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 November
Hop Fuzz Brewery, "Hoppy Bomb" : (ABV 5.0%)
“potent, hoppy IPA”
The Hop Fuzz Brewery of Hythe started brewing in 2011, with the aim to create new, innovative beers using the best ingredients and techniques. Keeping in with tradition, they only use pure ingredients and natural products in all of their beers; you won't find any artificial additives here ! Unlike a lot of breweries, they do not sell their spent by-products, instead they give them away ! The grain from the mash tun goes to the Aspinal foundation at nearby Port Lympne Zoo nearby, to be used as animal feed and used hops go to local growers to use as fertilizer. From them comes 'Hoppy Bomb', described as 'sweet, light and hoppy IPA' with single malt to accentuate the floral Columbus hops used to flavour.
Wantsum Brewery, "Imperium" : (ABV 4.0%)
“smooth biscuit malts and a hoppy nose.”
The Wantsum Brewery was founded in 2008 by the watercourse which gives the brewery its name, which once separated the Isle of Thanet from the rest of Kent. Originally a six British barrel brewery which brewed twenty-four firkins a week, it has since grown to a twelve barrrel brewery and production has risen to ninety-six firkins a week. From them comes 'Imperium', the name used to describe King Ethelbert's true rule over the other sub-kingdom's of Kent. Described as a 'deep amber best bitter with smooth biscuit malts and a hoppy nose'.
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.