Book your Christmas Party with us

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.

Please download the menu here.

Once, twice, three times a finalist…

It’s awards season, and we’ve already announced our inclusion in the final short list of the Grantham Journal Business Awards “Great Taste” category.

But today we have another fantastic announcement to make. In the Leicestershire Promotions 2018 Tourism & Hospitality Awards, the Geese and Fountain has been shortlisted not once, not twice but three times!

We are a finalist in the ‘Best Casual Dining Experience’ category, the ‘Best Pub Experience’ category, and (possibly most exciting of all) the ‘Best Leicestershire Breakfast’ category.

We’re unbelievably proud of making the final in all three categories. It’s such a boost for us, and recognition of all the hard work our staff have put in over the past three years. 

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on November 29th, and we are really very excited about the event.

We’re in the Good Beer Guide. Again.

We’re very pleased to be able to announce that the Geese and Fountain features in the 2019 Good Beer Guide, produced by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to be the definitive directory of the nation’s best real ale pubs.

Thanks go to all CAMRA members, especially those in the Vale of Belvoir branch area, who submit beer scores to CAMRA’s online national beer score website, which forms the basis for shortlisting and selecting the pubs deemed worthy of inclusion. We also want to thank those CAMRA members who go the ‘extra mile’ by volunteering to take on key roles within the local branches, or at regional or national level. We know what it’s like to pour hours of your life into something, and we hope you know your efforts are appreciated.

We look forward to welcoming lots more CAMRA members to the Geese & Fountain in 2019.


Finalists in the Grantham Journal Business Awards

The Geese and Fountain has been named as a finalist in the 2018 Grantham Journal Business Awards.

In the category of ‘Great Taste’, open to all business serving food or drink, whether hotels, restaurants, cafes, pubs, or takeaways, we are one of only three in the region to be selected for the awards shortlist. The competition was looking for businesses that demonstrate outstanding creativity, customer service and top quality food. We’re absolutely delighted to be short-listed for such a prestigious award.

According to the Grantham Journal this week, the three finalists in the category are Dougie’s Cakehole in Barrowby, the Leadenham Teahouse and the Geese and Fountain. Over 200 nominations were received by the paper for this year’s business awards. The final winners will be announced at a gala dinner on November 2nd, held in the amazing St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham.