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 on at The Phoenix this month :
Welton's, "Golden Duck" : (ABV 5.1%)
According to their Wikipedia page, Ray Welton originally built Welton's Brewery of Horsham in Sussex using equipment he found in a field. Still using the equipment he built himself, though, he is now using a bottom fermenting ale yeast which he feels gives him more beer per fermentation as a result of less foam in the tank. Welton's Brewery this summer have a whole pavillion full of cricket themed beers on offer including; 'Bat & Pad', 'Googly', 'Hard Red Balls', 'Ashes to Ashes' and this this fine offering, 'Golden Duck', a golden wheat beer, described as being 'sweet, with a huge chewy aroma' and a good summer thirst quencher.
The Old Dairy Brewery, "Summer Top" : (ABV 3.6%)
The Old Dairy Brewery was originally set up in an old milking parlour deep in the Kent countryside, but they soon outgrew this and are now just moments from the High Street in the picturesque market town of Tenterden in Kent. With glorious views over rolling countryside, the brewery is housed in two old World War II Nissen buildings next to the Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway. Their beers range from extremely quaffable best bitters, pale ales, stouts and IPA’s to an excellent array of seasonal brews. This time from them comes another of their milk themed beers entitled 'Summer Top', brewed with smooth Maris Otter malts balanced perfectly with distinctive Cascade hops for a 'delicious citrusy flavour', Summer Top is the perfect summer beer to refresh you on a warm summer’s day. Light, golden and very drinkable. Enjoy chilled, as they always say.
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