Welcome to The Phoenix
The Phoenix 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 at The Phoenix this July :
Pig and Porter, "Ashburnham Pale Ale" : (ABV 3.8%)
“fuggles and East Kent Golding”
The Pig and Porter was conceived as a small scale brewing and event catering business which evolved from the hobbies of the respective owners. They brewed their first beer on New Year’s Eve 2012 and thereafter brewed as often as they could at several microbreweries in Sussex and Kent, when the opportunity arose to take on a former brewery in Tunbridge Wells they took it, the beer becoming their focus from then on. From them comes "Ashburnham", a classic English Pale Ale brewed with Fuggles and East Kent Golding hops late in the boil and then dry hopped with EKG’s to add a spicy finish. Named after the village whose inhabitants have given then so much support.
Hop Fuzz, "Goldsmith" : (ABV 4.0%)
Hop Fuzz started brewing in 2011, with the aim to create new, innovative beers using the best ingredients and techniques. Keeping in with tradition, they only use pure ingredients and natural products in all of our beers; you won't find any artificial additives here! To date from their base in Hythe they have crafted over 26 different styles of beers, including bitters, stouts, ales and lagers, all with their main goal in mind. Some have gone on to win awards and they are proud to say we came runner up at the Taste Of Kent Awards this year with their ‘Old American Pale’. From them comes a Hop Fuzz favourite 'Goldmsith', a smooth golden ale packed with hoppy goodness, citrus scents and a clean, fresh bitterness.
Canterbury’s award winning brewery
visit The Phoenix to try an ever changing selection of Wantsum's beers !
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