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New menus launched this week

Some exciting changes happening this week to the menus at the Geese and Fountain.

Over the last few months, we’ve been offering food on our ‘pub classics’ menu right through the day from midday until 9pm on every day except Sundays. It’s been such a success that we’re now making those our standard hours, at least for the rest of 2019. We might cut down again in the quiet months of the winter but for the time being we’re delighted to offer you a full choice of pub classic meals ALL DAY from midday to 9pm, Monday to Saturday.

And the really exciting news is that we are also launching our new, expanded “Pub Classics” menu this week, which means that several dishes which have previously only been available as ‘specials’ at dinner time are now available all day long. This includes some established favourites like our slow-roasted duck leg, rump and sirloin steaks, and the pan-fried salmon fillet. But it also includes some new dishes – a classic Prawn Cocktail is now available in the starters section, and Spaghetti alla carbonara is a brand-new main course option.

Alongside the newly expanded Pub Classics menu, we are also revising and improving all our other menus: adding some new options to the children’s menu, re-writing the breakfast menu to make it clearer, and also simplifying things on Sunday evenings, by offering the whole of our Pub Classics menu and the Pizza choices in place of the ‘Sunday Suppers’ menu we used during the winter.

So in short – more choices than ever before. Kate and her team in the kitchen are excited to be offering you even more of the meals you want to enjoy, at the times you want them. We look forward to seeing you back at the Geese and Fountain to try out the new dishes.

Full details of the menus and the mealtimes can be found on our Eat with us page.

Four Festivals

We’re hosting four different food and drink festivals over the next three months at the Geese and Fountain, and we’re very excited about all of them.

First up, over the August Bank Holiday weekend (23rd to the 26th) we have our ‘Beer and Books‘ Festival, a beer festival with a reading theme. We will have a ‘writer in residence’ each day of the festival, with talks, readings and so on, as well as lots of book-themed beers for you to enjoy. Sign up to the Geese and Fountain library while you’re here, and settle down with a good book and a great pint in the beer garden or the sofas, and have the most comfortable beer festival of the year.

Secondly, we have our very first Wine Festival taking place on September 20th, 21st and 22nd. Some very special wines, some new wines, some surprisingly local wines, lots of opportunity to try wines that we don’t normally serve by the glass, and a couple of special events: a wine and cheese tasting party with a very special musical accompaniment, and a full-bodied wine paired tasting dinner menu.

Thirdly, we’re holding an Oktoberfest celebration from September 27th until October 7th. We’ll have some very special Bavarian beer imported from Munich for the event, and the kitchen will be producing some very special Oktoberfest bar snacks, from pretzels to roast chicken. Lots of live music each weekend, and you are especially encouraged to dress appropriately for the occasion, with traditional Bavarian costume.

Fourthly, our Traditional Cider and Sausage Festival returns for another year, between October 23rd and the 27th. Now with over 30 different sausages, and more than 20 ciders and perries, it is certain to be a huge event. Live music this year comes from Govannen, Lawrence County and The Cherribombz, who have all been big hits in previous appearances at the Geese and Fountain so we know it will be a lively weekend. We’ll be bringing back our famous “ten sausage platter” so you can try as many of the sausages as you can manage, and we will be awarding prizes again to the highest scoring sausage and cider of the festival.

Bed and Breakfast bookings are now being taken for all four of these events, and we really hope you will be able to join us in celebrating one or more of them.

Beers for the Birthday Beer Festival

Beer and Cider list for this week’s Birthday Beer Festival.


Abstract Jungle – Abstract Bitter 3.9%
Classic smooth and sessionable English bitter.

Arbor – Zero-Zero 4.3% 
Session IPA with Citra and Mosaic. Vegan.

Bad Seed / Three Hills – Rhubarborous 5.0%
Rhubarb crumble in a beer! Oats, vanilla, cinnamon and lots of rhubarb.

Box Social – Hybrid Theory 3.5%
Sessionable oat pale, smooth and hoppy. Vegan.

Brass Castle – Northern Blonde 3.9%
Easy drinking malty blonde, English hops. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Brew York – Total Dis Be Leaf 4.0%
All leaf hops, no pellets. Antipodean pale ale.

Carlisle Brewing – Spun Gold 4.2%
Red-gold, malty sweetness and beautifully balanced, crisp ale.

Cloudwater – Stout (G.582) 5.2%
A classic mid-strength stout, chocolatey finish.

Cloudwater x Green Cheek – Dry Stout (G.497) 5.9%
UK-US collaboration, with real cocoa, almonds and orange zest. CONTAINS NUTS.

Cloudwater x J W Lees – Dark Maple Mild 4.2%
Tradition and innovation combine in this special one-off brew.

Elusive – Spellbinder (Quarter Horse Primavera Edition) 6.0%
Late hopped London porter with whole bean Quarter Horse coffee.

Fierce & Noble – Session IPA 4.2%
A crisp, hop forward pale ale, with refreshing bitterness.

Five Points – Citrus Pale 4.2%
Brewed with organic Sicilian lemon and grapefruit zest.

Flagship – Lupa 3.8%
A blend of citrus peels and Styrian Wolf hops to give a slightly sweeter pale ale. Unfined. Vegan.

Gibberish – Club Tropische 6.0%
Ultra-rare cask brew from ex-Mad Hatter brewer Gaz Matthews. Mosaic, Citra and Ekuanot.

Liverpool Brewing Co – IPA 5.7%
Karl’s first recipe as Liverpool Brewing Co, hazy West Coast style IPA featuring Ekuanot hops.

Mad Squirrel – Big Sea 5.5%
All the ‘C’ hops in this bitter west coast style IPA. Lots of citrus and pine.

Mart’s Craft Beers – Earlybird 3.8%
Lots of New Zealand hops in this refreshing pale ale.

Mallinsons – Bramasaic 4.5%
Brewed using Bravo, Amarillo and Mosaic hops to give aromas of candied peel and fresh oranges. This deep blonde ale has a rich and fruity gentle bitterness.

Mission Creep – Every Beet Of My Heart 5.5%
Like an East European ‘borscht beer’, beetroot infused IPA, earthy, fruity, sweet and red!

The Republic of Liverpool Beer Co – LIPA 3.9%
Liverpool Independent Pale Ale, easy drinking pale ale.

Team Toxic – Neutral Milk 5.2%
Brewed at Green Duck, Stourbridge. Milkshake Pale Ale (not for throwing over fascists).

Top Out – Simon Says-on 5.1%
A collaboration with Simon Martin of ‘Real Ale Craft Beer’, a fruity berry Saison style farmhouse sour.

Tiny Rebel – Pump Up The Jam 5.0%
Jam Doughnut Pale Ale. Yes, honestly.


Alphabet – Hoi Polloi 4.8%
A clean and refreshing Pilsner style lager.

Brewsters – Helles 4.0%
Award-winning German style lager from Grantham’s Sara Barton, Parliamentary Brewer of the Year.

Glen Affric – Medal of Mosaic 5.6%
Single hop IPA (Mosaic, obviously).

Round Corner – Gunmetal Black Lager 4.8%
Gold medal winner at the International Brewing Awards 2019. Clean, crisp, lightly roasted biscuit flavours.

Six ° North – Peloton Pilsner 5.1%
Crisp and bitter, slightly hazy Pilsner style lager brewed with Scottish malted barley.

The Kernel – Dry Stout 4.4%
Delicate toasted and roast oat stout, hopped with Rakau, a hop known for vine fruit and fig flavours.

Thornbridge – Bliss Point 5.0%
Hazy American Pale Ale, extremely crisp and full of tropical fruit flavours. Unfined. Vegan.

Waen – Chilli Plum Porter 6.1%
Strong porter with subtle chilli and a deep, rich fruitiness.


Pilton – Murmuration 5.0%
Cider made with Jonagold apples, blended with a keeved cider (magically retains a natural sweetness by a careful traditional process) to give a beautifully balanced medium sweet cider taste. Vegan. Gluten Free.


Reddaway’s Oak Barrel Whisky Matured 6%
Medium Dry

Pennard Organic Cider 7%
Dry, lightly sparkling

All served during the event, in rotation, subject to availability and condition.

Join us for the landlord’s fiftieth birthday beer festival

Life begins at fifty these days. Or at least, in Nick’s case, a beer festival does. Celebrating the landlord’s fiftieth birthday can really only happen with a selection of the best beers currently being brewed, so that’s what we’re going to do. Six days of great beer, stunning food, some very big cakes and some very, very special music – it’s a birthday party like no other. After all, what’s the point of having a pub if you can’t celebrate the very best birthday parties in it?

Breweries so far lined up include: Abstract Jungle, Arbor, Bad Seed, Brass Castle, Brew York, Cloudwater, Elusive, Five Points, Mad Squirrel, Mallinsons, The Woodford Experiment (Three Hills), Six ° North, The Kernel, Thornbridge.


Wednesday, 22 May 2019
6pm – 11pm
Birthday drinks for Nick / beer festival opening
Friday, 24 May 2019
8pm – 11pm
Lawrence County gig – a 50th birthday knees up
Saturday, 25 May 2019
8pm – 11pm
Jeff Rich Trio gig – rock and roll
Sunday, 26 May 2019
5pm – 7pm
GinSing – smooth tunes to chill out to
Monday, 27th May 2019
12 midday – 6pm
Family Fun Day and BBQ, live music from The Cherribombz (Hazel Scott and Simon Reeves) and Sophie Holden.

Winter lunch? Have 20% off on us!

Fancy a spot of lunch on a cold winter’s day?

If you join us at the Geese and Fountain for lunch on any weekday between now and the end of March, all our lunchtime dishes are 20% cheaper. Every dish on the menu, every day from Monday to Friday. For everyone. No small print, no fuss. Just cheaper lunches to help everyone get through the January blues and the winter weather.

So our delicious pie of the week, served with chips or mash, will be just £9.60, vegetable quiche, fries and salad is only £8, and the day’s soup is now just £4 – still the same great quality, just spectacularly good prices.

Tuck in!

Valentine’s Tapas

Treat your loved one to a romantic candle-lit dinner. A tapas menu designed to tantalise the taste buds, special offers on Prosecco and sparkling wines, and a cocktail menu to round off the evening in style.

Our Valentine’s Tapas Menu is available on Thursday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day itself), Friday 15th and Saturday 16th.

Call now to reserve a table: 01476 870350.

Bed & Breakfast deals available from £70 per room.

We’re going on a beer hunt

If you’ve never heard of “Tryanuary” it’s an annual campaign to get people to use the start of the new year to try new beers – whether bottle, can, cask or keg. It’s a fun campaign with a serious purpose, to help counteract the negative connotations of so many ‘new year’ efforts to persuade you to abandon beer for the month.

At the Geese and Fountain, we love trying new beers. We’ve got an ever-changing choice on the bar, in both cask and keg, and our cellar is groaning under the weight of over 150 different beers in bottles and cans. There’s lots of variety – from peanut butter stouts and coffee porters to juicy IPAs and mouth-puckering sours and saisons. Whatever you’ve tried in the past, we think we can challenge you to try eight new beers this month for TRYANUARY.

So we’ve devised a beer hunt challenge. Try any two beers from cask, any two from keg, any two bottles and any two cans from our stock, and then we will reward you with a FREE BEER – in any format you like!

Offer applies from now until January 31st, 2019. Download the form here, or ask at the bar for a ‘beer hunt’ form and good beer hunting!

Doing Dry January?We’ve got you covered!

A month without alcohol isn’t exactly our cup of tea, but if you are doing Dry January, you don’t need to avoid the pub.

At the Geese and Fountain, we always pride ourselves on offering a wide choice of drinks for all our customers, and that includes those who are not drinking alcohol, whether for health reasons, because of their age, or just through personal choice such as ‘Dry January’. We take seriously the idea of the pub being a community hub, and that includes the whole community, not just the ones on beer, wines, ciders or spirits!

So we have a wide range of soft drinks: from the commonly available Coke and Pepsi (yes, we stock both), to the less common Fentimans (try their Dandelion and Burdock for a taste of days gone by). Locally produced Belvoir Fruit Farms (the famous Elderflower Presse is our biggest seller, but their ginger beer is really good too) and a wide range of tonics (mostly Fever Tree but also Lamb and Watt, and even a Fentimans grapefruit tonic which is really refreshing) are also on the shelves.

But we don’t stop with the soft drinks. You may be giving up alcohol, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up the beer! We stock alcohol free beers from BrewDog, Erdinger, Bitburger, and Nirvana (including a surprisingly good alcohol-free stout), and even a non-alcoholic version of our popular Stowford Press cider.

And then there are the spirits. If you’re missing your gin and tonic, don’t worry, we have two flavours of the excellent Seedlip Non-alcoholic Distilled Spirit (that’s alcohol-free gin to you and me), which pair beautifully with a tonic, and we also have the new Strykk alcohol-free “Not Rum” and “Not Vodka”, which make a refreshing change from the usual.

And if none of those is your cup of tea – we can make you a cup of tea: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Roiboos, red berry, peppermint or green tea! Like we said, we like to give you a choice.

Stay with us for Twixmas!

Join us at the Geese and Fountain between Christmas and New Year (“twixmas”) for a special dinner, bed and breakfast deal to give you the perfect way to end the year and prepare yourself for the excitement of New Year.

Whether you’re recovering from a hectic Christmas, or looking for a quick escape before the mayhem of New Year’s Eve, a night away at the Geese and Fountain is the perfect solution. Included in the offer is…

  • A drink on arrival – medium glass of wine or pint of any of our draft beers.
  • One night’s B&B accommodation in a double or twin room, or a king size double if available.
  • Full choice from our outstanding breakfast menu, served between 8.30am and 10.30am.
  • Three course dinner – order from our pub classics, daily specials and pizza menus.
  • Complimentary late check-out, up until midday.

    The total price is £49.50 per person when two are sharing. A solo supplement of £12.50 applies.

Available for one night’s stay on December 27th, 28th or 29th, 2018 only.

Call us to book on 01476 870350, quoting the “twixmas offer”.

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.