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Book your Christmas Party with us

It may still be September, but Christmas Party planning season is upon us.

Christmas at the Geese and Fountain is always a special affair, with a fabulous seasonal menu, and our very own Croxton Kerrial geese and turkeys taking centre stage. The Botterill family have been rearing birds for Christmas for decades now, and the quality really shows. If it’s a traditional Christmas dinner you want, there’s simply nothing to rival goose or turkey with all the trimmings.

But there’s plenty of choice if you want something a little different. This year, we have a Cajun-inspired option, with chilli and lime poached salmon, served on a bed of wild rice pilaf with okra fries. Our beef Wellington is rightly famous, and comes with horseradish mash and beer-glazed carrots. Venison casserole and sage dumplings is the perfect comfort food option, while the vegetarian dish of chestnut and shallot tarte Tatin is both stunning and delicious, served with a rich mushroom and Madeira sauce. This year, we are also offering our Festive Burger, so popular last year on the ‘a la carte’ menu, as part of our Christmas Party menu, so if you’re hankering for classic pub food this Christmas, we’ve got you covered for that too.

Starters include the truly spectacular giant king prawns, farmed in Indonesia by The Happy Prawn Co, a world leader for ethical and environmental prawn fishing, our own chicken liver pâté with pickled rhubarb, stilton gnocchi with diced apple and walnut, and a charcuterie selection from the wonderful new Melton Charcuterie company – it’s no wonder Melton Mowbray is known as the “rural capital of food” with so many fabulous food businesses now operating in the borough.

As for desserts, there is, of course, traditional Christmas pudding, sherry trifle or a cheeseboard served with our outstanding organic tawny port. But there’s also poached pears served with mulled wine sorbet, chocolate tart with cherry compote, or chocolate orange mousse with caramelised tangerines and orange tuille biscuits. There’s truly something for everyone on this Christmas menu, whether you’re a traditionalists or in search of something new and adventurous.

Our Christmas menu is available throughout December, from the 1st to the 22nd, excluding Sundays, and is only available by pre-order. You can have the Christmas menu on your own if you wish, but we obviously can also cater for groups up to 30 people. Some dates in December are already filling up, so please get in touch with us to discuss your requirements, especially if you are calling on behalf of a larger group.

Please download the menu here.

Once, twice, three times a finalist…

It’s awards season, and we’ve already announced our inclusion in the final short list of the Grantham Journal Business Awards “Great Taste” category.

But today we have another fantastic announcement to make. In the Leicestershire Promotions 2018 Tourism & Hospitality Awards, the Geese and Fountain has been shortlisted not once, not twice but three times!

We are a finalist in the ‘Best Casual Dining Experience’ category, the ‘Best Pub Experience’ category, and (possibly most exciting of all) the ‘Best Leicestershire Breakfast’ category.

We’re unbelievably proud of making the final in all three categories. It’s such a boost for us, and recognition of all the hard work our staff have put in over the past three years. 

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on November 29th, and we are really very excited about the event.

http://www.goleicestershire.com/trade/tourism-awards_2018.aspx

We’re in the Good Beer Guide. Again.

We’re very pleased to be able to announce that the Geese and Fountain features in the 2019 Good Beer Guide, produced by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to be the definitive directory of the nation’s best real ale pubs.

Thanks go to all CAMRA members, especially those in the Vale of Belvoir branch area, who submit beer scores to CAMRA’s online national beer score website, which forms the basis for shortlisting and selecting the pubs deemed worthy of inclusion. We also want to thank those CAMRA members who go the ‘extra mile’ by volunteering to take on key roles within the local branches, or at regional or national level. We know what it’s like to pour hours of your life into something, and we hope you know your efforts are appreciated.

We look forward to welcoming lots more CAMRA members to the Geese & Fountain in 2019.

 

Finalists in the Grantham Journal Business Awards

The Geese and Fountain has been named as a finalist in the 2018 Grantham Journal Business Awards.

In the category of ‘Great Taste’, open to all business serving food or drink, whether hotels, restaurants, cafes, pubs, or takeaways, we are one of only three in the region to be selected for the awards shortlist. The competition was looking for businesses that demonstrate outstanding creativity, customer service and top quality food. We’re absolutely delighted to be short-listed for such a prestigious award.

According to the Grantham Journal this week, the three finalists in the category are Dougie’s Cakehole in Barrowby, the Leadenham Teahouse and the Geese and Fountain. Over 200 nominations were received by the paper for this year’s business awards. The final winners will be announced at a gala dinner on November 2nd, held in the amazing St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham.

Whole load of new beer here

“What day is it?” asked Pooh.

“It’s delivery day,” squeaked Piglet.

“My favourite day,” said Pooh.

Ours too.

And today has been a very good delivery day indeed. Thanks to our friends at Jolly Good Beer, at James Clay and at Beer Metropolis, we are delighted to have added a big stack of new beers, including lots of exciting stouts and porters.

They’ll be added to the Drinks List over the next couple of days, but they’re available to drink now. If you want to reserve some, please get in touch with the pub and we’ll put some aside for you.

The full list of new arrivals is:

Northern Monk
Northern Star Mocha Porter
5.9%
330ml can
£4.00

Mother Earth
Cali Creamin’ – American cream soda ale
5.0%
355ml can
USA
£4.45

Mother Earth
Sin Tax – imperial peanut butter stout
8.1%
355ml can
USA
£5.75

Spencer
Trappist Ale
6.5%
330ml bottle
USA
£6.30

Bristol Beer Factory
Imperial Stout
10%
330ml bottle
£6.50

Titanic
Chocolate & Vanilla Stout
4.5%
330ml bottle
£3.60

Timmermans
Peche Lambicus – peach-infused beer
4%
330ml bottle
Belgium
£4.25

Autumn Brewing Co
ALT BREW No. 3 – Stout
4.8%
330ml bottle
£4.00

Arbor
Boomtown Brown – a hoppy brown ale
5.3%
568ml bottle
£6.15

Cheshire Brewhouse
Conger Tun Ale – rum barrel aged ‘wee heavy’
6.7%
330ml bottle
£6.10

Nirvana
Kosmic Stout – non-alcoholic stout
330ml
£3.25

Siren
Draugen – imperial smoked porter
11.1%
£6.40

Brass Castle
Bad Kitty – gluten-free vanilla porter
5.5%
£4.25

Magic Rock / Against The Grain
El Gingero – double orange and ginger oatmeal stout
7.5%
£4.85

Marble / Lily Waite
Dinosaurs Will Die – tropical fruit Gose
4.1%
£5.70

Magic Rock / North Brew Co
Things You Can’t Unsee – modern Yorkshire bitter
4.4%
£5.25

Magic Rock / Northern Monk
Micromachine – micro IPA (lower than usual alcohol, plenty of taste)
2.8%
£4.75

Please note: the prices shown are ‘drink in’ – like always, take-away is at 20% discount. Loyalty card discounts also apply.

 

Not sure what to drink? Try three beers at once!

Yes, you can now get your beer at the Geese and Fountain as a ‘tasting paddle’ of three one-thirds (that makes a pint, apparently). All our cask and keg beers are included, so you can mix-and-match to your heart’s (and liver’s) content.

And look! Cute little blackboards on the glasses so that you remember which beer is which when you get back to your table.

We’re recruiting

We currently have two vacancies at the Geese and Fountain.

We’re looking for part-time bar / waiting staff, one or two evenings per week (mostly weekend work). You can find out more about the job, and easily apply for it, using indeed.com. For this job you must live locally, be over 18 and have some bar, waiting or similar hospitality experience.

And we’re looking for an Apprentice Chef – full details are on the government’s Find An Apprenticeship website. This is a full-time position, which includes some learning sessions at Grantham College. It leads to nationally recognised qualifications and hopefully a permanent position at the end of your training period.

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!