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/
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.
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.
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.