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").
Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight Fri 25 Sept to Sun 11 October
What is Kent Green Hop Beer ?
Kent Green Hop Beer is beer made with fresh, or green, Kentish hops – instead of using hops that have been dried as is more traditional in brewing. The beers have a characteristic fresh taste because the hops used contain many of the oils that are normally lost when hops are dried. Brewers make sure the hops are as fresh as can be by using them within twelve hours of being picked. Almost every brewery in Kent is making at least one – some have made several. There are more than twenty breweries in the county so that’s a huge range of beers – more than thirty this year! They’ll all be different too as each brewer will be creating their own recipe. For more information, see the Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight website. At the Phoenix, we'll be offering as many different Green Hop Beers as we can, call in often!
We look forward to seeing you for Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight!
Wantsum Brewery, "Green Hop Ale" : (ABV 4.5%)
“brewed within 12 hours of picking”
The Wantsum Brewery was founded in 2008 by the watercourse which gives the brewery its name, which once separated the Isle of Thanet from the rest of Kent. Originally a six British barrel brewery which brewed twenty-four firkins a week, it has since grown to a twelve barrrel brewery and production has risen to ninety-six firkins a week. A strong supporter of Kentish hops and Kent Green Hop Fortnight, from them comes their Green Hop beer comes in various guises, including Fuggles and Challenger, depending on the hops being used, but all are brewed using hops within twelve hours of their being picked.
Gadds', "Green Hop Ale" : (ABV 4.8%)
“fresh & crisp”
Gadds' Brewery began life in the back of a Ramsgate boozer full of, as they put it, 'louts and ne'er-do-wells', back in 2002, but by 2006 they had purchased a big shed and set-up again (properly this time), bigger, better and bolder than before, brewing fresh, tasty, local ale for 'fresh, tasty locals', (this is Ramsgate we're talking about). From them comes their 'Green Hop Ale'. As they put it 'we've grabbed a sackful of hops straight from Humphery's Garden and created a 'proper fresh hop ale'. They add they you should expect extremely crisp resinous hop notes with the malt taking a back seat.
Canterbury’s award winning brewery
visit The Phoenix to try an ever changing selection of Wantsum's beers !
Click here to visit the Wantsum Brewery's own website to read more.