Established in the early 50’s, The Copper Kettle in Andover could be described as a local landmark. The popular eatery was taken over in 2013 by Paul Atkins and the business continues to enjoy success at the hands of the experienced chef.
We popped in for a spot of lunch on a warm and balmy September Saturday. Upon arrival we were greeted by a friendly and efficient waitress who politely offered a table upstairs away from the bustle of a busy downstairs seating area. The quiet bright and airy space was full of lovely little details and quirky nik naks all tied in with the Copper Kettle theme.
After being seated the waitress took our drinks order and gave us some time to peruse the extensive menu. The lunchtime menu is full delicious morsels to suit any appetite from a light snack to something more substantial to fill a hungrier tummy. There are a wide variety of dishes to delight as well as a specials board packed with mouth watering meals to choose from.
Following much deliberation my friend settled on the Open Prawn Sandwich for £5.95. She was delighted with the beautifully presented crustacean creation that promptly arrived. An ocean of plump prawns smothered in a creamy sauce served on sliced brown bread with crisp salad and wedges of citrus bursting lemon easily filled the tummy of a woman in training for a half-marathon.
My £7.95 Chicken, Fruit and Nut Salad was both generous in size and in value. A colourful mix of apple, juicy sultanas and walnuts on crunchy salad most definitely hit the spot, and although it arrived without dressing our helpful waitress was quick to return with some following my asking.
My daughter was given the children’s menu and (rather predictably!) picked the Chicken Nuggets and Chips with a side serving of beans £4.75. The nuggets were a resounding success crunchy on the outside and succulent in the middle and perfectly accompanied by light and fluffy chips.
When quizzed where the Copper Kettle ingredients came from our waitress proved knowledgeable and informed us that the fruit and vegetables were all sourced locally and the meat originated from Salisbury and Dorset.
Our waitress maintained a beautiful balance of attentiveness throughout the meal; we were never left waiting but also given the privacy to chat and eat in peace.
After finishing our mains we were politely provided with the dessert menu. We were told that the bread and butter pudding, crumbles, lemon drizzle cake and shortbread were made on site and the fantastic range of Gluten free cakes and desserts were provided by a local lady called Trudy Slade.
The glass cabinet crammed full of sweet treats proved too tempting and we all ordered dessert. My daughter chose a crumbly shortbread biscuit, but the sheer size meant part of it had to be taken home to be enjoyed later in the day.
I chose the strawberry Pavlova; a melt in the mouth meringue with a gooey middle, smothered in summery strawberries and drizzled with rich chocolate. My friend eyed my dessert enviously until her White Chocolate and Raspberry cheesecake arrived; the perfect balance of a crumbly buttery base and a smooth and decadent topping thankfully distracted her from my scrummy sweet. At £3.75 and with accompanying pouring or squirty cream both were great value for money.
The Copper Kettle proved the perfect place for a lovely relaxed lunch but has much more to offer. Paul and his team often run speciality Sunday lunches and also hire the upstairs space for intimate Christmas functions. The Copper Kettle also has a fully licensed bar.
For more details and prices give them a call 01264 351175 or pop in to sample the scrummy food on offer.