Cook-at-home Christmas meals

We’ve just put out a press release announcing our ‘cook-at-home’ Christmas meal boxes. If you’d like to download a PDF of it, here it is.

Can’t go to the pub? Bring the pub to you!

Cook-at-home restaurant quality meals launched by Leicestershire pub

Even the government announcement that Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire are all in the toughest Covid Tier from December 2nd isn’t enough to ruin Christmas in one small Leicestershire village. The Geese & Fountain, the award-winning pub in Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire, have found a new way to keep the Christmas spirit alive – selling three-course Christmas dinners throughout December as both TAKE-AWAY and COOK-AT-HOME options.

The pub, which has been serving take-aways throughout lockdown based on its regular menus and also special theme take-aways including a “Kerrial Fried Chicken” night, has launched a Christmas menu which can be ordered either as a ready-to-eat take-away or as a cook-at-home kit, which will include all the elements of a restaurant-quality meal, carefully prepared and packaged with full instructions so that customers can complete and present their Christmas feast to perfection.

Chef at the Geese & Fountain, Kate Ahrens, explained, “This has been such a difficult year for everyone, and the latest round of restrictions are going to have a massive impact on everyone’s Christmas celebrations. No work parties, no trips to the pub, no extended family get-togethers. We wanted to make sure that we were helping to make the Christmas period as special as we can, and offering a cook-at-home version of our restaurant quality meals is one way to do that. You can order a box for your house, and one for your friends, family, or work colleagues, and eat the meals together over a Zoom call. Or you can pick up a box from us on Christmas Eve and save yourself all the stress of Christmas dinner preparation.”

The menu, available on the pub’s website (, features geese and turkeys raised in the same village as the pub itself, by Gerald Botterill and his son Richard, as well as prawn, chorizo and chicken paella, oven-baked sea trout, beef wellington (using beef reared on the nearby Belvoir estate), and leek, mushroom and lentil Christmas pie. Starters include goose liver pate and lemon and garlic king prawns, while alongside traditional Christmas puddings, there are brandy clementines, a whisky and honeycomb parfait, and even a stem ginger and clotted cream baked Alaska – supplied frozen for you to pop in the oven for a few minutes just before serving. All dishes come with their own specific instructions, making sure the experience of cooking the meal at home is as simple as can be.

Kate continues, “We know that Christmas this year won’t be the same for anybody. But having a meal cooked for you, with all the care and attention that we always bring to our menu when the pub is open, and made with the fantastic quality local produce that comes from the Vale of Belvoir and the surrounding countryside can still be a wonderful part of the festivities. The Government restrictions mean that all take-aways must be pre-ordered, but we can take orders by phone (01476 870350), through our website or our facebook page, or even by WhatsApp to 07593 782662.”

The Geese and Fountain is recognised as the best pub in the Vale of Belvoir by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, so it’s no surprise that you can add to your cook-at-home box (or your take-away) a huge selection of great quality beers, or bottles of organic wine. Beers available include those from local breweries like Brewsters in Grantham, or Round Corner in Melton Mowbray, and also international offerings and beers from leading breweries all over the UK.


Further information:

The cook-at-home boxes are available for collection from the Geese and Fountain, or for free delivery within six miles of Croxton Kerrial. Delivery from 7 to 20 miles away can be arranged, but will cost £5.

Alongside the ready-to-eat versions of the meals, collection and delivery can be arranged on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in December, from 2nd December until the 24th. Collections available from 5pm to 8pm.

Cook at home boxes will be good for 36 hours if stored appropriately, which means boxes collected on Christmas Eve will be perfect on Christmas Day.

Both cook-at-home and ready-to-eat versions of the menu are charged at £21 for two courses, £25 for three, with children’s portions available at £15 and £18 respectively. Full details are on the pub’s website at

Contact Nick Holden at the Geese & Fountain for more: 01476 870350.

Craft Beer Advent Calendars

With Christmas around the corner we are once again offering our specialist Craft Beer Advent Calendars for December 2020. For only £75 you get 24 beers from some of our favourite breweries, both UK and international, with a wide selection of styles from IPAs and sours to stouts and porters. What’s more, we can also offer a personalised selection – so if you want 24 dark beers, or 24 lagers, or 24 vegan beers, or even 24 gluten free beers, then we can do that for you at no extra cost. Or we can go ‘all out’ and put together an even more specialised selection at an agreed price.

Pick up your advent calendar from the pub during the last week of November, or have one delivered to you if you live within our delivery area (FREE delivery within six miles of Croxton Kerrial, £5 p&p for between seven and ten miles, all of Melton Mowbray, Grantham, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester. Please note this is a personalised direct delivery service, NOT a courier.

To order, please contact us now – either by completing this form, phoning 01476 870350 or by emailing

Merry Christmas!

Christmas 2020: take away and ‘cook at home’ options

Christmas this year is likely to be very different.

But at the Geese and Fountain we are determined to help you have the best possible Christmas, even if we can’t host big parties or the usual extended family get-togethers.

What we can do is provide you with the best ingredients for a family Christmas meal at home. And if things change, and we are allowed to open, we’re ready and waiting to serve you.

So for Christmas 2020 we are delighted to launch our Christmas meal take away options and ‘cook at home’ packs for the very first time. Exactly the same quality ingredients, prepared by us to our usual high standards, but then packaged in one of two ways:

  • Take away meals are cooked to perfection, all set for you to collect or us to deliver piping hot and ready to eat.
  • Cook at home packs are prepared by us, and then packaged, chilled or frozen (as appropriate) for you to take home (either collection or local delivery available) and finish off at a time that suits you. Full instructions will be supplied with your pack, and the contents will be great even 24 hours after your booked time, which means for the first time ever you can pick up a G&F Christmas meal on Christmas Eve and cook it yourself to perfection on Christmas Day itself.

Both options can come with additional drinks, from our extensive selections of beers, wines, ciders and more. Just talk to us about your preferences, and we will be happy to help make your Christmas 2020 extra special.

You can use our usual booking system to reserve a slot for either a collection or a local delivery, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout December. Delivery is free up to six miles from Croxton Kerrial, and just £5 between six and fifteen miles.

You can also make a provisional booking for a table at the pub, or for one of our Family Dining Rooms, for Saturday 19th December, Wednesday 23rd or Thursday 24th. We are hoping that Leicestershire will be moved down from tier three to tier two when the Government reviews the situation on December 16th, and we expect to be able to open from the 19th if that happens. If it turns out that we are not allowed to open, we will happily convert all table reservations into either take-away or cook-at-home orders.

Full details on the take away and cook at home options are on the menu below. Prices are £21 for two courses, £25 for three courses (children at £15 and £18 respectively), meal choices need to be submitted five days prior to your reservation date, and at that point a non-refundable deposit of £10 per person is required.

Please get in touch if you have any questions, or if you would like to book.

Christmas Menu 2020