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.
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.
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.
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.
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.