Restaurant review: Las Fuentes tapas bar, Selsdon


By - Monday 18th April, 2016

Friendly staff, lovely food and a secret liqueur added up to a great meal out for Anne Giles


143 Addington Road, Selsdon, Croydon, CR2 8JJ

Time from East Croydon:   15 minutes 64

Photo author’s own.


My husband Steve and I decided to try out the new tapas bar in Selsdon. Las Fuentes also has a branch in Purley, which we had been to, so we knew that the food would be good. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the service was excellent. There was quite a good choice on the menu as well. Before ordering, I asked the waiter whether the portions were large or small and he indicated the former. Our normal procedure is to order a couple of dishes each and share. They indicated to us that they were only accepting cash payments, so Steve went out to a nearby ATM.

We ordered two large tonics and a couple of glasses of Rioja wine at only £3.75 per glass, which we considered to be quite reasonable, and then had a good look at the menu. It was difficult to decide which dishes to choose, as they all looked so tempting. However, we ended up asking for scallops, prawns and potatoes, albondigas (meatballs in tomato and onion sauce with baby new potatoes), pulpo a la Gallega (octopus, Galician style) and huevos flamenca (baked eggs with chorizo and tomato). We were also served with plenty of bread to go with the food. It was all very tasty indeed, although I found the octopus rather too salty for my taste.

Las Fuentes is already very popular and it soon filled up and became quite noisy, which is what one normally would expect. I have yet to go into a quiet one in Spain!

Photo author’s own.

Next on the agenda were the desserts and we always have our favourite, which would normally be a crème caramel. However, this was not on the menu, so we asked instead for crème brulee, which was delicious. After that we had two strong espressos each and we were then offered a free glass of their Spanish liqueur, which had cream and was absolutely wonderful. What was in it we will never know, as apparently it is a family secret!

What can I say? Comfortable seats, friendly staff, lovely food… we just have to go again and I hope that some of you will go too! At £42.51 including the tip, I think that it is also highly affordable.

Anne Giles

Anne Giles

I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the daughter of an Anglo-Argentine mother and English father. I went to an English school and worked for a British company out there before coming to live in the U.K. I spent many years teaching Spanish in adult education in various centres in Croydon Borough and have got to know so many different areas – North and South. We have been living in Selsdon since 1989 and I love it. I feel passionately about Croydon and have spent many years writing blogs – firstly for the Croydon Advertiser, then the Croydon Guardian, and eventually my own blog entitled “The Good Life in Croydon”. I am very much involved in the community, attending regular meetings with the Croydon Community Police Consultative Group and am also a member of the British Transport Police PACT (Police & Community Together) Team.

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