Eating Strawberries and Cream for Wimbledon is the traditional way to enjoy the biggest tennis event of the year. Fresh strawberries are simply bathed in fresh whipping cream which is defines that the British summer and Wimbledon has arrived.

A side view of a glass bowl of whole strawberries with fresh cream with a spoon

An easy, no-cook, yet delicious treat 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.

2 bowls of strawberries and cream with champagne

Strawberries and Cream History

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 has arrived 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 viewed from overhead bathed in thick cream

Strawberries are at their peak right now, so it’s perfect timing because more than 34 tons (1.92 million strawberries and 1,000’s of gallons of cream, along with more than 26,000 bottles of Champagne will be served. Wow, that’s a lot of hungry (and thirsty) people attending.

How to hull 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.

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.

A closeup showing a knife cutting out the hull/stem of a strawberry

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.

Enjoy a Wimbledon Style Picnic

In addition to strawberries and cream, they serve an array of delicious and gourmet food that you can enjoy at home. Try my elegant Tea Sandwiches along with Classic English Scones for an afternoon tea feast that is classically British.

Another tradition since 1971 at Wimbledon is the Pimm’s No. 1 Cup Cocktail. Which is also a traditional British summer drink (see pic below), which goes hand-in-hand with strawberries and cream.

Cucumber and orange slices line the sides of a tall cocktail glass

I also have a delicious twist on the classic Pimm’s,  Pimm’s strawberry mint cocktail (below) that would also pair perfectly with strawberries and cream.

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

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Bowls of strawberries and fresh cream with a closeup
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Strawberries and Cream for Wimbledon

A perfect pour of cream over strawberries

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



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 108Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 17mgSodium 6mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 4gSugar 9gProtein 2g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.