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 :
Gadds', "Just the Ticket" : (ABV 3.6%)
“the winner takes it all”
The National Lottery has teamed up with Gadds' Ramsgate Brewery to refresh their search for the Thanet owner of a £1million-winning EuroMillions ticket. The brewery has launched a new ale, appropriately named 'Just the Ticket', in a bid to find person who bought a winning Millionaire Maker ticket for the March 20th draw. Although Gadds' usually uses East Kent hops in its beers, its latest offering has been crafted on a European theme, using ingredients from France, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. Patrick Lisoire, from National Lottery operator Camelot, said: "We have got the remit to do anything we can to raise awareness for an unclaimed prize". Let's drink to that. And check any old tickets down the back of the sofa The winning EuroMillions Millionaire Maker ticket code is printed on the pump clip.
Pig and Porter, "Elders and Betters" : (ABV 3.5%)
“hint of elderflower”
Pig and Porter was conceived as a small scale brewing and event catering business which brewed their first beer on New Year’s Eve 2012 and thereafter as often as possible at several microbreweries in Sussex and Kent. When the opportunity arose to take on a former brewery in Tunbridge Wells they took it. They say they would not describe their beer as “Craft”, but they don’t produce traditional “brown beer” either. What’s really important to them is that they do not lose sight of the fact that beer is for drinking and don’t take ourselves too seriously and want you, the drinker, to enjoy it. So you have their permission. From them, Elders and Betters is a crisp, refreshing golden pale ale session beer brewed with elderflowers. Expect a 'lemony flavour but with a subtle hint of elderflower toward the end of the mouthful'.
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