Churchill's British Restaurant & Pub
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 28
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kindestcut:
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
As a resident of McKinney, it blows my mind that this place even exists. McKinney is a rural town with two identities- old country and new suburban. One side of McKinney is close to the Dallas urban sprawl which will eventually overtake it. The other is stuck in the 1950's. The Londoner is in the old downtown area, on the square across the street from the old courthouse, surrounded by antique shops and just up the street from a rare book store. It's a great location and the only one in McKinney that would be appropriate for a true pub.
The Londoner is an English pub in the middle of old Texas. It doesn't sound like a winning combination but it works. It helps that the manager (or is it the owner?) is a Brit. The atmosphere is very pub-like...cozy and just a little dark. The place doesn't seem at all pretnetious. Of course, that might be a function of where it is. In this part of town you don't get the cigar-smoking yuppies that infest most of the Dallas metroplex.
The beer selection is ok, but I understand they are continuing to expand it, or at least change it up. All the usual British and Irish beers are on draft...Newcastle, Guinness, Harp and Bass along with the American beers we all know and hate. I have heard they just added Old Speckled hen on daft but I need to further investigate that.
Nonetheless, the atmosphere of the Londoner makes any beer taste better. What I mean by that is, I have had good beer in a miserable bar and had a miserable time. A Harp, which I don't really care for, would be tolerable in this place. Also, the food is quite good, or at least my fish and chips were very tasty. So, I expect to be back top the Londoner soon.
05-16-2003 06:24:34 | More by kindestcut
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3.43/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
Visited this location after taking a tour of McKinney's new Franconia Brewery. Went to have a couple of pints of the new local fare. Was a nice environment. Not too busy and a good, but oredictable, english pub selection. Beer was the norm and the food was traditional for actual english pubs, though not as well excecuted. Service was great, but they wern't really that busy. Food was alright, but they might have had their B team in the kitchen at this hour. Left with my fund well intact. Overall not a bad place to try especially if stuck in McKinney.
06-20-2008 21:43:04 | More by turbine2475
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I too was somewhat surprised to see The Londoner in McKinney. I had been to the one in Addison, and liked it enough to go back a couple times and then I checked their website and noticed they were opening a new location in McKinney, not too far from where I live (Northeast Plano). I visited not long after they opened the new location and was pretty impressed. The beer selection is good (though predictable/typical). The food is quite good and I highly recommend getting a bite to eat there if you go. The atmosphere is friendly and comfortable - and actually feels like a "pub" should. My one complaint would probably have to be lodged against the service - it's not usually bad, but there was one occasion in particular where we stood at the door waiting to be seated (you have to wait if you sit downstairs) for a good 5 minutes. I know that doesn't sound like long, but the place was not packed and we just felt like we were being ignored. Though I will say that we've been there several times now, and this is the only complaint we've had so far. Anyways, if you are in the North Dallas area, I would recommend checking The Londoner out for it's great atmosphere, food, and of course, beer :-)
02-24-2004 05:57:25 | More by RasputinsRevenge
Churchill's British Restaurant & Pub in McKinney, TX
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.