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").
Just some of the ales on this month :
G2 Brewery,, "Orion" : (ABV 4.4%)
“chestnut coloured classic”
G2 Brewing was founded in 2014 with one goal in mind – to craft outstanding beers. They take creative inspiration from our sun and the stars in a bold exploration of esoteric ingredients, melded in a fusion of celestial flavors and explosive aromas in the never ending quest to create forward thinking timeless beers. From them comes 'Orion' : a sword in his belt and a bow in his hand, Orion is the beer of the hunter, patient in his development and precise in his execution. Chestnut coloured classic, infused with time-honored hops, an amalgamation of malts, creating a parallax of full, mouthwatering flavors, which subtly introduce fresh blasts of mint, rustic malty earthy tones and sun quenched floral and lavender scents. 'Take a breath, embrace your senses, savor the stars, you're with Orion!' - heady stuff!!
Musket Brewery, "Fife and Drum" : (ABV 3.8%)
“merest hint of wild blackcurrant”
Home for the Musket Brewery is Loddington Farm in the Borough of Maidstone at Linton, the adjacent parish to Coxheath. It was at Coxheath that regular troops together with raw militia used to camp and train, for what seemed at the time, an inevitable invasion from France in the 1700’s. From them comes 'Fife and Drum', a Golden Ale which produces tantalising tastes and aromas of spice, honey, marmalade, floral and the merest hint of wild blackcurrant growing in the hedgerows of Kent. An ale which is akin to taking a refreshing stroll in the garden of England.
Canterbury’s award winning brewery
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