If you just can't get enough of Pimm's, why not combine this fruity tipple with another classic to make our tasty Pimm’s scones? To perform this feat of delicious doubles, you just need to soak the fruit in Pimm's and infuse the cream for a boozy kick, then serve with light and fluffy scones.
For all scone superfans, we've even got a supersized giant scone cake, packed with fresh strawberries and fluffy whipped cream. Simply cut into slices and dish out for an ace summer snack. Or if summer berries aren't your thing, then try our lemon drizzle scones for a super fresh and zingy flavour twist. Finally, go savoury with our coronation chicken scones. Soft, fluffy scones with creamy curried chicken – this really is the best of British!
Wimbledon just wouldn't be the same without digging your spoon into a classic Eton mess. The winning combination of crunchy meringue, whipped cream and strawberry sauce is always sure to be a hit! If you're looking for an egg-free version, our vegan Eton mess uses aquafaba as an ingenious substitue for egg whites.
Take this classic to the next level by making our impressive Eton mess cheesecake. Piled high with strawberries, meringues and edible flowers, this decadent dessert is guaranteed to draw a crowd.
A savoury serve
To balance all the sweet stuff, we've got some savoury snacks to munch on during the match. Load up skewers with manchego cheese, mozarella, basil, prosciutto and chorizo for easy pick-up bites. Our seriously moreish mozzarella dippers, smoked salmon Scotch eggs and garlic croissant knots also make match-worthy fingerfood.
No Wimbledon spread is complete without a strawberry showstopper. Our current favourite is this strawberry & elderflower gateau, bursting with summer flavours. This super-simple yet stunning dessert uses ready-made sponge flan cases, so there's no need to cook – and you can have it on the table in just 30 minutes!
For another piece of patisserie perfection, try our strawberry tart with lavender & honey cream, which we recommend assembling just before serving to avoid a soggy base. Alternatively, take the boozy route and blitz your strawbs with rosé wine, lemon and sugar to make a refreshing frosé, or blend them with rum in a frozen strawberry daiquiri. If you're looking for a biscuity treat, strawberry & cream roly-polys are great for adults and kids alike.
Love your lollies
Stay cool while watching a tense match point with our gin & tonic ice lollies, an inventive twist on one of our favourite tipples, or try our strawberry & prosecco ice lollies and Pimm's ice lollies for more boozy tennis treats.
If you'd prefer something non-alcoholic or you're catering for kids, then serve up our super refreshing watermelon & kiwi ice lollies or bring the botanicals with some fruity raspberry tea & hibiscus ice lollies.
Find plenty more cool treats in our ice lolly collection.
These tiny tartlets are full of flavour and always disappear quickly from the buffet table. Our roasted tomato & pancetta quiches are perfect for a portable snack if you're travelling to watch the tennis. Alternatively, go big and make the most of seasonal produce with our flavour-packed Jersey Royals, courgette & goat's cheese tart.
Serve our summer berry cake with rose geranium cream for a fabulous floral centerpiece to ace any Wimbledon party. You can be sure this marvellous mountain of cake and cream is enough to feed hungry guests. Our summer party cake is another seasonal showstopper, stacked high with strawberries, white chocolate, shortbread and even mini meringues. If you're looking for a loaf cake, this fruity drizzle can't be beaten for versatility, and it's quick and easy to assemble.
See our summer cake collection for more fabulously fruity sponges.
Lawn tennis lemonade
Homemade lemonade is one seriously satisfying soft drink. Mix up a jug of this pink lemonade with zingy raspberries, or try lemonade with blackberries or gooseberries to make the most of summer flavours while they're around.
Keep things light with a seasonal salad. This fresh tomato, broad bean and burrata salad doesn't take long to prepare, and the creamy burrata with broad bean salsa verde topping is irresistible. For health-conscious spectators, our roasted asparagus, pea and egg salad is not only delicious but also packs in a whole three of your 5-a-day. Toss with sourdough croutons and a luxuriously creamy yet light dressing.
Get more gorgeous greens in our summer salad collection.
Break point breads
If you're catering for a crowd, then our deliciously cheesy tear-and-share garlic bread rolls will go down a storm. Just plonk the tray on the table and encourage everyone to rip pieces off. For another bread winner, our black treacle & oat soda bread with pickled cucumbers, smoked salmon & homemade butter is sophisticated help-yourself finger food at its best.
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