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<div class="last_verified">Opening times taken from the Shepherd Neame website, March 2014.</div>
<div class="last_verified">Opening times taken from the 2010 Good Beer Guide.</div>
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website='http://www.shepherd-neame.co.uk/pubs/pubs.php/whiteswan_london' website='http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/aldgate-east/white-swan' website='http://www.shepherd-neame.co.uk/pubs/pubs.php/whiteswan_london' website='http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/aldgate-east/white-swan'

Shepherd Neame pub in Aldgate.

The interior is quite traditional, with burgundy banquettes around the walls and a wooden floor, though there's at least one large flatscreen perched up in a corner near the ceiling.

Kake visited on a Tuesday lunchtime in September 2009. There were only a couple of other customers in when I arrived a little after noon, but by the time I left an hour later there were about a dozen people in, and plenty of lively conversations going on. The flatscreen was showing a news programme with the sound off but subtitles on, which I thought was a nice compromise. Music was playing, but fairly quietly.

Real ales available on handpump were all from Shepherd Neame, unsurprisingly; Whitstable Bay (£1.65/half), Spitfire, and Masterbrew (though there may have been a few others — I only noticed as I was leaving that they had another bank of five handpumps on the side of the bar). Lime and soda was 40p/pint.

As of September 2009, food is served lunchtimes only, noon-3pm Mon-Fri (the pub's closed on weekends). The menu is reassuringly short, with just a soup, four or five cod-and-chips type mains (including a couple of specials), sandwiches, nachos, and potato wedges.

Kake tried the "rare roast beef sandwich with beetroot horseradish" (£3.80) photo. Pleasingly, the beef really was rare, and the horseradish was evident, though I wasn't sure where the beetroot was supposed to come in. The salad on the side was fairly token, and not dressed, but it wasn't advertised in the first place so I didn't feel cheated.

Accessibility: Level entrance, step-free access to bar and ladies'.

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Opening times taken from the 2010 Good Beer Guide.

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