Escape To The Country: Coppa Club & Great House Hotel

CCP45370Sonning has recently gained a lot of international attention for being the UK base of much-lauded human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. Her husband is a Hollywood actor you may have heard of.

Now it has another reason to gain attention. In a desirable spot right by the side of the Thames sits the Great House Hotel, and it’s all day dining companion the Coppa Club.

In establishing the Coppa Club at the Great House, owner Hugh Osmond has set out to bring a touch of Hoxton hip to this most tranquil of spots. And he’s succeeded. Stepping into the bar, and dining area on a busy Friday night last week, I was transported to week night Shoreditch.

But it’s no pale imitation. The atmosphere – warm, buzzy, the staff – friendly, knowledgable, the deco, and lighting – intimate but not squint-worthy all ensure that your enjoyment is genuine, and your every need is met.

The menu is all day, the emphasis being on Italian ingredients treated well, with a liberal sprinkling of clean eating to make you feel virtuous even when you’re indulging in your third delicious elderflower and passionfruit spritz.

Whole roast sea bass (£14.95), treated with minimal interference to allow its virtues to shine through, came with roasted cherry tomatoes, and side order of rustic potatoes – highly recommended by our bubbly waitress, and delicious.

DSC_9221The half a corn fed chicken (12.45 for half, £19.95 for full) was redolent of it’s cooking juices..lemony with a rosemary touch. Accompanied by a fresh slaw and skinny fries…it was a delight and a massive portion. Come hungry.

Just when we thought we couldn’t squeeze in another bite along comes the rhubarb pannacotta. And we were glad it did.

The menu is diverse enough to offer enough choice, but not so large that it spreads itself too thin. The same is true of the breakfast menu. My companion disappointed me by not indulging in the famed skillet English breakfast.

DSC_8871Only because I would have taken pleasure in picking from his plate…from what I’ve seen this dish is a picture. I was content with my kedgeree..which could have done with a little more seasoning but offered enough of a chilli kick to set me up for the day.

With the accommodation..directly opposite the restaurant, and reception (a little confusing for first timers)..look out for the details..quality linen, bathrooms you could eat from, and muted Farrow & Ball-esque colour schemes..calming, and classy.

It was unfortunate that we were not afforded better weather for our stay, as the views of the Thames from the restaurant are sublime..perfect for a little saunter to appreciate the natural beauty of this part of the world.

Easily accessible from M4, Great House Hotel and the Coppa Club has an onsite car park and is a 15-minute drive from Junction 10.

Coppa Club is approximately 1hr 15-minute drive from central London. There are regular train services to nearby Reading from London’s Paddington Station. Reading Station is only a 10-minute taxi ride.

Whether you want breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, to work or socialise, the Coppa Club has it all. It’s fresh, friendly and well worth escaping to, should you get the opportunity.

Claire Meadows

Great House Hotel & Coppa Club

Thames Street, Sonning-on-Thames

Berkshire, RG4 6UT

Contact Details: T: 0118 921 9890