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 :
Time and Tide Brewery, "Spratwaffler" : (ABV 3.7%)
“pleasant aroma of a tropical fruit salad”
Time and Tide Brewing, based in Deal, have a mission to 'create great beers, to challenge customers with new ideas and flavours and to change people's minds about how beer should be drunk'. From them comes Spratwaffler - a colloquialism from the North end of Deal, where Time and Tide founders Sam and Paul grew up. A pale beer with a touch of character malt lending body to compliment the high hop content. The hops used give the beer a 'pleasant aroma of a tropical fruit salad with a twist of lemon, passionfruit and grapefruit'. They also say that it is best served with light dishes such as chicken, pork and seafood or why not try a Thai green curry or passionfruit roulade.
Gadd's, "No.7" : (ABV 3.8%)
“fresh, tasty, local ale for fresh, tasty locals”
The Gadds' Brewery began life in the back of a Ramsgate boozer full of 'louts and ne'er-do-wells' back in 2002, before moving in 2006 to a 'big shed and setting up again (properly this time)', brewing 'fresh, tasty, local ale for fresh, tasty locals'. From them comes No.7, the brewery work horse, say Gadds', describing it as a 'simple beer brewed with goldings hops for a little bitterness, fuggles hops for flavour and some crystal malt for colour and body'. Adding the thought 'when I'm an old man I'll drink a gallon of No.7 a week, safe in the knowledge it's a decent and hoppy brew, not too strong to put my consumption outside of the recommended guidelines, whatever they may be at the time. In the meantime I'll continue drinking several gallons a week just because I love it'.
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