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Leman Bar (formerly The Dispensary) (Free House)

We believe this pub is CLOSED

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Burning Sky - PlateauExcellent2
Colchester - No. 1Acceptable1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
Dark Star - RevelationExcellent1
Hogs Back - BikerGood1
Hogs Back - Surrey NirvanaGood1
Triple fff - Alton's PrideGood1
Vale - VPAExcellent1
Adnams - LighthouseNot Tried0
Adnams / Camden Town Collaboration - South TownNot Tried0
Dark Star - DarknessNot Tried0
Harvey's - IPANot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Hogs Back - T.E.A.Not Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0

Visits Details

12 Jul 2017 (Stephen Harris)
This must be the most genteel pub in the area. Very civilised.
Hogs Back - Biker3.40GoodA special brew for the Tour de France. The use of French hops gives a light and fragrant beer.
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
08 Dec 2015 (Stephen Harris)
A pleasant and calm atmosphere in here. I’m always impressed by the friendly and efficient staff in this pub.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentAlways a tasty pint and in great condition here.
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
14 May 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and space in the bar is limited by a well-attended office party. Prices have risen recently, but the landlady assured me that she had put the bulk of this on the lagers and continued to offer a CAMRA discount on the cask beers. Limited selection tonight.
Triple fff - Alton's Pride3.80GoodFirm malt body to this amber beer.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
03 Feb 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Unusually quiet in here tonight and we enjoy the privilege of sinking into a pair of comfy armchairs.
Hogs Back - Surrey Nirvana4.00GoodA change from this brewery to find a beer that is pale in colour and where the flavour is hop-led.
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Dark Star - Darkness3.50Not Tried
12 Jun 2014 (Stephen Harris)
A busy night here for the presentation of East London & City CAMRA’s East London Pub of the Year 2014 award. Generous hospitality with very tasty snacks and several free beers. Nice to meet up with some people I have not seen for a few months.
Vale - VPA4.20ExcellentTasty, golden beer.
Dark Star - Revelation5.70ExcellentBeautiful, hoppy beer.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50GoodGolden and hazy. Could perhaps have done with another day or two in the cellar.
Colchester - No. 14.10AcceptableA dark bitter in very traditional style.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
28 May 2014 (Stephen Harris)
I’m surprised to discover that I cannot have been in here in the two and a bit years that I have been contributing to this website. Always a nice place to visit.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50ExcellentVery pale in colour. Bitter and hoppy.
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Adnams / Camden Town Collaboration - South Town4.90Not Tried

About the Leman Bar (formerly The Dispensary)

The pub sign. Leman Bar (formerly The Dispensary), Aldgate, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Aldgate, Central London, E1 8EN.

This pub in Leman Street was established, initially as the Old Dispensary, in November 1997 in the impressive former buildings of the Eastern Dispensary, a charitable institution founded in 1782. The building had most recently suffered an undistinguished period as a garment factory and much renovation was required by Regent Inns. The pub closed for a year before re-opening as an independent pub in January 2007, the name then abbreviated to Dispensary. Twice winner of the East London & City CAMRA Pub of the Year awards. It is worth having a bit of an explore here – the pub is larger than it first appears. Since renaming to Leman Bar no real ale.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 15 different beers and tried 8 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E1 8EN