Price reviews

Please note that with effect from this week, a number of our prices at the Geese and Fountain will be revised. Sadly, they’re mostly going up. We’ve tried to keep our prices stable, and avoid price rises wherever possible, but we are now in a position where we have to pass on some increasing costs in the shape of higher prices.
 
There are three main reasons for this:
 
1. Rising costs. Like most businesses we are facing significantly higher rent, rates, utility charges, wage costs and charges from suppliers. Most breweries have already raised prices this year, and while we are always looking for good deals, we also want to pay a fair price for the quality beers we bring to the pub. Realistically, when breweries have rising costs themselves, we have to accept that they will then have no option but to increase the price of their products.
 
2. Brexit. Some of our bottled beers, and many of our wines, are imported from Europe. Brexit is already having an impact in terms of currency exchange rates, and is expected to have other effects – but many wine importers are reporting sharply rising sterling prices for wine. We’re reviewing our wine list, and looking for new options all the time to bring our customers the best possible value, but we’re not prepared to compromise on quality. Brexit is also affecting the price of many beers brewed in the UK – because raw ingredients such as malted barley, wheat and especially hops often come from overseas.
 
3 The ‘sugar tax’. Soft drinks containing more than 5g of sugar per 100ml have, from April 6th, had a levy applied to them meaning that the manufacturer has to pay the government approximately 20p per litre. With the additional VAT, that means that a 330ml bottle or can of coke (for example) now costs us roughly 10p more to buy from a supplier. We really have no choice but to pass this additional cost on to our customers. What this means is that from this weekend, it will be cheaper to buy diet coke than regular coke – and this will apply to individual bottles and also to a mixer or a pint. So one way to avoid some of the price increases is to switch to lower-sugar soft drinks – and they’re better for you as well.
 
We still think we’re very reasonably priced. We want everyone to enjoy coming to the pub and to feel that an evening out at the Geese and Fountain, whether eating, drinking or a little bit of both, is an affordable way to enjoy themselves. We’ll be updating the drinks menu prices and the blackboards over the next few days, but if you’ve got any questions about our prices, do please ask: we’re open about the prices we charge.
 
See you down the pub!
 
Nick

Finalists in the UK Best Rural Craft Beer Bar or Pub competition

SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers (yeah, we don’t know what the ‘A’ stands for, either) have announced their list of finalists for the 2018 Business Awards. And they’ve selected The Geese and Fountain as one of four finalists in the category for “UK’s Best Craft Beer Bar or Pub – Rural”. Everyone at the G&F is delighted to be nominated, and making the ‘final four’ is a testament to the hard work that goes in to selecting, selling and serving some fantastic beers. It’s wonderful to have that hard work recognised.

Find out more about the awards here: http://www.siba.co.uk/2018/03/06/craft-brewings-best-siba-business-awards-2018-finalists-revealed/

Pub Of The Year 2018

We are absolutely thrilled to share this news from our local Vale of Belvoir CAMRA branch. Last year we were their “Leicestershire pub of the year”, this year, we’ve gone one better and scooped the overall title!

There are some cracking pubs in the Vale of Belvoir, so we’re proud just to make the shortlist. To win the title is a great feeling. Thanks to all our great staff, our lovely customers, and the amazing brewers and brewsters who supply such great beer for us to serve.

See you all soon for a celebration party!

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day this year is on Sunday, March 11th. To help you celebrate in style, we are extending our menu, and extending our service times. Your family will be able to book a table any time between midday and 7pm, and we’re offering some special treats, including complimentary homemade chocolates for every mum who dines with us that day.

Unlike many places, we do not raise our prices on Mother’s Day, so you can bring the whole family for a very special meal without breaking the bank.

Download our Mother’s Day menu, and call us soon to book a table. Last year, we were fully booked long before the big day, and we don’t want you to miss out.

Six Nations – every game shown live at the Geese and Fountain

Rugby and real ale go together like… well, like Jonny Wilkinson and last-minute drop-goals. There’s simply no better place to enjoy watching the Six Nations than in a pub, in an armchair, by a log fire, with a pint of beer in your hand. Unless maybe you’ve got tickets for the Principality Stadium this Saturday…

The Geese and Fountain will be showing all fifteen games in this year’s Six Nations, live, as they are all being broadcast either by the BBC or ITV. We’ll have the games showing on our TV in the library, where you can settle yourself into an armchair or a sofa, and we can bring you pints of your favourite ale all afternoon. Sounds about perfect, doesn’t it?

The fixtures

Wales v Scotland Principality Stadium (Cardiff) Saturday, February 3 2.15pm BBC

France v Ireland Stade de France (Paris) Saturday, February 3 4.45pm BBC

Italy v England Stadio Olimpico (Rome) Sunday, February 4 3pm ITV

Ireland v Italy Aviva Stadium (Dublin) Saturday, February 10 2.15pm ITV

England v Wales Twickenham (London) Saturday, February 10 4.45pm ITV

Scotland v France Murrayfield (Edinburgh) Sunday, February 11 3pm BBC

 

France v Italy Orange Velodrome (Marseille) Friday, February 23 8pm BBC

Ireland v Wales Aviva Stadium (Dublin) Saturday, February 24 2.15pm ITV

Scotland v England Murrayfield (Edinburgh) Saturday, February 24 4.45pm BBC

Ireland v Scotland Aviva Stadium (Dublin) Saturday, March 10 2.15pm ITV

France v England Stade de France (Paris) Saturday, March 10 4.45pm BBC

Wales v Italy Principality Stadium (Cardiff) Sunday, March 11 3pm BBC

Italy v Scotland Stadio Olimpico (Rome) Saturday, March 17 12.30pm ITV

England v Ireland Twickenham (London) Saturday, March 17 2.45pm ITV

Wales v France Principality Stadium (Cardiff) Saturday, March 17 5pm BBC

Take Away Pizza – Every Night Of The Week

Now every night can be pizza night in the Vale of Belvoir, as the Geese and Fountain brings Take Away Pizza back to the menu. And until the end of March 2018, there’s a great offer on Take Away Pizza: any two pizzas for just £14.

Freshly hand made and stone baked, our pizzas are made in the true Italian style: thin, crispy round the edge but loaded with cheese and a delicious tomato sauce.  

Pizzas are available between 6pm and 9pm Monday to Saturday, and between 5pm and 7pm on Sundays. Sorry, we can’t deliver.

Download our menu, and call us on 01476 870350 to order, or just come down to the pub. Then have a drink while you wait, and take home delicious freshly-baked pizza.

Pizza Take Away Menu 2018

Bed & Breakfast – special offers for 2018

Bed & Breakfast offer 1: Book Saturday, get Friday or Sunday half price

We love our B&B guests at the Geese and Fountain, so often it’s true that people arrive as customers but they leave as friends. We’d like to encourage you to spend a little more time here, so for the next three months, we’re offering a half price second night for any booking of a Saturday night B&B stay. So if you’re coming to attend a nearby wedding, or to visit Belvoir Castle or to watch the waterfowl at Rutland Water, why not make a weekend of things? Don’t just stop for one night and rush off again in the morning. Enjoy a great deal on a second night, and give yourself time to relax and unwind in the beautiful surroundings of the Vale of Belvoir.

Bed & Breakfast offer 2: Book a 3 night weekend, we will buy you dinner on your first night for FREE

Come for a full weekend, for any stay of 3 nights or more that includes a Saturday, and we will buy you dinner on your first night here to say ‘thank you’ for being our guests. Any dishes from the pub menus, including specials, can be ordered, up to a value of £30 per person.To qualify, mention this offer at the time of booking, and book the full B&B stay AND a table for dinner on your first night. We will then pay for your dinner, meaning you only have to pay for your drinks!


Both offers can be used by solo travellers, couples, or groups up to 4 people. So if you’re thinking of a weekend away, and you’d like to take advantage of either of these offers, please email us or call 01476870350. Again, these offers are only available if you book with us direct, not through online travel agents such as booking.com or expedia.

Both these offers are available until the end of March, subject to availability.

Valentine’s Dinner 2018

This Valentine’s Day (or shortly thereafter) treat your loved one to a romantic candle-lit dinner at the Geese and Fountain. We have a menu designed to tantalise the taste buds, special offers on Prosecco and sparkling wines, and a cocktail menu to round of the evening in style. Our Valentine’s Dinner Menu is available by reservation ONLY on Wednesday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day itself), Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th.

Call now to reserve a table: 01476 870350. 

Also have a look at our special B&B offer for Valentine’s Dinner customers.

Valentine’s Dinner Menu

Bread and olives
* * *
Deep fried Camembert, redcurrant jelly
Oyster Thermidor, samphire
Asparagus, poached egg, hollandaise
Linguini arrabiata, seared scallops (for 2 to share)
Beef carpaccio, mixed leaves
* * *
Confit duck leg with caramelised tangerine sauce, sautéed potato, purple sprouting broccoli
Rack of lamb (for 2 to share), minted potatoes, seasonal vegetables
Chateaubriand (for 2 to share), duck fat chips, onion rings, honey glazed carrots, peppercorn sauce – £6 per person supplement
Lemon sole, beurre blanc, courgette, dauphinoise potatoes
Woodland mushroom risotto, seasonal salad
* * *
Chocolate fondue (for 2 to share)
Passion fruit cheesecake
Crème brûlée, amaretti
Fruited bread and butter pudding, vanilla custard
Cheeseboard – £2 per person supplement

£28.50 per person

Download the menu in PDF format.

Mr and Mrs – couples quiz night – February 24th

Would you know enough about your partner to WIN A MEAL FOR TWO at the Geese and Fountain?

UPDATE: NEW DATE – Saturday, February 24th

Couples are invited to enter the Geese and Fountain MR & MRS competition, with off-the-wall questions and a great prize on offer for the winnings couple. An evening of fun and laughter is on the cards.

Take part or simply enjoy the fun as guests and regulars compete to answer questions about their partners to win the title of ‘Geese and Fountain Mr & Mrs Champion’ and their grand prize of a meal for two.

Couples who would like to enter should contact the pub using our facebook page or by telephone on 01476 870350. If you just want to watch, why not book a table for dinner for earlier in the evening? The fun starts at 8pm.

Burns Supper – January 26th 2018

This year’s annual Geese and Fountain Burns Supper – commemorating the great Scottish poet Rabbie Burns (and providing us all with a cracking excuse to drink whisky and eat delicious food) – will be on Friday 26th January 2018.

Last year’s Burns Supper was great fun, and this year promises to be even more fun – with the great Bill James joining us to provide a bagpipe accompaniment to the proceedings.

Guests will be piped into the pub at 7pm, and will take their seats for dinner to commence with the Selkirk Grace at 7.20pm. After the starters are cleared, the traditional ‘Address to a Haggis’ will be recited as the Haggis is piped from the kitchen and presented to diners. Following the remainder of the meal, guests will enjoy the ‘Toast to His Immortal Memory’, the ‘Toast to the Lassies’ and the ‘Reply to the Toast to the Lassies’. If you’d like to volunteer to recite or perform some of Burns’ work during the evening, please get in touch.

The full menu is below, with classic Scottish dishes including a vegetarian option for every course. Book now.

 

Cock-a-leekie soup

Cullen skink

Woodland mushroom and barley broth

Haggis

Vegetarian Haggis

Gamekeeper’s Pie

All served with buttered neeps and tatties, kale and leeks

Tipsy Laird

Cranachan

Deep Fried Mars Bar

Coffee and a ‘wee dram’

£25 per person, children £15

Arrive at 7pm, to be seated at 7.20pm

Reservations, which are essential, on 01476 870350.