On one of the hottest recorded bank holiday Monday’s in August we headed to Sonning’s Coppa Club to grab a spot of brunch. This weekend is always the weekend of Reading Festival and for the last two years we’ve made the mistake of heading to the train station to go to Goring or Pangbourne for a stroll along the river and lunch. However the station is filled with festival goers, who likely haven’t had a proper wash in a few days and look rather worse for wear. Having learned our lesson we steered clear of the station and went for a stroll along the Thames to Sonning instead.
Sonning-on-Thames is a small village, but you may have heard of it as it’s home to George and Amal Clooney. On the occasion you will get some famous people frequenting the local pub “The Bull Inn,” so keep your eyes peeled if you do visit.
About Coppa Club
Coppa Club is housed on the ground floor of a Grade II listed, former Elizabethan coaching inn. The interior is luxurious with fireplaces, velvet sofas, beautiful wooden tables and plenty of open space. Outside you’ll find a large garden and terrace that overlook the water. On a sunny day it’s the perfect place to chill out with friends.
Sonning-On-Thames however is not the only place that you’ll find Coppa Club. They’re also located at Tower Bridge, Oxford Circus and St.Paul’s in London.
What I ate at Coppa Club
Coppa Club’s all-day menu has a mix of burgers, salads, sourdough pizzas and healthy sides. It’s fairly extensive so you can mix and match to make a vegan meal. As it was bank holiday Monday they continued to offer their brunch menu which ranged from granola and fruit, to quinoa bowls, to avocado on toast. Again a lot of the dishes could be made vegan even if not indicated.
I had their Kale Toast with smashed avocado, slow cooked kale and sriracha sauce. It did originally come with eggs so i substituted those for field mushrooms. It was a small portion but perfect for brunch with a Pimm’s in hand. We also ordered some warm sourdough bread which I highly recommend as it comes warm in a paper bag and is absolutely delicious. Definitely order this if you make a visit.
For dessert they did have vegan strawberry and lemon sorbet, but I gave it a miss as I was still enjoying my Pimm’s. With the sun shining it was definitely a Pimm’s kind of day.
On a sunny summer’s day Coppa Club was a lovely place to sit, relax and grab a few rays. I almost felt like i’d been transported to Europe as we sat on the terrace surrounded by white and blue furnishings with a canopy overhead.
In front of the terrace was a lawn where people sat in deckchairs and chatted away whilst overlooking the water. It felt very social and relaxing.
In terms of food it was hit and miss. I enjoyed my kale on toast and would order it again, but it lacked something to make you go wow. The warm sourdough bread on the other hand was out of this world. I wish i’d ordered one to myself rather than sharing with the boyfriend. It was pillow soft and light. Just delectable.
If you’re looking for a place to stop on the Thames i’d recommend Coppa Club in Sonning. It has a great atmosphere and you can do a touch of celeb spotting, you never know you might be lucky and see the Clooneys!