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Things that are important to us, part one: Beer!

Back when we opened the Geese and Fountain, we posted a seried of things on facebook about the kind of pub we want the Geese and Fountain to become. We thought the best place to start was with the beer…

We love beer, its traditions, its variety, its natural ingredients and magical brewing process. We love the look of a pint, the smell of a brewery and the taste of a well-kept glass of beer after a hard day’s work. We love light ales, golden ales, ruby ales and dark ales. We love stouts, porters, bitters, IPAs, APAs, milds, wheat beers, saisons, lambics, lagers, pilsners and brown ales. We especially love black IPAs at the moment, but that will probably change at some point.

Beer is, as most people know, a happy accident, discovered by chance and wild fermentation – the precise origins lost in ancient history. At times considered a magical or holy process, brewing turns the most simple of natural ingredients – water, malted barley, hops and yeast – into the headiest mixture of often pure crystal clarity and delightful taste.

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What’s on at The Geese in January?

Events this month at the Geese and Fountain…

Sunday 10th
Geese Folk – acoustic night. Bring an instrument, your voice, or just your ears. Whether you want to join in or not, Geese Folk is a welcoming and inclusive acoustic night for performers of folk, blues, roots, country, Americana, or pretty much any other style you might have in mind. Music gets underway about 8pm.

Monday 11th
Pizza Monday – pizzas all day from 12 until 9.

Monday 18th
Games Night. Bring your own, or play one of ours. Pizza Monday – pizzas all day from 12 until 9.

Friday 22nd
Darts – HOME. Come and cheer on the team in their Belvoir League game.

Sunday 24th
LIVE MUSIC: When Cousins Marry. Playing a unique Leicestershire take on bluegrass, country and Americana, the Cousins are a rare breed. That’s probably for the best, but they do know how to have a good time. Come down and join in!

And remember… the first Monday each month is the Monthly Monday Awesome Quiz Night. Next one is Monday, February 1st. Register for the quiz from 7.30pm.

Check out our facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/thegeeseandfountain

 

Yuletide Gourmand – special accommodation offer

If you like the sound of a seven course Christmas extravaganza of tastes, each course paired perfectly with accompanying wines or beers – and, we have to ask, who wouldn’t like the sound of that? – but you’re worried about getting home afterwards, then worry no more.

The Geese and Fountain Gourmand Accommodation offer is now available: a double room for only £20 when you book the Yuletide Gourmand menu with either beer or wine pairing for two people.

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CAMRA members special winter B&B offer

Come for the beer, stay for the breakfast!

We’re keen on our real ale at the Geese and Fountain. Always offering five of the best local real ales, as well as at least three locally brewed traditional ciders, and an array of craft beers, lagers and ciders on keg, in bottles and in cans, beer matters a great deal to us. We received lots of support from local CAMRA members and branches as we were putting our ideas together for the kind of pub we wanted the Geese and Fountain to become.

As long-time supporters of CAMRA we know that members have done a lot to keep real ale, and traditional local pubs, alive. We’d like to say thank you.

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Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat…

Kate, Nick, Ollie and all the team are very excited to announce the December / Christmas menus for the first ever Christmas at the Geese and Fountain. These will be available throughout December 2015 as follows.

Winter party menu – £22.95 per person

A three course selection of dishes that evoke Christmas in all your senses – from parsnip and apple soup, roast turkey breast or chestnut, mushroom and shallot tart, to the home-made (of course) Christmas pudding or poached pears served with quince, and sloe gin ice cream. Available to pre-booked parties of 6 or more, for lunch times and evenings on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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Christmas a la carte menu

Gerald Botterill’s Croxton Kerrial free range geese make their first appearance on a G&F menu, along with butternut squash risotto, roast turkey leg with pigs in blankets, sea bream and root vegetable tagliatelle, Redhill Farm ribeye pork steak, Christmas pudding, poached pears and tarte tatin served with Al’s Apple and Cider ice cream. Three courses plus petit fours and cheese if desired. Available lunch times and evenings on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations are recommended but may not always be necessary.

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Yuletide gourmand menu

We are delighted to offer a seven course menu featuring all the highlights of a traditional Christmas with some special Croxton Kerrial additions. Every course from the amuse bouche to the petit fours brings a contrasting taste to the table, with every detail home made and chosen to enhance the experience of enjoying great food in a relaxed and friendly environment. The gourmand menu is available evenings only on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout December, at £42 per person for seven courses, or £65 per person to include specially selected wine or beer pairings for each course. This gives a rare chance to sample some of our wines not normally available by the glass, or to enjoy some of the speciality beers you may not be familiar with. Reservations are recommended but may not always be necessary.

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 Sunday lunches

Our traditional Sunday lunch menu will continue throughout the month, with a choice of roasts including a vegetarian option served midday until 3pm every Sunday. Reservations are recommended but may not always be necessary.

Monday and Tuesday light lunches

Our light lunch menu, including sandwiches, soup and ploughman’s, will continue to be offered on Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes, so if you’re looking for a lighter bite, we will be happy to see you then.

Tuesday night is curry night

Our very popular curry nights will continue through December, with guest chef Clive Rudkin. £8.95 per person for chicken or vegetarian curry, lentil dhal, rice, naan, poppadum, onion bhaji and pickles.

Introducing… Monday night pizza!

As we will not be able to offer pizza during our Christmas menu period, we are launching a special ‘pizza night’ every Monday during December. Eat in or take away, with an expanded range of pizzas, including a ‘design your own’ option.

Bar snacks

And finally, our bar snacks menu will be up on the blackboard on Sunday evenings. Just the thing if you’ve been over-indulging all weekend!

We hope these choices offer something for everyone, and we look forward to celebrating Christmas with you all.

Take it away

After a short wait we can now offer take away on our range of pizzas, breakfast cobs and teas and coffees.

Pizzas are available from 6pm until 9.30pm, Wednesday through to Saturday nights. The range currently includes:

Marina – tomato, capers and garlic oil (vegan)
Margherita – tomato and mozzarella
Napoletana – anchovies and olives, tomato and mozzarella
Pepe Rosso – Belvoir Ridge Colwick cheese and roasted red pepper, tomato and mozzarella
Rosmarino – salami and rosemary, tomato and mozzarella

Breakfast cobs ( egg, bacon, sausage or any combination of the three) are available from 7.30am until 9.00am every day. The cobs are baked by the Haven Bakery in Scalford using yeast from the Belvoir Brewery, who also supply some of our beer.

And tea, coffee and hot chocolate are available all day, every day. We serve espresso, Americano, Latte and Cappucino, along with English Breakfast tea, Earl Grey, Red Berry, Peppermint, and Green Tea. Our hot chocolate is made with Belvoir Ridge full cream milk. And it’s delicious.

Dinner was served!

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.

Geese Up Ventoux! this Sunday

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.

Welcome to the Geese and Fountain

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).