Ever needed to escape the bustle of London for just a few days? Last weekend was a rather special one for me, my boyfriend and I were celebrating our fourth anniversary – which created the perfect excuse for us to escape the city and head out to the countryside.
The perk of living in London is that it’s only a short journey to the country – with running rivers and cosy cafes just an hour from the city centre. After searching for somewhere perfect to escape to, we came across the village of Sonning. Sonning is situated about an hour from London and sits along the winding Thames River. Sonning is pretty small in terms of villages, but is probably one of the most beautiful and relaxing locations that I have visited in the past few months.
We were staying the Great House Hotel, just along the riverside. Complete with easy access to both the high street and river walks, this hotel had it all! In the base of the hotel is well known restaurant The Coppa Club, most of us Lononders know this as ‘the restaurant with the cool outdoor pods’. During our stay we had booked in for an evening dinner and a late (rather lazy) breakfast.
After wandering around the beautiful countryside we headed down for dinner at around 8pm – the restaurant was busy, but not overly packed. After being shown to our seats we selected a celebratory cocktail and the gazed over the menu.
To start, a mixture of European styled light bites including Fried Gnocchi, Chicken Liver Pâtè on toast (served with a green tomato chutney), Sticky Chorizo Sausages and Crispy Fried Squid (with sriracha mayo and paprika). It was a tough choice deciding my favourite, but the warm, soft chorizo won me over – and for only £3.50 a dish – this really HAD to be the winner! Closely behind was the pâtè, with a generous portion size and great flavour.
For mains, I opted for the British Lamb Chops, while Jacob went for the Crab Linguine (I think he experienced some food envy when the lamb arrived). The lamb came served with a side of roasted potatoes and a caponata, pomegranate and mint sauce layered over half of the lamb. The lamb was served medium rare and was complimented perfectly by the well-paired sauce – which I also used to cover the remaining potatoes. Although, probably too full we opted for dessert and went for the Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake, which was served with an orangey crème fresh. Ending the meal with pear and ginger spritz, it was safe to say that I was more than looking forward to brunch!
I’m pretty sure that life doesn’t get better than waking up late on a Monday to a view of the Thames and the surrounding countryside, complimented beautifully by a fresh coffee and the sound of jazz on the radio. For brunch we were seated outdoors in the famous Coppa Club Pods – as requested, of course! And what a view this was, much the opposite to being seated by Tower Bridge, we enjoyed the sound of birds flying past, flowing water and wind gently blowing through the trees.
Starting off our blissful brunch we opted for two press juices (strawberry and mint to be precise), along with the Eggs Benedictserved on waffles and the Coppa Club’s Skillet Breakfast. All I can say is, once you’ve gone waffles there is no going back!
Our brunch was also accompanied by the largest side of avocado known to man, served with spring onions and chilli flakes – a recipe that I will now be replicating at home. If the waffles hadn’t of won me over, this avo would have! After spending around two hours in the pod, we were next headed down the river to digest!
I would highly recommend visiting the Coppa Club in Sonning for either a lazy breakfast or dinner, the service was speedy yet accurate, the staff were polite and knowledgeable and the site was truly beautiful! Sonning, we will be back!