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The Phoenix (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Old Dairy - Red TopExceptional2
Wantsum - Montgomery (was SS Richard Montgomery)Excellent1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Evil Thieves Batch AExcellent2
Hop Fuzz - The EnglishExcellent1
Pig & Porter - Stone FreeExcellent1
Tonbridge - Countryman Green HopExcellent1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
St Austell - Proper JobGood1
Springhead - Fallen AngelGood1
Whitstable - Christmas SpiritAcceptable1
Springhead - SurrenderAcceptable1
3D (a brand of Epic Beers) - GoalskiNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - Martello (superseded by 4.4% version)Not Tried0
Titanic - SteerageNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Silver TopNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Slave to the MoneyNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye (superseded by 5.5% version)Not Tried0
Hop Fuzz - AmericanNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Whispering Bob APANot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - Bullion BombNot Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. MENot Tried0
Old Dairy - Greenhorn Green Hop Bullion IPANot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Wantsum - Green Hop BullionNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Hop Fuzz - FalloutNot Tried0
G2 - Southern CrossNot Tried0
Wantsum - Five Gold GrainsNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Rockin Robin - Reckless RobinNot Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Goldilocks is DeadNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Phoenix, Canterbury, Kent
Picture 2. The Phoenix, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

01 Jan 2022 (Jack William)
Early evening - a surprising number of pubs in Canterbury choosing to close today. A warm welcome here with a few customers in. I had a good chat with an ex-colleague about walking, cycling and holidays - no shop talk at all.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Excellent
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Good
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
10 Dec 2021 (Jack William)
Lunchtime- popped in to see how the ales are being rotated - and for a decent pint, obviously. Chatted with an interesting retired couple at the bar - previously landlord and landlady of the Red Lion in Shooters Hill and he had previously worked as security for the band Squeeze.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Evil Thieves Batch A5.10Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. ME5.20Not Tried
02 Dec 2021 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon, just one other customer in. Interesting range of ales. I forgot to claim my CAMRA discount.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pig & Porter - Stone Free4.30ExcellentA very good pale ale.
Hop Fuzz - Fallout3.60Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Slave to the Money4.10Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - American4.20Not Tried
04 Nov 2021 (Jack William)
Forced visit - I was cycling home, had a puncture and had to walk - needed the loo but would have been rude not to have had a pint as well. Bumped into and old work colleague. Surprised at the price of a pint here now - £4.80 for the Evil Thieves.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Evil Thieves Batch A5.10ExcellentFirst time I’ve seen this on a pump since the Dover winter beer festival 2020. Delicious.
Hop Fuzz - Martello (superseded by 4.4% version)3.80Not Tried
Titanic - Steerage3.80Not Tried
10 Jul 2018 (Andrew)
Relaxed communal pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80ExceptionalBest pint of this I've had to date.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Rockin Robin - Reckless Robin4.50Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Goldilocks is Dead5.30Not Tried
3D (a brand of Epic Beers) - Goalski4.50Not Tried
22 Dec 2017 (Jack William)
Mid evening. Only a handful in despite a duo playing live music. 6 of 7 ales on, but didn’t note them all.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Springhead - Fallen Angel4.50GoodLively with a hint of lemons.
Whitstable - Christmas Spirit4.60AcceptableLittle life in it.
Wantsum - Five Gold Grains5.00Not Tried
08 Dec 2017 (Andrew)
Christmas tree was up. Nice.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80ExcellentMy kind of low hop sweet Brown bitter
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Fallout3.60Not Tried
G2 - Southern Cross4.80Not Tried
13 Oct 2017 (Andrew)
Nice and relaxing.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - Countryman Green Hop4.00ExcellentTop stuff.
Hop Fuzz - Bullion Bomb5.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Greenhorn Green Hop Bullion IPA6.50Not Tried
Wantsum - Green Hop Bullion4.20Not Tried
12 Sep 2017 (Andrew)
Great little pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hop Fuzz - The English4.00ExcellentEarthy brown bitter.
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye (superseded by 5.5% version)4.80Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Whispering Bob APA6.50Not Tried
20 Nov 2016 (Jack William)
Early lunchtime - I was the only customer - shame, a good freehouse with interesting ales. I was offered a CAMRA discount without asking - bringing a pint to £3.24 - probably the cheapest in Canterbury outside a 'spoons.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Montgomery (was SS Richard Montgomery)4.00ExcellentReally tasty - good balance of malt and "American hopped" flavour without being OTT.
Springhead - Surrender4.80AcceptableA bit whiffy to start unfortunately. Fine as it went on.
Old Dairy - Silver Top4.50Not Tried

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About The Phoenix

The pub sign. The Phoenix, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional12
Excellent66
Good66
Acceptable37
Poor3

Website.

The pub is found in Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3DB.

Single roomed thin pub in Old Dover Road with excellent atmosphere and a great range of beers. Gets busy during cricket week when those who know, pack it out. 10% discount on real ale for CAMRA card carrying members.

We have visited this pub 138 times, seen 296 different beers and tried 137 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT1 3DB