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").
Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight Fri 23 Sept to Sun 9 October
What is Kent Green Hop Beer ?
Kent Green Hop Beer is beer made with fresh, or green, Kentish hops – instead of using hops that have been dried as is more traditional in brewing. The beers have a characteristic fresh taste because the hops used contain many of the oils that are normally lost when hops are dried. Brewers make sure the hops are as fresh as can be by using them within twelve hours of being picked. Almost every brewery in Kent is making at least one – some have made several. There are more than twenty breweries in the county so that’s a huge range of beers – more than thirty this year! They’ll all be different too as each brewer will be creating their own recipe. For more information, see the Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight website. At the Phoenix, we'll be offering as many different Green Hop Beers as we can, call in often!
We look forward to seeing you for Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight!
Pig and Porter Brewery, "Strangely Brown" : (ABV 4.4%)
“only brewed in September”
Like many good things, The Pig and Porter Brewery was conceived around a kitchen table. From that conversation the “kernel” of an idea was formed. From them comes "Strangely Brown", a Porter but not as we know it; with green hops. This is a bit unusual. The grassiness of the green hops helps to lift the creaminess provided by the roasted grains. Smooth mouth feel with slight hints of coffee. Porter hopped with EKG, fresh hops against a backdrop of roasted and flaked barley to give a traditional porter flavour. Only brewed in September
Old Dairy, "Green Hop Top : Fuggle" : (ABV 4.0%)
“spicy, soft, woody, some fruit notes”
As The Old Dairy Brewery explain; "September brings a unique opportunity for brewers; hop picking time! As we are fortunate to live in hop growing country we can have hops straight from the gardens (our hops come from Hukins Hops in Tenterden) and into the beer in less than 12 hours, sometimes a lot quicker! We literally pack the very green hops into the brew and the result is an delicious, very fresh tasting and perfectly hopped beer. Enjoy!" From them comes Green Hop Fuggle hops - mild and pleasant, spicy, soft, woody, some fruit notes.