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Churchill's Pub & Grille
Taps: 50 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
887 W San Marcos Blvd
phone: (760) 471-8773
(Place added by: xlperro)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 40 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I was here tonight and had a variety of beers. I started out with Pliny the Elder and moved to Trumer Pils and finished off the night with Attenuation from Port. The pool table was as high quality as the beer selection (75 cents per game). They even had the new Vertical Epic 08-08-08 from Stone to take home but I never received a price from the bartender. The food (sausage sampler was good, however the mustard was a little to homemade for my liking). I would definitely go back again! They also had a foosball table and 3 dart boards. I did not use the bathroom so I cannot comment on that. Had a lot of spots to sit at that might fill up during dinner time.
08-06-2008 08:09:45 |
More by 2LBrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3
After the lunch date at the nearby Penny Lane [the other Brit Pub in San Marcos], and the departure of xlperro and his family, my good self, AleOha and EyeChartbrew decided that we should check out the other British Pub in town.
Previously in existence as The Camelot, so they tell me, it still retains a very British title, yet is not as much in yer face as the Penny Lane is. From the roadside, you could forgive yourself for passing by this one, for it has the appearance of a small wooden single storey diner at first.
Inside it is clean but the initial shock is just how frigging low the ceiling is. To the right a rectangular shaped room has booths either side for those seeking a little privacy whilst dining. This room also leads to a door which will take you into the searing hot outside drinking area, complete with tables, chairs and sunscreens. Immediately in front of you as you enter are the restrooms and kitchen. To the left of this sits a reasonably sized, almost sunken square shaped dark wooden bar. To the left and front of the bar there are many solid dark wood tables and chairs, as well as a nice set of real bristled Dart Boards, with the display of many dart trophies pronouncing that this is a sport taken very seriously in here.
The bar had a small but local looking selection of punters, merrily chatting and drinking. It was still early in the afternoon, but there were definitely more punters drinking in here than the Penny Lane.
All the Taps are set against the wall, but the Beer selection, as esteemed traveler and Greg Koch impersonator reports, is pound for pound pretty much that of the nearby Penny Lane sand Handpumps. However, this place has a much more local bar feel about it. The Bass Pale Ale was also decently priced, damn tasty and rather drinkable.
I did not have any food here, but I wish I had, for the Menu looked great and looked to be much more than the usual Brit pub fodder with a flair for adventure.
Service was good, friendly and the woman behind the bar was very chatty with the locals, always a good sign. I wouldnt have minded being a bit chattier with her myself ;-)
The Car Lot outside is pretty small, indeed the front, with its thin white compressed lines is mainly reserved for Bikers, giving a clue to the background of some of the composite imbibers that reside here.
Should the Handpumps disappear for good at the Penny Lane, then I would certainly make Churchills my regular haunt if I lived here, its just seems like much more fun, cozy and simply a pretty cool joint for relaxing in. This place has more of a pub feel, and I am sure Churchill's really comes to life much later in the night.
Last Visit: Saturday 7th August, 2004.
08-15-2004 03:36:30 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
a good bar but overrated. Selection was good,service was good, the beer was bigger than average. The place was a bit snug, its a restaurant with a good sized bar area. Lots of older guys about. One major issue,The beers did not all taste right, whether its the lines or the age of what was on tap. Bottle selection was decent. A big drop coming from Stone, but different choices and more of a neighbourhood good beer bar. Bartender knew his beer. A bit of a buzy street to sit outside (if the weather was good). I would skip this on the next trip to Stone and head down to Diego instead.
01-18-2012 14:05:09 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
This is a place to drink amazing beer, and that's about it. The food is always so-so. Sort of middle-of-the-road bar food. The beer list, however, is incredible. I've had some great rare offerings from Russian River and Hair of the Dog, just to name a few, but there are always a ton of options. This place also frequently hosts some great beer-themed dinners and is generally a welcoming place to visit.
10-10-2013 17:39:35 |
More by dwagner003
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
So after the whole day at Stone's 12th ann. we were left a bit hungry sitting in the hotel afterward so we ventured to this place. We rolled up and and thought we were at a biker bar. Parking was horrible, but we found the lasts spot way in back. If we had a bike we would have had had room up front. Once you enter it has fun pub written all over it, tv's, pool and some guy thinking he can beat everyone at darts (he couldn't) Since it was after Stones part there was a wait for a table so we headed to the bar and found 2 seats. The tap selection was better than expected, started with PLINY. We ordered the Crisps (homemade chips), which were crisp and light and hit the spot. I had for the first time the Abbys on draft, it was was very good. After looking over the 250+ beer bottle list, another one I havnt been able to get my hands on was Angels Share from Lost Abby, $25 for a 12.7oz bottle. The bartender Jason was prompted to remind me of the price but I didn't care. This review is coming! I wanted one more to go with my Ruben sandwhich that just came but the wife suggested H2o first, good move. After eating it was Firestones Parabola. This was a great beer but the Angels win this battle. The atmosphere was bustling as two guys from Deschutes were on guitars and singing some great cover songs that livened the place up even more. If you have time when visiting Stone, Lost Abby or Green Flash stop by you won't be disapointed and you will find something you havn't had.
P.S. The next day was a ruff one.
08-18-2008 16:07:36 |
More by dbONE
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
English surroundings with lots of American beer. That's the theme at Churchill's, and it's well excecuted at both ends. Even though there was one other patron inside the place, I didn't feel depressed. Wood all around, a lot of wiggle room throughout the pub that you don't bump into table. A foosball table, pool table, and dart board are among the activities that one could distract themselves while enjoying a drink. An L shaped bar that's easy to access with over a dozen stools to sit at.
Near the bar is a display that tells which beers are on-tap at the moment. I counted 50 taps total. A few standard British Isles beers are in the mix that is dominated by Americans, whose (American) portfolio includes Stone, Ballast Point, Coronado, Craftsman, Black Market, Port, Karl Strauss, and many New Belgium specialty beers. 2 casks engines behind the bar, though only one was in operation (Double Barrel Ale). The draft menu also includes price per pour, the serving size, and pitcher prices where applicable, little things that matter to me. Glassware comes in a few shapes and sizes; shaker pints for a majority of the beers, imperial pints for a select few, and smaller tulip for the 10 ounce pours.
The bartender wasn't needed too much for 2 beers and a lunch entree on a slow Thursday afternoon, but she was attentive and seemed to know a few things about beer.
I was excited for some Banger Mac n' Cheese, and while it provided me with a good lunch, I thought that I'd get a little more out of it. Broccoli that came with it was a wee too crunchy and a wee too seasoned for my taste. The mac n' cheese was fine.
I like what I saw at Churchill's. With that, Churchill's will be on my mind whenever I make future visits to the area.
06-24-2011 01:14:25 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Located in San Marcos amidst lots of good breweries, this place is a natural fit for the clientele that make the area the best beer city in the world. The usual stuffy English bar layout, lots of wood, I think when you enter, its bar to the left, dining area to the right, patio area even further to the right.
I really like the ambience on the patio, there's some fire pits, very nice, where I'm from there'd be some BMC douches getting wasted and falling into the fire pit, suing the establishment and voila!, no more fire pits, but thankfully, this place doesn't seem to enable such people, so instead, we just had a nice cozy night by the fire with pleasant people around us. Its true, good people do drink good beer.
Quality of the beers was awesome, almost everything I drink there are things I've never had before. And most of those turn out to be pretty damn good too. Drank a lot of Societe and Iron Fist taps while we were there. Disappointed by the lack of Alpine, also disappointed that they never, NEVER have Churchills Finest Hour bottles available when I'm there, despite some BA's claiming they always have it, its been my exact opposite experience. Who knows, maybe I'm not local or cool enough to get a bottle, or maybe the waitress I get is always the clueless one, because the last one I had acted like she didn't even know what I was talking about, then when I informed her a little more, she kind of guessed that it was only available one day a year. Who knows, disappointing in the end, regardless of the reason.
Did enjoy a Cascade Figaro out of the bottle. $40 for something I couldn't order online, that was $25 I believe before shipping, seemed like a good deal. Was quite enjoyable. Food was decent, typical pub stuff, I think we had some irish nachos or something, was like potato skins with bacon and cheese on it. They offer smaller pours, but really kill you on the price per oz when you do it that way.
Really hate the slanted driveway out front, I only had about a gallon of gas in my truck, and because of the incline, I had to walk to a gas station, buy a gas can, fill up the truck. Nobody from the bar, not even the doorman who watched the entire time, offered any help. Not a big deal, but damn, last time I park in that spot again, we missed our reservation at Stone because of it!
In the end, I can see how Churchills could be a big favorite, especially if you have access to their unique offerings.
12-27-2012 18:04:22 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
After hearing so much about Churchill's, I knew it was a must hit destination on my trip to San Diego. From the outside, it's not much to look at. Once inside, it has sort of a run-down English pub, dive-ish feel to it. Nothing wrong with it, but just not really what I was expecting. The service was prompt and friendly. The bartender went digging through the cellar to find me a bottle of CFH '13 to try so I was pleased. The selection is great. Nice bottle list and an excellent draft selection. The food was just okay. The burger was kind of mediocre (seemed to be a trend during my time on the West Coast...) Not terrible though, and decently priced, but I wouldn't come here to eat unless it was with a group who really wanted to check out the beer. Overall, I'm glad I came, but it didn't quite meet the hype.
06-26-2013 17:52:41 |
More by vonnegut21
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Hit this joint while pub crawlin around. We found a place to park, thank goodness, and passed the oldschool London phone booth and headed in. Indoor and patio seating is available. We grabbed a table for 6 of us and ordered up some rounds. About 10 taps and a huge bottle list. Our server was a cool gal who claimed that the vegan platter was named after her. I grabbed a smoked pork platter which was decent and filling. Cool old English pub vibe that really should be on anybody's San Diego area bar crawl list.
06-16-2007 16:15:32 |
More by blitheringidiot
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