Eton Mess: A quintessentially English Dessert

A traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue and cream, Eton Mess was traditionally served at Eton College's annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School. An Eton mess can be made with many types of summer fruit, but strawberries are regarded as more traditional. Inspired by blogger Lucy from, here’s a recipe to help you create your own mess! We recommend using our Chalice Trifle Bowl to serve.


450g strawberries, quartered
1 tbsp caster sugar
4 ready-made meringue nests, broken up
400ml double cream, softly whipped


Whip the double cream with the sugar until it is soft and thick - do not whip it too long, as you don't want stiff peaks.
Break the meringue into chunks and stir into the cream.
Put half the strawberries into a bowl and crush gently with a spoon or fork so some of their juices are released. Mix into the cream and meringue mixture.
Divide the mixture into four glasses, or a large trifle bowl if you prefer.
Put the remaining strawberries on top as a garnish.

*Recipe courtesy of The Telegraph