Wimbledon: the best of British snobbery

Summer starts with Wimbledon.  There is something about the upper echelon of British snobbery that titillates my senses.  This is the type of elitist conversation that I trust is happening at the All England Club this week.

  1. “Only a cad plays tennis on anything but grass”
  2. “Only a slack-jawed hillbilly wears anything but tennis whites”
  3. “Only people with new money talk during a tennis match”

Is there a more aristocratic way of watching a sporting event than a bowl of strawberries and cream? The good old boys ain’t doin’ that at a NASCAR event!

The catering company that works Wimbledon goes through 28 000 kg of strawberries and 7 000 litres of cream to satisfy the visitors. This is what people drink:

  1. 25 000 bottles of champagne
  2. 100 000 pints of draught beer and lager
  3. 200 000 glasses of Pimms
  4. 250 000 bottles of water [why so much water when there is champagne?]
  5. 300 000 cups of tea and coffee [and only 3 of those cups are coffee]

What do we watch the Wimbledon final with in my house?  Strawberries, cream, and champagne. Yes the final is a little early in the morning to be drinking champagne over here on this side of the pond but those expensive tiny bubbles are a great chaser to my morning double espresso.

lanson

Lanson is the official champagne of Wimbledon –  it’s $53, but the price of true snobbery should be expensive. Otherwise everybody would be doing it.

LANSON BLACK LABEL BRUT CHAMPAGNE
LCBO 215962 | Price $ 53.95

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