Haslemere Coppa Club review: I dined in a secret Surrey igloo and it was a hidden gem – Laura Nightingale
When I heard that Coppa Club was opening a new site in Surrey I was immediately excited. I had been to the chain’s trendy restaurant in Cobham and Sonning and had an amazing experience on both occasions.
The Georgian Coppa Club opened in Haslemere in May after a week’s delay and I have to admit it’s amazing. Hidden behind a tall, bold white hotel building is a secret garden housing three magical dining pods.
The public can have their breakfast, lunch or dinner in the igloos, which are heated in winter and cool in summer. I booked an igloo for a meal with my husband on a Tuesday evening and we had a wonderful time.
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It wasn’t crowded and we had the lovely courtyard practically to ourselves. Located just behind the Georgian restaurant and hotel, it was like a hidden gem.
Haslemere is quietly located in the sticks of Surrey and you would never know there were igloos in the humble historic high street. It was a warm night when we visited, but there were cozy blankets in the back of our seats if we got cold.
Pods were an Instagrammer’s dream. They looked beautiful with artificial flowers on the ceiling, and the food and drink itself was just as lovely to photograph.
We started our dinner with a few drinks – an espresso Martini for me and a glass of chilled Gavi for Stu. They were brought in by a lovely waitress who was welcoming and genuinely passionate about working there.
When I looked at the menu, I wanted to eat it all. I really liked the food. There were plenty of fresh European dishes and I was spoiled for choice.
From fish and salads to burgers and sourdough pizzas, the plates sounded trendy, comforting and colorful. For starters, my husband opted for the Loch Duart salmon ceviche dipped in ponzu dressing and served with a warm, fluffy flatbread.
At 11 it was the most expensive starter on the menu, but it tasted divine. The fish had a subtle flavor and silky texture, and the bread was very moist.
I opted for one of the cheaper options; sprouting broccoli (£7.50). A huge salad bowl was placed in front of me, topped with crunchy toasted hazelnuts, sweet pomegranate gems and a super creamy and rich tahini vinaigrette. I felt so healthy eating it.
The service was excellent and we didn’t have to wait long for our main courses to arrive. Stu ordered the 7oz dry-aged steak (£31) with grilled portobello mushrooms, skinny fries and pepper sauce (an extra £3). You can choose roast potatoes instead if you wish.
He liked the seasoning of the juicy piece of meat and the salty taste of the warm, chewy fries, but he felt the portion was rather small. Considering it cost just over thirty pounds and was the most expensive item on the menu, he expected more chips, a bigger mushroom and a few more salad leaves than just a few leaves to garnish the plate. He also felt that his steak was slightly overcooked.
That said, he had fun. He was jealous of the size of my main course and ended up stealing a few portions of rice from me. I went full vegan and opted for the spiced roasted cauliflower with super fluffy steamed rice, pomegranate nuggets and tahini sauce.
It was the cheapest dish at only 14 and the portion was very generous. The whole cauliflower head had the tastiest crispy coating and the rice mound wouldn’t go away. I ordered a side house salad (£5) in case my main course didn’t fill me up, but I barely touched the dressed leaves.
Overall we had a fabulous time. It was an enchanting and romantic setting and the perfect place for a dinner under the stars.
- To book a table: The Georgian, High Street, Haslemere, GU27 2JY. Tel: 01428 771027.
Opening time: Monday to Thursday 7:30am-9:30pm, Friday 7:30am-10pm, Saturday 8am-10pm and Sunday 8am-9pm.
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