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 :
Otley Brewing, "Otley O4 Colombo" : (ABV 4.0%)
“satisfying herbal finish”
A group of Otley boys propping up the bar at the ‘Bunch of Grapes’ after another long shift had been ‘selling’ beer for as long as they could remember, and during a mid-session moment of clarity it dawned on them that that they should be brewing their own. They had Otley pubs so Otley beer was the next logical step. From them comes 'O4' (their ales are all numbered, to keep things easy), a straw-coloured American-style Pale Ale. Described as having a 'bitter and thirst quenching with a satisfying herbal finish and massive aromas'. Made with Maris Otter and Torrified wheat malts and a mix of colombus, chinook and cascade hops.
Cross Bay Brewery, "Halo" : (ABV 3.6%)
“spicy and citrus”
The Cross Bay Brewery is based in Morecambe, Lancashire and they’re proud to say that they are the seaside resort’s only brewery. They began brewing cask ales in July 2011 and since then their fine handcrafted beers have been enjoyed at bars throughout the North West and nationwide. Their beers are brewed using premium, natural ingredients in order to give a great, distinctive taste, combining skilful brewing, creativity and innovation to produce a varied range of permanent and seasonal cask ales. From them comes their version of a classic English Pale Ale: Starting with a spicy marmalade and orange rind aroma, that’s sure to please real ale drinkers. A smooth and light body follows, transforming on the palate, into a refreshing blend of pleasant hoppyness. The inspiration behind the name is the optical phenomenon produced by ice crystals creating colored or white arcs across the sun.
Canterbury’s award winning brewery
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