Strawberries and Cream for Wimbledon is the most delicious way to watch the biggest tennis tournament of the year. Fresh strawberries are simply bathed in fresh whipping cream which is defines that the British summer and Wimbledon has arrived.

Whole strawberries in a glass bowl with fresh cream and Champagne in the background

A very easy and delicious treat and one that comes with history and tradition. Strawberries and cream have long been served at Wimbledon since the first tournament in 1877 and since Monday is the start of this 2 week tennis event, I’m bringing you the recipe and the history.

A white jug pouring fresh cream over whole fresh strawberries

Who invented strawberries and cream?

It is believed that it was King George V who first brought strawberries and cream to Wimbledon in the early 1900’s.  The reason? Strawberries were the only fruit available at the time and apparently strawberries were very fashionable to eat at that time.

Nothing says summer is here in England more than the Wimbledon tennis championship. It is the highlight of the British Summer social calendar and anyone who’s anyone will be attending.

Strawberries are at their peak right now, so it’s perfect timing because more than 61,000 pounds of strawberries, more than 1,800 gallons of cream and more than 26,000 bottles of Champagne will be served. Wow, that’s a lot of hungry (and thirsty) people attending.

To Prepare the Strawberries. 

It may seem like a silly thing, isn’t it a matter of just cutting off the green top? Yes, but you also want to keep the strawberries shape for a nice presentation.

Step by step images how to hull a fresh strawberry

After removing the leaves, I take a small paring knife and cut around the white part so that a ‘cone’ shape of the core is removed and from the side, the strawberries still look perfectly intact.

Strawberries and cream for Wimbledon

The cream is not whipped or sweetened. The thick, cold cream  is simply drizzled over the sweet strawberries and eaten that way. It’s the best and only way to enjoy them, so why mess with tradition?

So if you’re a tennis fan (or even if you’re not), strawberries and cream are the perfect summer treat and don’t forget the champagne. If you’re not a champagne fan, another tradition at Wimbledon is a Traditional Pimm’s cup. Try my version, I have a Pimm’s strawberry mint cocktail that would pair perfectly with strawberries and cream.

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Strawberries and Cream for Wimbledon

Strawberries and cream

Fresh strawberries are simply bathed in fresh whipping cream which is defines that the British summer and Wimbledon has arrived.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 20 strawberries, hulled
  • 1 cup (236 ml) heavy whipping cream


  1. Add 10 strawberries to each bowl and pour over the heavy whipping cream, serve. This amount can be adjusted accordingly.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 448Saturated Fat 27gCholesterol 163mgSodium 46mgCarbohydrates 12gProtein 3g

Pimm’s Strawberry Mint Cocktail


A tall glass of Pimm's strawberry mint cocktail garnished with fresh strawberries and mint