Phoenix, RM13 9YW
- 01708 553 700
- Broadway, RM13 9YW
- 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm Sun
Pub in Rainham, also offering accommodation.
Note: According to the Oct/Nov 2018 London Drinker, the Phoenix has closed due to the death of the licensee, but "will hopefully reopen".
It's a relatively large roadside pub, with a few different spaces and remains of dividing walls suggesting that these were once separate rooms. A large space to the side has banquette seating as well as a few freestanding tables. A pull-down projection screen is here too, and a door leads out to the garden (which according to the 2014 Good Beer Guide contains five aviaries and a barbecue area). Decor is sparse but well-coordinated.
Kake visited on a Thursday lunchtime in June 2015. There was one other customer in, sitting at the bar and chatting with the member of staff on duty, and a few more arrived while I was there. No music was playing.
The handpumps offered St Austell Tribute, Courage Directors, John Smith's Cask, and Abbot Ale. There were also keg taps for Strongbow, Courage Best, Guinness Extra Cold, and so on. A pint of lime and soda was £1.40.
According to a board outside, they normally do food noon-2:30pm, but unfortunately the chef was off on the day of our visit, so we couldn't try it.
Accessibility: Step-free at one entrance and no internal steps to bar or seating. However, there is a rather unexpected step down into the ladies', behind the door, and a couple of steps down to the beer garden.