Gin Tasting Masterclass

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 7pm

What better way to kick off the Christmas festivities this year than with a gin tasting masterclass from Burleigh’s Gin?

Henry Yates from Burleigh’s Gin in Loughborough will be joining us for the evening of December 21st to lead a very special tasting of gin, gin and tonics and cocktails. He’ll talk about the process of making gin, selecting and balancing the flavours and about mixing cocktails and drinks to enjoy over the Christmas holidays.

Burleigh’s is one of our very special locally sourced products. Tickets for this exclusive event will be strictly limited, and cost just £15. This includes the talk plus two free Burleigh’s gin and tonics – one on arrival and one during Henry’s talk. There’ll be tastings and some snacks to accompany the drinks, and a special price on all gins all night for those attending the gin tasting.

Why not combine it with dinner?

Book a table for our yuletide menu to enjoy after the gin tasting, and get a 10% discount on the cost of your meal.

Sing Christmas!

Once again we are taking part in BBC Radio Leicester’s Sing Christmas event.

On Monday, December 19th, we’ll be joining in with a county-wide carol concert, with community groups, pubs, clubs and churches all over Leicestershire, singing family favourite carols for an hour accompanied by BBC Radio Leicester’s broadcast.

We’ll have mulled wine and mince pies from 6pm, with the music starting at 7pm sharp!

Songsheets will be provided, and thanks to our upgraded music system, we should all be able to hear the carol concert this year!

Exciting new arrival – traditional Spanish cider

riestra_sidra_natural_cider_largeWe’ve got a lovely new arrival in the cellar – traditional Spanish cider (or “Sidra natural”) from Riestra, a ciderhouse in Sariego, Asturias on the northern coast of Spain.

The cider comes in large 700ml bottles, great for sharing or to accompany a meal. It’s 6.5% abv, dry and refreshing, and produced from cider apple varieties native to northern Spain. A perfect match for pork or fish dishes on our menu, or our sherry and honey roasted baby chorizo.

Find out more at the producers’ own website:

New Year’s Eve – now booking for dinner, bed and breakfast

We’d love to invite you to celebrate the New Year with us at the Geese and Fountain. We have a delicious menu of locally-sourced seasonal delights, and fabulous entertainment in the shape of Groove Merchants – who are bringing some very special guests, guaranteed to keep the place bouncing until 2017 is well and truly in.

You’re welcome to join us for drinks, and the music, with no cover charge or ticket price. We’ll be open all day on New Year’s Eve as normal, with Groove Merchants due to start around 9pm. Music, dancing and general merriment will continue until the last of us stagger home.

If you’d like to join us for our very special New Year’s Eve dinner, advance booking is absolutely essential. Numbers for dinner will be strictly limited, with tables available from 6pm until 8.30pm. Please call us on 01476 870350 to make your reservation.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu

Served from 6pm until 8.30pm
To be followed by music, dancing and merriment

Canapés on arrival


Chicken liver pate, cornichons, sour dough toast

Brussels sprouts, walnut & horseradish parfait, oatcakes, cranberry v

Chorizo and thyme fougasse, aioli


Potato and leek chowder, saltines v

Black bean soup, sour cream, crackers v

Onion and bacon soup, Lincolnshire poacher croutons


Crisp roasted Gerald Botterill goose, ginger & cherry sauce,
wild rice stuffing, braised leeks, kale, roast carrot

Pumpkin and parsnip cassoulet, braised white cabbage,
horseradish mash

Pan-fried hake with coriander pesto, pearl barley,
savoy cabbage & bacon


Poached pears, chocolate ganache

Tiramisu cheesecake, espresso ice cream

Bakewell tart, custard


Cheeseboard & coffee


Dinner only is £45 per person, children under 16 £25.

We are also offering a ‘beer matching’ and ‘wine matching’ New Year’s Eve dinner, where each course from the canapes to the coffee will be accompanied by a glass of a specially selected wine or beer from our extensive range, tailored to bring out the best in both the drinks and the flavours of the food. The matching menus are available for £70 per person. Please advise us at the time of booking your table if you’d like either of the matching menu options.

We have a limited number of B&B rooms still available for New Year’s Eve. Our single room, Archibald is available for £60, and one twin or double room, for £80. Please contact us urgently if you’d like to book one of these rooms, subject to availability.


Hoppy Christmas – a beery advent calendar

bottle-treeThe Geese and Fountain is already well known locally for the wide range of outstanding beers available in bottles and cans. This Christmas we’re offering you the chance to get your hands on twenty four of our current favourites, complete with tasting notes compiled by Nick, to give you the advent calendar you’ve always wanted.

Whether for yourself or the beer lover in your life, it’s the ideal early Christmas present. 24 beers, with a combined normal retail value of well over £100, will be yours for just £70.

Order your advent calendar by November 25th, with a £20 deposit. The selection of beers, and the full tasting notes, will be available for collection from Monday November 28th – ready for you to enjoy every day from December 1st to Christmas Eve. Hoppy pale ales, dark and succulent milds and porters, best bitters and refreshing lagers, many different styles and breweries will be included in your selection.

You’ll love our yuletide menu for 2016

During December 2016 we’ll be offering a special Yuletide menu from Thursday 1st December until Friday 30th December (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Tuesday 27th), for small or large groups, at both lunch time and for dinner, six days a week, Monday to Saturday. Alongside the Yuletide Menu, a selection from our pub classics menu will also be offered for those not wishing to indulge in seasonal fayre.

See our Christmas Menu for 2016 for details. Wine and beer matching for the menu is available, please ask if you’d be interested in a matched menu.

Please book in advance and if you are a party of larger than six, we’d appreciate an advance order to help us prepare your meals and give you the best possible experience.

Reservations now being taken on 01476 870350.

We’re hiring!

Christmas is coming,
The geese are getting fat…
We need some more staff!

With December on the horizon, we’re looking for a couple of additional part-time members of staff, one in the kitchen and one behind the bar. Experience preferred but not as essential as having the right approach to hard work and quality. We’re a Living Wage employer, which means you’ll get a minimum of £8.20 per hour. If you’re interested, please bring a CV or application letter to the pub and let’s have a chat. Hours to be negotiated.