Archive for the ‘British pubs in Tokyo’ Category

BrewDog bar in Roppongi

I’m not a huge fan of either the very modern American style beers that BrewDog makes nor their marketing, but they are certainly the most high profile British brewers in Japan at the moment and they also stock other people’s beers, so I thought I’d give them a mention

Tokyo Beer Drinker review

TimeOut Tokyo review

Information in English

Information in Japanese (a bit more detailed than the English page)



An A to Z of British food in Tokyo

This is a summary of all my food (rather than drink) related posts – only up to Feb 2012, but updated in September 2015 to remove some things I know aren’t available any more. You can find more details on each of the places mentioned elsewhere on this blog and more up to date info in more recent blogs.

After Eights – many import shops, e.g. Seijo Ishii and Meidi-ya

Alpen muesli – Foreign Buyer’s Club website and Seijo Ishii

apple sauce – Foreign Buyer’s Club website and Queen’s Isetan

baked beans – Many places including Daimaru Peacock, Yamaya and Foreign Buyer’s Club website

bangers & mash- Aldgate pub and Warrior Celt

Beef in Ale – Aldgate pub

blue stilton – see stilton

Bounty bars – Seijo Ishii and Yamaya

Branston pickle – for nearly 1500 yen

brown sauce – Daimaru Peacock, Kaldi, Meidi-ya, Yamaya, Nissin Supermarket and Queen’s Isetan

Brussels Sprouts – Foreign Buyer’s Club website and Nissin

Cadbury’s – see names of different bars

Caramel shortcake – Seijo Ishii and Queen’s Isetan for about 700 yen

cheddar – many places, e.g. Daimaru Peacock, Kaldi, Seijo Ishii, Kaldi, but usually from Australia or New Zealand

Chocolate digestives – most supermarkets and convenience stores

chocolate orange – Kaldi, Seijo Ishii and Yamaya

Christmas pudding – Meidi-ya, Nissin supermarket, Seijo Ishii

Chutney – Queen’s Isetan

Clipper teas – Daimaru Peacock

Colman’s mustard – see English mustard

Cornish Pastie – Aldgate pub

Cottage Pie – Aldgate pub

crackers – all import shops and some supermarkets

cranberry sauce – Daimaru Peacock, Foreign Buyer’s Club website, Nissin supermarket and Queen’s Isetan, especially around Xmas

custard powder – Nissin supermarket, but only a tiny packet

Daddy’s sauce – Never seen this brand, but see brown sauce

Dairy Milk chocolate – Kinokuniya, Kaldi and Seijo Ishii

Digestives – most supermarkets and convenience stores – the Japanese brands are also fine, if a little sweet

English mustard – Meidi-ya and Nissin (also sometimes available as powder)

Faggots – Aldgate pub

Fish & Chips – almost all British pubs, plus Marin’s restaurant in Roppongi

fudge – Kaldi and Seijo Ishii

Ginger marmalade – Seijo Ishii

golden syrup – Nissin supermarket and Queen’s Isetan

gravy powder – Daimaru Peacock, Foreign Buyer’s Club website and Queen’s Isetan

Haggis – 82 Ale House and Warrior Celt

HobNobs – Seijo Ishii

Horseradish – Queen’s Isetan and Kaldi

HP sauce – see brown sauce

Instant mash – Foreign Buyer’s Club website and some other places

Jacket Potato – Aldgate pub

Lea and Perrins – see Worcestershire Sauce

lemon curd – Meidi-ya and Seijo Ishii

Lime and Lemon marmalade – Seijo Ishii

Macaroni cheese – Kinokuniya supermarkets

Macvities – See names of biscuits

malt vinegar – Kaldi, Queen’s Isetan, Nissin Supermarket and Seijo Ishii

mango chutney – Daimaru Peacock and Seijo Ishii, but usually cheapest in Kaldi

Marmite – Nissin supermarket and Seijo Ishii

Mars bars – Yamaya

Meat pies – Foreign Buyer’s Club website and Nissin supermarket

mild cheddar – see cheddar

Milky Way – Kaldi, Seijo Ishii, Yamaya

Mincemeat – Foreign Buyer’s Club website, Kaldi and Meidi-ya

mincepies – Nissin supermarket

Oats – See porridge oats

Penguins – sometimes Seijo Ishii (about 300 yen for 9) and Kaldi, plus the Australian equivalent Tim Tams are available almost everywhere

PG Tips – Seijo Ishii and Nissin

Pickle – See sweet pickle

Porridge oats – Most import shops and some supermarkets, e.g. Daimaru Peacock, Seijo Ishii, Yamaya

red cheddar – Hanamasa, Seijo Ishii and Yamaya

rhubarb – Nissin supermarket

Sarson’s – see malt vinegar

sausage rolls – Nissin supermarket

Scotch Whiskey marmalade – Seijo Ishii

shepherds pie – 82 Ale House and Warrior Celt

shortbread – most supermarkets and some convenience stores

Stilton – most import shops and some supermarkets, e.g. Kaldi, Daimaru Peacock and Seijo Ishii, plus 82 Ale House

strong cheddar – see cheddar

Sweet pickle – Meidi-ya and Queen’s Isetan (only Harrods in both, so crazy expensive)

Terry’s Chocolate Orange – see chocolate orange

Toad in The Hole – Aldgate pub

Toblerone – Kaldi, Seijo Ishii and Sony Plaza

Weetabix – Seijo Ishii

Welsh Rarebit – Aldgate pub

Worcestshire Sauce – most import shops and some supermarkets, e.g. Daimaru Peacock, Yamaya

Yorkshire Pudding – Aldate pub

British food and beer in the Warrior Celt

Updated 23 September 2015

This is posibly my favourite pub in Tokyo, with a real atmosphere and some great food such as Raj Chicken. You never know exactly what you are going to get, e.g. the recipes change all the time and the beer is sometimes off, but that is all part of its character for me…

Draft beer

Theakston’s XB (but served terribly!)

Theakston’s Old Peculiar (but the pump was broken when I was there)


St Austell Proper Job IPA (only for complete hop freaks)

Timothy Taylor Boltmaker and Landlord beers

plus a few others – possibly up to date list here.



Haggis pizza (though no haggis when we were there)

Pie of the day


See the same link above for the latest menu

Draught British beer and cider in Tokyo and Kanagawa

I think I’ll never manage the full list I was planning, so here is what I have managed to find out so far and I’ll update and expand it when I get time. I’ll also do a piece on Japanese British-style beer soonish

Black Lion (Meguro) – website checked 3 Feb 2012





Blackthorn cider

Warrior Celt (Ueno) – website checked 3 Feb 2012

(maybe best to stick to the bottled beers, as the quality of draught beers is very variable)


Bishop’s Finger


Double Dragon


Felinfoel Stout

Celtic Pride

Aldgate (Shibuya)

Fuller’s London Pride


Abbot Ale

Old Speckled Hen

Hobgoblin (Roppongi/ Akasaka/ Shibuya) – checked website 3 Feb 2012

Hobgoblin English Ale

Old Speckled Hen

Aspall Cider

Guest ales


What the Dickens (Ebisu)




Bass pale ale

Dry Blackthorn cider

82 Ale House chain (many places, e.g. Shinagawa and Hamamatsucho)

Bass (brewed in Japan) 900 yen a pint

Aspall dry Suffolk ale 500ml for 1200 yen

Footnik (Osaki)

London Pride

The Black Sheep (Ikebukero):


The Town Cryer (Hibiya and Kamiyacho):

Fullers ESB

Frigo (Shinjuku)

Abbot Ale

Biervana (Akasaka)

London Pride


Fuller’s Honeydew

Abbot’s Choice (Roppongi)

Abbot Ale

The Grafton (Gotanda)



Rising Sun (Yotsuya)



Town Cryer (Hibiya)




3 Lions (Kannai)



Murphy’s Irish Stout

Aspall’s Cider

Trafalgar (Fujisawa)



London Pride

Century Break (Fujisawa)

Old Speckled Hen

Tavern (Yokohama) – checked website 3 Feb 2012

London Pride




British beer and food in the Aldgate, Shibuya

I haven’t been here for ages as when I went after it moved it was possibly the smokiest pub I have been to in my life. It is now non-smoking and seems to have the best selection of British draught beers in Tokyo:

Fuller’s London Pride


Abbot Ale

Old Speckled Hen

Food selection looks pretty British pub-like too:

Welsh Rarebit

Jacket Potato with Baked Beans

Jacket Potato with Tuna Mayonnaise



Beef in Ale

Cottage Pie

Cornish Pastie

English Breakfast in Yorkshire Pudding

Chili Con Carne

Fish & Chips

V Daal Masala with Pita Bread

Bangers & Mash

V Cous Cous & Vegetable Sauce

Toad in The Hole

Will do similiar reviews for other British pubs soon and then a big summary.

British food and drink in 82 Ale House pubs

Updated 27 September 2015

82 Ale House is a chain owned by the same people as Hub, but has a much more laid back atmosphere and, nicest of all, is quite often at street level and sometimes even has chairs outside, rather than being in the basement as Hub for some reason always seems to be. Their own ale is half decent (which makes up for Bass and Guinness being the other main beers) and the food is quite nice, if tiny.They are not especially authentic (no forks, only chopsticks!) but at least you get to pay at the bar with each order instead of messing around with bills and table service.

There are branches in Kanda, Shinagawa, Akasaka, Mita (near Tamachi), Hamamatsucho, Shinjuku Sanchome, Akihabara, Shinjuku Nishi Guchi, Higashi Ginza, Kinshicho, Shibuya, and Gotanda. The staff in the Hamatsucho branch I went to were happy to speak English and the Kinshicho one has a surprisingly nice view and a big non-smoking area.

British drinks at 82 Ale House

82 Ale – 900 yen a pint

One guest ale a month, usually okay but nothing special – 1000 a pint

Bass (brewed in Japan, and even worse than recent British Bass) 900 yen a pint

Aspall dry Suffolk ale 500ml for 1200 yen

35 kinds of Scotch

British food at 82 Ale House

beef and Guinness stew 540 yen (recommended)

fish and chips 480 yen (real Sarson’s vinegar but only tatare sauce, no ketchup or brown sauce, and a bit greasy)

roast beef with mashed potato 540 yen

Stilton cheese 380 yen

tiny haggis and mash 350 yen

There have also been shepherds pie and liver pate, but not when I went there recently

Getting there

Japanese language store guide with links to maps

Akasaka Mitsuke branch’s page with menu and English language map

English language reviews of the Shinagawa branch

English language review of the Akihabara branch with Japanese language map

Shinjuku sanchome branch page with English language menu and map

Gotanda branch page with link to English language map

Shibuya branch page with link to English map

Kinshicho branch page with link to English map

Higashi Ginza branch page with link to English map