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Churchill's Pub & Grille
Taps: 50 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
887 W San Marcos Blvd
phone: (760) 471-8773
(Place added by: xlperro)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
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 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been to Churchill's a few times and because Ehammond1 keeps telling me to. I am reviewing it.
Atm- A nicer smaller version of a traditional English Pub. The two sides are seperate with a long L shaped bar dominating the left side of the place. Some booths and tables on the right for the pub side. Big board with taps going. A fairly well lit place with some decent seating. Nice decor on the walls and a dart board as well as a pool table.
Quality- Really well done bottle list as well as a draft board. They keep a good selection rotating from SD locals to harder to find out of state beers. Nice thing is they keep the website fairly updated.
Service- Everytime I have visited the staff here has been nothing but helpful and attentive. Knowledgeable and will to offer suggestions and banter for a bit.
Food- Just order a burger. Any burger. Just pick one. I think ive had all of em them now. Cant beat em. The KOBE burger is just amazing and the black and blue is great as well.
Value- Burger runs about 12 bucks, pints in the 5/6 range. Its a nicer establishment in North SD County. Although you do get great service for the price.
05-18-2012 15:18:32 |
More by FosterJM
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Thanks to BA, blitheringidiot found this place about two miles from our hotel. Parking is awful. The place has the English pub thing down pat. Darts, pool, and foozball tables are available for play. Great bottle list with East Coast as well as West Coast gems. Tap list was impressive with a focus on SoCal beer as well as typical pub beer. Service was very good & our waitress was very funny. She also seemed to know by name many of the customers which is always a great sign. The food was outstanding: our table of 6 all were very pleased by the grub as well as stuffed. Overall, a great place which I would highly recommend. Don't overlook this place on a SoCal beer tour.
06-16-2007 15:17:22 |
More by SkinnyElvis
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
A - Doesn't look like much from the outside, almost displeasing to someone who doesn't know any better because of the reputation, but the inside is your typical pseudo-English pub in America. Highly clad with antiqued wood, a little dark and smaller than one would imagine for having such a large beer selection. But the people who work there make the place great and everyone there is always in a good mood. Not a lot of fraternity boys/college scene ordering shots of jager, etc. but most people are there to hang out, enjoy some pints and have a good time.
Q - Always have a hard time with this category...quality of the building, quality of the ownership, quality of the experience, quality of what? If it's a combination of all the aforementioned, then the place usually has me leaving with a good experience. No establishment is perfect, once I stopped getting jabbed in the head by pool cues while trying to eat dinner it was much better, but now just avoid sitting next to the billiards at night or you'll feel like you're in a constant wooden stick sword fight.
S - Can't speak highly enough about the staff. I'm always greeted by at least 1 person as soon as I walk in and the bartenders are quick to ask for your drink order if you're in the bar. If eating dinner the staff is very knowledgeable about the menu AND the beer and always make sure that you have everything you need without being intrusive. The bartenders aren't you're typical "I'm cooler than you because I can pour beer in a glass from a tap" but can constantly be found having social conversation/joking with bar-folk while getting their job done at the same time.
S - As most know, the beer list is what puts this place on the map. Something like 51 taps and 2 casks going at all times and constantly rotating. There are usually several high quality IPA/IIPA on tap including The Pupil or Pliny. Everything from BA stouts, sours, flanders reds, local beers, etc. What truly makes it great is the exclusivity Churchill's shares with few other establishments in San Diego and they get access to rare kegs, casks or beers made specifically for the pub. But like most people say...where are the Alpine beers??
F - Typical pub food menu items, although excellently executed, don't walk in hoping to get some small plate/gourmet, white table cloth type entrees. The chef is a master of his craft (often wonder how they keep him around) but I'm glad they do. Every now and then they'll do a special/ticketed/limited dinner with a brewery and prepare a special menu to compliment said brewery's beer, they are fantastic. There's a few "vegan" menu options (it's my knowledge that they use the same fryers/oil/pots/pans for the vegan items as the regular entrees) but a beer bar/pub with "vegan" food is kind of an oxymoron IMO.
V - Overall I very much enjoy going to Churchill's. I appreciate the low volume of people at the bar compared to other establishments around San Diego county, rarely have to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with bros to get a beer. I always enjoy myself and love sharing stories, catching up with friends in a relaxing atmosphere where I never feel pressured or rushed while inside. I'm treated how I would treat others and feel very welcome at Churchill's....now get more kegs of Churchill X ASAP.
06-11-2013 15:53:09 |
More by VaTechHopHead
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A- parking sucks, and it sucks witha captial s-u-c-k-s when its raining. obviously going for an english theme in here. half bar area, half dining area and half of each has some sort of games (darts on both sides, pool on bar side) lots of bodies in theres a lot of space considering how small the place looks.
Q- beer poured well and served in a non frozen glass, can't complain
S- i got my beer quickly, bartenders know what they are doing
S- big selection, actually the biggest in North County San Diego, tons of bottles accompanied by 15 or so taps, and a cask.
If you are in the general vincity of north county, this place is worth it. I'll have to try the food and see if its completely worth a trip no matter where you are.
02-23-2007 07:56:28 |
More by tonistruth
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I finally made it here after the Red Poppy release. I don't make it up here (San Marcos/Escondido) much, and when I do it usually is due to beer (Stone, LA, Holiday Liquor). So we made it a point to find this beer haven, after we picked up the Red Poppy. I am glad we did. Yeah the parking sucks, but whatever. The bar is English Pub style. An obvious restaurant portion, and a seperate, yet connected bar area. Service was effecient, and knowledgeable. The menu was standard pub/bar fare. I especially enjoyed the French Dip, and had a Scottish egg for the first time, interesting. There are dart boards, plasma sceens, and my personal favorite- touch screens. There were quite a few young ones around, so that made my soon to be a father friend of mine very happy. "I can drink beer and bond with my child, awesome!" Their beer selection is top notch. I enjoyed a Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza on cask. I was really impressed that they had that, I haven't seen it anywhere else on cask yet, for what that is worth. I then shared an Amazing Grace with a friend- so not your average offerings. I would definetly recommend this bar to anyone that has not experienced the Churchill hospitality and variety and are going to be in the area. A good pre/post stop after visiting LA or Stone, or both! I will be back.
01-21-2008 18:26:10 |
More by m1ked
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 | $$
After a long day brewery touring at The Lost Abbey and Stone, stopped here for a last call and some food.
Nice little place. It was Saturday night but we got seated right away which was great. Good crowd though, people playing pool and darts.
The service was good and friendly, and extremely prompt. I think our food only took about 10 minutes, and the beer was out in a minute or two tops.
Tap selection is only OK. The permanent taps are nothing to write home about, but they have 7 or 8 rotating taps that were impressive. Got The Abyss on tap, probably not the best beer to finish the night with, but didn't figure I'd be finding it again anytime soon. Bottle list is amazing. Tons of Belgians, a large selection of beer from the British Isles, and some pretty rare American brews.
Food was excellent. I had the cottage pie, and my friends had the fish and chips and the irish stew. All of us agreed that it was about the best bar/pub food we'd had.
Prices are pretty much the going rate. Some of the taps are a bit pricey, but only if you're getting something rare. Bottle prices are about what you would expect as well.
If you're up in the North County visiting Stone or whatever else, I highly recommend stopping here.
01-28-2008 04:21:36 |
More by rxdrewthejew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Setting is an authentic English pub, conveniently nestled between the Green Flash and Lost Abbey breweries on I-78. Yes, the parking lot sucks, but I went a fairly down time in the day. The atmosphere is clean and open with all the requisite pub touches (darts, beer towels, outdoor patio). Plenty of TVs with various sporting events available for viewing. Service was excellent with friendly, knowledgeable staff. I imagine it might be different during peak times as with anywhere else. Selection of beers was also impressive, with ~10 choices on tap and plenty of bottles to choose from. I had the pleasure of an amazing pull of the cask Port Brewing Wipeout IPA. Food was also good, my choice was the bangers and mash with mushy peas. I later ran into the owner (Ivan) at Lost Abbey and had a nice conversation about regional beer styles, and he seemed very receptive about the positive feedback I had about Churchill's. Great location, I would visit more often if I lived closer. For now, I will probably just stop by on my semi-regular trips up north.
08-12-2007 19:44:15 |
More by Stoneman78
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was the first bar I went to in North County and I was blown away. Their selection is massive and they had a lot of beers I had never seen on tap anywhere else in San Diego. I had a bit of a cold that night and was really bummed I wasn't fully able to take advantage of Churchill's fine selection. Still, it was a great experience and they are definitely worth the trip up north. The service was great and there was plenty of seating both indoors and in the patio area outside. I will be back very soon.
05-01-2011 20:08:44 |
More by notchucknorris
Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA
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