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 of the ales available at The Phoenix this month :
Caveman Brewery, "Palaeolithic" : (ABV 3.8%)
“well balanced and highly drinkable”
The Caveman Brewery is based, they say in 'the Cave below The George and Dragon' in Swanscombe and despite being cavemen they 'try not to use twigs, berries, animal skins or any other nasty stuff in their beer'. From them comes this light session beer with a dose of aromatic hops. Well balanced and highly drinkable this beer is apparently 'the Swanscombe Man's favourite brew', which is why they named it after the Palaeolithic Era. Sweet malts balance out the Grapefruit and Citrus from the US Amarillo and Cascade hops to give an easy drinking session pale ale.
Westerham Brewery Co., "1965" : (ABV 4.8%)
“clean, refreshing full bodied”
The Westerham Brewery Company was established in 2004 to bring brewing back to the historic town of Westerham and has revived many of the much-loved flavours of the old Black Eagle Brewery, which closed in 1965. From them comes '1965', a premium ale to commemorate the year when the Black Eagle Brewery closed, Winston Churchill passed away and Robert Wicks (the founder of the brewery) was born. Brewed to a similar recipe that Bill Wickett used for his last brew at the old brewery on 3rd March 1965. Kent Northdown hops give a clean, refreshing full bodied flavour for which English ales are famous. Finished with Finchcocks’ Kent Goldings for flavour and aroma.
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