The Geese & Fountain

1 School Ln, Croxton Kerrial NG32 1QR
$$ English Recommended New Editor's Pick

The Geese and Fountain is a traditional welcoming village pub in the lovely Leicestershire village of Croxton Kerrial, five miles west of Grantham and the A1, and nine miles east of Melton Mowbray.

The pub has a real fire, and a quiet and welcoming atmosphere. There is no juke box or fruit machine, but occasional live music and an eclectic playlist of background music supplement the hum of conversation. Dogs, children, cyclists and walkers are all very welcome.

An ever-changing array of locally-produced real ales, craft beers, lagers and ciders have seen the Geese and Fountain included in the 2017 CAMRA Good Beer Guide, after being open less than a year, and every subsequent edition too. The pub was awarded the Vale of Belvoir CAMRA Branch 'Leicestershire Pub of the Year' title for 2017, and went one better in 2018, winning their overall ‘Pub Of The Year’ title, which was retained in 2019. There’s a stunning wine list containing organic and natural wines from all over the world, a ‘gin menu’ featuring 94 spectacular gins, and over 100 different beers in bottles and cans available from the cellar.

The pub serves breakfast, lunch, bar snacks and dinner seven days a week (including a fixed price Sunday lunch offering a choice of locally reared meats or vegetarian roasts with all the usual accompaniments and more for £16 for two courses or £20 for three). The home-made ice cream is just fantastic. Italian-style pizza is a house special, and the vast majority of the produce is farmed in the surrounding Vale of Belvoir.

There are seven en suite letting rooms for Bed & Breakfast, each with its own individual style. Perfectly situated for visitors to Melton, Grantham, Rutland Water, the Vale of Belvoir, Leicester or Nottingham, or travellers heading up or down the A1, the pub is an ideal destination for cyclists, walkers and bird-watchers, as well as foodies, gin enthusiasts and real ale fanatics.

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 1 School Ln, Croxton Kerrial NG32 1QR
  • Cross Street: Main Street (A607)
  • Cuisine: Contemporary | English | European | Seafood | Steak | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Pub
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Car Park |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Cash | Apple Pay | Android Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 01476870350
  • Features: Full Bar, Hotel Dining, Organic Ingredients, Outdoor Seating, Takeout Available, Winning Wine List, Working Fireplace, Healthy Options, Free Wi-Fi, Gay / Lesbian, Farm-to-table,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Dog Friendly, Quick Bite, Date Night,

Photos

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Monday Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
Valid between: May 17, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Monday Evening Meals 17:00 - 20:30
Valid between: May 17, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Tuesday
Tuesday Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
Valid between: May 17, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Tuesday Evening Meals 17:00 - 20:30
Valid between: May 17, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Wednesday
Wednesday Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
Valid between: May 17, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Wednesday Evening Meals 17:00 - 20:30
Valid between: May 17, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Thursday
Thursday Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
Valid between: May 17, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Thursday Evening Meals 17:00 - 20:30
Valid between: May 17, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Friday
Friday Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
Valid between: May 17, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Friday Evening Meals 17:00 - 20:30
Valid between: May 17, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Saturday
Saturday Breakfast 8:30 - 12:00
Valid between: Sept. 20, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Saturday Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
Valid between: May 17, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Saturday Evening Meals 17:00 - 20:30
Valid between: May 17, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Sunday
Sunday Breakfast 8:30 - 11:30
Valid between: Sept. 20, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Sunday Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
Valid between: May 17, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023
Sunday Evening Meals 17:00 - 21:00
Valid between: May 17, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2023

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Just select the 'bar' service option when you are making your reservation, and the system will allocate you a suitable table, and we will know you are just coming for drinks. We'd very much appreciate bookings for drinking at the moment, as it helps us plan and manage our capacity.
Yes! Any table booked on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during August 2020 will receive a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a maximum discount of £10 per person (children included). The total discount received will show on your bill. We will then claim the discount back from the government. It's very simple and does not require you to fill in any forms.
We think it is still a wonderful place to eat and drink. Please book your table in advance if you can. Come to the front door when you arrive, and we’ll explain the new arrangements. There is a one-way system inside the pub, and no service at the bar. Tables are all 2 metres apart, and all drinks and food will be served at your table. Further details are available on our website and our facebook page.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.75 out of 5 stars based on 261 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 04, 2022
Craig D.
Enjoyable evening. Great food and choice of real ales and cider. Nice friendly staff.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
May 09, 2022
Ian Y.
Great beer, good food, attentive and welcoming staff. Sadly very quiet, come on people this is a great pub, use it, or

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 05, 2022
John G.
Excellent food and beer with an amazing selection of Gins. Interested competent service and very good value. The Geese and Fountain is quite plain in terms of decoration and furniture, but none the worse for that. Will certainly be back!

Overall: 10/10
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Service: 9/10
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Jan 23, 2022
Michelle M.
The food and coffee were absolutely delicious. We’ll definitely be back for another meal

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 23, 2021
Pauline H.
Excellent meal, great service and ambience. Would highly recommend !

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 18, 2021
Gordon P.
Great pub food, great service and excellent choose of beers and traditional ciders. Would fully recommend

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 15, 2021
Michael H.
Been to The Geese and Fountain several times, always good.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 13, 2021
Francesca D.
Brilliant, as always :-)

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 16, 2021
Alison M.
We love the Geese and Fountain. the food is always fresh, delicious and interesting, the beers and gins are to die for and it's such a friendly atmosphere. It was great to be back, sitting out in the sunshine while we ate and took part in the monthly acoustic music evening.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
May 11, 2021
Kate A.
The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious, freshly cooked and plentiful. I have given a lower score for ambiance because there were so few guests but I think this was because of the weather, customers were turning up for takeaways. We will definitely visit again

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 03, 2020
Joanne H.
The ‘Duty Manager’ - sadly we didn’t know his name - was excellent..! Nothing was any bother and he went the extra mile to ensure my partners birthday meal was spot on. Thank you so much! Jo

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 26, 2020
Anthony J.
Excellent - only thing that spoiled it a little was being seated right next to the entrance door (table 6), when the rest of the place was empty - and many of the tables away from the door were still empty when we left.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 24, 2020
Mrs R.
What an amazing pub ❤️ All of the meals freshly cooked from locally sourced food. Great choice of drinks especially the gin and a fantastic choice of well kept real ale. But what sets this pub apart is the Team, amazing hosts Nick and Kate and everyone else we met were friendly and nothing was too much for them. Would definitely recommend!

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 09, 2020
Leigh D.
Excellent work! Food was amazing quality and arrived very promptly. Beer was excellently kept and great can/bottle list too. COVID measures in place were also excellent and not over the top. Recommended and will definitely be visiting again. :)

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 21, 2020
Christina M.
We were having the family meal we planned back in March. They enabled us to be socially distanced. We had a marvellously filling Sunday lunch, with all the trimmings. We all had roast meat, which was all locally sourced and well cooked. We managed to squeeze in a dessert as well, and we're not disappointed. Thank you to all the staff for looking after us so well.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 21, 2020
flanny k.
Always a pleasure to visit this freindly pub, always doing their best with the covid issues the country is lumbered with, they cleaned all areas before placement, took special care for social distancing and hygiene re covid and will help out in any way they can to ensure a good visit. thanks everyone x

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Sep 07, 2020
Tom R.
Excellent

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 07, 2020
Christopher S.
The food was beautiful, hot and plentiful. The waiter was a very pleasant man who didn’t try to rush you to make way for the next customers. Altogether a very nice time. Will definitely be visiting again and would definitely recommend to others

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 01, 2020
judith C.
Good meal at a very organised and set out for COVID pub. Very impressed ..we ve passed it many times and decided we needed to visit ...and we will definitely be back.Many thanks.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Aug 28, 2020
Ray B.
Excellent food and service. Safe areas to eat in.

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Aug 26, 2020
Kate W.
We were really happy with our experience. The staff were friendly and extremely helpful. The food was delicious and amazing portion sizes. Exellent value for money. I highly recommend.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 5/10
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Aug 22, 2020
Matt B.
All good nice meal good service

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 21, 2020
Rebecca p.
Fab meal, polite staff, and will continue to return time and time again

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
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Value: 10/10
Aug 12, 2020
Ellie J.
We had a lovely meal and evening and the geese and fountain. The food was top quality and lots of it! Lots of it was homemade which was very much appreciated and we loved the little touches of homemade bread before the meal. The staff were lovely and service was great. One criticism was that the service was a little slow and we felt staff could have been out to check incase we needed anything a little more often but we do appreciate all the extra measures which have to be put into place due to COVID which can cause things to be a little slower than usual. Value for money was so good, we benefitted from the welcome back meal and the eat out to help out discount so weren’t expecting great quality food but we were very happily surprised to be served delicious, perfectly cooked home made food! Would absolutely recommend and hope to return soon, keep up the good work! Thanks!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 10, 2020
Rachel B.
Fabulous!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 01, 2020
Anne K.
Our fourth visit here and it’s still a great place. It was lovely to sit outside in the shade with delicious food and great beer. We’ll be back soon.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 25, 2020
Gary V.
First trip to the pub wasn’t disappointed as usual Brilliant Beer and food

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Apr 22, 2022
Lottie R.
We received complementary bread, the staff were very attentive and there was a lovely vibe. I would highly recommend eating here.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 19, 2021
Stuart M.
Had all day breakfast. Tasted like it had all been cooked in same pan. Bit of a problem if you don’t like mushrooms

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 01, 2020
Simon P.
The food was excellent and arrived quickly. Really ten out of ten considering this is also a ‘village’ pub. Even the children’s portions were all freshly cooked. Only down point was we sat outside by ourselves in a courtyard off the car park for social distancing reasons and as we have noisy kids. Not the pubs fault but we miss the ambience of a noisy pub in the afternoon.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Aug 20, 2020
Charlie S.
A lovely pub with lovely staff. The beer was excellent, and the food was good. In these strange times the staff had made a great job of maintaining ambiance. Our only criticism is that the salad leaves, although fresh, had been dressed too far in advance, becoming wilted.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Jul 05, 2021
Anne K.
It would be good to see some bew vegetarian choices.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Jun 28, 2021
Sarah H.
Starters were all very lovely, mains went down well, the lasagne had too much seasoning (oregano maybe?) which was over powering and gave it a musty taste. The top was also very thick and stodgy. Salad delicious as usual and fries great. For desert we asked if the rice pudding was just plain, simple rice pudding and was told it was so ordered two. It was actually drenched in maple syrup. One of the girls did offer to take it back (it was okay, one of the others ate it instead) but we would expect such a key element of a dish to be mentioned on the menu or for the FOH staff to know about it. In all a decent meal which everyone enjoyed, bad luck the bill payer chose both the lasagne and the rice pudding! :-D

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 0/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 26, 2020
Andrew P.
Lovely, quiet, peaceful atmosphere in bet garden. Food was amazing and value incredible with two combined offers. It took a while for food to be served due to a bottleneck in the kitchen but the garden provided enough entertainment for the hungry kids. Will definitely be going back

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 08, 2020
Neil H.
A relaxing lunch as always!

Overall: 7/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 5/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Aug 13, 2020
Maureen M.
Had to wait over half an hour for desserts, and and another 25 minutes for the bill when we asked for it. However, the politeness and courtesy from staff were very good, and we did receive apologies. The inside area is quite tired and could do with a bit of a facelift. Though we do appreciate the difficulties at this time. The food could not be faulted.