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The Phoenix Tavern

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Welcome to The Phoenix Tavern from all our team.

A 14th century free house with a wealth of oak beams, two inglenook fires and Chesterfield sofas in one of England’s longest and oldest medieval streets, which is Cask Marque approved and in the Good Beer Guide. A wide range of ales, lagers and wines and an extensive menu.

We have six real ales on hand pumps, five lagers and a cask cider straight from the barrel. Whilst four of the ales rotate we permanently keep Harvey’s Sussex Bitter and Timothy Taylor’s Landlord.

Our food is freshly prepared every day in our own kitchen with skill and care by our chefs. Where possible we use local ingredients or suppliers. We are not tied to any single wine supplier and aim to provide an adequate choice without one of those over long wine lists that does little more than confuse! Currently most of our wines are supplied by the Royal Warrant holders Corney and Barrow.

We provide quality at a sensible price and therefore value for money and an enjoyable experience on food and drink.

The Phoenix Courtesy Minibus (12 seater) is available for parties of eight or more booking for at least two courses. This is available free of charge at any time for collection and return within 12.5 miles.

We are happy to quote for private parties of any size, weddings, birthdays, christenings or any other reason including wakes. Also private dinner parties of up to 30 people.We can cater for buffets / events either in the pub or at your home or venue.

We offer a range of equipment for hire including outdoor bar with or without staff, banqueting tables, chairs and covers, as well as cutlery and china. We also have a 20ft by 40ft Marquee available for external hire.Our garden is probably the best in Faversham with individual areas of different character all of which can be booked. This can also be covered entirely with a marquee for 100/150 people or partly covered with a marquee for 50/80 people. 

In the summer months we offer activities such as Sail the Swale and Fly with the Phoenix! In the winter months with fire burning, we have music to relax and unwind to, a great way to end the weekend every Sunday from 6pm to 8.30pm. It is not head bashing!

We don’t have juke boxes, fruit machines, TVs or computer games and don’t sell alcopops, or energy drinks, giving the Phoenix a more relaxed atmosphere.


Regular events at the Phoenix

First and Third Monday every month – Charity Quiz 7.30pm for 8.00pm

Second Monday every month – Real Ale Advisory Board –everyone is welcome to taste and comment, 7.00 pm

Third Tuesday every month - 7.30 pm - The French Group 

Fourth Tuesday every month - 7.30pm on table 10 - The Front Bar Book Club

This splendid building with its oak frame and beams is a medieval hall house dating from about 1330. The hall was in the main bar area and part of one of the jetted ends was in the restaurant. Though not visible from the ground floor, it has an arched tie-beam 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. Whitbread's records show this as a tavern in the early 18th century, and it’s mentioned as a public house called The Phoenix in a deed of sale in 1877. It’s likely that in the early days the beer was brewed on the premises – probably by the lady of the house – as Faversham had some fame in the 1700s for its Brewsters (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. 

Opening times

Noon to 11pm seven days a week

Food Served Every Day

Daily menu, pie menu, sandwiches, salads, Ploughman and jacket potato

Monday to Thursday, noon to 2.30 pm and 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm
Friday and Saturday, noon to 9.30 pm

Sunday Lunch - Our ever popular choice of two roasts, specials, sandwiches and jacket potatoes
Noon to 4.30 pm