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A proper meal at Churchill's English Public House

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To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often – Sir Winston Churchill

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Since opening almost one year ago, Churchill’s Public House has been on a mission to change, but only in pursuit of perfection. While they maintain their fundamental philosophies of friendly, welcoming demeanor and traditional English menu items, most regulars will tell you Churchill’s is only getting better.

We currently live in a world where all food, even English food, is becoming more appetizing as chefs try new recipes and gain access to interesting ingredients. Conventional English pub food consists of greasy fish and chips, or bangers and mash with a side of mushy peas. While Churchill’s offers these two items on their menu, they played with the recipes until a compromise between out-of-date and contemporary, and ultimately Colorado-approved, was found.

The fish and chips begin with hearty tilapia fillets dipped in a tempura-style batter and fried golden. The fish is served with a side of fresh-cut seasoned chips (French fries for the Americans in the house), coleslaw, caper lemon aioli for dipping, and lemon dressed spinach salad. Sure, cod is traditional English fare for a chippy, but cod is already an oily fish. Dunk it in thick beer batter, fry, and then serve with a side of greasy, soggy chips and you’ve got an oily mess that will soak through the thickest of newspapers. Churchill’s version is light and crispy and so easy to enjoy.

Churchill’s Shepard’s pie starts with fresh, ground Colorado lamb as the base. Ground lamb is simmered with peas, carrots, in a rich brown demi-glace sauce. The savory meat and veggies are topped with piped and then broiled mashed potatoes. This is, arguably, the best Shepard's Pie in Denver!

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Britain was "the empire on which the sun never sets". During 1858-1947, Britain ruled over India. Britain was lucky enough to have traditional Indian food become a staple in restaurants and homes even after India gained democracy. No proper English pub would be complete without a few Indian menu items. Churchill's has two favorites - chicken tikka masala and coconut chicken curry - to rival even Denver's best Indian restaurants.

But it's Happy Hour at Churchill’s which might just be its best kept secret. Pork and lamb potstickers, braised pork or fish tacos, individual serving-sized Shepard’s pie, and wings are all just $5 each. Drink specials ranging from $1-$5, including Pimm’s Cup, are available with any food purchase.

Next week begins the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Churchill’s will be offering contests, brackets, prizes, and food and drink specials since they’re proud to be Denver’s World Cup Headquarters! Follow them on Facebook for giveaways and other specials.

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