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").
Bookings required for Burn's Night & Chinese New Year
Just some of the ales on this month :
Whitstable Brewery,, "Cockle Warmer" : (ABV 4.7%)
The Whitstable Brewery started in 2003, when the Whitstable Oyster Company stepped in to save a Kentish microbrewery's site when it folded. They hired Rafik Abidi, a Heriot-Watt trained brewer with years of experience of the British brewing industry and he got straight to brewing great beer! From them comes 'Cockle Warmer', described as an 'Autumn Ale with backbone!'. The finest Crystal and Cara malts add a burning copper colour, full-bodied biscuit flavour and reviving warmth to the wonderful spiciness of the Styrian Golding hop. This is backed by an expert blend of three others to add a well-balanced citrus top note and a rounded bitterness. They say 'A pint of Cockle Warmer is the perfect choice to relax with after a cold and rainy day!'.
Pig & Porter, "Ashburnham Pale Ale" : (ABV 3.8%)
Pig and Porter, they say, is 'a passion born of necessity, nurtured in a shed, fuelled by belief and fulfilled by the creation of beers that we love'. From full-time event caterers and occasional brewers, Pig and Porter changed direction when they took over a former brewery in Tunbridge Wells. The success and growing reputation of their early beers forced them to make a choice and they decided to focus on the beer and they're now on a mission to share their beers with everyone who wants to drink better. From them comes 'Ashburnham Pale Ale', a classic English Pale Ale with a touch of caramel maltiness. Brewed with Fuggles and East Kent Golding hops late in the boil and then dry hopped with EKG’s to add a spicy nish. A regular best seller for good reason.