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 at our May Bank Holiday beer festival:
Thornbridge Brewery's, "Jaipur IPA" : (ABV 5.9%)
“crescendo of massive hoppiness”
The Thornbridge Brewery's branded beers were first brewed in early 2005 after the establishment of a ten barrel brewery in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall, situated just ten minutes walk from the heart of Bakewell, (where the tarts come from). Their initial focus was on a range of cask beers that used traditional recipes but provided a modern twist through the use of a wide range of hops, malts and the innovation and passion of the brewing team. From them comes Jaipur IPA, a citrus dominated India Pale Ale, its immediate impression is soft and smooth yet builds to a 'crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey. An enduring, bitter finish.
Liverpool Craft Beer Co., "Quokka" : (ABV 3.9%)
“Australian session IPA”
The Liverpool Craft Beer Company was founded in 2010, are based in Love Lane Liverpool and produce 'forward thinking keg, cask and bottle beers'. Regular collaborations with arts and music events have seen Liverpool Craft's beer appear in the most unique and interesting venues in the city. 'No mission to achieve, no message to convey. An independent brewery keeping busy brewing good beer', they say. From them comes Quokka (an Australian session IPA) made with Cascade, Columbus, Galaxy hops and described as being "floral, hoppy and refreshing". A quokka, of course, is a marsupial and the only member of the genus setonix, looking a bit like an overfed cross between a small wallaby and a domestic cat.
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