Restaurant Review: Coppa Club, Putney
The latest branch of Coppa Club has opened in Putney – here’s what to expect
Review: Coppa Club, Putney
Igloo dining has gained traction over the past few years, with bars and restaurants across the country jumping aboard the bubble trend. One of the pioneers, though, was the Coppa Club group, which opened its first venue back in 2015 in the Berkshire countryside. A flurry of London venues followed, including one in Tower Bridge, which saw the arrival of a series of twinkling riverside domes. Coppa Club became known for its Instagram-famous igloos, which are given a makeover every season – and are a constant sell out.
You’ll find the latest addition to the collection on another part of the Thames, in Putney. Naturally, the igloos are the best seat in the house, decked out with festive splendour and boasting riverside views. Yet the indoor area has a cosy feel to it too. Its design takes inspiration from the area’s boating heritage, with blue and green hues and low-level lighting creating a lounge-like atmosphere. It’s a large restaurant with a variety of different types of seating, including a library snug area perfect for intimate meet-ups, which also serves as an all-day workspace complete with a fireplace and decorative bookcases.
The menu features a mix of British and Mediterranean classics. Begin with some nibbles, such as the parmesan croquettes or zucchini fritti, served with a chilli yoghurt. For starters, the arancini is a must: crispy rice balls with a gooey mozzarella centre, flavoured with oregano. There’s also a creamy burrata dish jazzed up with candied walnuts and drizzled in olive oil, plus buttermilk fried chicken and seared king prawns with garlic and parsley.
For mains, choose between a selection of grills, pastas and sourdough pizzas. If you’re after something light and fresh, go for the lemon sole, served with peperonata, salsa verde and caper berries. Pasta highlights, meanwhile, include a spicy ‘nduja and pork pappardelle, and an indulgent truffle mafaldine. Finish things off on a sweet note with a classic sticky toffee pudding, which comes with crushed honeycomb and vanilla ice cream, or opt for the flourless chocolate cake topped with caramelised white chocolate and coconut yoghurt.
If you’re lucky enough to be in an igloo, there’s a separate menu available featuring seasonal dishes like a truffled wagyu burger, a halibut kiev served with Swiss chard and a warm chocolate fondant.
Wherever you’re sitting, be sure to explore the cocktail menu. The Garden Spritz is a botanical gin tipple mixed with elderflower cordial, grapefruit and lemon; while the Tiramisu Martini makes the perfect dessert drink, made with rum, white chocolate liqueur and espresso. There’s also a wide selection of wines and beers.
While the igloos give Coppa Club its Instagram credits, they’re not the only reason to visit this cheerful restaurant. The Putney branch has a relaxed, buzzy vibe, perfect for affordable Friday night dinners with friends – and anywhere with riverside views gets our vote.
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