London Restaurants

THE CHURCH KEY BISTRO-PUB: Craft Beer & Modern Pub Fare with Flair

Written by The Editors

The Church Key is your destination pub, whether you’re looking for an impressive selection of craft beers or a pub meal with flair. Owners Pete and Vanessa Willis have nearly 50 years combined experience in the restaurant industry. The opening of The Church Key in May of 2009 was the culmination of a longtime dream. “We are definitely pub people,” says Vanessa. “We like an uncomplicated place where you can talk and have good food and beer and wine.”

The Scene

Warm and comfortable, with a ­pleasing combination of brick, stone and wood, The Church Key is an extensively renovated pub in a prominent Richmond Row heritage building across from The Grand Theatre. An intimate outdoor courtyard flanks the south side of the building.

Menu Highlights

The Church Key follows in the British tradition of the gastro pub by specializing in traditional food done with gourmet flair. Chef Michael Anglestad, with over 20 years in fine dining, uses seasonal, locally sourced ingredients extensively.

Try the Ploughman’s Plate, great as a meal or a shared appetizer, with English cheeses, crusty bread, paté, smoked salmon, duck breast bacon, branston pickle, pickled quail eggs and vegetables. Or start with Salmon Wrapped Scallops, sea scallops wrapped in house-smoked salmon, drizzled with grapefruit and rice wine syrup and togarashi aioli.
Entrée favourites include the famous Church Key Burger, a traditional Fish & Chips, Lamb Curry — lamb braised in mild ginger curry sauce on seasoned rice with cucumber raita and fresh cilantro.

The Game of the Week: This popular feature changes every week, as Chef creates a unique dish that showcases a different variety of game meat.
Sunday Brunch begins with a large basket of baked pastries, such as fresh croissants, almond cheesecake Danish, or sweet potato & pumpkin seed bread, all baked fresh by Pastry Chef Cliff Briden. Then enjoy a choice of five different brunch entrée items. The menu is different every week!

Farm-to-Table Bistro-Pub

476 Richmond Street (N of Queens)

MON & TUES 11:30 am–10 pm
WED & THURS 11:30 am–11 pm
FRI & SAT 11:30 am–12 am
SUN 11 am–10 pm

LUNCH: $11 – $17
DINNER: $18 – $30

Across from The Grand Theatre
Vegetarian Options
Sunday Brunch 11 am–2 pm
Game Meat of the Week Specials
Food Served Late!

Heritage Building Charm

Across from the Grand Theatre

Inviting Courtyard Patio