Afternoon High Tea Indulgence Suffolk House Penang
Civil Engineer Kathireen Kalaivani Rajamanickam shares her love for afternoon high tea in the parlor with SmartDory.
SUFFOLK HOUSE HISTORY
A beautiful white house with the scenery of the greens.
A romantic house with the trees whispering cool air, birds chirping love songs.
A house that speaks volumes of history. It was the home to the early governors of Penang and the scene of many important social and official events.
Nope, this is not a remote area; this is in the heart of George Town. Yes, it’s the restored Suffolk House, the first “Great House of Penang”.
Suffolk House is the purest example of Anglo-Indian architecture outside India with well-manicured lawns that indicate the beauty of British Indian’s influences. It was built on the land owned by the founder of the British Settlement of Penang Captain Francis Light.
It was probably named after Captain Light’s hometown Dalinghoo, Suffolk, England.
I was delighted to be in the Suffolk House. The grandeur of this significant heritage site is brilliantly captured by the consultant team that did a great job in restoring the building into its glory.
The garden was recreated by sustaining the beautiful old trees. The view of the Ayer Itam River from the Suffolk House makes the place serene.
It is a perfect place for a cozy intimate garden wedding. One can’t believe there is a beautiful place as such in the heart of George Town.
The aura of the place is decidedly British and their glory is felt here. The beautiful scenery of the greens, the mansion in white, the columns and beams in wood colors brings out the character of the building. It speaks the remarkable taste of our ancestors.
“I felt like the daughter of the governor as I savoured the delightful cakes” ~ Kathireen Kalaivani Rajamanickam
Quintessentially English, the custom of drinking tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. Anna who would enjoy a tray of tea, bread and butter, and cake with her friends in the afternoon.
I had a wonderful afternoon savoring the English style High Tea. The food was simply amazing. Thanks to Chef Mathijs Nanne, the scones were one of the best I had in Penang.
The tea was good. (Forgive me, I’m a coffee lover!) The cutlery used was simple yet classy.
It was an unforgettable afternoon in the beautiful mansion and garden. The wonderful attentive service makes this an unforgettable experience.
Suffolk House | 250, Jalan Air Hitam, Penang.
Telephone: +604-228 3930
ENTRANCE TO VIEW SUFFOLK HOUSE
Entrance tickets RM20/pax is redeemable for refreshments, or in part payment for any meal.
(Children below 12 are free)
Lunch 12noon – 2.30pm
Afternoon Tea 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Dinner 7.00pm – 10.30pm
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