Suffolk House Restaurant

Attraction 250 Jalan Air Itam, Penang Island 10460, Malaysia Published on: 06-05-2017

2 hours
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
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Suffolk House, Penang’s first ‘Great House’ a stunning example of an Anglo-Indian garden house and Malaysia’s only surviving Georgian Mansion, originally built in the early 1800s.

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Why Suffolk House Restaurant is special ?

Suffolk House is also called Penang’s first ‘Great House’. Similar to the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, it is one of Penang’s most important colonial heritage landmarks. An Anglo-Indian garden house, it is over 200 years old and is located beside the Malaysian-German Society on Jalan Ayer Itam.
Built on an estate owned by Francis Light (founder of the British settlement in Penang), it was in a terrible state of disrepair before fundraising efforts by the State Government, HSBC and the Penang Heritage Trust resulted in its painstaking restoration to its former glory in 2007. The winner of the 2008 Award of Distinction in the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation, it looks like a stately old Georgian mansion. 

What to explore at Suffolk House Restaurant?

You can visit the house, soak up its unique atmosphere, and wander round rooms lovingly refurnished with original Anglo-Indian antiques. Here, you can also treat yourself to a taste of life in the mansion by savouring lunch,afternoon tea or dinner at the Suffolk House restaurant. Guests can also discover the spirit of the 200-year-old building by taking guided tours that relate its rich and extraordinary history. 

The ambience of the great mansion is perfect for parties and weddings, business meetings as well as presentations and luxury product launches. 

Cap off your visit at its in-house restaurant, Suffolk House Restaurant. A charming fine-dining eatery richly decorated with period furnishing, it is under the same management as the successful 32 Mansion. Try the classic char-grilled rack of lamb: the tender and succulent meat is served with mint lamb jus and fettuccine pasta with spinach and mushrooms. Also good is the pan-fried cod fillet in basil tomato coulis and garlic aioli: it is served on a bed of Basmati rice with flakes of basil and sautéed pea shoots and carrots.


Selling points

  • “Colonial heritage landmark”
  • “Stunning Historic Anglo-Indian House”
  • “Classy & Quiet!”
  • “Age Old History In A Modern World”
  • “Georgian architecture at its best”
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250 Jalan Air Itam, Penang Island 10460, Malaysia

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  • Souvenir in Gift shop which were very special
  • The staff were absolutely lovely, the food/beverages were great
  • Interesting architecture and photos allowed in some areas of the house.
  • Suffolk House has the ambience for peace and rejuvenation away from the bustling and hassle of the city.
  • It's a little hard to find. You have to drive slowly and keep your eyes for a small green signboard.
  • Makesure you bring enough cash to pay the bill as this is a pricy restaurant.


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One of Penang's most important colonial heritage landmarks, Suffolk House stands in Jalan Air Itam. Built on an estate of Captain Francis Light over 200 years ago, restoration works were completed a few years ago to restore the house to its former glory. It now houses a museum with guided tours. There is an in-house restaurant which serves hi-tea and ala-carte meals but prices are on the high side. Worth a visit.

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This place has a very special place in my heart as my wedding reception was held here.

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Very classy and relaxing. Great place to go if you are looking for a quiet tea or meal with friends. The atmosphere is perfect for holding great conversations because the staff is attentive but are quiet and do not interrupt. There are only a handful of tables and each table is given a good amount of room so you will not be bothered by other guests and their conversations. It's easy to feel like you are the only people there.

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