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The Old Dispensary, Whitechapel - pub details

Old Dispensary
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Address: 19a, Leman Street, London, E1 8EN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 5004) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Aldgate East (0.1 miles), Aldgate (0.2 miles), Tower Hill (0.4 miles)

Nearest DLR stations Tower Gateway (0.3 miles), Shadwell (0.7 miles), Bank (0.8 miles)

Nearest train stations Fenchurch Street (0.4 miles), London Liverpool Street (0.6 miles), Moorgate (0.9 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.9/10 (rated by 36 users)
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user reviews of the Old Dispensary, Whitechapel

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GBG 2019 Tick. Former hospital but you wouldn't know it - feels like a townhouse converted into a pub.

Long bar - a main room set with wooden tables in a row and an alcove on the way to the gents with more comfy chairs.

Greeted on entry by very friendly staff.

Oakham JHB was very wrong and had to be sent back but was swapped immediately for a better pint that I failed to record.

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Mappiman - 2 Nov 2018 16:19
The beer at the Old Dispensary is great, the food is good although not cheap and the staff are always helpful. The landlady is lovely. The place looks good and it's clean. Yes there are lots of suited blokes in there during the week but they don't bite and they don't smell. A great pub, I recommend it.
MarkieB - 6 Oct 2015 21:53
I do not visit this place that often because I have got it in my head that is more of a dining room than a pub. Having spoken to the landlady, she says that dining is more of a feature at lunchtime.

She certainly takes the beer side seriously, as the pub always has a broad selection and takes care not to offer anything that is on offer in any of the other local pubs. She almost had a fit when I told her the Oliver Conquest down the road had Harvey's on tap, but the OC offers Sussex Best while the Dispensary offers Harvey's IPA.

It probably is a bit full of "suits" in the early evening. I shall take care change into casual wear in future before popping into this pub after work; that will make me a completely different person... :)
Fiendishgames - 2 Oct 2013 11:14
Have worked in the area for the last 2 and a half years but have only visited this place twice...why I don't know.

As previously said its a lovely old building that has been converted into a very nice bar and restaurant. On both f the occasions I have visited the beer selection was good.

Not sure why but I am struggling to get excited about this place even as I write this...there are pubs with a better atmosphere locally.
lezford - 11 Nov 2012 21:28
Quite an imposing building but not as large inside as I expected. A bit of a Tardis in reverse! The staff were very pleasant and friendly. The landlady let us have the best part of a pint for free after the barrel went whilst pouring.
Unfortunately out of the 5 pumps only 2 were working. The Florence Nightingale was very drinkable.
Judging from the noticeboard the pub offers very good meals and the sight of a group of office types tucking into sizeable portions confirmed this opinion.
Strange decor, the place has a slightly shabby lived in feel yet it was once quite a smart building.
Would like to return when more ales are available.
Certainly one of the friendliest pubs in London!

outtamehead - 20 Apr 2012 05:09

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