Michaelmas Goose at The Goring

The Goring Dining Room

From Monday 27 September-Saturday 2 October, The Dining Room at The Goring will be serving Michaelmas goose. Michaelmas, or the feast of St Michael, falls on 29 September. In the past, at the end of the harvest, it was customary for tenants to present their landlords with a traditional ‘green’ goose fed on the harvest stubble. The Michaelmas goose is known as the green goose because it is reared on grass, as opposed to the Christmas goose, which is a larger, older bird brought into the farmstead later in the autumn to be finished on corn. The traditional connection between Michaelmas and goose was once as strong as the link between Christmas and turkey. Everyone wealthy enough ate goose on St Michael’s Day. Roast Michaelmas goose with all the trimmings will be on the main set menu in The Dining Room at The Goring for one week only, from Monday 27 September to Saturday 2 October. Three courses are priced at £35 for lunch and £47.50 for dinner.