Review: The Georgian Coppa Club
The Georgian House Hotel in Haslemere has reincarnated as The Georgian Coppa Club - a large and loungey all-day venue that's perfect for long lingerings over coffee, cocktails or long lunches. And, there are rooms too!
The Georgian House Hotel in Haslemere has reincarnated as The Georgian Coppa Club – a large and loungey all-day venue that’s perfect for long lingerings over coffee, cocktails or long lunches. And, there are rooms too!
The Coppa Club has taken over what was formerly The Georgian House Hotel in Haslemere – and after few nips and tucks is now open for business. It’s been a bumpy few years for the landmark Grade II-listed hotel, which went into administration twice in three years, was then taken over by a consortium of five local families and later sold to a private company.
But it’s the Coppa Club who are riding in to save the day, creating a 10th restaurant for the Coppa Club family – and the second in Surrey after the opening of The Coppa Club in Cobham last year. The Georgian Coppa Club will be the third Coppa hotel (alongside hotels in Sonning and Streatley in Berkshire), offering 13 boutique bedrooms.
The Georgian Coppa Club is on the High Street in Haslemere – a super pretty market town close to the Surrey borders of Hants and Sussex. Parking is fairly straightforward – the Chestnut Avenue car park is behind the hotel, and has an access gate – and there are always plenty of spaces. If you’re staying the night at The Georgian, there’s parking at the hotel.
Designed to give off a private members club vibe, but without the membership, the Coppa Club seem to have their business model pretty well sussed. Rather than simply offering a restaurant and bar for dining and drinks, the Coppa Club wants to encourage patrons to linger for longer, whether that be over a coffee or cocktail, or tucked away in a corner with your laptop.
It’s quite the tardis once you’re inside with lots of charming nooks and crannies. As well as a bright bar, and a gorgeous restaurant space which opens onto an outdoor terrace and garden, there are several lounges, each one flowing into the next, plus two private dining rooms. The terrace has been cleverly designed with a retractible roof, and yes, you’ll find the Coppa Club’s iconic igloos in the garden too.
Decor is plush and luxurious – velvet upholstery, feature fireplaces, statement lampshades in abundance, geometric-patterned flooring and greenery galore. Apparently the building’s Georgian and Tudor heritage has inspired the design, while also introducing modern touches. And whether you’re after an intimate booth, banquet-style seating for a group, a terrace table for tow, or a cosy armchair – you’re pretty much guaranteed to find it.
SCOFF & QUAFF
Billed as ‘thoughtful, unfussy, European food’, the all-day menu is extensive but has handily been broken down into bite-sized sections (geddit!) – which includes Nibbles, Small Plates and Sharing, Mains and Grills, Fresh Pasta, Sourdough Pizza, Salads and Bowls and Sides.
There’s a separate Celebrations Menu offering a curated selection of two courses for £27 or three courses for £34.
I visited on a sunny summer’s day for lunch on the terrace and started with a sundried tomato arancini and the crispy fried squid – which I shared with Mr M. Both dishes were light on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside.
Moving on to mains, it was the sea trout a la plancha with freekeh and watercress for me and a roasted halibut fillet with a chickpea and green harissa stew for Mr M. The sea trout was gorgeous, perfectly accompanied by the freekeh, and Mr M seemed happy with his halibut.
We ordered a bottle of the house rosé – a Grenache Rosé – but it had sold out so opted instead for a bottle of the Château Minuty. A happy accident because the Minuty was divine and went really well with both fish dishes.
I probably didn’t need pudding, but I’ve never been one to turn down a sweet and ended the meal with a delightful Basque cheesecake while Mr M had a crème brûlée.
I didn’t quite make it to the cocktails – next time! – but worth knowing there’s a fab cocktail menu.
There are 13 boutique bedrooms here, and while I didn’t glimpse the bedrooms, I’m told they’re done out in a calm, neutral colour palette with daubs of colour in the accessories. Bedding is luxurious and there are rainshowers in each of the ensuite bathrooms.
Families are welcome here and there’s a dedicated kids’ menu for the small people that includes things like crispy squid (£3.50) for starters, and Margherita pizza (£5), grilled fish (£6) and beef burger (£6.50) for mains
OUT & ABOUT
Haslemere is a lovely town packed with independent stores – so if you’re visiting during the day it’s worth a wander around. There’s also the Haslemere Museum which has three large permanent galleries and two temporary exhibition rooms, plus a library and archive – and is free to visit.
Haslemere is in prime National Trust territory – Swan Barn Farm is 50 metres from the High Street, opposite the The Georgian Coppa Club, a hidden gem that offers a lovely walks through fields and woodlands.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Mid-priced, crowd-pleasing food in a loungey environment. The private dining rooms are be ideal for a special family gathering or a party with friends. Perfect for leisurely brunching or cocktails at the bar, a shopping pit stop, a casual work meeting or a place to work while grazing.
Not for: The crowd-pleasing food might not suit those seeking a fine dining experience.
The damage: Starters £7-£11; mains and grills £14-£25 (£31.50 for a 7oz fillet steak); pasta £8-£22.50; pizza £10.50-£16; salads £9.50-£14.