David Brown's Restaurant & Tea Terraces in Penang

English tea house on Strawberry Hill, Bukit Bendera

David Brown's Restaurant & Tea Terraces is a true-blue English teahouse offering an afternoon (or evening) of indulgence. Book a cosy corner indoors in the sumptuous dining room and sink deep into soft armchairs, or head outside to savour Strawberry Hill’s cool 21°C climate and marvel at the stunning view of Penang spread out far below you.  

Among the finest high tea experiences we have ever had, one of the things that make this place so cool is the history attached: originally the hill was levelled by Captain Francis Light for the purpose of planting strawberries. However, in 1941, David Brown acquired the land and built a cottage that eventually became a 'tea kiosk'. Today, it is no longer owned by its namesake original proprietor, but even a change of ownership has not stopped this charming restaurant from retaining its 1940s ambiance.

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Indoor & Al fresco Seating

Set in a beautifully restored colonial-style cottage, the setting is picturesque: inside the interior design is nostalgic yet modern – think, elegant black and chrome pendant chandeliers, black-and-white checkerboard tiles and teakwood tables and chairs. Chesterfield sofas, a fireplace and Georgian-style windows shaded by pale green floor-length sheer curtains that bathe the place in lots of natural light complete its interior design, creating a space that is both cosy and intimate.     

Outside, you can sit at one of the metal frame tables shielded by candy-coloured umbrellas on the patio, or even at a table on the well-manicured lawn by the lily pond. Even if you are not a fan of the chilly temperatures, the views are certainly worth it – the horizon spreads out unobstructed and you are surrounded by bushes with velvet soft roses in hues ranging from the deepest shade of burgundy to pretty pinks.


At David Brown's Restaurant & Tea Terraces you have a choice of enjoying a light afternoon tea or a full-blown hearty dinner. Teatime selections include English specialties such as buttered scones (the best we've ever tasted) with homemade, fresh sweet strawberry preserve and Devon clotted cream. Besides that, on the teatime-only menu, you can find rich fruitcakes filled with sharp-tasting raisins and crunchy nuts, rich tarts, light sandwiches and English tea.

The kitchen at David Brown's Restaurant & Tea Terraces also whips up full meals for lunch and dinner - on the menu you will find simple steaks that are hearty, juicy and flavoursome, crisp salads, nourishing stews and pot pies, crackling roasts and even side orders of Yorkshire pudding! It's all almost as good as the ones that come out of mum's kitchen, and when you add in the restaurant's selection of Old and New World wines and champagne from France, you are definitely in for a treat.

How To Get There

There are two ways to reach the restaurant: the first is by way of Penang Hill's funicular railway service. The RM8 train ride will take approximately 30 minutes to reach the top of the hill, and from there it is only a 30m walk to David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terraces.

Alternatively, the restaurant can arrange for a 20-minute drive to the top of the hill, via the Botanic Gardens entrance, but it is a lot pricier going by this route (MR60 per car) and you will miss out on the chance to ride Penang Hill’s famous funicular train.

David Brown's Restaurant & Tea Terraces

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
  • Address: Strawberry Hill, Bukit Bendera, 11300 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang
  • Tel: +604 828 8337
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