The Church Key Bistro-Pub

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The Church Key Bistro-PubThe Church Key Bistro-Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

476 Richmond St
London, Ontario, N6A 3E6

(519) 936-0960 | map

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Added by cratez on 12-14-2009

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by cratez:
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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 5

EDIT - JUNE 2011: they've recently added a rotating tap devoted to Premier brands such as Hacker Pschorr and La Trappe. Bottles rotate occasionally but it's mostly LCBO stuff. While it's good to see the addition of another solid import tap, my rating remains unchanged.
EDIT - AUGUST 2010: new arrivals include Meantime Chocolate, Negra Modelo, Chimay Red, Cameron's Auburn, and Barking Squirrel Lager. I've upped my score as a result.
A tiny bistro pub on Richmond Street. Dimly lit, welcoming atmosphere with a decent sized sit-down bar. Several tables and booths in the restaurant area, very attractive decor. In the summertime the outdoor patio is open. Bartenders Peter Willis and Paul are really cool guys. Beer selection is small but high quality. Duvel, DFH 60 Minute, Maudite, London Pride, MS Coffee Porter, Innis & Gunn, Steam Whistle, Cameron's Lager, Upper Canada Dark, Grasshopper Wheat, and Warsteiner Pils are the usual suspects. Food menu has some beer-inspired items like the Guinness steak sandwich and Pint O' Prawns. My girl and I enjoyed the mixed greens, pork tenderloin, and pear & apple crisp. Overall, this bistro pub has a bright future ahead of it. Keep up the good work!

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Photo of PCarter99
4.73/5  rDev +29.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

One of the smaller places in London, Church Key gives off a classic "pub" vibe (dark woods, exposed brick, dim lighting). Really nice for an intimate dinner or drinks with friends. They also have a phenomenal patio during the summer that is worth checking out. Cocktail options are nice, their "Church Lady" martini in particular being nice if you prefer something sweeter. Draught options are solid but not terribly exciting (Beau's Lug-Tread, Mill Street Organic, Keiths, etc.), whereas their bottle options are a bit more interesting (LCBO offerings like Boneshaker, Chimay Triple, Erdinger, etc.). Their food is where they truly excel, offering an incredible "Game of the Week" that you can always look forward too. Their Duck Confit Salad and Ploughman Plate in particular are great if you're looking to have a light meal with a few friends. Really nice place, fantastic staff, and one of the nicer places to drink / dine in London without going into the "fine-dining" scene.

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Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of mrmanning
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A new bistro/gastropub located in London's Richmond Row. Nice modern decor with some antique church keys on the walls and other similar accents. Nice large patio sits along the side of the restaurant, and faces Richmond Row. 8 taps, of which half are Ontario micros, with plans to further this as the demand increases. Bottle list was quaint, but solid,and contained local micros and some nice imports. Service was excellent and attentive. Prices were excellent as well, given the location. The menu is great. Plowmans plate is always a favourite of mine.

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Photo of Sammy
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 1.5

A nice little bar, maybe 60 people capacity, on a main street. This could be a cute micro beer bar, however from 8 taps, only 1 was Tankhouse. The others were the usual macros and imports that have made inroads by providing fake handpull, etc. So a long way to go. Lighting came in fine, many large windows. More of a wine bar to me.This place would not be listed in a major city anywhere. Some potential, but severe small space would prevent this location from being more than a hobby for the owner.

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The Church Key Bistro-Pub in London, ON, Canada
3.64 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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