New Year’s Eve at the Geese and Fountain

You want New Year’s Eve to be special, you want to create memories that will last throughout 2018. Make new friends, celebrate with old ones. And there’s nowhere better to do that than a village pub.

Celebrate the turn of the year with a fabulous six course dinner, plus canapés and fizz on arrival, and coffee and petit fours to ensure you end the evening with something to keep you awake enough to see in the New Year. 

And whether you join us for dinner or not, party like there’s no tomorrow with our “80s requests” playlist from 9pm until midnight and beyond. Get your requests in early, and play ‘guess the year’ while we play your favourite 80s hits.

Dinner is just £48 per person. And whether you eat with us or not, you’re welcome to see in 2018 with our 1980s ‘request’ playlist, from 9pm until the early hours of January 1st. There will be no door charge, no cover charge, no hidden extras or inflated prices just because it’s New Year’s Eve. Leave all of that stuff behind in the town centre where it belongs. Just come to the pub, make friends and have fun. Sorted.

A limited number of rooms are still available for Bed and Breakfast, bookings to be made by telephone on 01476 870350.

New Year’s Eve Menu
at The Geese & Fountain

Canapés and fizz
*
Trio of vegetable soups
*
Gnocchi, mushrooms and spinach V
Baked eggs with chorizo and cherry tomatoes
Mackerel pâté, caraway crispbread
*
Apple sorbet
*
Slow roasted pork belly, apricot and honey stuffing, celeriac mash
Beef stroganoff, woodland mushrooms, wild rice
Butternut squash and sweet pepper linguine in a lemon and black pepper sauce V
*
2 local cheeses with oatcakes and figs
*
Assiette tout caramel
*
Coffee & petit-fours & brandy

Dinner: £48 per person
Advance bookings only
01476 870350

Join us from 9pm for an 
80s requests playlist until
midnight and into 
the early hours of 2018

Download the menu here

New ‘light lunch menu’ available from today

The Geese and Fountain ‘Light Lunch’ menu is available Monday to Saturday, 12 until 3pm, in addition to our pub classics menu.

Quiche, fries, salad
£9.95

‘All day breakfast’: eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, baked beans, black pudding, toast, bubble and squeak

£9.95

Cheese and pickle platter, salad, bread and oatcakes

£12.95

Butterfly chicken breast burger, gem lettuce, cherry tomatoes, mayo,
in a toasted brioche bun, duck fat chips, salad

£12.95

Add Ancaster smoked bacon for £1

Rutland Charcuterie board, olives, salad, bread and oatcakes

£13.95

Panini

Served on our own toasted ciabatta, with salad and a choice of fries,
Geese & Fountain crisps or a small cup of today’s soup.

The “RMT”: rocket, mozzarella and tomato V
£6.95

The “Branberry”: Brie, cranberry, watercress V
£6.95

The “Brancaster”: Brie, Ancaster smoked bacon, cranberry
£7.95

The “Fish Finger Sandwich”: breadcrumbed haddock goujons, tartar sauce
£7.95

The “Rutland Italian”: Rutland salami, ham, lettuce, tomato, olives, pickles
£8.95

Traditional Cider and Sausage Festival 2017

October is the perfect time of year to celebrate two of the countryside’s greatest things – cider and sausages! We’ll have a huge variety of special ciders and perries from local producers and even a few from further afield, together with a sausage menu of some of our favourite sausages produced by local butchers. Special dishes on the menu including ‘toad in the hole’, sausage casserole and, of course, sausages in buns, sausages on sticks and sausage sandwiches.

The second Geese and Fountain Traditional Cider and Sausage Festival will take place over the last weekend in October 2017. From Thursday 26th October to Sunday 29th October, you can choose from over twenty different traditional ciders and 25 locally produced sausages from the best butchers in the region.

Whether your tastes run to scrumpy and traditional pork sausages, or perry and a touch of venison or beef, you’ll find lots to get excited about.

Cider

Lots of local cider makers will be featured, but so will some of the best specialist cider makers in the UK, including Waulkmill Cider from Scotland, and a keeved sweet cider from Pilton in Somerset. Keeving is a special process whereby the fermentation is deliberately interfered with to leave a much higher residual sweetness in the cider, and is the only way to create a naturally sweet cider without the addition of juice or sugars after fermentation. If you’ve not tried keeved cider before, you need to make a point of having a taste.

On the bar
Ashover Cider Co Ashover Pippin 6.0%
Bottle Kicking Cross Farm Perry 5.0%
Bottle Kicking Scrummage 6.5%
Bottle Kicking Summer Fruits 4%
Bottle Kicking Cranberry and Lime 5%
Charnwood Bradgate Hunter 6.5%
Charnwood One Third Pear 6.5%
Ciderniks Kingston Black SV 6.5%
Grumpy John’s Cider Medium 6.0%
Hogan’s Lonely Partridge Perry 5.0%
Hogan’s Wild Elder Sparkling 4.0% (keg)
Magpie Dark Cherry Sparkling 4% (keg)
Magpie Nottingham Blend 6.5%
Mahorall Farm Cider 6.7%
Meadows Cider Project Citrus 6.1%
Moles Black Rat Perry 7.5%
Pennard Organic Organic Cider 6.5%
Pilton Keeved Cider 5.0%
Skidbrooke Cyder Farmhouse Dry 6.0%
Spalding Scrumpy 6.5%
Thirsty Farmer Medium 5.5%
Thirsty Farmer Sparkling 5.5% (keg)
Waulkmill Cider Steel Bonnet – Pyder 5.0%
Wharf Cider Wharf Dry 7.0%
Woody’s Cider Traditional Cider 5.6%

In bottles
Addlestone’s Cloudy Cider
Aspall Premier Cru
Bolee d’Armorique Breton Cidre
Brothers Wild Fruit
Brothers Strawberry and Kiwi
Brothers Toffee Apple
Healey’s Cornish Rattler
Riestra Sidra Natural
Weston’s Stowford Press
Weston’s Vintage

Weston’s Stowford Press Low Alcohol

Sausages

This will be a showcase for some of the best sausage makers in the region. Locally farmed meat, hand made sausages, delicious flavours. Come down and pick your favourite.

Sausages available lunch and dinner from Thursday 26th October until Sunday 29th. In a bun, in a casserole, in a toad in the hole, or just ten sausages in a sausage platter. However you like your sausages, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

David Cox, Stathern: Traditional Lincolnshire Sausage
David Cox, Stathern: Gluten-free Lincolnshire Sausage
David Cox, Stathern: Spanish Spiced Sausage
David Cox, Stathern: Toulouse Garlic Sausage
Skinner and Sons, Barrowby: Sweet Chilli Sausage
Skinner and Sons, Barrowby: Honey and Mustard Sausage
Mountains, Boston: Boston Sausage
Mountains, Boston: Pork and Stilton
Mountains, Boston: Pork and Apple
Hartland’s, Cotgrave: Bacon and Maple Syrup Sausage
Northfields Farm, Rutland: Pork, Sage and Red Onion Sausage
Northfields Farm, Rutland: Lamb Merguez
A Arnold, Long Bennington: Traditional Pork Sausage
A Arnold, Long Bennington: Pork and Tomato Sausage
Harkers Farm Shop: Venison and Real Ale Sausage
Harkers Farm Shop: Wild Boar and Orange Sausage
Harkers Farm Shop: Nottinghamshire Sausage
Harkers Farm Shop: Gluten-free Pork Sausage
Ancaster Butchers: Welsh Dragon (spiced pork and leek)
Ancaster Butchers: Red Onion and Black Pepper Sausage
Peterborough Game: Venison and Redcurrant
Peterborough Game: Wild Boar and Apple
Peterborough Game: Beef and Ale
Cauldron Vegetarian Lincolnshire Sausage
Cauldron Mediterranean Vegan Sausage

We do still have some rooms available for that weekend for B&B so if you fancy making a weekend of it, get in touch now to book a room so you can indulge in the stronger ciders without worrying about getting home.

Also bear in mind that Saturday 28th October will be our Family Hallowe’en Party at 4pm so you can bring the whole family down to the pub, and enjoy party games AND cider and sausages all at the same time. Tickets for the Hallowe’en Party are £5 per child. And Sunday 29th we have live music with Steven Faulkner from 5pm, the perfect way to round off a weekend of cider drinking and sausage eating.

Breakfasts – now served until 3pm on Saturdays

Who doesn’t love a nice big fry-up on a Saturday morning when you’ve been out on the … umm … town the night before? The only problem with a slap-up breakfast on a Saturday is sometimes it just takes you a little bit longer to get ready. We’ve got you covered, though.

The Geese and Fountain now serves breakfast from 8.30am until 3.00pm every Saturday! With traditional Full English, our legendary Croxton Farmer’s Breakfast, Eggs Benedict, and even healthy options like fresh fruit or porridge, there’s a breakfast for everyone.

Through the week we know people have stuff to get on with, and so do we, so that’s why we serve breakfast only until 10.30am, but on a Saturday, you can take your time. The sausages will wait.

Geese and Fountain Breakfast Menu

Now featured in all good guide books

This week has seen the publication of two well respected guide books for the pub trade. And the Geese and Fountain gets a mention in both of them.

Firstly, the 2018 ‘Good Pub Guide’ came out this week, and features the Geese and Fountain in their ‘worth a visit’ list for Leicestershire. It’s our first inclusion in the Good Pub Guide, which takes recommendations from readers and invites review submissions to decide which pubs to feature. There are some very good pubs included in the Leicestershire section, and we’re very pleased to be listed alongside them.

Secondly, the well-respected Good Beer Guide 2018 has just been published by the beer drinkers’ organisation CAMRA, and we’re included for the second year running. CAMRA have now been producing their guide to the best real ale pubs in the land for 45 years, and you can check out their ratings of pubs either in the guide or using their handy mobile app, or by checking out CAMRA’s online pub guide at whatpub.com.

We’d like to thank all those who have recommended us for inclusion in either of these guidebooks, we really do appreciate the support. Reviews and recommendations are the best way for people to find out about us.

Cheap as chips? Some hot potato news

This year we’ve been growing the first crop in our kitchen garden, and as a result we have a couple of exciting pieces of potato-related news, on both the crisps and the chips front.

Firstly, the crisps which we serve alongside our delicious sandwiches have always been home-made, hand-fried in our own kitchen. But now they are also home-grown. And we’ll keep that up for as much of the year as we can manage. Home-grown tastes better, and it’s also better for the environment, cutting down transport pollution and ensuring that food is served as fresh as possible. We’ve got a long-term project to get the whole of the kitchen garden into use, but we’re starting small – with a potato crop for crisps and certain special dishes which will now feature home-grown potatoes.

Secondly, we’re bringing down the price of our chips. Our duck fat chips are, quite rightly, a customer favourite. We’ve been told they’re “the best chips in the world” several times. Now, thanks to having a supply of home-grown potatoes to supplement those we buy in from our friends at Fruit Basket Direct in Nottingham, we can offer a bowl of chips for just £3.50 – that’s a reduction of a pound from our previous price. Now our chips are really as cheap as chips.

We’ve also got apples, pears, raspberries and blackberries growing in the garden. If the birds don’t eat them all, watch out for more home-grown dishes on our specials boards later in the Autumn. And next year, there will be very much more. In the meantime, if anyone has a glut of any seasonal produce which they’d like to donate to Kate in our kitchen, she’d be very happy to make something amazing with it.

Christmas Menu – bookings now being taken

We’re delighted to present the 2017 Christmas Menu at the Geese and Fountain, which will be available for lunch and dinner, from Friday, December 1st to Saturday, December 23rd, excluding Sundays.

The Christmas Menu will be available by pre-order only, but there is no minimum party size – if you want to have Christmas dinner by yourself, or as a couple, you are very welcome. Groups up to approximately 35 can be accommodated subject to availability, so we’d advise larger groups to book early to avoid disappointment.

As you’d expect at the Geese and Fountain, our ingredients are all carefully sourced, seasonal and often farmed locally. None more local than the delicious geese and turkeys farmed in Croxton Kerrial by Gerald Botterill. This year, we will be offering goose or turkey as the centrepiece of a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Other local ingredients taking a starring role will include Belton Park venison in a juniper and red wine casserole, a charcuterie board featuring Rutland Charcuterie produce and a selection of our home-made breads, and Belvoir Ridge cream adding a perfect note of indulgence to our sherry trifle, and the stem ginger mousse. Naturally, our cheeseboard will showcase the best of local cheeses, from Lincolnshire Poacher and Sparkenhoe to the essential Christmas cheese: Colston Bassett Stilton.

Tables must be booked and your selections from the menu ordered a minimum of 48 hours ahead.

Download the full Christmas Menu 

Bookings can be made by telephone on 01476 870350 or by completing the reservation form on the reverse of the menu and dropping it in to us at the pub. We look forward to celebrating Christmas with you this December.

Vote this year, get free beer!

The Geese and Fountain in Croxton Kerrial is joining a growing list of pubs around the country seeking to encourage people to register to vote in the forthcoming General Election.

A coalition of pubs, breweries and student unions have joined together to create ‘Vote this year, get free beer!’ and provide information tailored for young people about how to register to vote. All those who register can then take proof of their registration on the electoral roll to one of the participating pubs and claim a free pint.

Licensee at the Geese and Fountain, Nick Holden (who stood as a candidate in the 1997 General Election in Harborough constituency) said, “the ‘free beer’ idea is a bit of fun, but there’s a very serious point to this. Non-voters could decide the outcome of every single constituency in the country, and young people in particular are increasingly unlikely to even register to vote. Whether that’s apathy or the feeling that voting doesn’t change things, this is a chance to remind people that voting matters, and registering to vote matters. There’s still time to register for a vote in the General Election, so whether your big issue is fox hunting or the health service, schools or the economy, you’ve got a reason to cast your vote. We’re just giving you one more reason to register.” 

The Geese and Fountain will also be showing the election results live on June 8th, staying open into the early hours of June 9th, so you can find out if your vote has had the desired effect. Tickets for the election night results party will be available from the pub from next week.

The deadline for registering to vote in the General Election is May 22nd. More details of the campaign, and a full list of the participating venues, are on the website at https://www.votethisyeargetfreebeer.co.uk/

World Gin Day: 25 gins, a night to remember. If you can.

Saturday, June 10th is World Gin Day. That’s too good an excuse for us to miss it, so we’re bringing in some very special gins, stocking up on tonic and practising our cocktail making.

We will have a very special gin-themed evening for you – with gin-infused specials on the menu for dinner, a one-night-only gin cocktail menu, and a selection of very special gins for you to try. On their own, with tonic, or in cocktails. The choice is yours.

Tickets (including some free tastings, one premium gin and tonic, and one premium gin cocktail) are £10. After that, just pay for your drinks as you go along. If you’d like to book a table for “gin dinner” at the same time, just give us a call on 01476 870350.

 

General Election night: watch the results with us

We’re planning something a little different on Thursday, June 8th. In case you’ve been living in a cave for the last month that’s the date of the upcoming General Election, called somewhat surprisingly by Prime Minister Theresa May last month. We don’t see a lot of the big hitters from any party out here in Croxton Kerrial, but that doesn’t mean politics isn’t important to us. And whatever your hopes and fears for election night, we hope you’ll come and spend the evening with us.

We’re aiming to have a late bar, and serve some light snacks through the night (licence extensions applied for), and we’ll have the BBC News election coverage on the pub TV. So if you’re as excited by swingometers as we are, you can share the excitement as a social occasion in the pub, rather than sitting at home on your sofa watching the election results with a cup of tea and having to raid the fridge for snacks.

Whether it’s “four more years” or a historic shock result, you won’t want to miss out on the drama of watching the results unfold. From the first constituency (probably Sunderland again) to the formation of a new government, we’ll be staying up for it all. Come and join us.