Fernandez & Wells
On the lower east side of Exhibition Road, just a stone’s throw from the South Ken tube, you’ll find Fernandez & Wells.From early morning until 11pm at night you’ll find a selection of great coffee, teas, sandwiches and cakes along with bread, cheese, charcuterie and wine – all of which can be tasted and purchased to take home.
A love of great coffee is how owners, Jorge and Rick, first came together in the Monmouth Coffee shop in Covent Garden in 2006. The single-origin beans for all F&W’s espresso-based coffees are supplied and roasted by Has Bean Coffee in Stafford. The blend is selected by F&W and changes seasonally.
One curiosity of the F&W coffee range is the Stumpy. The Stumpy was born in the café at Beak Street, not long after it opened in 2007. A penchant for drinking coffee in small glasses by JF and Jack Coleman (now of Coleman Coffee Roasters), to make a kind of mini-flat white, led to the term ‘stumpy’ being adopted. The glass is a Duralex Gigogne 5.5oz and the name Stumpy, where related to coffee, is trademarked by F&W.
F&W espresso blend beans are available to buy in all the shops and can be ground to order. They also have filter coffee, made from the same high quality single-origin beans, that change on a regular basis.
Creating original ideas behind sandwiches at F&W was simply to use their core products, the cured meats and cheeses along with the sourdough bread. While there are perennial favourites (the Grilled Chorizo, the Ham Cheese & Piccalilli, the Black Pudding with Egg mayo) they are always seeking interesting new combinations without getting too fancy.
Room hire also available for events or parties.