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Coppa Club Tower Bridge:
There are places to eat where the view just takes over. Finding one of those places with excellent food too makes it something of a treasure. A recent lunch at Coppa Club, Tower Bridge, was just such an occasion. Of course, we were lucky that it was warm enough on this early Autumn Sunday, though there’s plenty of space inside Coppa Club at Tower Bridge and I see the terrace now has some fabulous igloos – so you can still sit outside in comfort. It was JUST about ok to sit on the terrace, perhaps the last al-fresco of the year?
We started with a cocktail each – for me an aperol spritz, while my companion chose a non-alcoholic orange and passion fruit cooler.
Trying our best to save space for desserts we decided to skip starters and instead share a couple of plates of nibbles (each priced at £2.95). I particularly liked the sticky chorizo sausages, which were very morish, although I’m not sure they were saving me the calories I’d hoped for. Still, perhaps that was balanced out by the green Castelvetrano olives.
My main of Trout on the Plancha (£12.95) came with shaved fennel, lemony fregola and an orange and chive dressing. Simple food, well presented and well cooked. Actually exactly what I was looking for on a Sunday lunchtime.
My companion’s Spinach, feta and red onion pastilla (£10.95) was perhaps a little less spicy than we’d expected, but nevertheless went down very well.
We ordered a portion of skinny fries and a tomato and basil salad to share. While it would be good to imagine that skinny fries were low calorie, I strongly suspect the skinny refers to the cut of the potato. And this was a generous portion at £2.95.
Those calories we saved with the skinny fries and the nibbles instead of starters were quickly spent on dessert. My flourless chocolate cake was a real winner, with a lovely taste of dark chocolate and orange.
My companion’s lemon and ricotta cheesecake was less successful. Using ricotta in a dessert means you need to double or even triple sieve the mixture to ensure it is smooth and here it was just a little lumpy. But the flavour balance was good and the dark cherry topping very pleasant.
All in, we loved the atmosphere at Coppa Club and thought the food, while not exceptional, was well cooked and presented. If you are looking for a friendly destination, with good portion sizes and reasonable prices then Coppa Club is a good bet.
And, I now want to go back and try the igloos…which can’t be booked but are available on a first come first served basis.
3 Three Quays Walk,
Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6AH