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Fresh Jamon on London’s ‘Tin Pan Alley’

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a wide selection of sandwiches and cakes (that’s Samantha in the background!)

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mozzarella, tomato, spinach, & prosciutto on brioche goodness

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aubergine and spinach sandwich

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a Monmouth cappuccino

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lemon semolina and pistachio cake

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artsy shot of the coffee counter (completely caught the bartender by surprise too)

In between revision and cloudy days, I’ve been feeling a little blue–perhaps from missing my friends too much? So today I finally kidnapped my friend Samantha, the first of many amazing girls I’ve met at LSE, for a lunch and coffee break. Recently, we’ve seen the openings of multiple restaurants in Central London but in particular, I’ve had my eyes on the glossy looking corner cafe by Denmark Street. The recently opened Fernandez and Wells is located right on the corner of London’s ‘Tin Pan Alley,’ home to and visited by many famous British rock and jazz musicians. Did you know Elton John recorded his first hit single, Your Song, here?

The minute you enter F&W, you’re greeted with A LOT of sandwiches and cakes. Grilled chorizo roasted red pepper and rocket? Egg mayonnaise and black pudding? Jamon and cheese? In the end, I chose the mozzarella, prosciutto, and tomato sandwich while Samantha ordered the aubergine and spinach one. The prosciutto was absolutely amazing, and paired with a thick slice of mozzarella, I was in love (I later learned F&W imports their top notch jamon directly from Spain). But the highlight of the sandwich was definitely the bun: creamy brioche goodness. Samantha’s aubergine sandwich, which I had a bite of, was really good too. It is definitely a great vegetarian option.

For dessert, we ordered the gorgeous lemon semolina and pistachio cake, recommended to us by our waitress. The cake was nice and tart, and its consistency reminded Samantha and I of an American lemon bar (which I love). I also recommend stopping here just to grab a cup of coffee too as F&W not only use Monmouth coffee beans, but also make their cappuccinos extra creamy! Come on a nice afternoon and enjoy a little taste of Spain, you definitely won’t be disappointed.

P.S. Across the street from Fernandez and Wells is 12 Bar Club, a venue both KT Tunstall and Regina Spektor have played at . A drunken night earlier this year at 12 Bar Club still remains one of my greatest London memories. So if you get a chance, check out this music venue on your way!

love, eatprayjade x.

Address // 1-3 Denmark Street, WC2H 8LP
Telephone Number //  02033029799
Website // http://www.fernandezandwells.com/

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