Sort file:- Canterbury, March, 2024.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 23 March, 2024.


Earliest 1963

(Name from)


Open 2024+

67 (31) Old Dover Road


01227 464220

Phoenix Tavern 1965

Above photograph taken by Edward Wilmot in 1965.

Above picture taken from their web site.

Phoenix beermat 1980

Above beermat circa 1980, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Phoenix sign 1977Phoenix sign 1980s

Phoenix sign left June 1977, sign right 1980s.

Phoenix sign 1991Phoenic sign 2012

Above sign left July 1991, and right 2012.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


Originally known as the "Bridge House Tavern" standing on the Old Dover Road on the corner of Cossington Road near to the railway bridge and dating back to 1874. The original pub was almost destroyed by fire in 1968 but was renovated and the name changed to that of the "Phoenix" which we know today.


From their web page.

The Phoenix 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 endeavours 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").



This pub brews its own beers (2016) under the name of the "Cossack Brewery."



GOLDSMITH Tony & Daphne 1975-90

Last pub licensee had GRIFFITHS Bob & Nilla 2012+


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