A London summer can be glorious when the weather is right – you know that perfect sweet spot at around 25 degrees when it’s not too hot that it’s unbearable or so cold that it doesn’t even feel like summer. We also all know that it can be not quite so glorious…pouring with rain, muggy and sometimes just down right freezing. Well I’ve found a place where you can enjoy a summer time lunch whatever the weather. Coppa Club Tower Bridge is located right on the river…
With a beautiful south-facing terrace with a view over Thames opposite The Shard for when the weather is fine…
And a relaxed, modern interior for when it’s….ummm….grey and humid like today. Actually as it was fairly warm and not actually raining so either seating areas could be enjoyed. We sat inside the restaurant by the open doors of the terrace so that we could still feel the warmth of the sun on our skin and see the fantastic view. It’s a place that you can also visit any time too, with a breakfast menu served from 11.30am that becomes an all day menu. The brass bar at the centre of the restaurant is ideal if you’re just looking for somewhere for drinks.
A warm (ish) day called for summery dishes and we started by sharing some starters:
Juicy seared prawns with a punchy flavour of garlic and chilli and a light drizzle of olive oil on a crisp piece of toast.
Along with a good hunk of country bread topped with sweet fresh crab, a creamy yogurt balanced by piquant chilli, and lemon. Two starters which were just ideal for me. For main course there’s the choice of fairly simple grills, salads, pizza and pasta so I chose one of my absolute favourites:
A whole roasted sea bream stuffed with grilled courgettes; the fish itself was a tiny bit overcooked but the flavours were still deliciously fresh and the skin was crispy. I loved the accompaniment of a peppery cherry tomato salad mixed with fennel.
I love tomatoes so much that I even got another helping on the side, lightly dressed with olive oil and flavoured with basil.
My companion also really enjoyed her dish of sea trout on the palancha served with a citrusy fregola and fennel with an orange and chive dressing. I sampled some of the perfectly cooked fish and would definitely recommend it as another light choice for a muggy day.
To round things off, a rather glorious sticky toffee pudding with a crunchy smattering of honeycomb and scoop of vanilla ice cream melting into a pool of the hot toffee sauce.
The food at Coppa Club is uncomplicated but tasty and it’s the perfect place for a catch up…whatever the weather.
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Coppa Club Tower Bridge
3 Quays Walk
Lower Thames Street
020 7993 3827
My lunch was complimentary.
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