Welcome to The Phoenix
The Phoenix pub is situated on the corner of Old Dover Road and Cossington Road, between the County Cricket Ground and Canterbury city centre. A Free House, The Phoenix always endevours to stock eight real ales, including one mild. Food is available lunchtimes and evenings, there is outdoor seating on our beer terrace, a covered smoking area and a patron's car park to the side.
Bob & Nilla Griffiths are now the licensees, having also been running the Rose & Crown in St.Dunstans for over three years and now transferring their attentions to The Phoenix. While both now are retired, Bob was previously in medical sales whilst Nilla ran two hairdressing salons. Last owning pubs thirty-four years ago in Rochester, including The Don Cossack, they now turn their attentions and fondness of real ale to one of Canterbury's best known hostelries, well loved amongst cricket fans, visitors to the city and locals alike.
Bob's family were in Pubs all his life and he learnt his cellar skills from his step father who apart from being a Licensee had also been a dray man for twenty-five years, and so there was nothing you could tell him about beer, (one quote being "there are no such thing as bad beers, just some better than others").
Some of the ales featured at The Phoenix this month:
Bexley Brewery, "BOB (Bexley's Own Beer)" : (ABV 4.2%)
“lingering subtle sweetness”
The Bexley Brewery Limited was established in March 2014 by husband and wife team Cliff and Jane Murphy and they started brewing their first beers in that September. This is the first time since the closure of Reffells brewery in 1956 that the borough has its very own brewery again. From them BOB (Bexley’s Own Beer) is a deliciously smooth pale ale. This ale is made with a combination of Crystal malts together with UK and New World hops, giving a floral aroma with a well balanced flavour of gentle bittering and a lingering subtle sweetness. Winner of the festival at The Pigs Ears Festival (Hackney) December 2014
Wantsum Brewery, "Yellow Tail" : (ABV 4.5%)
“hint of vanilla”
In 2009, James Sandy started brewing "Fortitude", the first of what has become an extensive range of beers all named after people or pivotal events in Kent's history. Today the brewery proudly produces eight regular ales and ten seasonal ales which are sold to pubs and bottle outlets throughout East Kent. The Wantsum Brewery takes its name from the Wantsum Channel, the watercourse separating the Isle of Thanet and what was the mainland of the English county of Kent. From them comes Yellow Tail, the nickname used by the French for the indigenous people of Kent during the middle ages. A 5 hop spring ale, using New Zealand hops to create a sweet floral taste. This fruity ale is pale in colour, with mild malt flavours and a hint of vanilla.
Cottage Brewery, "Honey Bunny" : (ABV 4.2%)
“refreshing and easy drinking”
The Cottage Brewery was opened in 1993 in a Somerset cottage by Chris and Helen Norman. It quickly established itself as a significant producer of Real Ale of the highest quality. Many prestigious awards have been won by the company over the years including CAMRA's Supreme Champion Beer of Britain. As demand for the Brewery's ales grew, production was steadily increased and in 2011, the company decided to invest in an entirely new, state of the art brew plant. Cottage Brewing's Ales are renowned for their flavour and aroma together with their exceptional clarity and condition. From them comes Honey Bunny, a Pale Straw Coloured English Ale, hand crafted with a delicate combination of traditional English and Slovenian whole hops to produce a refreshing and easy drinking Pale Ale.