Fernandez & Wells has four locations, three of them located closely together at Soho. All serve great coffees but with different food to match. Beak street has fresh yet sweet milkshakes, Lexington street has ciabatta buns bigger than my mouth and plenty of delicious tapas and St Anne street has one of the best hams in London with great Spanish wine. Everything is very casual, though the packed crowd proves its unique selling point. Both St Anne street and Lexington street get jammed at lunch time. Beak street is busy all day long.
This post is all about Beak street!
Fernandez & Wells’s shop front wasn’t easy to identify, no sign or anything. I blindly walked pass the ‘tuna on ciabatta’ sign. If you watch closely, you’ll notice people enjoying their coffees through the shop window.
The compact space didn’t offer too many seats, around four tables or so. The seats facing the window were the most therapeutic, watching people pass by with their shopping bags while casually enjoying a cup of coffee. It’s a good life! Compared to the jam packed Flat White, I’ve always managed to get a seat straightaway. Save all the stress!
Flat white - £2.60
The flat white was milder than I preferred, but the milk was frothed perfectly. However, the latte art was not as beautiful as Foxcroft & Ginger.
Milkshake - £3.00
It was a refreshing milkshake, very easy to finish in one go. The watery texture differed dramatically to McDonalds’s smoothie like milkshake. I’d come back to this again!
Salmon sandwich - £5.50
Decent sandwich, but the bread was a little dry.
Sticky toffee, date and rosewater cake - £3.85
It was more a rosewater cake than sticky toffee. That bombing rosewater flavour was like eating a perfumed cake. Not super sweet like I imagined since the sticky toffee was only mildly detectable. I loved that top glaze layer with dotted dates, a great combination of sweet dates infused with rosewater. It was a delicious cake but needs more moisture.
Overall, I liked the coffee and food at Fernandez & Wells. The setting was casual and relaxing, just how a coffee shop is suppose to be. However, the flat white wasn’t as good as the nearby Flat White and Foxcroft & Ginger.