Suffolk House


Suffolk House was built on a vast pepper estate owned by Captain Francis Light (1740-1794), founder of the British port settlement of Penang.  He lived here with the woman he loved, Martina Rozells.  Martina was of mixed Portuguese and Siamese descent and was reputed to be the adopted daughter of the Sultan of Kedah.

Over the years, the house was altered many times, evolving from a colonnaded Anglo-Indian mansion to a tile-roofed bungalow and eventually a school before falling into ruin.

Old paintings show that the garden was like an English park.  A list of the plants that originally grew here was discovered some years ago and these are being replanted.  They were all plants native to Penang so form a priceless record of the islands botanical heritage.

Suffolk House Restaurant has it’s own culinary and service merits being consistently one of Tatler’s Best Restaurants, but it is also an integral part of Suffolk House.

Since the early 19th century, Suffolk House has been known for it’s entertaining and social gatherings, and today is no different.

Offering lunch and dinner in the grand ballroom, we also serve our ever-popular high tea on the North Terrace.

Suffolk House
250 Jalan Air Itam, 10460 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
Tel: +60 (0)4 228 3930

Lunch 12h00-14h30
Afternoon tea: 14h00-18h00
Dinner 19h00-22h30

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