25 Jul 2013
FERNANDEZ & WELLS ST ANNE’S COURT
Fernandez and Wells St Anne’s Court is F & W’s Espresso Bar. Many great coffee houses shut up shop around 6pm so it’s a nice that there’s a place in Soho where you can get a quality shot of espresso late in the evening. Like in their other shops, they use Has Bean coffee and the particular blend I tried was one from El Salvador. I went for a macchiato, which was nice but not as good as I was expecting. After the friendly barista advised me that with this blend, adding milk might mask the flavour of the coffee a bit much, I decided to try an espresso. She was absolutely right as it worked a lot better!
As is the case with all F & W establishments, the food on offer looked fantastic and was coupled with a well stocked wine list. The design of the shop is smart and elegant, however its rectangular shape and small tables make it best suited to groups of no more than three. It’s the perfect place to bring a paper or book and get a bit of peace and quiet in such a busy part of London. I sat there on a sunny afternoon and the the exposed brick, stylish decor and large Spanish ham towards the entrance, together with the beaming sun made it feel as if I could be in Madrid.
The staff are very friendly and the coffee is good. However, this is one of the priciest places in London to get a shot of double espresso and doesn’t necessarily warrant the heavy price tag. I’ll definitely be coming back, but not too often.
Address: 16a St Anne’s Court, W1F 0BH, London.
Email and/or Twitter: firstname.lastname@example.org and https://twitter.com/fandwcoffee
Opening times: Monday-Friday 8am to 10pm & Saturday 12pm to 10pm.
Price of a double espresso: £2.40
Outdoor Seating (important for those tobacco lovers): A table and a few chairs