Waitrose foods almost gone from Tokyo!

If you have a Daimaru Peacock near you, well worth rushing there right now to get whatever baked beans etc they are clearing out, because when I went to what used to be one of the best stores for Waitrose products (in Shibaura) yesterday, they were just down to Waitrose grapeseed oil and Waitrose tinned mushrooms, neither of which was what I was really looking for!

Appears that the reason Aeon put Waitrose stuff in their other stores when they took over Daimaru Peacock was just to get rid of it all as quickly as possible. Just like the story of Tescos and British beer in Seiyu, all goes to show once again that when you see reasonably priced British food in Tokyo, you should buy all you can carry home because it could be gone by this time next week…

All posts just updated

Mainly just a quick edit to get rid of things which have disappeared since so I don’t get people all excited about things which have long gone, but will try to revisit stores for a better update soon. In the meantime, if you find any out-of-date info on the site please let me know on the offending post or here:

Recent British food and drink finds in Tokyo

Updated November 2015. Details on all the places mentioned here elsewhere on this blog and in the sidebar links.

Fullers ESB about 400 yen for a small bottle Daimaru Peacock November 2015

Fullers Honeydew beer about 400 yen for a small bottle Daimaru Peacock November 2015

Belhaven Scottish Ale small bottle 245 yen Seiyu November 2015

Belhaven 90 Shilling Wee Heavy small bottle 245 yen Seiyu November 2015

Belhaven Twisted Thistle small bottle 245 yen Seiyu November 2015

Old Speckled Hen small bottle 245 yen Seiyu November 2015

Old Crafty Hen small bottle 245 yen Seiyu November 2015

Old Golden Hen small bottle 245 yen Seiyu November 2015

Grandma Wild’s oaty biscuits for cheese Kaldi about 500 yen (October 2015)

Typhoo Extra Strong 80 teabags 862 yen Seijo Ishii (October 2015)

St Austell Proper Job IPA – Warrior Celt, Ueno (September 2015)

Theakston’s XB – Warrior Celt, Ueno (September 2015)

Timothy Taylor Boltmaker and Landlord beers (bottled) – Warrior Celt, Ueno (September 2015)

Cottage cheese and Greek yoghurt – Seijo Ishii (September 2015)

Various kinds of Tetley tea, some for reasonably competitive prices Amazon.co.jp (August 2015)

Waitrose horseradish and various jams Daimaru Peacock (August 2015)

Waitrose cornflakes 500g 516 yen Daimaru Peacock (Jan 2015)

Waitrose nice biscuits 278 yen Daimaru Peacock

Waitrose malted milk biscuits Daimaru Peacock

Waitrose rich tea biscuits Daimaru Peacock

Waitrose chopped tomatoes with garlic and olive oil Daimaru Peacock

British food and drink found up to December 2014 here.

Lots of British food on Amazon Japan

The prices are often crazy, but there are things you can’t get anywhere else I know like Branston Pickle, HP Sauce and Bisto Gravy.

Branston pickle for 1490 yen

Bisto gravy from 799 yen

HP Sauce from 950 yen

44 bags of Walker’s Crisps for 8990 yen (no I didn’t add another 0 by accident…)

Heinz salad cream for 1599 yen

plus plenty of things which you can find elsewhere with some searching like Yorkshire Tea and Marmite.

Xmas turkey dinner in Tokyo 2014

Can’t find many yet – most places are still advertising Thanksgiving (whatever that is). I’ll add more links as I find them.

From the Japan Times.

Roti Roppongi Xmas 2014

Hobgoblin pubs Xmas 2014 (Roppongi, Akasaka and Shibuya)

Don’t bother with these other ones which come up when searching:

Grand Hyatt Tokyo (top Google result, but none of it Anglo-Saxon stylee)

Suji’s (closed!)

The best canned and bottled British beer in Tokyo

Updated 20 September 2015

This is just the start of the list which I’ll expand as I revisit import shops etc. Listed by beer or by brewer (if I recommend more than one of their beers). There are many others listed on this site which I haven’t included here if I don’t know which list to put them in…

Highly recommended British beers available in Tokyo shops

1. Traquair House beers – over 800 yen, but well worth it for some of the most impressive beer I have drunk. Available in Nissin and a few other place.

2. Old Speckled Hen – recently also available in much more affordable small cans, and sometimes special offers on multiple purchases of bottles. About 500 yen for pint bottles or 250 yen for cans in Yamaya, or sometimes two bottles for 800 yen and 2 cans for 400 yen

3. London Pride – details same as Old Speckled Hen above – very good value when 2 small cans for 400 yen deal available in Yamaya

4. Spitfire – unfortunately no longer available for 150 yen (!) a small bottle in Seiyu, but can sometimes get 2 large bottles for 800 yen in Yamaya

5. Murphy’s Stout – 500 yen for a pint can in Yamaya, or sometimes less

6. Youngs Double Chocolate Stout – 460 yen for a small bottle in Nissin

7. Samuel Smith’s beers, especially Oatmeal Stout – mainly available in small local specialist import shops and delis plus Nissin, but usually reasonably priced at around 500 yen for a small bottle

Also worth trying

Fuller’s Golden Pride – very reasonable at 350 yen in Yamaya (when available), and very good getting drunk value at 8.5% alcohol! Usually available in Nissin, though not as cheap.

St Andrew’s Ale – many places including Aeon and Yamaya. I wouldn’t bother with the other Belhaven beers – though the stout is 200 yen for a large can in Yamaya at the moment!

Bishop’s Finger, 650 yen for 500ml bottle

Newcastle Brown Ale – small bottles available many places, including the odd smart Family Mart

Some Brew Dog beers (though how you can choose when there are so many and some are so expensive, I’m not sure)

I’d give it a miss

Abbot Ale – I remember this being good, but when I last tried it both on draft and bottled it was bland as hell

Bass Pale Ale – This had been going downhill for years in England, and isn’t improved by it being brewed here in Japan for the domestic market. Even for 200 yen or so in Aeon etc, I’d just choose an actual Japanese beer instead.

St Peter’s Ale – I used to like these but I think my taste buds have been ruined by too many highly hopped recent beers so now I can barely taste them…

See post a few down for good British-style Japanese alternatives.

Typhoo tea in Tokyo

Updated 31 October 2015

PG Tips has been available for a while in a few different shops, but this is the first time I’ve seen Typhoo – and it’s pretty cheap too!

40 Typhoo teabags 431 yen

80 Typhoo Gold tea bags 1070 yen

80 Typhoo orange pekoe tea bags 647 yen

80 Typhoo Extra Strong 869 yen

All found in Seijo Ishii Oimachi right opposite the ticket barrier of JR Oimachi Station central exit, inside Atre shopping centre. Info in Japanese including a photo here. Oimachi is one station South of Shinagawa on the Keihin Tohoku line, so fairly easy to get to from the Yamanote line. Available at most other largish Seijo Ishii shops too, though stores really vary in what they stock.

Also available for more or less the same price via Amazon.co.jp here.


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