Their menu keeps things simple with a burger and hot dog selection, where you’re largely in control of how complicated you want to make things. From the starting point of the basic burger, which is a very reasonable £3.95, you can add all manner of things, from cheese to bacon to haggis to onion rings to black pudding. I simply added cheese, for 50p, as well as some wedges for an additional quid.
I sat in the brightest seat in the pub, right in the window, while the barman went about preparing things in the open kitchen at the end of the bar.
With the bar soon filled with a suitably meaty aroma, my dishes were soon with me. The burger was pretty routine fare, but there was good crunch from lettuce and profuse, tasty cheese, so it was decent enough.
The wedges were a notch better. On a recent visit to Snax, I was delivered the crushing news that they’d stopped doing wedges, having developed quite a taste for the Lamb Weston blighters they used to serve. It was rather fortuitious to find another place serving them, as they really are a favourite.
So overall, I like the Phoenix Bar and while their food is pretty simple it did the job very nicely and was very reasonably priced. I’ll no doubt be back for beer, at some stage, and will be lured in again by their wedges, for sure.
Blythe scores the Phoenix
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13/20
I ate: Phoenix burger and wedges
I drank: soda water
I wore: grey suit
Total bill: £5.45