In the face of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and the absolute priority that we are putting on keeping our staff, our customers and our business safe, we are making some small changes to our opening hours from tomorrow, Thursday, March 19th, until further notice.
The pub will no longer open for breakfast. This is a sad decision for us to make, as we’re really proud of our breakfasts, but the B&B part of our business has pretty much ground to a complete halt. And in the current climate of ‘social distancing’ and ‘self isolation’ we’re not having very many people pop in for a breakfast either. By opening slightly later in the day we can adjust our staffing, spend more time on cleaning and ensuring the pub is safe for those times when it is open, and also use some of the time for working out our responses to the ever-changing situation.
As a result the Geese and Fountain opening hours are temporarily changing to:
Monday to Saturday: 10am – 11pm (food served midday until 9pm)
Sunday: 10am – 9pm (food served midday until 3pm, and 5pm until 7pm)
This will, of course, be kept under constant review. We hope to be offering breakfasts again very soon. We are still open for B&B bookings (by telephone only), and if people know anyone who needs a B&B room please do send them our way. We will offer our full breakfast options to any B&B customers we may have over the next few weeks, but we cannot set up every morning to do breakfasts with no real prospect of having any custom for them. Sorry.
Immediately, we will use the time that this saves us to prepare three things:
Firstly a greatly expanded take-away menu (not just pizzas like we currently do, but a large selection from our pub classics and dessert menus as well). A first edition of a full take away menu should be available tomorrow and we welcome take away orders from 6pm every evening and between midday and 3pm every lunch time. We hope that by Saturday we will have a plan for ‘take away Sunday lunches’ so that we can offer you a take away for this Sunday, as we really don’t want anyone disappointed on Mother’s Day.
Secondly, we will be making a commitment from Friday of this week to step in to the hole left by the understandable (and in our view entirely necessary) decision by the government to order the closure of all schools in England. While the decision is the right one, there are many children in our society who are dependent on free school meals – and who now face the prospect of many weeks without them, and possibly without hot food at all. We are therefore intending that from Friday, until further notice, ALL CHILDREN’S MEALS SERVED AT THE GEESE AND FOUNTAIN BETWEEN MIDDAY AND 3PM WILL BE FREE OF CHARGE. Each free meal will be accompanied by a complimentary glass of orange or blackcurrant cordial. This will apply to eat-in and take-away meals, to hot food from the children’s menu or to sandwiches. If it’s for a child, you won’t pay. No questions asked. We don’t care if your child was previously receiving free school meals or not, we don’t care if you are on benefits, or anything like that. We just want to ensure that no child in our community goes hungry, and this is the best way for us to do that.
Thirdly, we are exploring various option for establishing a delivery service for Croxton Kerrial (and possibly surrounding villages). We would like this to cover our take away food items, drinks from our bar, household essentials and even veg boxes. We will have more information on this very soon.
We hope this will reassure you all that a reduction in our opening hours isn’t any sign that we’re going away any time soon. We’re just focussing our energy onto those things which will do the most good for our community, our staff and our business. Keep well, and we’ll all get through this together.