Serve up some aces during Wimbledon fortnight

Posted by Rob Smyth | 29/06/2018 | Category: Food

It’s the height of summer, which can mean only one thing – it’s time for Wimbledon again. The tournament starts on 2 July, with all the excitement culminating in the Women’s Singles Final on 14 July and the Men’s Singles Final on 15 July.

If you haven’t already got a ticket and are a tennis fan, Wimbledon is one of the few major sporting events where you can queue up on the day and (possibly) get in. If you get just as excited watching at home and want to guarantee the opportunity to cheer on your favourite players, the place to be is in front of the TV. You can successfully set the tone for each afternoon’s viewing with some key ingredients from Central England Co-op.

Matches will start at 1pm until the finals, so prepare a lunch which befits the occasion and pick up some delicious bread from our in-store bakery and treat yourself to an upper-crust sandwich of Co-op Irresistible Smoked Salmon 100g £4.49 and sliced cucumber.

For the most memorable smash and serve, incorporating that fruit inextricably linked with the Grand Slam tournament, Eton Mess is a delicious and easy-to-make dessert. Simply take some fresh Co-op British Strawberries (£2 per punnet) and mix with smashed Co-op Meringue Nests (eight pack - £1.25) and cream.

As the most exciting matches can go on for some time, often extending into the evening, a little summer drink might be in order as the shadows lengthen. Maintain the Wimbledon mood with a cool glass of Pimm’s and lemonade. You can pick up a bottle of Pimm’s No. 1 (£12 for 70cl) and create the classic drink by adding fresh mint, chopped fruit and cucumber over ice.  If Pimm’s isn’t your thing, try our Adeletto Prosecco, on offer at the start of the tournament at £6.99 for 75cl.

While you’re eagerly watching the players work up a sweat, you can keep your cool with our recipe for healthy ice lollies. This is a great way to use up summer berries which are just past their best, or you can use frozen or tinned fruit.

Finally, the other drink long-associated with the tournament is squash made by Robinsons, which has sponsored the event for over 80 years. For some up-to-date flavours, try Robinsons Creations Peach and Raspberry or Apple and Elderflower (one litre for £1.50).

Remember, if you want to gain the advantage, look out for our deals during Wimbledon fortnight by visiting

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