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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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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.
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