There’s a great selection of British pubs in Bangkok to choose from and most ex-pats who have lived here for a while will already be familiar with most of them. But if you’re new to the city, or if you’re looking to sample some of the best British roast dinners, fish and chips, and all the top local and imported beers all in homely pub atmospheres, then you should thoroughly enjoy reading our Bangkok Buzz Best British Pubs roundup.
The Royal Oak Bangkok
For over 20 years, the Royal Oak Bangkok pub has been a very popular ex-pat pub tucked away down Sukhumvit 33/1. It’s not the biggest British pub in Bangkok, nor is it the cleanest or the most fancy, but it just has that feeling of a real pub, albeit one with an open-air front that makes it easy for smokers who are sitting near the entrance to puff away. It has proper British pub-style wooded long tables that cater perfectly for groups of up to ten or so people. The seating is benches, regular chairs, small stools and larger bar stools if you decide to sit away from the smoking area in the middle of the pub. It also has an upstairs with its own small bar for a quieter experience.
There used to be a comedy night upstairs at the top of the building on their stage floor as well as a weekly Wednesday pub quiz night that has now returned thankfully after the pandemic restrictions were eased. They also have a sister, smaller pub called The Royal Oak Bearing which is located as the name suggests right on Soi Bearing (Sukhumvit 107 road). It’s actually just in Samut Prakan province about 500m or so from Bearing BTS station. You can get all of your favourite beers and food that The Royal Oak Bangkok offer including their infamous British roast dinners!
Bangkok Buzz’s highlights of The Royal Oak Bangkok pub are:
- The Royal Oak Sunday roast dinners – Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Pork or Mixed.
- Quiz night every Wednesday 7.30-9.30 pm (1000 Baht 1st place prize and 500 Baht 2nd place prize money).
- Lunch Time Specials. Available Mondays to Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm.
- The Royal Oak all-day breakfast. Create Your Own Breakfast, any 7 items. 199 Baht.
- British-style fish and chips.
- Happy Hour daily from 8 am to 7 pm on selected beverages.
The Robin Hood Bangkok
The Robin Hood Bangkok pub has been around since 2004 and its great location right next to Phrom Phong BTS station Exit 5 at the mouth of Sukhumvit 33/1 has a lot to do with its success as one of the best British pubs in Bangkok. It’s a cosy bar with varnished wooden cladding and carpet-covered booths and it really gives you the feeling of a pub back in the UK. They have a great selection of British and Irish beers including Boddingtons bitter and of course Guinness on tap. They, unfortunately, had to close for a long period of time in 2021 due to the pandemic but have now reopened as of November 2021 at least until 9pm.
Bangkok Buzz’s highlights of The Robin Hood pub are:
- The Early Bird Breakfast – Priced amazingly at just 99 baht, a small (but nice!) version of the English breakfast can be yours with a free tea or coffee (available before midday).
- The Robin Hood Burger – 100% pure Angus beef patty.
- Traditional Sunday roasts.
- British style fish and chips.
- Pub-style Indian food with naan bread and rice.
- Thin & crispy pizza.
The Old English Pub
Boasting a ‘high-so’ location on Bangkok’s prestigious Thong Lor Road, The Old English Pub is an excellent choice for people looking for great British ales and traditional pub grub. It has a large outdoor seating area where you can watch the world go by, as well as a cosy indoor seating area. It also shows a large selection of sporting events from around the world including, of course, the Premier League football events so long as they are not on too late in the evening for them to show it.
Bangkok Buzz’s highlights of The Old English Pub are:
- Excellent Thonglor location right on the main drag near Thonglor Soi 4.
- Great selection of beers both draft as well as bottled craft ales.
- Wide selection of British pub grub.
- 45 Baht Leo pints every day between 2-6 pm.
The Londoner Brew Pub
The Londoner used to be located in Phrom Phong on Sukhumvit Road down a set of stairs near soi 33, its prime location back then made it easy for ex-pats, tourists and local fans of British food and ale to drop in. It’s now a 7-ELEVEN shop sadly after they lost their lease all those years ago. Since then, however, they moved to a flash new location on 1178 Phatthanakan Road with an even bigger, more impressive London-style brewpub. If only it was as easy to get to as the old location, but for those who live in the Phatthanakan area, it’s a real gem to have it there.
Bangkok Buzz’s highlights of The Londoner Brew Pub are:
- They still brew the Londoner Pilsner, Londoner Pilsner Light and Londoner IPA – the same full-bodied favourites from back in the Sukhumvit 33 days
- Awesome beer buffet every Monday & Tuesday, from 499THB for 3 hours
- Excellent English breakfasts from 10 am – 2 pm every Saturday and 10 am – 12 pm Sundays
- Teachers Night! 2nd Friday of every month – Happy hour for all teachers, all night long.
The Black Swan English Pub
The Black Swan English Pub is another pub like The Londoner that lost its lease in its previous location, which was right next to Asoke BTS station. It used to boast a really nice interior with a decorative spiral staircase as its centrepiece. However, the new location is a lot smaller but the good news is, it’s still just as awesome as it was! If you’re on the lookout for a cheap pint and cheap fry-up, you should go to the Red Lion. But if it’s quality food and ale at a quite expensive price, The Black Swan delivers in spades. Make sure to try the roast dinner with three kinds of meat and the giant Yorkshire pudding!
Bangkok Buzz’s highlights of The Black Swan English Pub are:
- High-end pub grub and steak that can compete with most good hotel restaurants in Bangkok for quality
- Wide range of drinks available and some reasonably priced pints too
- Central Bangkok location on Sukhumvit 19, not as good as its previous location, but still not bad
- Always friendly staff a cosy British pub-style wooden decor which is dimly lit.
The Red Lion English Pub Bangkok
The Red Lion English Pub Bangkok is a relatively new pub, opening its doors in 2020 when the pandemic was just beginning. It was extremely cheap to buy a pint and an English breakfast when it opened and it’s still quite cheap today, with good daily deals on local and imported beers, and great prices on its English breakfast too. If you want high-quality food that you’ll find at The Londoner or The Black Swan, you’ll not find it here, but you will save money drinking in the Red Lion. That said, the daily roast dinners and pies are definitely worth a try at the Red Lion too.
Bangkok Buzz’s highlights of The Red Lion English Pub Bangkok are:
- A classic selection of British pub grub at affordable prices
- One of the cheapest local lager pints you’ll find in downtown Bangkok
- Great location on Sukhumvit 13, minutes walk from BTS Nana
- One of the best value fry ups in Bangkok.