It may still be September, but Christmas Party planning season is upon us.
Christmas at the Geese and Fountain is always a special affair, with a fabulous seasonal menu, and our very own Croxton Kerrial geese and turkeys taking centre stage. The Botterill family have been rearing birds for Christmas for decades now, and the quality really shows. If it’s a traditional Christmas dinner you want, there’s simply nothing to rival goose or turkey with all the trimmings.
But there’s plenty of choice if you want something a little different. This year, we have a Cajun-inspired option, with chilli and lime poached salmon, served on a bed of wild rice pilaf with okra fries. Our beef Wellington is rightly famous, and comes with horseradish mash and beer-glazed carrots. Venison casserole and sage dumplings is the perfect comfort food option, while the vegetarian dish of chestnut and shallot tarte Tatin is both stunning and delicious, served with a rich mushroom and Madeira sauce. This year, we are also offering our Festive Burger, so popular last year on the ‘a la carte’ menu, as part of our Christmas Party menu, so if you’re hankering for classic pub food this Christmas, we’ve got you covered for that too.
Starters include the truly spectacular giant king prawns, farmed in Indonesia by The Happy Prawn Co, a world leader for ethical and environmental prawn fishing, our own chicken liver pâté with pickled rhubarb, stilton gnocchi with diced apple and walnut, and a charcuterie selection from the wonderful new Melton Charcuterie company – it’s no wonder Melton Mowbray is known as the “rural capital of food” with so many fabulous food businesses now operating in the borough.
As for desserts, there is, of course, traditional Christmas pudding, sherry trifle or a cheeseboard served with our outstanding organic tawny port. But there’s also poached pears served with mulled wine sorbet, chocolate tart with cherry compote, or chocolate orange mousse with caramelised tangerines and orange tuille biscuits. There’s truly something for everyone on this Christmas menu, whether you’re a traditionalists or in search of something new and adventurous.
Our Christmas menu is available throughout December, from the 1st to the 22nd, excluding Sundays, and is only available by pre-order. You can have the Christmas menu on your own if you wish, but we obviously can also cater for groups up to 30 people. Some dates in December are already filling up, so please get in touch with us to discuss your requirements, especially if you are calling on behalf of a larger group.