Friday, 11 March 2011

Fernandez & Wells

I love London, there are still so many establishments on my wish list. Regular restaurant openings mean that list continues to grow rather than diminish each week. It's really very exciting and I find eating out is still the thing I enjoy spending the majority of my weekly pay on. Other expenditures just mean less ready cash for dinners out.

The abundance of places to dine at in Soho has meant it's taken me an age to get to Fernandez & Wells but I recently lunched at their espresso bar. Very good it was too. I had a chorizo and tomato stew with bread.

It was a massive bowlful with a generous hunk of baguette. I actually couldn't finish it.

The array of sandwiches, baguettes, buns, salads and pastries is really impressive. Everything is inviting, it's tough to choose. It's only a smidge more than you'll pay for a pret/eat type lunch and infinitely more satisfying. The toasted egg, prosciutto and watercress ciabatta was also a hit.

They serve meat and cheese platters, are open evenings here and at the larger restaurant on Lexington, or there's the cafe on Beak serving breakfast and lunch. Something for everyone and is a real gem to have close to work.

Fernandez & Wells Espresso Bar
16a St Anne's Court
Soho, W1

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Lizzie said...

I am a huge fan of F&W but had a chicken tomatoey stew from them recently and it was pretty disappointing. Overly sour, chicken was sparse and it was ultimately very unsatisfying. I think I'll stick to their mega sandwiches instead.

Gourmet Chick said...

F&W is such a good stand by in Soho - love it. Especially the sandwiches.

Anonymous said...

I think it is pretty overpriced, the sandwiches are particularly small ... the coffee is smaller than elsewhere too.

I don't mind the place but I don't think the quality of food makes up for the prices!

Hanna @ Swedish Meatball said...

This looks great! I've never actually eaten at Fernandez & Wells, only had their coffee, which I love.

And I agree on the spending money on food vs other things - increasingly, I'm walking around in jeans with holes in because I can't bear the thought of spending precious 'restaurant money' on new clothes...

Boo said...

Lizzie - shame, sticking to the sandwiches sounds like the best bet, I loved the stew I had though.

GC - F&W ftw!

Hanna - haha! I love clothes shopping but eating out wins every time!

_aki said...

One of the most reliable sources for lunch in Soho.
Try their new lomo sandwich (Spanish riff on pork), awesome.
Also the Portuguese pastries Pasteis de Nata are excellent.
Their ice coffee is terrific as well.
I could go on all day long praising them... :-)