Igloos and River Views
Coppa Club has recently launched a new venue and it’s right on the river in bustling Putney in London. The company was founded in 2015 in Sonning-on-Thames, and they have now expanded around the home counties.
Take a side street down by Putney Bridge and head to the water. Coppa Club is a quiet oasis for food and drink from breakfast to dinner, with brunch, lunch, tea and coffee in between. It’s a smart and convivial watering hole for office workers, shoppers, river walkers and commuters. All those folks will have their own needs. There is a bar, a restaurant, some igloos, comfy sofas, wi-fi, power points…. But wait! They have igloos?
Yes, dear reader, Coppa Club has igloos. No, icebergs are not expected to float down the Thames this winter. These glass domes are perfectly formed private dining bubbles where one can socialise, and with a special menu to tempt – and I doubt that baked Alaska will be offered! We were enjoying a lunch with a view in the main restaurant, and the place was buzzing with groups and couples out for some winter sunshine and rather good food.
A delightful combination
The menu is European with a broad sweep offering something for every taste, and good value for money as well. We started with a couple of well-crafted cocktails. I am always attracted to sours and the house Coppa Sour ticked all the boxes. It was a potent mix of Amaretto, Gin and berry cordial. A delightful combination of almonds with a hint of fruit. My guest was tempted by a highball called Batida Club. This was a heady cocktail of two styles of rum with the surprise ingredient of condensed milk. Another success!
Our starters had Italian flair. Three Parmesan Croquettes constitute a small portion and paired well as nibbles to go with our drinks; but the Zucchini Fritti with chilli-rippled yoghurt dip stole the show. These architecturally striking and culinarily moreish strips of lightly battered and fried courgettes must be the signature snack here. Granted they might not sound exciting, but I would have these on every visit!
My substantial main was a tender and flavourful Corn-Fed Half Chicken. This was two slices of boneless chicken, cooked on the plancha, with garlic and herb oil, along with a pot of skinny fries. This dish was served with Piri Piri sauce and some red cabbage crunchy slaw. A hearty lunch.
A resting nook
My hungry companion ordered Sea Reared Trout. The fish steak was arranged atop herbed freekeh. It had the addition of red onion, parsley, lemon and watercress salad. He chose Pan Roasted Sprouting Broccoli as a side dish, which tempted both diners.
Warm Pecan Pie was our shared dessert. It was garnished with a scoop of sweet and rich honeycomb ice cream, although it honestly needed nothing apart from a couple of spoons and a nap. Just the aroma of this pie set mouths watering.
Coppa Club in Putney was a casual joy. I look forward to perhaps a breakfast in the near future, or morning coffee would be nice, and this could be a resting nook after some winter retail therapy.
Sunday to Thursday – 9am till 11pm
Friday and Saturday – 9am till 11.30pm