It may sound strange, offering free soft drinks to members of the Campaign for Real Ale, but we know that with the pub being out in the countryside then for most people it means a drive to get here, and more significantly, a drive home again afterwards. We want all our customers to arrive home safely, so we encourage responsible drinking and we like to take care of ‘designated drivers’ to ensure they don’t miss out on a good evening, just because they have to miss out on the alcohol.
So, with the pub still celebrating being the Vale of Belvoir CAMRA branch ‘Leicestershire Pub of the Year’ for 2017, and with summer just around the corner, we’ve launched a new special offer for CAMRA members, so that those of you unfortunate enough not to live in Croxton Kerrial itself can still enjoy the delights of our fabulous selection of hand-pulled real ales, locally brewed lagers and craft beers, traditional ciders, and organic wines. All you need to do is persuade someone to drive you here – and to help, we’re offering FREE SOFT DRINKS ALL NIGHT to the designated driver for any group of two or more CAMRA members coming to either eat or drink at the Geese and Fountain.
And CAMRA members will continue to receive a 20p discount of every pint of real ale.
Full details of the offer are available below. We look forward to welcoming CAMRA members from near and far over 2017.
CAMRA offer – full details
Around the world with organic wines
With Linda Ward, Vintage Roots UK Sales Manager
Tickets on sale now. £15 per person.
An evening of organic wine tasting with Linda Ward, UK Sales Manager for Vintage Roots, the specialists in organic wines. We’ll have a selection of wines for you to try, including some very special wines not currently available on our wine list.
Bottles will be available to take home at a huge 25% discount, and there’ll be a special dinner menu for those who’d like to eat before or after the wine tasting session.
Please book dinner at the time of reserving your tickets. There will be a 10% discount on food if a table is booked for the same evening, either before (6.00pm) or after (8.30pm) the wine tasting.
Download a poster for the event here.
On Tuesday nights we do something a bit different – in addition to our regular pub classics menu we now offer ‘Take-Away Tuesdays’. Every week it’s a different take-away style special menu, with discounted prices for take-away meals and drinks.
We know there aren’t many take-aways that will deliver out to Croxton Kerrial and the surrounding villages, so being able to get the occasional curry or pizza, and enjoy a beer while you wait for it to be cooked sounds like an ideal evening.
Each week there will be a different special menu:
First Tuesday of each month: Fantastic Fish & Chips
Second Tuesday of each month: Perfect Pizza
Third Tuesday of each month: Champion Chinese
Fourth Tuesday of each month: Irresistible Indian
Fifth Tuesday of each month: Mouth-watering Mexican
With 20% off take-away drinks (and over 100 beers in bottles and cans to choose from) you can now have the perfect night in, as well as the perfect night out.
We’re absolutely thrilled, honoured and delighted to announce that the Geese and Fountain has been awarded ‘Leicestershire Pub of the Year’ by the members of the Vale of Belvoir CAMRA branch.
Having only been open a year and a half, to be awarded the title so soon after opening is a huge honour, and everyone involved with the pub says ‘thank you’ to the CAMRA members who nominated and voted for us, and who help keep the pub running by supporting us all year round. Nick Holden, who opened the pub eighteen months ago with his partner, Kate Ahrens, said this morning, “Without the support of local members of CAMRA we wouldn’t be able to do what we do – and the pub is crucial to the life of our village. We support local breweries, employ local people and provide a social venue for many, many others. To have all that, and the quality of our excellent real ales, recognised by CAMRA, is very rewarding.”
The Vale of Belvoir CAMRA branch membership secretary, Ed Taylor, told members “we are pleased to announce that the Vale of Belvoir CAMRA Leicestershire Pub of the Year 2017 is The Geese & Fountain, Croxton Kerrial. Congratulations to Nick and his team, who were our top Leicestershire pub on every metric. They go through to the Leicestershire Pub of the Year competition, and we wish them well.”
There will be a presentation evening soon, and all our customers, old and new, will be welcome to join us for a night of celebration. And beer!
Next Tuesday, February 28th, is Shrove Tuesday, traditionally known as ‘pancake day’ in the UK. We’ll be celebrating with a menu of pancakes and pancake-related specials all day, from breakfasts of maple syrup and bacon on a stack of American style pancakes, to a dinner of buckwheat galettes with mushrooms, or tortilla enchiladas, followed by crepes with your choice of liqueurs or ice cream, fresh fruit or chocolate sauce.
Tables can be booked for lunch or dinner, with dinner service starting early from 5pm, so that our pancake day extravaganza can be especially family friendly. Book now by calling 01476 870350.
Download our Pancake Day menu
We’re thrilled to announce that the Geese and Fountain is now recommended by the Great Food Club. The GFC is an excellent initiative, which began in Leicestershire but now covers many other parts of the UK, supporting and promoting independent producers and outlets that represent the best of their local area. Whether it’s food, wine, a night out or a night in you’re after, the GFC are sure to have recommendations that will fit the bill.
And lots of their recommended businesses offer exclusive deals or discounts to GFC members.
We certainly do. Any Great Food Club member eating at the Geese and Fountain can claim a 10% discount on their food bill – because we wan to say ‘thank you’ to customers who put local quality first. We’d encourage all our customers to check out the Great Food Club, and join up if you’re not already a member.
The Geese and Fountain are delighted to announce a sponsorship arrangement for the coming season with our local cricket team, the Croxton Kerrial Cricket Club.
Starting with the 2017 season, the Geese and Fountain will provide the match balls used in all Croxton Kerrial’s home games.
We’d like to encourage all our friends and customers to join us in wishing the team a very successful summer. Their fixture list is on the club website. If you’re planning on visiting the Geese and Fountain for Sunday lunch this summer, why not combine it with an afternoon watching some village cricket?
Anyone interested in joining the Cricket Club should note that they are now holding winter nets on Monday evenings between 8.30 and 9.30 at the Mark Fell cricket centre in Grantham. Contact them via their website if you’d like to get involved.
While we were closed earlier this month we spent a little time (when we weren’t catching up on our sleep) giving a couple of our en suite B&B rooms a facelift. Thanks to our Chief Decorator (Nick’s mum) for all her hard work, Lion Court (a twin or king size double room) now has a lovely deep red feature wall to match its new curtains and cushions, and new lampshades to emphasise the Moorish influences that define the ‘fountain of the Lion Court’ at Alhambra in Granada.
The Lion Court room now looks like this…
… which is not exactly like the original…
… but it reflects the style somewhat.
Meanwhile, our Trevi room (a ground floor double room with easy access from the car park), now looks lovely with a lighter colour scheme and a new bed…
Both rooms are available to book direct on this website, from £60 per night (single occupancy).
We don’t often show football at the Geese and Fountain, but when we do…
Yes, Leicester City (or, as they’re known round here, “the mighty Foxes”) are in action this Friday night, January 27th, at Derby County in the fourth round of the FA Cup. And it’s being shown live on the BBC. Knew that license fee would come in handy eventually…
We’ll have the game LIVE on Friday, with all the build-up (which will presumably include extensive coverage of a certain Welshman scoring repeatedly…) from 7pm. Everyone welcome, even Derby fans.
Looking for somewhere to celebrate Valentine’s this February?
Can we suggest the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the Geese and Fountain? Our Valentine’s Special Menu is designed to excite the senses, and we think you’ll love it. With lots of sharing choices, and fresh, local produce to the fore, the idea is to give you a meal to savour and an evening that is truly special – whether you’re walking home under the stars afterwards or staying in one of our very own B&B rooms.
Booking is now open for the Valentine’s Menu on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Tuesday 14th February, between 6pm and 9pm. Tables will be strictly limited.
Download the menu here. And call us on 01476 870350 to book a table (and a room for the night afterwards, if you wish).
We’re also offering a special deal on B&B bookings on all three nights of the Valentine’s Menu – book a Valentine’s Dinner for 2, and get a double room for £25 OFF the normal price, meaning dinner, bed and breakfast for the two of you is just £100 on the Tuesday night, or £105 on the Friday or the Saturday. Drinks are not included, but you can have a late breakfast and check-out any time up to 2pm without any extra charge. So book the next day off work and treat yourselves!