Serena, Roger et al may be largely slurping their energy gels and chomping on bananas, but we can confirm that Wimbledon has some more interesting forms of nourishment for visiting spectators.
These are the ace places to eat and drink near the All England Lawn Tennis Club that will have your day game, set and match.
The Ivy Cafe Wimbledon
One of the latest offshoots from The Ivy’s ever-spreading vines has bloomed in Wimbledon, serving up some of the restaurant’s classic fare in stylish settings. To celebrate the championship, The Ivy Cafe Wimbledon will serve special themed dishes including a Centre Court Melting Bombe, complete with a white chocolate sphere coloured like a tennis ball.
75 High Street, SW19 5EQ, theivycafewimbledon.com
This Copenhagen-hailing series of upmarket restaurants specialises in serving Japanese-style yakitori skewers of meat and fish (the sticks), as well as, you guessed it, sushi. Pick individual pieces of sticks and sushi for light bites, or go all out with a sharing platter for a proper refuelling.
58 Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19 7PA, sticksnsushi.co.uk
The White Onion
If you’re looking to eat like the locals, head to The White Onion, one of SWI19’s most highly acclaimed independent restaurants. The French-European neighbourhood favourite serves up a seasonally charged menu from chef Frederic Duval, and will be serving up a special set lunch menu in celebration of the championships.
67 High Street, SW19 5EE, thewhiteonion.co.uk
Dip and Flip
This burger joint, one of our favourite in town, comes with a twist. You can pick up one of their succulent flipped burgers off the chrome griddle with all the trimmings, or tuck into a roasted meat sandwich, which Dip and Flip serves with lashings of gravy for dipping.
62 The Broadway, SW19 1RQ, dipandflip.co.uk
The Giggling Squid
Having taken its brand of Thai tapas dining across the South of England, The Giggling Squid recently made its first London home in Wimbledon. For those who like to try a little bit of everything without breaking the bank, pick from their astonishingly reasonable tapas sets for one, consisting of a Thai curry, two snacks and jasmine rice.
26 High Street, SW19 5BY, gigglingsquid.com
Bars and Pubs
Dog & Fox
A pub that has stood in Wimbledon for decades, the Dog and Fox has recently come out the other side of a rather snazzy makeover. The Young's pub and hotel now boasts a glitzy sheen to its drinking quarters, with dining available, and a popular beer garden for basking in the British summertime.
24 High Street, SW19 5EA, dogandfoxwimbledon.co.uk
The Rose and Crown
Just a ten minute walk from the courts, The Rose and Crown is not only a convenient post-match pitstop, but a pretty good one too. Its marquee bar is returning for the championships, with music until late and live bands on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Young's beers can be enjoyed alongside food from their Burger Shack, popping up especially for the fortnight.
55 High Street, SW19 5BA, roseandcrownwimbledon.co.uk
The Crooked Billet
If you’ve been inspired to get to grips with the grass but don’t feel quite like expending Grand Slam-level energy, then a recline on Wimbledon Common should do the trick. You’ll find the Crooked Billet on the corner of the green spot, and with the tennis on the TV, it’s the perfect spot for checking the scores over a Pimms.
14–15 Crooked Billet, SW19 4RQ, thecrookedbilletwimbledon.com
If you’re more into Pornstar Martinis than pints, head to Hemingways, an independent cocktail bar in Wimbledon ready and waiting for your post-match revelries. Cocktails are the order of the day here, with signature offerings including a very English gin-based ‘Tudor Rose’, and an equally floral tequila-filled ‘Forget-Me-Not’.
57 High Street, SW19 5EE, hemingwaysbar.co.uk