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").
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May has been designated Mild Month by CAMRA, which we are supporting with several milds, including these:
Wantsum Brewery, "Black Prince" : (ABV 3.9%)
“smooth on the pallet with subtle hop notes”
In 2009, James Sandy started brewing the first of what has become an extensive range of beers all named after people or pivotal events in Kent's history. Today the brewery proudly produces eight regular ales and ten seasonal and special ales which are sold to pubs and bottle outlets throughout East Kent. From them comes "Black Prince", named after the eldest son of Edward III who was married to Joan of Kent and is buried in Canterbury Cathedral, this rich, full bodied Kent mild is smooth on the pallet with subtle hop notes. Gold Medal winner at the South East Regional Championship in September 2015 and SIBA National Silver award in 2016.
Musket Brewery, "Matchlock Mild" : (ABV 3.8%)
“rich and dark and flavoursome”
Musket Brewery is a microbrewery based at Loddington Farm, Linton in the heart of the Kent countryside which started production in October 2013 producing Real Ales using the finest malts and Kentish hops and now selling in more than 200 pubs and clubs throughout Kent. They prodce a range of firearm-themed ales and now Head Brewer, Nigel, has crafted a special brew to help celebrate and promote the CAMRA Mild Month campaign. It's called "Matchlock", brewed from carefully selected blend of four malts, roasted barley and Kentish hops, this has produced a mild beer which is described as "Rich and dark, which can be enjoyed again and again".
Canterbury’s award winning brewery
visit The Phoenix to try an ever changing selection of Wantsum's beers !
Click here to visit the Wantsum Brewery's own website to read more.