The first I learned of this place was sitting in my Wellington hotel room, flicking through a travel mag in between marathon eating events as part of Wellington On A Plate 2010. The article I read was brief, just a couple of sentences describing a hip little coffee house in London's Soho. I tore the page out and kept it for future reference. Who would have thought I'd be sitting there two months later?
Walking through Soho trying to find this place as a non-local wasn't overly challenging and once we did we were a little confused as we took a seat at the window bench. The queue of people at the counter clearly worked nearby yet most of them had Aussie or Kiwi accents. Blimey, they're everywhere! We were here for a quick caffeine fix and perhaps one of those sweet little things laid out on the wooden butchers blocks on the main counter. I wished I was hungry as the selection of savouries also on the counter ranged from filled croissants to rustic sambo's.
The piccolo latte comes dressed as a flat white and the macchiato is an absolute giver of life, packed with grunt. Good lord. Are we actually in London, with coffee like this? How things have changed. I'm guessing this is why there's a queue of Aussie & Kiwi expats ordering takeaway's.
We couldn't help ourselves with a couple of the sweets to match our Monmouth coffees and settle on the good old Portuguese nata (£1.85) and the most incredibly moist and zingy lemon & almond drizzle cake (£2.9). I could easily sit here all morning and order seconds and thirds but there was a town to explore.
Leaving the cafe we stuck our heads around the corner and found another Fernandez & Wells on Lexington Street. This is the Food & Wine Bar outlet offering tapa's style snacks and pasta's and we're quick to learn another Fernandez & Wells Espresso Bar is just a hop, skip and jump away in St Anne's Court.
Geez they're a spoilt lot here in Soho.Fernandez & Wells73 Beak StreetSoho W1F 9AL020 7287 8124Mon-Fri 7.30am-6pmSat 9am-6pmSun 10am-6pmfernandezandwells.com