Recent British food and drink finds in Tokyo

Updated March 2015. Details on all the places mentioned here elsewhere on this blog.

Various kinds of Tetley tea, some for reasonably competitive prices (August 2015)

Waitrose horseradish and various jams Daimaru Peacock (August 2015)

Waitrose biscuits 399 yen Aeon My Basket (March 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 2015 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

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 larger Aeon shopping centres and a few other places.

2. Spitfire – kind of the opposite of the one above. Just a very good standard bitter, but such ridiculously good value for 150 yen for a small bottle that I usually buy five or six bottles at a time – Seiyu supermarkets (though not all always have it in stock)

3. Old Speckled Hen – recently also available in much more affordable small cans, and sometimes special offers on multiple purchases of bottles. About 500 – 600 yen for pint bottles or 300 yen for cans – Yamaya

4. London Pride – details same as Old Speckled Hen above

5. Murphy’s Stout – 600 yen for a pint can in Yamaya

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, and very good getting drunk value at 8.5% alcohol!

St Andrew’s Ale (I wouldn’t bother with the other Belhaven beers)

Bishop’s Finger, 650 yen for 500ml bottle

Newcastle Brown Ale

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.

Asda ales – Seiyu (especially now the real Sherpherd Neame ones are exactly the same price)

Typhoo tea in Tokyo

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

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. Probably available at most other largish Seijo Ishii shops too, though stores really vary in what they stock.

British Xmas food in Tokyo 2014

Updated 15 December 2014.

Don’t know if it’s the exchange rate, but there seems to be less than last year. Seijo Ishii (top) has a slight discount on Xmas pudding and mince pies and so is currently the cheapest for those things. However, not all locations have them.

Seijo Ishii, many locations often inside station buildings, e.g. Gotanda station building and inside Shinjuku JR (actually inside the station, near platform one)

Walkers Xmas pudding 451g 1394 yen

Walkers Xmas pudding 227g 1070 yen

9 Walker’s mince pies 854 yen

However, the same shop in Oimachi seemed to have nothing!

Queen’s Isetan, a few locations including inside Shinagawa Station

9 Walker’s mince pies 890 yen

Walker’s Xmas pudding 227g 1180 yen

Kinokuniya, a few locations including Kunitachi

turkey stuffing

cranberry sauce

turkey gravy

Xmas shaped shortbread

Nissin, Azabu Juban

Robertson’s Mincemeat jar 972 yen

fresh brussel sprouts 680 yen

frozen brussel sprouts 823 yen

tiny Walkers Xmas pudding 594 yen

Meiji-ya (various locations including in the basement on Marunouchi Building – commonly known as Maru Biru – opposite Tokyo Station)

9 Walkers mince tarts 227 gram 972 yen

Walkers Xmas pudding 1296 yen

Walkers rich fruit cake

Yamaya, many places including near Hamamatscho Station

French Cake aux fruits, probably suitable for icing to make a reasonable Xmas cake (or at least that is my plan) 600 yen

Kaldi Coffee House (many locations, often in or near stations)

Just Walkers Xmas-shaped shortbread (which doesn’t seem especially Xmasy to me!) and the same cake as Yamaya



National Azabu, Hiroo

good roast chickens, plus more stuff I’m sure – hope to get there on Monday

Aeon (many locations, including Shinagawa Seaside)

very reasonable whole roast chickens

more info on those various locations elsewhere on this blog. Any more finds in comments please!

Malins fish and chips in Roppongi review

I finally made it to this restaurant today, 6 weeks after mentioning its existence.

My generally judgement would be that it was okay, and probably the best fish and chips and pie and chips you can get if you are eating out in Japan. The chips were proper British chips, the fish was proper British size, and there were mushy peas, malt vinegar, ketchup and tatare sauce to go with them. None of the food and accompaniments were any better than a local chippy in the UK, and I’d certainly want a much more moist meat pie and tastier batter if I was going to travel any further than locally back home, but this is after all Japan… Villis meat pies from Nissin supermarket are probably at least as good and it was a bit pricey at around 1400 yen each, but I’ll probably go back if they serve gravy (said to be coming soon) and brown sauce (neither provided nor mentioned). The pickled eggs and pickled onions which are part of the decor would also be something I would order if I could!

As a commenter says below, it’s right opposite Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi, so very easy to find. Follow the signs to Tokyo Midtown from the station platform but then take the street exit (8?) rather than the one that goes right into the basement of the building. Look across the street at little to your right and there it is. There are only about 10 seats, so might have to wait in the evenings. They also have some decent beers such as Samuel Smith ones at reasonable prices (650 yen), and the British classic rock radio playing in the background suited the atmosphere quite well.

Official website: Malins Fish and Chips


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