How much strawberries and cream cost at Wimbledon 2022

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Wimbledon’s Opening Day fixture list includes British hopefuls Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu and Cameron Norrie

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But how much does a portion of strawberries and cream cost at this year’s championships – and what are the rules for bringing food and drinks?

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Here’s everything you need to know.

How much are strawberries and cream at Wimbledon? Here’s what you need to know (Image: Getty Images)

Why are they serving strawberries and cream at Wimbledon?

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Strawberries and cream have been a feature of the Wimbledon tennis championships since the very first tournament in 1877.

The 200 spectators who turned up for the first final at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club (as it was then known) are said to have been treated to the British classic.

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Although no one knows the exact reason the summer dessert was served, there are two possible reasons.

Strawberries and cream are synonymous with Wimbledon (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

The first is that the 1877 event took place during the British strawberry season.

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The second reason is that Thomas Wolsey – a key figure during the reign of Henry VIII – served strawberries and cream together at a banquet in 1509.

Wolsey was known to have tennis courts at his residence – Hampton Court Palace – so a tradition may have started there.

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How much are strawberries and cream at WImbledon?

Wimbledon has locked the price of its strawberries and cream since 2010.

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A minimum portion of 10 strawberries with a dollop of cream will cost you £2.50.

Wimbledon strawberries being handpicked in Kent on the morning of the SW19 daily game (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) now also offers a vegan alternative to cream for those who eat plant-based food.

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The strawberries come from Kenter berry growers Hugh Lowe Farms and must meet the requirements of ‘class 1’ – ie they are considered to be of good quality with only minor blemishes.

They’re hand-picked and delivered game morning, meaning they’re probably the freshest strawberries you’ll ever taste (unless you can pick your own).

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According to the AELTC, more than 38.4 tonnes of strawberries are picked and then eaten in the two weeks that Wimbledon takes place.

Almost 2 million individual strawberries are eaten at Wimbledon each year (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

That equates to 1.92 million individual pieces of fruit, or 190,900 servings of strawberries and cream.

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Around 445 kilograms of raspberries – around 140,000 baskets – are consumed at the tennis tournament.

What food and drinks can you take to Wimbledon?

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While you get everything you need on site at SW19, you can also take away food and drinks.

However, you can only bring a limited number of items as the AELTC does not allow cool boxes or baskets.

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Andy Murray is aiming for a return to winning ways at Wimbledon 2022 (Image: Getty Images)

There are also strict rules when it comes to alcohol.

The following is allowed per person:

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  • A bottle of wine or champagne (750 ml)
  • Two cans of beer (500ml)
  • Two cans of pre-mixed cocktails

Spirits and fortified wines aren’t allowed at Wimbledon, so don’t expect to be able to mix your Pimms pitchside while watching Rafael Nadal.

You must also ensure that any beverages you take onto the show courts (Centre Court and Courts 1, 2, 3, 12 and 18) are in covered containers.

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The final rule is that any food or drink you take to a show court is not overly odorous or you could have it confiscated.

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