Review: Kathryn Lewsey
Just a stone’s throw away from lively Putney high street is where the latest Coppa Club location can be found. First starting back in 2015, Coppa Club’s first establishment was in the quaint Berkshire village, Sonning-on-Thames. Since then, they’ve gone on to open multiple venues at destinations including the likes of Tower Bridge, Brighton and Maidenhead.
Putney is the newest addition to the Coppa family and just like the others, it offers a laid-back but stylish venue where you can have a coffee catch-up, indulge in a delicious dinner or simply enjoy cocktails with friends.
We were lucky enough to be invited down to try out Coppa Club Putney’s menu and it didn’t disappoint.
Overlooking the River Thames, the venue includes a terrace for alfresco dining and three riverside igloos – a classic Coppa Club staple that guests can book as a place to eat and drink.
Along with a chic dining area, there’s also an informal lounge area complete with a roaring fire, vibrant-coloured furniture and a various mix of sofas, chairs and stools.
Inspired by the nautical setting, the whole place has been stylishly decorated with a theme of blues and greens running throughout. But despite its elegant decor, it still remains homely – there’s even a library snug that’s brimming with books.
Walking in on a rainy Wednesday evening, the warm, cosy feel was most welcomed. Greeted, we were led over to a table at the dining area which – if it wasn’t for the rain – would have Insta-worthy views of the river.
We were handed a drinks menu to browse which offered an extensive array of classic cocktails, delicious wine and the usual beers, spirits and soft drinks. Opting for a bottle of juicy red wine, it was brought over in minutes for us to enjoy.
Sipping on our vino, we browsed the food menu, our mouths watering at the selection of scrumptious dishes to choose from. Boasting fresh pastas and pizzas, yummy salads, plenty of small plates and gorgeous mains – there really is something for everyone.
Kicking things off with some starters, we chose the crispy fried squid, which was cooked perfectly and came accompanied by a spicy ponzu dip and sriracha mayo. We also tried the Scottish salmon ceviche, which came with capers and fresh bread – plus, seared king prawns that were flavoured with an irresistible combination of garlic, lemon, chilli and parsley.
With such an incredible beginning to the meal, we were excited to sample the main dishes. After plenty of deliberating over options like corn-fed chicken, grilled lemon sole and Devon crab linguine, all three of us chose the 10oz dry age sirloin steak.
The steak had an option of chimichurri or truffle cream sauce – two of us chose the truffle, which was absolutely delicious – while our dining partner said the vibrant chimichurri was superb. We all asked for our steaks to be medium-rare and they were cooked to perfection – tender, juicy and succulent. Grilled portobello mushrooms, skinny fries and crispy garlic potatoes all made for the perfect accompaniments.
And despite feeling pretty full, we couldn’t resist checking out the dessert menu. There were plenty of sweet treats that caught our eye, but in the end we chose a classic – sticky toffee pudding. Sharing two between the three of us, we dug into the moreish treacle pud which included a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream.
With our bellies full, it was time to go. The whole place had such a homely, welcoming vibe, that it felt like we were leaving a friend’s place rather than a London restaurant. But of course, your mates wouldn’t be as attentive as the staff here, who were professional, friendly and efficient.
Coppa Club really does tick all the boxes as a go-to place for various occasions and events. And with such a divine food and drink selection available, we know it won’t be long until we’re returning here for another memorable evening.