This is the biggest and most attractive of the thriving Fernandez & Wells mini-chain: four impressive rooms in the east wing of Somerset House, astutely set up for all-day grazing. Oversized geometric paintings by British artist David Tremlett occupy the full extent of the walls, while a long, cool bar made of York stone runs through the middle of the main café area. F&W’s menu flits easily between breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Meat is central: the ‘ham room’ is set up for carving slices of lomito ibérico, jamón de lampiño, or wild fennel Tuscan salami, while fat ham legs hang artfully from the wall (vegetarians, we should add, are still well catered for). Breakfast was simple and effective: two fried eggs sprinkled with za’atar, miniature morcilla sausages and two pieces of toasted sourdough. While the pain au chocolate was a little dry, a Portuguese pastel de nata had a rich custard filling and a sturdy yet flaky base.
Sandwiches overflow with fillings, including grilled chorizo and roasted pepper ciabatta, or aubergine, goat’s cheese and pesto in a brioche bun, but you’d be foolish to miss out on the cracking sausage roll, which had a coarse-ground filling and a hint of harissa.
|Venue name:||Fernandez & Wells||Contact:|
|Cross street:||Somerset House|
|Opening hours:||Open 8am-10pm Mon-Fri; 10am-10pm Sat; 10am-8pm Sun|
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Average User Rating
3.2 / 5
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I was surprised to read unfavourable reviews of this Cafe, having just had an enjoyable experience there this morning. The setting alone (nestled in a corner of Somerset House) warrants a visit, especially now with the Christmas ice rink going up. I haven't tried the food, however I think Fernandez & Wells offers some of the best tasting coffee London has to offer so grab a stool by one of the large, panoramic windows and enjoy watching the world go by (and ice skaters falling over.)
food was crap & the bar staff don't have a clue how to make a proper meat plate for god's sake! it took forever to get our meals. I've been several times over the years & the last time i went is the last time i'll ever go again.