An exciting moment

The arrival of our new aprons at F&W – direct from the Stanley & Sons Apron & Bag Company in New York. We have the narrow width selvage duck cloth & the hickory stripe, both with leather straps and snaps. Great quality and built to last…

St Anne’s Court

Almost a month since the much-loved, awkward third child of F&W, closed it’s curious sliding door for the last time. After 5 years of trading from 16a, a former training shoe store, it makes way for the latest F&W addition in nearby Denmark Street.

From the St Anne’s archives – a fresh faced Phil stationed at the old Marzocco – a combination which, on their day produced some of the best F&W coffees ever.

Who We Are

Fernandez & Wells was founded by us (Jorge Fernandez and Rick Wells) in 2006, the result of a meeting in a coffee shop. At the time Jorge was manager at the Monmouth Coffee Company while Rick, a journalist with the BBC, was a regular customer. The vision was (and is) to provide a simple menu of the best food and drink products we can find and serve them in a space that is both beautiful and welcoming.

After six months walking the streets, we settled on a shop in Soho, 43 Lexington Street, an unoccupied former boutique on the ground floor and basement of an early 18th-century townhouse. With the help of architect and friend William Tozer, the aim was to create a food and wine bar with the feel of a continental market stall.

Two months later, a newsagent came up for sale around the corner in Beak Street, in a similar Georgian building with a wonderful Soho street view from the front window. Taking this on enabled us to complete the F&W offer with some excellent coffee, sandwiches and cake.

When asked, our inspiration comes from the shepherd’s knapsack. The core products – cured meats, farmhouse cheese, sourdough bread and cakes, coffee and European wines – are chosen for their authenticity and great flavour.

The style is rustic and wholesome but in a setting that is definitely urban and contemporary.

From these Soho roots, branches have grown and we now have 5 shops in central London. The idea of this Journal is to record the continuing F&W story, our products, people and buildings.

This was the week of La Feria, the annual horse fair, which is an excuse to party and drink a lot of sherry – as well as put on all your flamenco finery.

Pictures from a trip to Jerez in May and the cellars of one of the best boutique bodegas, Fernando de Castilla. Some delicious sherries and generous hospitality from the MD Jan Petterson (also a keen fisherman!)

Pictures from a trip to Jerez in May and the cellars of one of the best boutique bodegas, Fernando de Castilla. Some delicious sherries and generous hospitality from the MD Jan Petterson (also a keen fisherman!)

Pictures from a trip to Jerez in May and the cellars of one of the best boutique bodegas, Fernando de Castilla. Some delicious sherries and generous hospitality from the MD Jan Petterson (also a keen fisherman!)

A summer’s evening in La Part des Anges, a newish little restaurant in Chinon, with a bottle of Fiona Beeston’s Perfectly Drinkable.. a tribute to her Dad who has a tendency to give that ‘label’ to wines he approves of! Satisfactory all round…

So here it is, first samples in bottle arrived in London, along with a bottle of ‘vin de presse’ which has been described as ‘wonderfully quaffable’

Very exciting to taste the first ever vintage of the ‘Eminence Grise’ 2011, from barrel in the ‘cave’ just behind the house (due to be bottled in late autumn). Early days but shows great promise..!

Was very sorry to have missed going down for the recent ‘vendange’, the 2012, just last Saturday 20th.

Very exciting to taste the first ever vintage of the ‘Eminence Grise’ 2011, from barrel in the ‘cave’ just behind the house (due to be bottled in late autumn). Early days but shows great promise..!

Was very sorry to have missed going down for the recent ‘vendange’, the 2012, just last Saturday 20th.

Very exciting to taste the first ever vintage of the ‘Eminence Grise’ 2011, from barrel in the ‘cave’ just behind the house (due to be bottled in late autumn). Early days but shows great promise..!

Was very sorry to have missed going down for the recent ‘vendange’, the 2012, just last Saturday 20th.

Staying with friend Fiona Beeston at Clos des Capucins – the view of the old town, the Chateau and the River Vienne is just spectacular. In fact was tempted with an early morning swim..!

Flashback to early summer and a visit to the loveliest vineyard in Chinon.

Flashback to early summer and a visit to the loveliest vineyard in Chinon.