I love it when blog opportunitiescome my way that I can share with friends and family, and I also love treating my super lovely, special, mum. So when I got the chance to review the Coppa Club Igloos in Sonning –it was the perfect chance to take my mum out for some pre Mother’s Day treating. Coppa Club is part of The Great House at Sonning,which is located just down the road from us in Sonning (aka George Clooneys village), however they also have other sites in Tower Bridge, St Pauls and Henley.
I’ve been to The Great House before for a private dining media event, however I’ve not yet had the chance to visit the Coppa Club and it was gorgeous, I can’t stop raving about it to everyone.
The igloos are perfect for a romantic date night, a girly brunch, family catch ups, and pretty much every occasion. I love how they offer the private dining vibe, all whilst being situated outside in the garden alongside the lovely river. Talk about a location! I love how they’re a slight novelty but also just a great idea. Our booking was for lunch and although it was pretty disgusting weather outside – grey, rainy and windy, being tucked up inside our igloo was pretty cosy, and hearing the rain come down was pretty lovely. It sort of felt like we were camping! The igloos themselves are technically free too book, you normally just need to pay a deposit; which for your own private dining pod on the river – is a steal of a deal, and something I will definitely look into doing again in the summer with my gal pals for brunch.
We decided to start off our little igloo mummy/daughter lunch date with a couple of cocktails, because why not. I went for the Passionfruit & Elderflower Spritz (Elderflower Liqueur, passionfruit & prosecco) for £7.95 and my mum tried out the Coconut & Ginger Mai Tai (Koko Kanu rum, Havana 7yr rum, Kings Ginger, lime, orgeat syrup, chocolate bitters) for £8.45. All their cocktails are pretty reasonably priced around the £6-9 mark. They were both really refreshing and zingy, and I could easily have knocked back a few glasses of mine, but we both opted for a glass of wine with our mains instead. Which also went down a treat.
To start with we picked a few items off of the Small Plates & Sharing Menu and we went for the Courgette Fritti (£4.95) which came with a delicious paprika & aïoli dip, and the Crispy Fried Squid (£6.95)which came with a sriracha mayo & paprika. My mum found the sriracha a little too spicy for her, but we loved the paprika aioli dip that came with my courgette fritti. Both were super yummy and we really loved the plates and bowls they were served on – can’t beat a bit of blue kitchenware. Am I showing my age yet…. It also might be a small weird thing, but I really loved that the bottled water came in a cute Coppa Club branded bottle. It’s the small touches like this that really add to an overall image and experience though.
For my main I chose the Vegan Burger (£12.95), but added Halloumi (duh). NOT so vegan! But very vegetarian, and delicious. The burger was made with a beetroot, quinoa, chick pea & coriander filling and was served sandwiched between a soft glazed bun, flash pickled cucumbers (actual heaven) & skinny fries. However I chose to switch the skinny fries for the Miso Glazed Aubergine(£3.45) in an attempt to healthy-fy our treat lunch, and omg what a swap. I often swap fries for veg when they come with a burger otherwise I literally can’t fit it all in my belly, but normally it’s pretty standard veg on offer, or a salad. But the Miso Aubergines were amazing. They came perfectly seasoned with ginger, garlic & sesame seeds and went perfectly with the vegan burger.
My mum had the 8oz British Flash Steak with skinny fries, which was a bargain for £12.95. The flash steak was a thin steak that had been cooked in a flash on either side, leaving the steak to be a perfect medium-rare, my mums favourite! She also copied me and got a side of the aubergine too, what can I say….
My mum and I had a lovely lunch at the Coppa Club and we are already planning our next visit as it is only 13 minutes from where we live! We’re already planning a family meal, summer cocktails and more. How do you like to treat the special people in your life?