The Dispensary

19a Leman Street , London, E1 8EN

  • The Dispensary
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SquareMeal Review of The Dispensary

The Dispensary was once just that – an early attempt to provide healthcare to the poor of East London. Nowadays its grandiose Victorian portals are in the business of dispensing food & drink, with a few precarious alfresco tables fringing Leman Street & a handsome, high-ceilinged bar & mezzanine within. One menu is now served throughout: potted ham hock with homemade piccalilli might start things off, before roast lemon & thyme chicken or côte de boeuf on the bone with braised shallots, salad, chips & béarnaise sauce. In a neighbourly gesture to the historic Lutheran church around the corner, the wine list includes a few Teutonic bottles such as a dry Riesling QbA from Weingut Robert WeiI or a 2005 Schloss Halbturn Pinot Noir; there’s Bitburger lager on draught, too.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Aldgate East Tube Station 204m

Aldgate Tube Station 300m


Address: 19a Leman Street , London E1 8EN

Area: Whitechapel Mile End

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

Lloyds Register of Shipping 379m

Britart 458m


Telephone: 020 7977 0486


Cuisine: Gastropub

Private Dining: 36


Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Sucha R. 12 October 2008

I am a very regular visitor to The Dispensary as it stands head and shoulders above anywhere else in the area. From the friendly welcome by Annie and the front of house crew to the fantastic food from David and the kitchen team. Try the pub menu downstairs for a really good everyday lunch, always with great fresh ingredients, but for a real treat go onto the mezzanine restaurant level to sample really great food at very reasonable prices given the location. A good place to take a client for lunch if you want a non stuffy, buzzing experience in a really quite quirky old building.