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Join New Wimbledon Theatre’s Pie Contest


To celebrate their re-opening and the opening gala performance: Waitress the Musical, New Wimbledon Theatre are challenging local businesses in Wimbledon Town Centre to a pie contest! Which business will reign supreme?

The musical comedy Waitress centre around protagonist, Jenna, who creates some wild and wonderful pie creations, such as Marshmallow Mermaid Pie, Pineapple Upside Down Pie and A Little Wild Wild Berry Pie.

Taking place on Thursday 2nd September on The Piazza (outside Morrison’s), the contest will allow you and your employees to put your baking skills to the test and come down to enjoy a slice of pie after the final judging!

The categories are as follows:

  • Best Looking Pie
  • Most Inventive Ingredients
  • Best Themed Pie
  • Best Specialty Pie (gluten/dairy free, vegan, etc.)
  • Best Sweet Pie
  • Best Savoury Pie
  • Winner of Overall.

Each business may enter as many times as they wish –  perhaps you have several pie-makers among your ranks, so there are no limits to anyone’s creativity! The winners of each category will receive a special gift and tickets to the show 4th – 11th September 2021.

Pies will need to be dropped off between 9-10am at New Wimbledon Theatre Stage Door (93 The Broadway SW19 1QG). If the number of entries surpasses 20, the first round of judging will be at 12pm followed by a final round at 2pm.

All pie’s will be eligible for the overall winner status, but you can select how many categories you believe your pie will fit into or you would like it to be eligible for.

For more details and to enter the competition, click here.

Wimbledon Pub in Parliamentary Spotlight

The Alexandra, Wimbledon is starting the New Year in pride of place as the regional winner and national finalist in the inaugural Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition, which sees the overall champion announced on 15th January at the House of Commons, Westminster.

Launched in the summer of 2018 by Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pub Group, Toby Perkins, MP, the competition seeks to recognise the important role pubs play in British life and the value they add to the local communities and local economy.

Following nomination by their local MP, each pub had to submit a short video portraying the character of the pub (watch The Alexandra’s video) and their engagement with their customers and local community. Videos were then viewed by a panel of judges and regional finalists selected, with the overall winner being revealed on the night of the 15th.

The Alexandra has become well known within its community for the work it does to help relieve loneliness over Christmas with free Christmas dinners for those on their own and throughout the year with their Meet Up Monday events.  Licensee Mick Dore said: “We bring together so many people from within our community who feel isolated or lonely, forging friendships and a sense of belonging,  with our pub being the real hub of our community.”

Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pub Group, Toby Perkins, MP, said: “We are thrilled at the quality of entries for the inaugural Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition. The 14 finalists’ video entries show the diverse range of pubs out there, and I know that it will be incredibly difficult to choose the winners from these entries.

“Pubs play a crucial and much-loved role in our daily life and the enthusiasm that MPs have shown in promoting the claim of their locals to this title shows the pride that our communities take in our pubs.

“We look forward to saluting all our finalists on the 15th and crowning our champion.”

The finalists include:

East Midlands              Chesterfield Arms, Chesterfield

East                                Kings Arms, South West Norfolk

London                          Alexandra, Wimbledon

North East                     Stapylton Arms, Easington

North West                   Kash 22, Weaver Vale (Runner up: Victoria, Bury)

Scotland                        The Brass and Granite, Kilmarnoch (Runner up: The Criterion, North East Fife)

South East                     The Crown, Hastings

South West                   The Westbrook, Devizes

Wales                             The Four Elms, Cardiff (Runner up: Fat Boar, Wrexham)

West Midlands             The Robin Hood, Willenhall

Yorks                              The Grayston Unity, Halifax


The 14 finalists were picked from over 100 nominations made from MP’s across the country.

Follow the competition on @ParliPubOTY.

To all at The Alexandra, best of luck for the announcement on 15 January, we will have our fingers and toes crossed for you.