Here we are on Tuesday evening, and we’ve just about recovered from the excitement of our first weekend serving food. Overall we’re very pleased, and we’d like to say thank you to everyone who came to eat with us for your patience while we ironed out a few teething problems.
Huge credit must go to new chef Ollie McEwen, who dished up some truly delicious food on the back of actually very little sleep last week. Thanks, Ollie, you’re a star. Also to all the waiting staff and kitchen help we had working for us – thanks for coping so well with so many new things to learn.
If you did eat with us, we hope you enjoyed the experience and loved the food. We are grateful for all the feedback we received at the time, both good and not so good, and we’d still be pleased to hear from you if you have any comments or suggestions on how we could improve. We like compliments too, so feel free to tell us how much you enjoyed your meal – but the criticisms are so useful as they help us identify areas to improve.
For us, we were really pleased with the quality of the food all weekend, but slightly less pleased by the ‘experience’ we were able to offer. We’d like to be quicker to serve you, and more attentive at your table, than we managed to be – that’s down to us being better organised and better prepared so that things run more smoothly.
Now we’re busy planning for this week, and the weeks to come. We will be serving our full evening menu from Wednesday through to Saturday this week, as well as breakfasts and lunches every day. We’re lining up some more lovely locally sourced meat for this Sunday’s roasts as well.
If you’d like to join us for dinner or Sunday lunch, please give us a ring on 01476 870350 to book a table.
This Sunday, September 13th, sees The Geese and Fountain hosting our first cycling event – and it’s a real cracker.
Helen Russell was one of a dozen riders, led by ex-footballer Geoff Thomas, to ride the entire route of the Tour de France this summer as part of the ‘One Day Ahead’ team. And this Sunday she’s coming over to the Geese and Fountain to lead a fun group ride and talk about her experiences climbing Mont Ventoux and all the rest.
We’re meeting up at 11am to have bacon and egg cobs, then riding to the new Cafe Ventoux in Tugby, south Leicestershire, across delightful country lanes. A 50 mile round trip with a support vehicle and a cafe stop, followed by a ‘recovery meal’ laid on by the pub. All in a good cause – we’re asking for donations to Cure Leukaemia, the charity which the Tour de France ‘One Day Ahead’ team were riding for in the summer.
After the ride, while you’re tucking in to a bowl of pasta, Helen will discuss her experiences riding the Tour route, and we’ll raise a few extra pounds with a raffle for some exclusive prizes.
We’re hoping people will make a donation to the Cure Leukaemia charity in return for all this, and we’re suggesting £30 as a minimum donation but you are, of course, free to give whatever you can afford.
Full details are on the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1471993589791792/
Or just ring the pub if you want to know more: 01476 870350.
The Geese and Fountain is a traditional village pub in Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire, between Grantham and Melton Mowbray.
This recently re-opened village inn has two wood fires, and a quiet and welcoming atmosphere. There is no juke box or fruit machine, but occasional folk nights supplement the hum of conversation. Dogs, children, cyclists and walkers are all very welcome.
There are no permanent beers, but at least one beer from six local breweries always feature (Oldershaws, Belvoir, Brewsters, Oakham Ales, Grainstore and Nobby’s), together with a number of guest beers from other local microbreweries.
In addition to five handpulls of local real ale, the Geese and Fountain offers locally brewed lagers (currently Brewsters Helles and Nobby’s Pilsner) in addition to Freedom Four, three kegs of local craft beer (currently Oakham Ales Astaroth, Green Devil and The Kraken’s Ink) and three real ciders (currently Nottingham Blue Barrel and Hallaton Bottle Kicking Scrummage and Scrambler).