The Wimbledon Tennis Championships swing into action from 1-14 July 2019, offering up the perfect excuse for indulging in sweet treats way beyond the strawberries and cream… The Resident picks out London’s best Wimbledon-inspired afternoon teas
Lead image: The Centre Court Melting Chocolate Bombe at The Ivy Cafe, Wimbledon
1 Roast, Borough Market
To celebrate London’s most-anticipated summer sporting event, legendary Borough Market restaurant Roast has launched a Wimbledon-themed afternoon tea with tennis-centric treats including a Strawberry & Pimm’s layer cake and Strawberry Eton mess. Delicate finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of baked goods also feature, as well as a fruit-packed Pimm’s or glass of champagne and a selection of teas. Available Monday to Saturday, 12pm–6pm, priced £25pp or £30pp with a glass of Pimm’s or Champagne.
The Floral Hall, Stoney Street SE1 1TL; roast-restaurant.com
2 The Petersham, Richmond
To celebrate the Wimbledon Championships 2019, The Petersham’s popular afternoon tea has been given a tennis twist with grand slam of desserts, from a mango and passionfruit Eton mess tartlet to a white chocolate truffle with Champagne and dried raspberry and a tennis ball dessert with chocolate mousse filling. Head Chef Jean-Didier Gouges has also added a smashing tennis-themed dessert to the à la carte menu; a refreshing strawberry and elderflower mousse encased in a hand-crafted white chocolate exterior. Both the tennis-ball dessert and Wimbledon Afternoon Tea are available throughout the Championships (1-14 July). The themed tea is priced £29.50 Monday to Friday and £32.50 Saturday and Sunday (add a glass of champagne for £12.75).
Nightingale Lane, Richmond TW10 6UZ; petershamhotel.co.uk
3 Brumus Bar & Restaurant at Haymarket Hotel
Brumus Bar & Restaurant at Haymarket Hotel is celebrating Wimbledon fortnight with an afternoon tea featuring banana and chocolate ‘tennis ball’ macarons, as well as blueberry cupcakes with chocolate rackets and Pimm’s jelly mousse. Classic finger sandwiches such as ham and mustard, cucumber and cream cheese and smoked salmon and dill crème fraîche will also be served, alongside an apple and sage sausage roll and traditional scones with clotted cream. Available from 1-14 July priced £24pp, £32pp with a Pimm’s cup cocktail or £35pp with a glass of Pommery Brut Royal NV Champagne.
1 Suffolk Place, Haymarket SW1Y 4BP; firmdalehotels.com
4 The Ivy Café, Wimbledon
While there isn’t, strictly speaking, a Wimbledon afternoon tea on the menu here, where else would you want to be during the championships than Wimbledon? Especially when The Ivy Café in Wimbledon has reworked its famed Melting Chocolate Bombe dessert into a Centre Court Melting Chocolate Bombe, made with white chocolate, fresh strawberries and shortbread and crafted to resemble a tennis ball. You’ll also find five bespoke Fever-Tree cocktails (do try The Pimmbledon or Centre Court Spritz) and a themed floral installation framing the restaurant’s entrance, incorporating vintage tennis racquets, pastel florals and green foliage. The summer terrace at the rear has also been transformed into an enchanting floral haven. The Wimbledon cocktails and dessert are available until Sunday 14 July.
75 High Street, Wimbledon SW19 5EQ; theivycafewimbledon.com
5 Brasserie Max, Covent Garden
Brasserie Max at Firmdale’s Covent Garden Hotel is serving a special Wimbledon Afternoon Tea throughout the Championships. Enjoy themed sweet and savoury treats like the Pimm’s and mint jelly, elderflower and white chocolate macaroons, and Wimbledon favourite, strawberries and cream, reworked into a delicate tart. Quintessentially British finger sandwiches, fit for the All England Tennis Club, include egg and watercress, coronation chicken, smoked salmon with cream cheese, and cucumber. Available 29 June-14 July 2019 for £28pp.
10 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9HB; firmdalehotels.com