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 on tap at The Phoenix this month:
Cottage Brewing Company, "Full Steam Ahead" : (ABV 4.2%)
“copper in colour and full of flavour”
The Cottage Brewery has a large portfolio of award winning ales, all of which are brewed with interesting and prominent hop aromas. The brewery has a reputation for not sparing it’s hops! Based in the heart of rural Somerset, it was founded in 1993 by and has won gold medals at beer festivals all over the country, including Taste of the West. The malt is sourced, where possible, in the South West of England and only the finest Maris Otter pale malt is used, together with Crystal, Chocolate and Cara to form the grists. The names of beers mostly follow a railway theme, including this one 'Full Steam Ahead', described as having a smell of 'honey' and being 'fruity, a light hop and quaffable'.
Romney Marsh Brewery, "Best Bitter" : (ABV 4.0%)
“citrus and marmalade ”
The Romney Marsh Brewery is a family-run brewery in a unique rural setting on the Romney Marshes on the Kent – Sussex border, which launched in May 2015. Head brewer Matt worked in television for 16 years and was the former executive producer of Channel 4’s hit series Come Dine with Me. Their Best Bitter is golden in colour, well-balanced with honey, citrus and marmalade flavours – all from whole flower hops, (East Kent Goldings, Cascade & Pilot. Best served lightly chilled. Romney Golden goes particularly well with spicy dishes, meat pies and seafood.
Wantsum Brewery, "Crux" : (ABV 4.8%)
“spicy and caramel nosed”
G2 Brewing was founded in 2014 with one goal in mind – to craft outstanding beers. The key ingredients in beer are barley, hops, yeast and water. However there is one key ingredient that allows all of these to flourish on Earth - The Sun, hence the brewery's name in tribute to the Sun which is a G2 class star, and it is the key to life on this planet. Without it there would be no us, and definitely no beer. From them comes Crux, also known as the Southern Cross and is the smallest of all the constellation, named in celebration of Australian hop that is used to give its tropical taste and delicious spicy undertones, this golden ale may be small in name but it leaves a big impression.
Canterbury’s award winning brewery
visit The Phoenix to try an ever changing selection of Wantsum's beers !
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