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Sorry to report that John Sellwood, the Landlord of the Phoenix, died yesterday (Wednesday 22nd August). The pub is currently closed & it's future is now uncertain.
NigelB - 23 Aug 2018 13:59
After visiting the other 2 non real ale pubs in the town we arrived here just before 4.45pm and what a difference the Phoenix is to both The Bell & The New Angel.

4 ales on the hand pumps but unfortunately the John Smith’s Cask was almost off and tasted vile, I asked the barmaid to change but during our 3 hours here it wasn’t changed!!

So for all the time we spent here I was on the very drinkable Abbot Ale, well kept, strong and lethal after not having any decent ale earlier in the day.
Busy we arrived here and busy when we left with a steady flow of punters coming through the doors. Football was on the box from 5.30pm and this brought a fair few blokes in.

The garden was also popular, it’s pretty big and was the perfect place to sit in on a very hot day, but not if you wanted to watch the football.

The Phoenix appears in the 2016 GBG and is the only one in Rainham that does but that’s really not a surprise.

I liked it here, the pub has charm, good ales and some very interesting and friendly punters. Older style decoration with heavy 70’s style carpets, but it all works.

Also very convenient for the train station.
lezford - 4 Oct 2016 14:26
I can't say I've ever been to Rainham before. But the town centre looked quite nice. The Phoenix is a locals pub. But locals and staff did appear friendly. Most were watching the rugby. The ales were all national ones - St Austell Tribute, Greene King Abbot, Courage Directors & John Smiths Cask. There was a vacant handpull, that I believe normally has Wells Bombardier. A nice pub that had a 'comfortable' feel to it. But a shame the ale range wasn't more adventurous. But my Directors was ok. Moved on to the Crooked Billet at Creekmouth (not listed on here), only to find it occupied by some eastern Europeans that didn't speak much English!
blue_scrumpy - 11 Oct 2015 21:41
Nice friendly pub with a proper landlord, entertainment most weekends. Look out for Ruby on a Saturday night she gets the pub rocking.
gilberto - 23 Jul 2010 02:20
Very good roadhouse styled locals; lively mid-afternoon but friendly. Had Maldon Gold on but I had John Smiths Cask which had real flavour - worth its Beer Guide entry
mtaylor40 - 23 Nov 2007 22:40
This is not a bad pub.Old fashion large bar pub with a large function room at the side.Four real ales on and although not one of my favourites,the Directors was first class.Seems about the only pub in Rainham that does real ale.
apa - 9 Sep 2006 08:08
This is a fairly large pub, early 20th Century, with a fairly good range of well-kept beers and friendly staff and regulars.

The customers are mostly locals, although there are a fair few rooms upstairs and quite a few workers (generally from Wales or the North) can be found there most of the time.

The beer garden is quite large and is used for barbeques and fun days in the summer (not every week - generally Bank Holidays).

Well worth a visit if you're in the area. Thoroughly recommended. But then I've been a customer for something like 23 years, so I could be biased...
anonymous - 22 Mar 2006 14:43
used to drink in here quite regular , and it always seemed ok better than say the bell or the angel , the landlord looked a typical landlord , but he and his staff knew the drinks and all in all wasnt a bad boozer .
recommended to all but advise watch out on saturday nights walking to the bus stop cause of all the little chavs who cant get served in the pheonix go to the angel (where i used to get served when i was 15) and they think they can fight the world after two stellas
romfordir - 26 Dec 2005 12:39

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