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Churchill's Pub & Grille
Taps: 50 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
887 W San Marcos Blvd
phone: (760) 471-8773
(Place added by: xlperro)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 40 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited Churchill’s for their Renaissance Festival this past weekend. Obviously the festival was going to be pretty crazy but it ended up being a great time. My wife and I went back the day after too. The building is fairly large with a bar area and separate seating areas. They also have a patio where you can hang out. The walls are decorated with lots of beer memorabilia, especially lots of UK beer stuff. They have a couple of TVs set up around the building that were broadcasting sports all day. Even with it being super crowded it was still a great atmosphere. Service was extremely good both days, which was very surprising during the fest because there were just so many people. Staff also didn’t mind people bringing in their own bottles to open and share. The quality of all the beers I tried was very good. The selection was obviously pretty ridiculous but I have seen their list of stuff on tap when there aren’t any festivals and they always seem to have an awesome tap list no matter what. The food we had was good with some pretty savory burgers and spicy fries to go with all the beer. Prices were very reasonable for everything as well. My favorite thing about this establishment was the offering of taster sized pours for all their beers. Overall, this is a great place to come visit and I won’t soon forget the awesome weekend I had here at Churchill’s.
03-05-2012 16:53:38 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
a good bar but overrated. Selection was good,service was good, the beer was bigger than average. The place was a bit snug, its a restaurant with a good sized bar area. Lots of older guys about. One major issue,The beers did not all taste right, whether its the lines or the age of what was on tap. Bottle selection was decent. A big drop coming from Stone, but different choices and more of a neighbourhood good beer bar. Bartender knew his beer. A bit of a buzy street to sit outside (if the weather was good). I would skip this on the next trip to Stone and head down to Diego instead.
01-18-2012 14:05:09 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Churchill's is a comfortable, relaxed English-style pub with a pool table, darts, indoor, outdoor, and barstool seating. There's often lively discussion at the bar, a quiet corner to read in, a game on TV, or welcoming firepits outside, whichever sounds best to you. Now that the men's bathroom door is fixed, the atmosphere is perfect.
Clean tap lines. 2 casks. 50 rotating taps, always with a good assortment of locals, other domestics, seasonals, and a few Belgians. There is (almost) always Ballast Point Sculpin and a Russian River hop-forward beer on tap, whether it be Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, or the underrated, though delicious, Russian River IPA. Terrific bottle list with reasonable prices. Full assortment of spirits as well, including a long list of bourbons/whiskeys.
The staff is knowledgeable, efficient, and personable. I've always received outstanding service.
Outstanding selection. I'm holding off on giving a 5 until they routinely offer Alpine beers on tap. A place that wants to be deemed San Diego's finest beer bar needs to carry San Diego's finest IPAs.
The food is high-quality, affordable, and delicious, with rotating specials daily. The chef is innovative and skilled. Everything on the menu I've had is terrific, and the fries (or chips) are the best in the city, as far as I'm concerned.
Reasonable/typical San Diego pub prices. They do offer all beers in 4oz. taster glasses upon request, which I find especially appropriate for (pricier) beers I'm unfamiliar with.
Also, there's Churchill's Finest Hour bottles available year-round. What's not to love about that?
01-12-2012 18:18:24 |
More by ehammond1
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
OK what can i say this place is topnotch the whole way through. Beer selection incredible food awesome customer service even better. When going to a lot of craft beer spots i always think they loose sight on the 2 most important things Beer and Service. This place is on it they have you covered. 50 taps i thin and a good little bottle selection they also have an outdoor patio with fire pits also a nice touch. Its in North County but well worth the drive. This place will take the Pepsi challenge with the best of em. Highly recommend. Oh ya did i mention i dont think they have a draft over $5....
12-19-2011 08:46:04 |
More by tastyales
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
What can I say about this place that hasn't already been said? Has anyone mentioned the killer patio and fire pit area?
A can't miss place when you're in the area, Churchill's pretty much has it all and then some. Not only do you have a GREAT selection of craft on tap, they're also a full bar, and to top it off, the food is good enough on it's own to come for. Very talented chef and crew,so look for the specials. The burgers alone are to die for, and the fries, or "chips" are like crack. Great spot for craft beer events, my buddies and I had an outrageously awesome time here following the Zwanze Day at Stone... Ivan had a mind-blowing array of sours on tap, it was a true tasting fest! As a BA, ya gotta love that the cool cat who owns this joint knows and loves craft beer!
12-18-2011 03:21:28 |
More by dannyhipps
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I usually visit Churchill's a couple times a week. The atmosphere is reminiscent of an English pub, with various pictures depicting English people and landscapes. There is a bar side with 8 or so tables, a pool table, TVs, darts, and a jukebox. The internet jukebox allows me to play 20 or so Symphony X songs, which I appreciate until Tony overrides the selections, at which point I shake my fist. There is also a side that is not the bar side, where a hostess will seat you and you can plot and scheme to your heart's content in this darker setting. A foosball table is located here. There is an outdoor area with a few tables, but this is usually filled with cigarette smoke. Churchill's also has a full bar, if you're in the mood for liquor.
Quality: Quality is very good. Quality of service, quality of food, quality of drink. It's all good.
Service: The service is usually very good, but like all bars, sometimes they get slammed (wing night, for example) and then you wait a little bit longer, but you can pass the time by looking at the soothing English pictures and listening to the 30 minute epic progressive metal track, The Divine Wings of Tragedy, which I've just played on the jukebox. The servers are very friendly and won't scowl at you if you ask for a snifter with your 4oz taster.
Selection: The beer selection is extensive. Ivan boasts something like 50 taps. There's a lot of local stuff, which is awesome, but there are also offerings from all over the country, as well as international beers. The bottle list is quite good as well. If you're lucky you might come across Churchill's Finest Hour, a Jack Daniels barrel aged and blended strong ale made especially for Churchill’s by Port Brewing. Just make sure not to order it. I'd be disappointed if you got the last bottle and it wasn't there the next time I visited. But definitely check out the bottle artwork.
Food: The food is very good for a pub. Actually, it's just good food in general and reasonably priced at that. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend anything on the menu. Wings, Tikka Masala, Fish & Chips, Burger, French Dip, Salads (are these proper nouns?), they’re all good. The chef is great.
Value: Reasonably priced beer and food.
Overall: This is one of the best spots in North County, if not all of San Diego. The environment is more relaxed than some of the beer bars in San Diego. The owner, Ivan, is very friendly and knowledgeable. You can view their food menu on their website, where you can also view the current list of beers on tap.
11-18-2011 01:07:29 |
More by HopHead84
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Stopped in here for the first time with my roommate on Saturday afternoon. We actually both work along the same road, and I know he's come here several times before with coworkers. I'll likely amend this review a year or so from now once I get a deeper feel for the place.
Churchill's has the feel of a local joint. There's a dart board, a few small TVs, a bunch of little league team pictures, and a busted bathroom door that's apparently been that way for more than a year. The interior is plain and fairly spacious, with a goofy floor plan that makes me think this used to be two separate establishments. It's comfortable though, and I could definitely imagine this being a great destination for after work happy hour.
The food menu offers up a solid variety of British and Indian food, along with creative twists on standard pub grub. My roommate has spoken very highly of their food, and the two dishes we got on Saturday - the Spicy Burger and the Reuben - were both delicious! I can't wait to try more of their food!
The beer menu is clearly posted in several places throughout the bar, and the selection is both diverse and high-quality. They've got (at least) two firkins as well, and both were in use on this Saturday afternoon: FW Pale 31 and a porter from Karl Strauss. Aside from Stone, this bar probably has the best beer selection in north county.
The one downside of Churchill's (on this day anyway) was the service. Even with only a dozen or so customers, we still waited a good ten minutes before being brought menus, and then waited another 30-40 minutes for beer and food. Amand (my roommate) claims that the service always sucks. He was right this time.
08-31-2011 04:05:10 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited this place with MrVonzipper, Alucard4, Ehammond1, and Nosignsofpain after the 15th anniversary stone festival.
I had been talking to Ehammond1 quite a bit through BA and I told him I had always wanted to try Churchill's 2010 or 2011 and he told me that he goes there all the time and that he might be able to hook something up. So we decided go and check it out. When you first pull up to the place it just looks like a shit hole on the side of a busy street very old and looks like it is going to fall apart honestly. When you walk inside it does kind of remind me of a dive bar it has a pool table to the left and some table and chairs for dining and to the back left is the bar and two dart boards if your into that thing for some reason that dating commercial with the guy being a sponsored dart thrower came to mind. To the right is more table and chairs and a hallway which leads to and outside eating area.
The beer selection is great and they had a few beers on cask and nitro which is always a welcoming sight. As far as the food and service goes I would give the service a higher score except for the fact that the owner actually dumped maranara sauce all over my brother ruining his shirt and shorts for the night but he gave us a free beer but not sure it that made up for it but he took it anyway. The food that we had was pretty good with the mac n cheese really standing out.
On to the Churchill's 2011 Ehammond1 and nosignsofpain were already outside waiting for us and when we walked outside the present was sitting on the table for us to try and if was mighty fine indeed so thanks to you two for making that happen it is much appreiciated.
Final Thoughts, make sure and visit this place if you are in San Marcos and get a chance to it will not let you down great beer good food and a great environment whatelse could you ask for.
08-27-2011 17:59:03 |
More by DarthKostrizer
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Went here with DarthKostrizer and Alucard4 thanks to Ehammond1 after Stone 15th Anniversary.
From the outside it kinda looks like a shithole English pub. When you walk in it's seems like more of a kinda fun and hip pub with a pool table and dart boards. My thoughts are this place has a bit of an identity crisis. No Tetly's, Boddingtons or Guinness like most people would expect walking in. Yet an exceptional set craft beers on tap and two on cask. I'd have to guess somewhere between 30-40 taps? With amazing options like Victor at Sea and Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla bean on cask which I enjoyed.
After all the huge beers we had in the VIP section at Stone we had to eat. Overall the food was good, nothing spectacular. The vibe was great with good overflow from the Stone anniversary so there were alot of happy, fairly drunk and knowledgeable beer drinkers around.
A huge thanks to Ehammond1 for not only showing hometown hospitality and taking us here, along with an outstanding home bottleshare, but also cracking a Churchill's Finest Hour for our table to share.
08-22-2011 07:08:57 |
More by MrVonzipper
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
One of the best pubs/beer bars in California. Period. Their fifty or so taps are always rotating, and they don't put anything on tap that isn't high quality or unique, and will frequently put beers on that are in limited quantities, and this has no effect on their prices, which are incredibly affordable. Their bottle list is also something cool to check out if your looking for something in particular, and some can even be taken home for consumption. The food is excellent, especially the burgers and their Reuben, and the staff is always friendly and helpful. And, most importantly ,the vibe is laid back, unpretentious, and kind of old school. I highly, highly recommend this place. However, be warned that it can get rather noisy on the weekends at night.
07-28-2011 01:32:42 |
More by BigChug
Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA
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