Cute little place, not too many seats, maybe 4 by the window and another 8 stools throughout. Menu is super simple, a selection of pre-made sandwiches on the counter (all look AMAZING), can get them cold/toasted and some cakes. Around 5 juice drinks and another 5 coffee options.
The sandwiches are seriously delicious. I tried two today, mine was a pork one and a bite of my friend's which was ham something. Both were soooooooooo good, two of the best sandwiches I can remember in.. I don't even know how long!! About 6-7quid for a rather smallish sandwich, but won't complain as it was definitely quality.
Many yummy places to eat in Soho but for sandwiches, this is so the one to go to!!
Wow. This coffee shop really is on the petite side. I am pretty sure that more space is devoted to cakes, sandwiches and coffee than to seating for customers. The seating that is there is doted around the cafe's walls barroom style and is usually full - a good sign!
The coffee itself is enjoyably dense and well made putting it among London's better cups. What really differentiate's this particular shop though is the quality of here sandwiches. These were stacked high when I last visited shortly before lunch. While they are not cheap (I think my beef with chimi chura on focaccia was north of £6) they are certainly delicious and I wolfed mine down contentedly.
The cakes are similarly excellent. One day, I am sure that I will tire of Portuguese custard tarts. However, if they remain to be as tasty as they are here, that will be a long time coming!
Hands down one of my favourite places to grab a sandwich in Soho. Fresh sandwiches on crunchy ciabatta rolls made daily; get there early - they run out fast.
The best ones are the manchego and parma ham, or the almost-famous chorizo with roasted peppers (the chorizo is fried for you when you order, so it's hot).
Worth noting that this is actually one of two shops, joined by the same kitchen underneath. The Beak street one has more space and seats, but there's a whole other shop in Lexington street round the corner. Space is limited inside that one, but I prefer it as it feels quieter and more intimate. Go early to grab seats at the bar. Perfect for a catch up with friends over a glass or two of wine.
Don't think of this as a coffee shop. Think of it as a coffee stand that happens to have a few seats... possibly. If you're lucky.
The first thing you'll notice about Fernandez & Wells is that it's tiny. Or you will if it's any popular time during the day when all the seats are taken, because there can't be more than 20 in the entire space, and even that might be generous. This entire shop is made up of the coffee bar, a few seats in the front, seats along the wall and a few seats in the back. And even the seats in the back are tiny, so it feels like you're sitting in a chair made for a three year old who's trying to sit at the grown-up table.
If you ask if there is a downstairs with more seating, you'll get a "we hear this all the time and the answer is no" look.
However, the second thing you'll notice is excellent coffee at an excellent price. I got a cappuccino and it was delicious. Rich, hot, sweet but not too sweet, really the perfect cup of coffee.
I had a meeting here, originally taking one of the tiny chairs in the back but switching to a normal person size when they opened up. The meeting was great, the coffee was delicious and I'll know next time to maybe take it to go and meet somewhere else.
I came here to meet a friend and I was very glad they chose this place. It's off the busy road, almost hiding away in a side street. It's a long narrow-ish space so don't be surprised if you don't get a seat around lunchtime.
The menu has cured meat sandwiches, cakes and coffees. My only hang up with my delicious chicken herb sandwich was that is was much too small. I wanted more. More, more! I'm quite greedy, I know. But don't give me something tasty and only expect me to have a handful of bites. Makes me sad. But with that said, after having a coffee I was satisfied. So there is something to be said for portion control.
Great place to visit for an early Saturday lunch.
Nothing says a good lunch like meat swinging in front of your face, am I right?!
Okay, well, let me back it up a little there. This is an adorable little deli with the most delicious sandwiches. And allow me to preface that description with admitting to my uber sandwich snobbery. It takes a lot to blow me away on the meat between bread front, but this place managed to do it. I ordered a salami and mortadella on ciabata and drenched that bad boy with super spicy mustard and wow, what a tasty treat!
But wait, there's more....
Not only did we get to feast on sammiches of deeelishousness, but we had lunch AND a show! Yes, oh yes, if you are lucky enough to cop a squat in the window, you will be front row to a literal London catwalk of fashion, attitude and even the average Joe. It made for some fun commentary and definitely paired well with the nibblies.
But wait, when do we get to the part with meat swinging in our faces, stephy?
Oh patience, dear readers. Patience. There are very large legs of cured meat hanging above the sitting area and if you stand up too fast you might just get a hoof in your head. Hey, you've been warned ;)
Definitely, check this place out though! Good and tasty times! :)
I'll admit, it was a bit strange eating my sandwich with curing meat perilously hanging inches above me, but I guess if one spontaneously fell and impaled my scull I would have died happy. (And probably would have been preserved forever.)
An array of simple sandwiches proved to be an embarrassingly tough lunch decision for me as they all looked so delicious. I could hear their little responsibly sourced voices calling my name.
As long as you're not looking for a private place to discuss super-secret buiz-nassties, pop in for a quick bite or a ginger beer with your friends or co-workers. I don't think you can go wrong.
My most recent dream was a trip to London to visit my beautiful family. What a joy! I'm very fortunate I got to spend a week in one of my favorite places in the planet with the people I love the most.
I adore, adore, adore London. I love how it has aged so gracefully. I love the adventure of walking on its vibrant streets. I utterly enjoy talking and interacting with some of the nicest people in the world. I can't get enough of looking around to see wonderful architecture, street art, squares and alleys, famous street stretches, fantastic stores, amazing museums and galleries.
"Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament!"
In London, I guarantee you'll walk and walk and walk and will always get somewhere interesting.
Of course, it is always a delight to try as many teas as you can while in this city. Still, we heard a rumor and it said Fernandez & Well pulls the best cup of coffee in London town. Being from Seattle, the word coffee sounds like the most delicate music to our ears.
Fernandez & Well has two locations, the deli and the coffee shop. Both are within steps from each other. We had lunch at the deli first (I'll be writing a glowing review about it soon). While in there, the kind owner recommended us to wrap up the experience by getting a cup of coffee in his coffee shop. He told us how proud he was of the coffee he serves (later, some one pointed out it's made off Monmouth Coffee in Borough Market grains). He also told us his coffee machine is from Seattle!
Located in a great area, only a few blocks away from Carnaby Street, this quaint little shop has great ambiance, and a display of sandwiches and cakes that will make your knees tremble. Decor is clean and simple, wood and whites all around, with the best accents, their products.
The Mister ordered his usual, an Americano. I ordered a Capuccino. We spent a few minutes trying to decide on a piece of cake to share (I was partial to the daily special, a plum coffee cake).
We ended up getting carrot cake, as the Mister prefers to be a bit more cautious with his dessert choices. Even though, it was out-of-this-world. Moist, silky to the fork and even more to the tongue, I shall say is one of the best I've ever had.
The cup of coffee I had at Fernandez & Wells is one of the top three I've had in my life. It was that rare kind you not only want to drink, but you also want to smell in and rub behind you ears like girls do with perfume. It was that kind of drink/food you need to try with all your senses.
It was unforgettable.
Also, they have an employee that looks EXACTLY like Justin Timberlake (I like him, especially in SNL) so I got all nervous, like a teenage groupie (because I thought it was him). And they have the tiniest, cutest toilet (or WC, hehehehe) in town. Even though it's a challenge to use, it's so cool and original you'll gladly take the chance.
Overall, the Fernandez & Wells experience made the London dream even better. We will be back.
¡Gracias mil, Fernandez & Wells!
Tucked away in Beak Street, Fernandez & Wells oozes class from the classy black decor of the shopfront through to its classic crockery
It's the perfect place to put your feet up after pounding the shopping miles on nearby Regent St or Carnaby St.
Being a non coffee drinker, I opted for the fresh squeezed orange juice but my friend confirmed that the coffee was top rate. The Portugese custard tart and afogato (top rate Italian ice cream drowned in expresso) proved very restorative to flagging energy levels.
If you fancy something more substantive to eat, their food shop is round the corner on Lexington St
£6.50 for two pieces of bread and one slice, just one slice of roast beef. The bread, focaccia, is delicious, but not worth the premium.
The Ham and cheese sandwich, at ~£6.00, was of better value. It had two slices of ham and one slice of cheese, with gerkins and, importantly, flavour. Again, the bread was delicious, on this sandwich it was a crusty roll, but not worth the premium.
The Chorizo was the only sandwich worthwhile, delicious bread filled to the brim with beautiful chorizo. There was no imagination to the sandwich though; it was simply bread and chorizo. That's it. Just those two ingredients.
Head to EAT down the road and pay £2 less for the same sandwiches, and the same quality. Or if you want the chorizo sandwich, go to Wholefoods, buy chorizo and a fresh roll and make yourself the same exact sandwich, but you'll have leftovers.
yes YES YEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS I screamed in almost orgasmic pleasure as i took my first bite of the sandwich id just bought. It was only in my head though so i wasn't promptly ejected from the premises.
This little threesome of cafes are nestled close together in the less touristy part of Soho, one is a deli, one appears to be a renovated wardrobe down an alley and the other is quite normal in its appearence. What they all have in common is delicious food with a southern european theme running through it.
Last time i was there i ate a sandwich with mortadello, proscuitto, salami, rocket and aioli!!! as a fan of cured meats life doesnt get much better than that. The Sandwiches are served on various crusty breads and they have a decent selection of fillings, however they dont make them from scratch in front of your eyes so arrive early to avoid the upset of not getting your favourite.
The coffee is good but occasionally variable in its quality (depending on who makes it i guess) however its never terrible and they dont get that look of fear in their eyes like a rabbit between the headlights when you order a flat white.
The prices are high but when the end product is so good im willing to take a hit on my wallet for a food high five in my belly.
Check it out for yourself and if you have a bit of room left over try one of the pastel de nata - to die for!!!!!
I've come here quite a few times, and as my reviews in London suggest, I'm looking for the ultimate coffee shop in London, having come here from Seattle.
The first couple times, the sandwiches though expensive are good, the coffee tasty and the environment, clean cut and industrial. However, the food is not as good as Foxcroft and Ginger, the coffee not as great as Monmouth and the atmosphere not as good as St. Ali's.
Recently, however, the service has gone from Aussie awesome to British boorish. I ordered a hot chocolate one of the times and was just told "I can't do a hot chocolate". No reason why, no apologies, just no, I can't do it. Other times, a down right sigh when grabbing a sandwich from the black slate display stones seemed to greet you.
All in all, I would have written a four star review based on the first couple times I've been here. Now, I'm giving this place 2 stars because as above, this place isn't the best at anything, and the service is now completely dumpy. I live around the corner, and am glad to walk to Foxcroft and Ginger on Berwick any day.
Good coffee, good food, cute staff, they have a loo (although it is like you're peeing in a farmers shed) and they have quite a bit of seating. All the makings of a great coffee place, but... these guys know what they are doing. They have a few coffee shops dotted around Soho and I'm pretty sure they make a killing from them. So this is why I'm not raving about this place like everyone else. You'd think they'd have done something a little special, like employee unicorns to grind the beans or something.
The coffee is fabulous. Dark, sexy, hot, served in a cup with a saucer... nice. It's worth the trip if you're a coffee connoisseur, you'll enjoy this place as much as all the other Fernandez & Wells. Personally I prefer the atmosphere of their espresso bar but, I'm a fuss pot.
Ohh, how I love this place. :) I'm from Seattle and an espresso geek and I can truly say that Fernandez & Wells pulls a fine shot. They pull a triple ristretto here, which means they use extra coffee and pull the shot short--taking only the sweetest part of the shot without the acidic flavor at the end of a typical extraction. The shot comes out a nice frothy brown instead of the bitter black you typically get. Give it a try. I go out of my way to stop in whenever I visit London.
Bonus points for atmosphere (unlike Flat White) and phenomenal sandwiches from next door.
By the way, if you're ever in Seattle, swing by Espresso Vivace, my benchmark.
These guys make a really tasty cup of coffee, and I'm a total sucker for a well executed rosetta, lovingly crafted atop my latte.
A point off for not having skimmed milk. I know, I know, the creamy stuff tastes better, blah blah blah, but my ass also looks better when it's slightly smaller, so can we come to some sort of compromise - the option of semi-skimmed perhaps? Hmmm?
Top quality meats and cheeses on amazing bread - this place is a deli-lover's delight...although with the quality comes the price.
As other yelpers have said before, it's not the place to go if you want to have a comfortable cafe laze on a Sunday. I strongly considered getting the sandwich to go and sitting on the many abandoned Soho curbs on Sunday afternoon...although I definitely rejected that option when I started thinking about WHAT was actually on the Soho curbs on a Sunday afternoon hm.
Great Monmouth coffee and great 'wiches, just don't expect huge amounts of room or noise to mask the inappropriate topics that you've been waiting to share with your friend!!! Many stares ensued, oopsies.
Also, if you're a heffer, consider getting two sandwiches. I ended up strolling over to the Japan Center and getting a bowl of ramen after my sandwich. Don't judge me.
This is an absolute gem of a coffee shop on the tucked away end of Beak Street. I met a friend for coffee here this morning and I can guarantee I will make a point of returning when I am next in central London.
The staff are really friendly and there is a lovely atmosphere - everybody in the cafe seems to know it and enjoy their time there. It looks like most of the people who come here are actors or in the creative industry so I felt right at home!
The range of cakes is wonderful and I was very naughty and indulged in the carrot cake although I swore I wouldn't I also had a mint tea which came in a glass with real mint leaves and made me feel a little less guilty about my cake.
The decor is simple - wooden seats and tables and I imagine if you came at lunch and wanted to sit in, this would be difficult as there isn't a huge amount of seating. Well worth a visit though if only for the carrot cake!
Working in Soho for a few blissful months while living in London gave me easy access to this divine little coffee house/sandwich bar. I have never looked forward to lunch in the way that I did when I knew a F&W sandwich was in my near future.
It's such a simple concept. Thanks to F&W the idea of less is more in the food world has never been so appealing - a few tasty sandwich varieties, a couple of sweet treats and some darn good coffee. If your favourite sandwich sells out, too bad. If there are no Portuguese tarts left, too bad. If you can't get a seat, too bad.
While occasionally I'd have to do a run to Pret when I couldn't get what I wanted at F&W, I kind of admired the 'treat em mean, keep em keen' simplicity of this little hole in the wall. It certainly kept me coming back long after I stopped working in Soho.
Fernandez & Wells is one of London's pioneering cafes in regards to good coffee. The baristas are obviously highly trained, as they pour the shots to perfection, and steam the milk to the right consistency and temperature.
The interior kind of reminds me of an Australian café. The minimalistic design and wooden seating, that seems to be designed for aesthetic pleasure rather than comfort, may have something to do with it. I think this is a good thing though as the vibe is wholesome. Sometimes comfortable seating, such as lounges, can give places a 'chain store' kind of feeling.
As well as doing a great coffee, Fernandez & Wells also has a selection of lovely cakes. Also, unlike a lot of gourmet coffee places, the tea they serve is of a high quality.
This place used to be part of my perfect work day when I worked this side of town. And I miss it: Go to Triyoga Soho for a lunchtime class, then swing via here to get the perfect takeout to eat in Golden Square with all the medya types.
The food and drinks are spot on. It is probably not worth going in if you are easily tempted as the cakes and snacks will drive you mad.
The sandwiches are fresh and use simply high quality ingredients.
The drinks (including coffees) are exceptional. And the chocolate milkshake I had this weekend was small, simple and elegant.
I just hope they continue expanding and keeping the quality so high.
You might think it's crazy that a girl who has been living in Spain would go to London for new year's eve and seek out... Spanish food. Well, call me crazy because that is exactly what I did.
Fernandez & Wells is excellent. It's a small place and perfect for an after dinner place to go for drinks (Spanish wine!) and tapas. It's substantial enough to fill you up, but it's rather expensive for what you get (hullo, it's London, of course it's expensive!). I wouldn't come here for dinner, but I would definitely come for drinks and tapas!
The coffee here is great. I dont normally eat the cakes and sandwiches, but when I have they have always been fresh and tasty. It has become a regular meeting point for myself and friends working around the area.
come here for an excellent coffee
The carrot-walnut cake with yummy, drizzly icing that reminded me of the maple bar glaze from pastry of my youth was sooooo moist and tasty, and, I think, under three quid for the slice.
For those that would like something between the size of a double macchiato and a flat white there's the 'stumpy', a 3-4oz. (I'm guessing?) glass of milky espresso joy. I think it may be akin to Climpson and Son's 'Gibraltar', for all you coffee aficionados out there.
We sat at a long, narrow bar just opposite the counter that, if we perched ourselves just so, gave us a view of both the store's front and display counter. I'm a sucker for chunks of wood and slabs of slate being used as devices to display one's wares. The set up of F&W is eye-appealing and just my speed, really.
One of these days I'll march myself around the corner to F&W's Wine Bar. Based on this first experience, I can only have fairly high hopes!
I had coffee at Fernandez and Wells today for the first time. Being new to London and not knowing my way around, I was walking around Soho after visiting Berwick Street Market and was willing myself to remember the address of this coffee bar (after reading such enthusiastic reviews), but I hadn't a clue. So it was serendipitous when I found myself on Beak Street and I spotted Fernandez and Wells. For a moment I wondered if it was the same place I'd read about as it was completely empty. But after tasting their coffee I was convinced it was indeed the very same.
Fernandez and Wells is small on space but huge on taste. My flat white was just the right strength, silky smooth and tasted great. I also had a piece of their apple and walnut cake, which was exquisite. All their cakes are freshly made daily I was told and they also do sandwiches, though there didn't appear to be a lot of variety.
A little on the pricey side and they don't take credit card payments unless your purchase over £5 and even then they won't accept all credit cards. But the coffee really is very good and the staff friendly, so I'll definitely be going back.
One of the very best places for a quality coffee in Central London.
This is a contemporary and airily designed "coffee bar", counterpart to the Fernandez & Wells "wine and lunch bar" around the corner.
Popular with the advertising/media types in the area, F&W has a lovely view in the front of the store down one of the streets in Soho. This is one little coffee shop that makes you feel like you are in London (that's a good thing as far as I'm concerned).
You know it's good, since they use Monmouth coffee, and I've seen the baristas from Monmouth in here. F&W has even been mentioned in Monocle magazine, a periodical which I hold in good regard.
- Very good coffee
- Very nice sandwiches
- Cakes to die for
- The toasted ham, cheese and tomato croissant is a favourite of mine for breakfast, but I have to cut down to once a week lest I die of a heart attack. :)
- Staff are attractive and friendly and usually seem to be happy working there (which adds to your enjoyment of the place).
- Location, central and in quite a trendy area at the moment.
- Pricey, probably twice as much as any other chain coffee shop. Still you are getting quality ingredients, so this is expected.
- Busy, so gets full, and it may take a while to get your coffee/ order.
Note: this is the coffee and cake shop, the main lunch place is round the corner on Lexington Street.
Friendly, if sometimes slow, service, they use Monmouth beans to create exceptional coffee. Their breakfast croissants and sandwiches are good too, and they've started doing porridge and sausage sandwiches.
Because snackage can be upmarket I believe that F&W are part-owned by Randolph Hodgson, the man behind Neal's Yard Dairy & husband to the woman behind Monmouth Coffee. That would make a lot of sense as Fernandez & Wells are as good as it gets when it comes to prime cheese-related sandwiches - the toasted buttery croissants are a particularly guilty delight - and a decent slug of Monmouth to wash it down.
Quality doesn't come cheap though, so if you're used to Subway prices, you'll be gasping in shock at a £5 buttie. Push the boat out though: if you've never had a toastie made with Poilane you're going to get blown away.
They say you get what you pay for. F&W confirms it. My favourite place for a top notch elevenses.
Were I religious, this would be my holy land. The iced lattes, my sacred wine. I've been to several locations in Soho, and each time the lattes have been exceptional. They have quality and consistency down to an art.
Popped in here for breakfast the other morning. Definitely just a breakfast place (as opposed to a brunch place) but worth the detour on my way to work. Fantastic coffee (Monmouth) and they can make a flat white. Staff were lovely and quite helpful. It wasn't busy at all while we were there (9.00 - 9.30am)
Food breakfast options weren't fantastic, but good enough if you're looking for a pastry or toast or porridge. Tried the ham, cheese and tomato croissant this time. Going to give the Porridge a go next time yes, I think we'll be back.
So, you've landed up in Soho, you're in need of some really good coffee (and possibly nibbles) plus you're willing to pay for what you get? Head on down to 73 Beak Street.
This busy little place will tick all the boxes and comes with great views down the street to boot - but the experience will cost.
Coffee = really good quality (Monmouth)
Food, pastries = delicious too (if a little limited in terms of choice)
Space = smallish with natural finishes and light
Its funny this, how if a place does the basic things right, it usually gets 4 stars, which is an indicator that the standards of cafes, particularly their coffee, are so low, that you just need to provide basics and you have an outstanding cafe in London
This is what Fernandez and Wells does - its nothing that special, basic rustic furniture. Newspapers available. Decent options on pastries etc and specialty coffee brewing - currently a custom blend from Has Bean in Stafford. The place is petite, it's toilet is in a cute little outhouse, the washing sink is next to customers seating - I like these little quirks.
In my view this place has two failures: a style issue; I think the uniforms are pretentious and out of sync with the customers and the food and drinks for sale - and having the [slightly smaller] 'stumpy' on the menu rather than a flatwhite strikes me as pointless and a bit cooler-than-thou.
Secondly, service and coffee were slightly wrong. I should be so ungrateful, but the coffee was rudely and firmly thwacked onto my table [more understandable in a rush] and my piccolo was too hot.
I am being picky, but while F&W has been adulated by Qypers and coffee people for some time and while it is a very good cafe, theres room for improvement.
i ducked in here yesterday in order to escape the rain. i always wanted to try their sandwiches, but they had already run out for the day, as it was 4 pm. instead, i had a bowl of veg soup, which was soothing, especially for the cold and dreary weather.
this place has got to have the tiniest toilet in town. i almost hit my head on the sink while using the facilities, so beware!
Truly great quality coffee. The baristas seem well trained. If you are not from the Antipodes you should try a flat white or a stumpy as a refreshing change from lattes and capps.
Also, you must try the natas, portuguese custard tarts, they are the best outside of Portugal.
Very very good. Enjoy.
P.S. Great place in the weekend to escape the shopping crowds. Visit in the hours before or after lunch.
Come here in the afternoon, strolling around with my boyfriend, looking for a nice place to have a coffee.
Very nice place, minimal, pale colors, not like every coffee chain in London.
Great espresso, I think the best I've had since I'm in London (5 months), rich, strong, not too long. Like a proper italian espresso.
We had a slice of carrot cake as well.
Amazing even is slightly different from the classic receipe it was delicious, rich, smooth but not too much.
It's a bit expensive (£ 2.20 for a coffee is much) but so good.
A couple of fault: the food is displaied on the desk, open, exposed to anybody sneeze, cough, hairs and dust. And I don't like at all the small corner where they clean cups and cutleries: it looks so dirthy, grey and untidy. It's such a shame in a so nice place!
By the way, I'll be bach.
As an american traveling in London, I try and 'go native' as much as I can. Lunch is always tricky in the UK when I'm looking for something good for one.
This little place was great. A very tasty unique ham and cheese sandwich (improving upon the odd-to-me shredded cheese) and an amazing banana cake.
The place is tiny, with bench seating great for sitting an watching the world go by.
Get the banana cake.
I should preface this review with the fact that I work just 200 yds away from Fernandez & Wells.
That said this is a true oasis of great food at very reasonable prices and best of all it's tucked away from the crowds of Oxford street.
As mentioned above it can take a little time for food to arrive during peak feeding times, but the drink is always served very quickly so do I care?
Cool, laid back, trendy. Made a great coffee. Big windows for people watching. What more do you need in a cafe?
A delightful little sandwich shop. I had the spicy churizo and it did not disappoint, also married that with a ginger beer which was super gingery. There isn't much seating, only bar stools and we had to duck under some hanging legs, but I think it added to the meaty experience. I like how they have all their sandwiches on display, it's pretty to look at and gets you in the mood (for lunch).
I love the vibe here. Just a great place to chill with the artsy feel of Soho. Great coffee and loved my lomo sandwich! I could sit at the window for hours on end just sucking it all in.
The coffee here is practically perfect. Sweet, roasted to perfection and leaves a great aftertaste. They only use whole milk (kudos to them) which makes that certain rich taste. It is by far my fave coffee in London.
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