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.
- Traditional English Afternoon Tea at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel
- City Half-Day Tour
- EZhopper Sightseeing Bus Pass
- Georgetown by Night Tour
- Island Half-Day Tour
- Private Penang Hill & Temple
- Heritage Trishaw Tour
- Private Penang Hill & High Tea at David Brown's Restaurant
- Botanic Gardens & Tropical Spice Garden Tour
- Penang Hill & Kek Lok Si Temple Tour
Now a cultural and arts museum, it is managed by Badan Warisan Malaysia; Suffolk House provides daily guided tours between 10:00 – 18:00, but you will have to call ahead of time and book (+604 228 1109).
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.
Suffolk House Restaurant
- Address: 250, Jalan Ayer Itam, 10460 Georgetown
- Tel: +604 228 1109 or +604 228 3930