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 featured at The Phoenix this month:
Ramsgate Brewery, "No.7" : (ABV 3.8%)
“pale bitter ale”
The Ramsgate Brewery began life in the back of a Ramsgate boozer full of louts and ne'er-do-wells, (their words, not ours), back in 2002, and they spent the following four years struggling away in the tight, smelly and smokey surroundings until they'd built up enough customers to break free. In 2006 they purchased a big shed and set-up again (properly this time), bigger, better and bolder than before, brewing fresh, tasty, local ale for fresh, tasty locals, (again their words, not ours). They say: "When I'm an old, old man I'll drink a gallon of Number 7 a week, safe in the knowledge it's a decent, consistent and hoppy brew, not too strong to put my consumption outside 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". A pale bitter ale brewed with Goldings hops for a little bitterness, Fuggles hops for flavour and some crystal malt for colour and body.
Caledonian Brewery, "Over the Bar" : (ABV 4.2%)
“polished copper ale”
The Caledonian Brewery was born out of the flames of a tragic fire: the founder George Lorimer’s father perished in a fire at Edinburgh’s Theatre Royal and young George used the money he inherited to start the brewery. There have been two calamitous blazes since, but the brewery survived and has passed through many hands, coming within a whisker of closing in the 1980s. Their permanent collection of cask ales comprises, amongst others, the award winning Flying Scotsman, the deliciously refreshing Golden XPA and Scottish classic Caledonian 80/-. From them comes 'Over the Bar', which they suggest you "try then be converted with the tournament favourite". A polished copper ale, "aromatically hoppy and incredibly bittersweet balance".
Whitstable Brewery, "East India Pale Ale" : (ABV 4.1%)
“citrus floral aroma”
In 2003, the Whitstable Oyster Company stepped in to save a Kentish microbrewery's site when it folded. They hired Rafik Abidi, a Heriot-Watt trained brewer with years of experience of the British brewing industry and he got straight to brewing great beer! Their brewing style focuses not only on producing first-rate examples of popular styles, like our East India Pale Ale and Native Bitter, but also on supporting varieties which are often unfairly overlooked, such as their Renaissance Ruby Mild and Oyster Stout. The single-hop range of ales is designed to make drinkers more intimately aware of the ingredients which make their beer and the diversity of flavours and aromas that hops can provide. Once someone has tasted the intense fruity burst of Citra or the glorious spice of the East Kent Golding, they say: "no amount of Pinot Blanc will tempt them back!". Their East India Pale Ale’s vibrant yet well-balanced hop flavours leaves the palate with an assertive finish. A painstakingly chosen blend of aromatic hops complements the best British pale malt to give both its citrus floral aroma and glorious golden hue.