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").
Some ales available at The Phoenix in September :
Adnams Brewery, "Topaz Gold" : (ABV 4.0%)
“soft apricot and lychee notes”
Established in 1872 in Southwold, Suffolk, by George and Ernest Adnams, who bought the Sole Bay Brewery with the help of their father. In 2010 the brewery diversified and The Adnams Copper House Distillery was built and opened in the room which used to house the old brewing coppers. They are however primarily known for their extensive range of ales and from them comes 'Topaz Gold', a pale golden ale brewed with two Australian hop varieties – Summer, a relative newcomer and Topaz. At 4.0% ABV with soft apricot and lychee notes, medium body and bitterness but with a crisp finish.
Kent Brewery, "Altered States" : (ABV 4.7%)
“highly hopped with a sweet malt backbone”
The Kent Brewery aims to bring Kent beer into the 21st century with exciting new tastes and styles, using brand new hop varieties grown in Kent. They want to bring 'tradition, passion and innovation together to produce beers that are never mediocre, always interesting, often magnificent and occassionally entirely unique'. From them comes 'Altered States', an American brown ale highly hopped with a sweet malt backbone, a distinctive and flavourful American Brown Ale. 'Dry-hopped for a great hop aroma!'.
Canterbury’s award winning brewery
visit The Phoenix to try an ever changing selection of Wantsum's beers !
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