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WELCOME TO THE PHOENIX TAVERN
Our aim is simple. To provide a comfortable environment in which you can enjoy quality at sensible prices, giving both value for money and an experience that you will enjoy and want to repeat. The tradition of a true British pub, first class drinking and dining, good service and a warm welcome.
The Kitchen are proud of the food they offer and whilst praise is always welcomed by everyone, so too are your constructive comments on how we can improve what we do. Our food is prepared freshly each day on the premises with care and skill by our Chef’s using ingredients from local suppliers.
Our whole team are dedicated to making your visit special. We're family and dog friendly, offer free Wi-Fi and have a large beer garden. So relax, enjoy each other’s company, the good food and drink on offer and thank you for sharing our vision by being here. We look forward to seeing you soon!
NEW AT THE PHOENIX TAVERN
Exciting times at The Phoenix with the launch of our new Phoenix Ale on the bar, and our App is now available to download from The App Store and Google Play. Use the loyalty card to earn free pints!
ABOUT THE PHOENIX TAVERN
This splendid building with its oak frame and beams is a medieval Hall House dating from about 1330. The Hall was the main bar area and part of the jettied ends was in the Club Room. Though not visible from the ground floor, it has arched tie-beams and two large curved brackets to the posts forming a pointed arch, with a crown post, collar purlin and brackets at either end. The inglenook fireplaces would have been put in much later, in the 1600s, and would have given the residents a vastly improved lifestyle – free of smoke and with better cooking.
Abbey Street itself was laid out as an impressive roadway to the Royal Abbey founded in 1147 by King Stephen and his wife Queen Matilda. No doubt some rich merchant seized the chance to create a house here with easy access to the Creek and then by water to London and the continent. The great trade at the time was the export of wool, along with import and export of fish, oysters, timber and grain. Later, Faversham's economy depended on ‘The Four Bs’ – Bricks, Barges, Bangs (explosives) and Beer, all of which are still manufactured in the town today.
Abbey Street lies on a broad gravelly ridge leading north eastwards towards the sea. A Celtic of Belgic farmstead, a Roman Villa, the parish church of St Mary of Charity and of course the Abbey all lie within a few hundred yards of the Phoenix Tavern. Of the Abbey very little now remains except part of the Gatehouse and the Guest Hall, but the wealth of fine oak houses here are still a joy to visitors and local residents alike.
Some ancient houses along this ridge had wells of no great depth with fresh sweet water – hence two famous breweries almost next door in Court Street: Shepherd Neame and until a few years ago the old Rigden’s Brewery, latterly Fremlins and then Whitbread. Whitbread’s records show this building as a tavern in the early 18th century, and it is mentioned as a Public House called The Phoenix in a deed of sale in 1877. It is likely that in the early days the beer was brewed on the premises – probably by the lady of the house – as Faversham was famous in the 1700s for its brewesters (female brewers).
The name Phoenix indicates a fabulous bird from Oriental myth, which lived 500 years, then having burned itself, rose alive from the ashes. Maybe a fire in part of the building inspired this exotic and unusual name but either way we are now in full flight!
From light snacks to lunch and evening meals, view our sample menus here. We also have our Chef's Specials board, and pub classics, so please come in or call the pub 01795 591462
If you'd like to book a table for our fantastic Sunday Roast, please call 01795 591462
There's always a choice of at least 3 meats plus vegetarian option.
Monday to Friday - 12pm to 3pm then 6pm - 9pm :: Saturday - 12pm to 9.30pm :: Sunday - 12pm to 6pm
The Phoenix Tavern brings you a wide selection of Real Ales such as Adnam’s, Young’s, Harvey’s (which is on permanent sale), Badgers, Gadd’s, Old Dairy, Moorhouse, Ringwood, Greene King, Hopback, Wells, Sharp’s, Everards, Otter and more. We hold regular meetings of the TTAS and an annual International Gathering.
Our wines are provided by Bibendum.
Our draught lagers include Estrella Damm, Hop House 13, Grolsch, Pravha, Coors Light, Stowford Press Cider & Guiness with a selection of bottled lagers and Rekordlig Cider.
We are proud of our selection of Real Ales and our Cask Marque Accreditation, running six hand pumps and a cask cider straight from the barrel. We will always have a blonde ale and a lower gravity ale, typically 3.4% to 3.8% ABV.
We have a selection of guest beers. Why not come in to find out more about our current selection!
Bar Openening Times 12pm - 11pm Daily.
INTRODUCING THE NEW PHOENIX ALE