Situated in the heart of Cobham village, Coppa Club Cobham has been open for just over a year. Spread over two floors, this eclectic, plant-filled space aims to offer something for everything, open for breakfast, brunch, and coffee, to intimate dinners, cocktails and signature Igloo experiences. The menu offers a whole host of European small plates, grilled mains and sourdough pizzas, so there’s something everybody will enjoy. The drinks menu serves a wide range of carefully chosen wines, beers and classic cocktails as well as new creations, so there’s plenty of choice for romantic dinner dates, bigger parties and quiet nights alike.
Coppa Cobham is home to many large plants, and its botanical feel is a nice touch, they work to separate the room into smaller areas. And as you’d expect, there’s a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, which together with the warm, dimmed lighting makes the restaurant feel cosy and festive.
A big draw for diners at the Coppa Club Cobham has to be the restaurant’s iconic outdoor igloos, which sadly, we didn’t get to experience this time around. We were sat towards the back of the restaurant near the fireplace. The ground floor is home to the main restaurant, central bar and relaxed lounge spaces.
What did we eat?
To start, the seared king prawns in garlic, lemon, chilli and parsley from the ‘Small Plates’ were simply delicious, and the melt-in-the-mouth buttermilk chicken with crunchy slaw and chilli mayo did not disappoint. I was left wishing we’d ordered a bigger selection of small plates, as the sprouting broccoli salad with toasted hazelnuts sounded out of this world. Our mains consisted of the sirloin steak with fries and truffle cream, and the sauteed tiger prawns with steamed rice in a fragrant green curry sauce with toasted coconut and coriander. The truffle fries were a real highlight, and the prawns were cooked to perfection. Dinner was washed down with a zesty (and very easy to drink) bottle of Italian Sauvignon Blanc, which paired well with the prawns.
For pudding, we had the flourless chocolate cake, which is up there with the best chocolate desserts I’ve ever tried. It had some orange pith on the top for a real Christmas taste. I’m also assured the sticky toffee pudding was to die for, I barely saw it in the bowl, so it must have been good!
Should you book for date night?
The main restaurant on the ground floor is a large, busy space that can get quite noisy if you’re after a quiet, romantic meal for two, but for those couples or bigger parties after a fun night with a bit of atmosphere, Coppa Club is a great choice. I can’t personally vouch for the igloos, (I’m sounding bitter now, right?! Ha!) but as romantic meals go, they’ve got to be up there as a great option.
I don’t think I’ll be queuing up to take my young kids in there anytime soon (my children can’t always be relied on to behave in public places), but I’ll definitely be back for more prawns and maybe a cocktail or two with some mummy friends.
A huge thank you to our waiter, a young man called Will, who was brilliant and at first, very unaware we were there for a review, so it goes to show how great the service really is.
Coppa Club first opened six years ago in Sonning as a space that combined all the best elements of a café, bar, restaurant and lounge into one. If you’re after a private members’ club experience, without the membership fees, with an informal, relaxed feel, it’s worth checking out. Since the opening, they’ve grown, with eight other locations across the UK, including Putney, Tower Bridge, Clifton Village, Henley-On-Thames, Maidenhead, Brighton, as well as Streatley-On-Thames and Sonning-On-Thames.