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Coppa Club, Henley | Restaurant Review


I'd be lying if I told you that the interior design of a restaurant doesn't impact my decision on whether to eat there or not.  If I'm going to be spending money on food or drink, I want a nice, relaxed vibe; a fairly reasonable request, no?

With this in (my ever-so millennial) mind, on a hot summers day in August, I persuaded my mother to join me for lunch at Coppa Club in Henley-on-Thames.  Previously Strada, the restaurant changed to Coppa Club in March of this year, and let me start off by saying it is lovely!

   

My first impressions of Coppa Club was that, despite the lively atmosphere, it felt very laidback.  The restaurant was busy considering it was a weekday lunchtime, but the staff looked so at ease, chatting naturally with their tables, greeting customers as they walked in.  We were very quickly seated at a table by a window.  As much as the sofa's looked very inviting, I prefer a table and chair to eat a big meal, although with the muted tones and relaxed ambience, I could imagine sitting at one of their comfy armchairs, sipping coffee and writing a blog post or reading a book.

We had a quick peruse of the drinks menu; I ordered a White Sangria (Sauvignon blanc, peach liqueur, Sicilian lemonade, apple and strawberry) and Mum opted for a Peach Iced Tea.  When I'm on holiday, I love a Sangria, so I had high hopes and this cocktail did not disappoint.  It was maybe a little too easy to drink (I blame the Sicilian lemonade), but it was perfectly refreshing after a walk along the river in 30+ degree sunshine.


I am very much a sharer when it comes to food, hence why I love tapas, so we chose a few dishes from their Small Plates & Sharing menu.  It was a tough choice as it all sounded delicious, but we went for the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Courgette Fritti and Seared King Prawns, with a side of Truffle Fries and the House Salad.  They also have a decent selection of Burgers, Grills, Salad, Pizza and Pasta, something for everyone!

We didn't have to wait long for our food, and it was served beautifully on stunning blue and white crockery that reminded me of being on Menorca devouring a plate of seafood on a summers evening.


I LOVE truffle fries, I'm not sure what it is about them but they are so good and I could quite happily eat several portions on a daily basis.  One thing I am always worried about at restaurants is food not quite being hot enough, and having to scoff it so quickly for fear of it being cold in a few minutes, especially fries! But these were perfect and I was pretty content slowly enjoying my meal, without the worry of cold fries spoiling my happiness! The fries were cooked in truffle oil and sea salt, and served with Pecorino cheese. The only thing that could have improved the truffle fries would have been a second portion, one is never enough!

   

Served with chilli mayo and a squeeze of lime juice, I found it hard to snap a photo of the Buttermilk Fried Chicken without grabbing a piece first, as fried chicken is one of my all-time favourites.  I've not had fried chicken with chilli mayo before (I'm more of a hot fried chicken with blue cheese dip fan), but it was delicious - the chicken was crispy on the outside, but juicy on the inside, just how it should be and the combination of chilli and lime was perfect.  The portion size was quite big for a sharing plate, but we didn't have any trouble finishing it all!

The Seared King Prawns are served whole, so if you are not a fan of shelling prawns/seafood, these may not be for you.  But if you are happy to shell your own prawns, you should try these! Cooked in garlic, lemon, chilli and olive oil, and served on a piece of bread that had soaked in all the juices and flavours, the prawns were fresh and delicious.  Definitely don't let the bread go to waste, it is the perfect accompaniment to the prawns! 
 

   

Fried courgette seems to be a tough one for restaurants to get right; not enough coating and they have zero taste, or if the courgette is sliced too thinly, you end up just wasting time and precious calories on just seasoning. I loved that Coppa Club's Courgette Fritti were big pieces of courgette with a decent, yet not overwhelming, amount of coating.  They were served with paprika and aioli (a garlic and olive oil sauce with a mayonnaise consistency) and tasted amazing.

Lastly, we have the House salad.  I was so impressed with how a salad with so few components could be so delicious.  It was made up of (a lot of) lettuce, sliced avocado, toasted seeds (pretty sure there were some pumpkin seeds in there) and a vinaigrette.  I love a salad in the summer, and this was the perfect salad to accompany both our buttermilk fried chicken and our king prawns.

Of course I tried to get a little of everything on my plate!


Despite our full bellies, our waiter suggested we try the salted caramel ice-cream for pudding, and I couldn't resist a scoop of honeycomb too. The ice-cream was so good and the perfect dessert during the recent heatwave.  (Coppa Club's ice-cream is from Jude's, aka one of the best ice-cream brands ever, and you can buy a tub in Waitrose or Sainsburys for a sweet treat at home!)

Our bill came to just under £25.00 each with service charge, which we thought was very reasonable for the location and how much food we had eaten.  I loved my first dining experience at Coppa Club, and I hope to go back for Sunday brunch or maybe a burger or pizza soon! If you are looking for the perfect place to grab a cocktail and a bite to eat with friends, or a beautiful setting for a special occasion, I would recommend trying Coppa Club in Henley.  There are also lots of lovely little Boutique's in Henley too, so you could quite easily make a whole day of it!

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20 comments

  1. This place looks amazing! I'm the same the d├ęcor of a place can totally determine whether I eat there.
    Great Review!

    Lizzie Florence

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    1. Thanks Lizzie! Coppa Club is definitely interior goals, it's gorgeous! xx N

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  2. This looks like a lovely spot and £25 per head is reasonable. Your photos are great also, like the look of them. Great post, made me hungry!

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    1. My one goal with this post was to make someone hungry! Thanks for reading and commenting Gary! xx N

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  3. What a trendy looking cafe! All that food looks amazing! I also really like the plates and bowls they used. Very cool and stylish. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! This sounds like a place I'd like to try out for sure!

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    1. The bowls were so cool, I want some like that in my future home! Thanks for reading xx N

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  4. I completely agree with how you feel about the importance of great ambience in restaurants--it's not much to ask for! Great photos. Your White Sangria sounds fabulous--I will have to try that!

    Trace x | http://www.thefashioncollector.com

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    1. I think the ambience is key to a nice dining experience! It was delicious! Thanks for reading xx N

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  5. Wow, such a nice looking place! Reminds me of a home kitchen, and I love that it's a little rustic but still sophisticated. I'm also a big tapas fan and if the food is good then it's definitely the place for me haha!! I'll have to visit there someday.

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    1. Yes! Loved how it was stylish and sophisticated but retained that homely feel! Definitely visit when you can! Thanks for reading xx N

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  6. The food looks delicious ! Great post !
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  7. This sounds amazing! They way you've described it is everything, I mean it's currently close to midnight, and I'm ready to devour some tapas haha! This place sounds amazing, and the interior is beautiful too, definitely agree with you that it gives off a laidback vibe. Great post xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. Thank you Hannah! I cannot wait to go back! xx N

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  8. This looks so cute and aesthetically pleasing! I also love that despite looking so classy it had a relaxed vibe, that's my kind of place!

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Jas! It had the perfect vibe! xx N

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  9. What a great review, it has me wanting to visit the Coppa Club (which is impossible considering my location lol. A girl can dream). Your pictures are great! If those were just appetizers, I wonder what a full entree would look like. The plating of the food looks divine. I definitely agree, ambiance/environment definitely determines if I would eat at a restaurant. Thanks for sharing your experience Naomi!

    xx, Des | https://www.itsbetterinheels.com

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    1. Thank you Des! I'm hoping to go back soon for dinner to try one of their main courses soon! Thank you so much for reading and commenting! xx N

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  10. This looks like a lovely spot and one I hadn't heard of. Sounds like great value for money and the white sangria and truffle fries are right up my street. Thank you for sharing x

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  11. Oh my gosh the interior of this restaurant is absolutely beautiful. I'm also drawn to pretty decor and tend to judge places by their table settings! Your photos and editing style are so lovely.

    Milenka x
    Blushing Lately

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