The history of afternoon tea can be dated back to the mid 19th century. It was first introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford in England, when she realised that the time gap between lunch and dinner was too wide. The duchess would then asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake to be delivered to her room during the late afternoon when she is hungry. Soon, this became her habit. Then word spread, and it became an "official meal" shortly after.
In today's modern society, we were known to eat with our eyes; ergo, food presentation is very important. Don't lie! We probably have hundreds of food photos in our phone or camera's gallery. (In this moment, let me send my respect to all those boyfriends who starve while their girlfriends are trying to get that "Insta-worthy" food photo.) I, too, am an enthusiast in that matter. And we all know that afternoon tea is probably the most "Insta-worthy" meal out there.
On New Year's day, I invited some of my family members to join me for an afternoon tea session at Suffolk House Penang. Here's a short recount of our experience there.
Afternoon tea is served from 2:30pm until 5:30pm at Suffolk House everyday. A set for two cost about RM 90.
The set consist of:
✿ Freshly baked English scones, cream, butter and homemade preserves
✿ Cucumber and smoked salmon finger sandwiches
✿ Their famous chicken and mushroom pie
✿ Beetroot tart
✿ 2 varieties of cakes
✿2 varieties of cookies
Served with your choice of tea:
✿ Mint & Fresh
(classic flavour of mint with a hint of lemon grass)
✿ Fruity Camomile
(a wholesome infusion with sweetness of orange petals)
✿ Earl Grey
(an elegant tea with the subtle flavour of bergamot)
✿ English Breakfast
(a dark typical black tea with a hint of bergamot)
(flavoured green tea with the taste of mango & lemon)
(darjeeling - a delicate, flowery & richly delicious flavour)
✿ Cream Orange
(full-bodied rooibos with creamy vanilla & verve of oranges)
The portion of the afternoon tea set is enough to be shared between 3 people. However, a lot of the food comes in pair (except for the scones and cookies that comes in 4 per set) so you might not get to try everything if you are sharing it with a company of 3. The set in the picture you see from above are 2 sets being combined together. My favourite finger food out of all of them is their chicken and mushroom pie. The pie's crust is crispy with a hint taste of butter. In general, all of their food is really appetising and delicious.
I had the Morgentau tea with my set. The taste of the tea wasn't exactly what I've expected. I thought that it will be slightly on the sweeter side but it has more of a bitter lemon-y taste, to which I still enjoyed regardlessly. In other words, it's taste is quite similar to green tea with lemon but with a very subtle aftertaste of mango.
After our meal, we had a walkabout around the house to take some photos. Click here if you want to know more about the restaurant and it's history. That post also talks about the Christmas lunch experience I had in Suffolk House. I also had a birthday tea party for my 21st birthday. Click here to check it out!
So, to experience the best of the afternoon tea tradition, indulge yourself with a trip to one of Penang’s finest restaurant for a "Insta-worthy" and "tummy-satisfied" meal. You won't regret it!
Other Thoughts / Tips for visiting:
❀ Call up and make a reservation beforehand to avoid a full house disappointment (especially when you have a big group)
❀ The house itself is open to the public for visiting between 10am to 10pm. However, they would need an entrance ticket if you visit before 6pm. The ticket can then be redeemed for refreshments, or in part payment for any meal
❀ Entrance Ticket Price:
- Children below 12 - Free
- Adult - RM 20 per pax
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Suffolk House Restaurant
|Owner||Chef Mathijs Nanne|
|Address||250, Jalan Air Hitam, Georgetown, 10460 George Town, Penang, Malaysia|
|Opening Hours||Mon-Sun: 12:00pm to 10:00pm|