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Churchill's Pub & Grille
Taps: 50 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
887 W San Marcos Blvd
phone: (760) 471-8773
(Place added by: xlperro)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went here with my wife before seeing juno at the Edwards cinema. Passed by a millon times never went in heard about the good selection of beer and the availabilty of cask beers. Parking Lot is small and had to Park in adjucent lot which was told was fine in the night time but in day or overnight you ran the risk of your car being towed. Atmosphere was a small english pub with a few lcd tvs with sports on and a pool table right when you enter. Not a very large place and a not very decorated just a few beer things kind of dingy. Beers ontap ranged from stella to Speedway Stout. They had Alpine's Obrien's IPA on tap, Stone 10th Ann, and Speedway stout ontap as the highlights of tap beer. No cask beers that night. However the real selection was their 3 page bottle list divided by countries. Some outstanding choices and I'll leave it at that. The food while priced reasonable was standard pub food that wasnt anything to rave about. I like this place and recommend it, just check out the bottle list and you wont be dissappointed.
01-10-2008 08:55:04 |
More by sfoley333
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I finally made it here after the Red Poppy release. I don't make it up here (San Marcos/Escondido) much, and when I do it usually is due to beer (Stone, LA, Holiday Liquor). So we made it a point to find this beer haven, after we picked up the Red Poppy. I am glad we did. Yeah the parking sucks, but whatever. The bar is English Pub style. An obvious restaurant portion, and a seperate, yet connected bar area. Service was effecient, and knowledgeable. The menu was standard pub/bar fare. I especially enjoyed the French Dip, and had a Scottish egg for the first time, interesting. There are dart boards, plasma sceens, and my personal favorite- touch screens. There were quite a few young ones around, so that made my soon to be a father friend of mine very happy. "I can drink beer and bond with my child, awesome!" Their beer selection is top notch. I enjoyed a Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza on cask. I was really impressed that they had that, I haven't seen it anywhere else on cask yet, for what that is worth. I then shared an Amazing Grace with a friend- so not your average offerings. I would definetly recommend this bar to anyone that has not experienced the Churchill hospitality and variety and are going to be in the area. A good pre/post stop after visiting LA or Stone, or both! I will be back.
01-21-2008 18:26:10 |
More by m1ked
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here after the Lost Abbey 2nd Anniversary Party for abut forty-five minutes before I had to get back home, atmosphere was cool with a nice old pub feel, pool table, TVs with sports on, some tables for dining, and a large bar area, pretty cool people in here too, even though the place looked old it was really clean and everything seemed sanitary, service was decent although I think they had a new bartender in training because he was a little slow and seemed a little lost, another guy was there though that was cool and helped me also, they had a nice rotating tap for today with three New Belgium beers including La Folie, Eric's Sour Ale, and Le Fleur Misseur, also Cantillon Cuvee des Champions, Fuller's London Pride, Deschutes Abyss, Ballast Point Sextant Oatmeal Stout, and a few more I cannot remember, they have a big bottle list with things from Belgium including Drie Fontenien Oude Gueuze, all the way to brandy barrel Angel's Share from Lost Abbey for $30, bottle prices were more than fair and the going rate for any bars down in this area, food looked good but I was too full from all the tacos to try any, prices were very reasonable, one of the cheapest prices I have seen the Abyss, I would definitely go back to this place and recommend it to anybody in the area, fun experience
05-04-2008 06:32:50 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Stopped in for dinner on my trip and to see my buddy's brother who lives in the area.
Half typical bar, half restaurant, all connected obviously.
Plenty of cool beers on tap, mostly local, was hoping for a rare Finest Hour Sighting, but I wasn't so lucky. Had some Societe and Rip Current beers with dinner. Obviously amazing.
Food was pretty good, a little on the expensive side. Service was decent enough, nothing worth while to say good or bad.
06-20-2013 22:21:43 |
More by claspada
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My initial visit to this location was about 5 years ago when it was known as Camelot. We were underwhelmed and never found a reason to go back even though the name changed. From the outside it just doesn't attract a beer geek -- the neon states that it's a typical Brit pub with the usual suspects -- Guiness, Bass, Harp, Smithwkick's, etc.
For some reason the membership of QUAFF decided to have a pub night at Churchill's and I attended. Once inside we were greeted by the friendly and knowledgeable owner/publican Ivan Derezin who made us feel comfortable and went over the draft list letting us know what was off and what the replacements were. I chose to start with a pint of Spaten Optimator and a friend ordered a Young's Double Chocolate Stout. It was a difficult decision given that there are 19 taps with no space wasted on Budmilloor's. They do have Guiness, Bass, Harp, Boddington's, Newcastle Brown and Smithwick's on six of the handles but it is a local Brit hangout so what the hey. I saw Alesmith Wee Heavy, Stone Arrogant Bastard and Smoked Porter, Firehouse Pale Ale, Yellowtail, and some other locals available.
The bottle list has a good selection of Belgians (Cantillon Gueuze, Iris, Rose de Gambrinus, Vigneronne -- Chimay (all 3), Delerium Nocturnum and Tremens, Duvel, Hanssens Gueuze, Oude Kriek and Oudtbeitje, Orval, Rochefort 8 and 10, Westmalle 8 and 10, and others). The Unibroue line is also well represented, there is, of course, a decent selection of Brit bottles from Sam Smith, Fullers and Youngs, etc. and the American craft beers available in bottles include Alesmith, Avery, Bear Republic, Ommegang, Russian River and Victory.
The only food we sampled was an appetizer -- red jalapeno poppers -- quite good, not wimpy/not killer and a nice big portion. The food that was being served at other tables looked really good -- everything appeared to be home cooked -- I was really tempted to order the cottage pie but we had to leave to go to the Blind Pig night at O'Brien's -- had it not been for that we'd have stayed late.
Churchill's is an incipient mini-mecca for North County beer geeks -- it's on the rise and Ivan is committed to getting more casks and specials. I liked the ambience -- it's somewhat quiet with low ceilings, a dining room on one side, a more barry area on the other with darts and pool. I'll definitely be stopping by more often.
03-24-2006 03:42:28 |
More by dukedebourgogne
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
What a cool place. Stopped by for lunch before hitting a movie to kill time before a Saison/Sour tasting at Holiday Wine Cellar.
An old English/Irish pub style, with a few pool tables, dusty wooden floors, just a cool vibe. Bet it gets hoppin at night.
We both ordered Trumer Pils to start. The menu was eclectic, focusing more on Irish fare. I ordered the veggie potstickers and Tm ordered the Scotch Egg. Something he's always wanted to try.
Food is pretty good.
We ordered a few more beers, can't remember what they were though. But I know that they were good. The bottle menu is awesome, they offer some great local stuff on draft. Solid beer selection for sure.
I ordered the corned beef sandwhich and Tim had the cottage pie. Food is solid as well. Tastey. A few more beers with the food, took half of it to go in the cooler for late night munchies.
Our server was a nice guy, attentive and I think he was covering the bar as well as the few of us that were at tables.
Definitely would go back. In fact got invited to go with a couple of people that we met at the tasting that night, but passed as we had to drive back to the hotel in San Diego.
10-11-2008 17:37:52 |
More by juzy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
After a long day brewery touring at The Lost Abbey and Stone, stopped here for a last call and some food.
Nice little place. It was Saturday night but we got seated right away which was great. Good crowd though, people playing pool and darts.
The service was good and friendly, and extremely prompt. I think our food only took about 10 minutes, and the beer was out in a minute or two tops.
Tap selection is only OK. The permanent taps are nothing to write home about, but they have 7 or 8 rotating taps that were impressive. Got The Abyss on tap, probably not the best beer to finish the night with, but didn't figure I'd be finding it again anytime soon. Bottle list is amazing. Tons of Belgians, a large selection of beer from the British Isles, and some pretty rare American brews.
Food was excellent. I had the cottage pie, and my friends had the fish and chips and the irish stew. All of us agreed that it was about the best bar/pub food we'd had.
Prices are pretty much the going rate. Some of the taps are a bit pricey, but only if you're getting something rare. Bottle prices are about what you would expect as well.
If you're up in the North County visiting Stone or whatever else, I highly recommend stopping here.
01-28-2008 04:21:36 |
More by rxdrewthejew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My last stop of the day, and frankly one I probably should have skipped after my stops at Hamilton's and the Toronado... but it was on the way back to my hotel and very close by, and so, why not? Man am I glad I stopped by here.
Churchill's is an interesting pub off a busy street in San Marco's, with sort of an Irish, Western vibe. There is an L-shaped bar area as you walk in the door, and this is where I parked myself upon entering. There's sort of warm, cozy vibe to this place, which I quite liked. I gather there are a couple of different dining areas here, though I didn't get a chance to explore much.
Churchill's had, I think, between 12 and 15 beers on tap the day I was here. They have what they refer to as their regular line-up, which consists of stella, bass, Guinness and the like. Then they also have 6 or 7 more interesting craft beers, which on this day included Full Sail's Prodigal Sun IPA. I was tempted to get a glass of that, but thought I would just take a glance at the bottle selection first. Churchill's has a pretty extensive bottle list, which is contained in a beer bottle menu (much like the Toronado, though the list at Churchill's isn't quite as large/impressive). I'm glad I looked at the bottle list before ordering, as low and behold, I saw they had Angel's Share on the menu. The outstanding bartender (very quick and very knowledgable) indicated he thought they were out of it, but wanted to double check first. After rooting around in the cold box, he advised me that he did have a last bottle. All thoughts of IPA behind me, that's what I ordered.
As for food, I got the Chicken Ceaser Salad. My recollection is that it was pretty good, though most of my attention was focused on my beer.
Even if I hadn't been able to get a bottle of Angel's Share, this is still a beer bar that I'd happily go back to anytime I was in the area. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, the service excellent, and the selection more then satisfactory. Another thumbs up for yet another outstanding beer bar in the San Diego area.
12-22-2008 14:18:01 |
More by johnmichaelsen
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: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on the way back to the freeway from Green Flash.
The place is themed as a pub, and as such offers traditional Irish and English pub fair such as fish and chips, along with more typically California options.
The tap list is fairly extensive, and while it does feature a few of the obligatory pub beers (Newcastle, Guiness, Boddington's, etc.), the list of American craft beers is quite extensive and often rotating. Their tap list is also available online and updated quite frequently.
The bottle list here is impressive, but like many other places, the prices are a bit high on some items--this is particularly true of the popular American offerings.
The service is friendly, prompt, and helpful. All around a good experience and a place that I would highly recommend.
03-29-2010 00:36:46 |
More by womencantsail
Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA
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