Traditional Cider and Sausage Festival 2017

October is the perfect time of year to celebrate two of the countryside’s greatest things – cider and sausages! We’ll have a huge variety of special ciders and perries from local producers and even a few from further afield, together with a sausage menu of some of our favourite sausages produced by local butchers. Special dishes on the menu including ‘toad in the hole’, sausage casserole and, of course, sausages in buns, sausages on sticks and sausage sandwiches.

The second Geese and Fountain Traditional Cider and Sausage Festival will take place over the last weekend in October 2017. From Thursday 26th October to Sunday 29th October, you can choose from over twenty different traditional ciders and 25 locally produced sausages from the best butchers in the region.

Whether your tastes run to scrumpy and traditional pork sausages, or perry and a touch of venison or beef, you’ll find lots to get excited about.


Lots of local cider makers will be featured, but so will some of the best specialist cider makers in the UK, including Waulkmill Cider from Scotland, and a keeved sweet cider from Pilton in Somerset. Keeving is a special process whereby the fermentation is deliberately interfered with to leave a much higher residual sweetness in the cider, and is the only way to create a naturally sweet cider without the addition of juice or sugars after fermentation. If you’ve not tried keeved cider before, you need to make a point of having a taste.

On the bar
Ashover Cider Co Ashover Pippin 6.0%
Bottle Kicking Cross Farm Perry 5.0%
Bottle Kicking Scrummage 6.5%
Bottle Kicking Summer Fruits 4%
Bottle Kicking Cranberry and Lime 5%
Charnwood Bradgate Hunter 6.5%
Charnwood One Third Pear 6.5%
Ciderniks Kingston Black SV 6.5%
Grumpy John’s Cider Medium 6.0%
Hogan’s Lonely Partridge Perry 5.0%
Hogan’s Wild Elder Sparkling 4.0% (keg)
Magpie Dark Cherry Sparkling 4% (keg)
Magpie Nottingham Blend 6.5%
Mahorall Farm Cider 6.7%
Meadows Cider Project Citrus 6.1%
Moles Black Rat Perry 7.5%
Pennard Organic Organic Cider 6.5%
Pilton Keeved Cider 5.0%
Skidbrooke Cyder Farmhouse Dry 6.0%
Spalding Scrumpy 6.5%
Thirsty Farmer Medium 5.5%
Thirsty Farmer Sparkling 5.5% (keg)
Waulkmill Cider Steel Bonnet – Pyder 5.0%
Wharf Cider Wharf Dry 7.0%
Woody’s Cider Traditional Cider 5.6%

In bottles
Addlestone’s Cloudy Cider
Aspall Premier Cru
Bolee d’Armorique Breton Cidre
Brothers Wild Fruit
Brothers Strawberry and Kiwi
Brothers Toffee Apple
Healey’s Cornish Rattler
Riestra Sidra Natural
Weston’s Stowford Press
Weston’s Vintage

Weston’s Stowford Press Low Alcohol


This will be a showcase for some of the best sausage makers in the region. Locally farmed meat, hand made sausages, delicious flavours. Come down and pick your favourite.

Sausages available lunch and dinner from Thursday 26th October until Sunday 29th. In a bun, in a casserole, in a toad in the hole, or just ten sausages in a sausage platter. However you like your sausages, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

David Cox, Stathern: Traditional Lincolnshire Sausage
David Cox, Stathern: Gluten-free Lincolnshire Sausage
David Cox, Stathern: Spanish Spiced Sausage
David Cox, Stathern: Toulouse Garlic Sausage
Skinner and Sons, Barrowby: Sweet Chilli Sausage
Skinner and Sons, Barrowby: Honey and Mustard Sausage
Mountains, Boston: Boston Sausage
Mountains, Boston: Pork and Stilton
Mountains, Boston: Pork and Apple
Hartland’s, Cotgrave: Bacon and Maple Syrup Sausage
Northfields Farm, Rutland: Pork, Sage and Red Onion Sausage
Northfields Farm, Rutland: Lamb Merguez
A Arnold, Long Bennington: Traditional Pork Sausage
A Arnold, Long Bennington: Pork and Tomato Sausage
Harkers Farm Shop: Venison and Real Ale Sausage
Harkers Farm Shop: Wild Boar and Orange Sausage
Harkers Farm Shop: Nottinghamshire Sausage
Harkers Farm Shop: Gluten-free Pork Sausage
Ancaster Butchers: Welsh Dragon (spiced pork and leek)
Ancaster Butchers: Red Onion and Black Pepper Sausage
Peterborough Game: Venison and Redcurrant
Peterborough Game: Wild Boar and Apple
Peterborough Game: Beef and Ale
Cauldron Vegetarian Lincolnshire Sausage
Cauldron Mediterranean Vegan Sausage

We do still have some rooms available for that weekend for B&B so if you fancy making a weekend of it, get in touch now to book a room so you can indulge in the stronger ciders without worrying about getting home.

Also bear in mind that Saturday 28th October will be our Family Hallowe’en Party at 4pm so you can bring the whole family down to the pub, and enjoy party games AND cider and sausages all at the same time. Tickets for the Hallowe’en Party are £5 per child. And Sunday 29th we have live music with Steven Faulkner from 5pm, the perfect way to round off a weekend of cider drinking and sausage eating.

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