What does having a good cup of tea with finger sandwiches, scones, pastries and cakes in the setting of an age old colonial mansion sound to you?
If your eyes lit up like I did, then head on to Suffolk House for their English Afternoon Tea from 2:30 pm to 6 pm. A typical afternoon tea menu here will consist of scones with strawberry jam and cream, chicken and mushroom pies, a variety of pastries and cucumber sandwiches. You have your selection of Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Green Tea, Mint, Camomile Fruity or Darjeeling tea. The price is RM64+ for a set for two.
Afternoon tea is a light meal typically eaten between 3pm and 5pm. The custom of drinking tea originated in England when Catherine of Braganza married Charles II in 1661 and brought the practice of drinking tea in the afternoon with her from Portugal. Various places that belonged to the former British Empire also have such a meal. However, changes in social customs and working hours mean that most Britons will rarely take afternoon tea, if at all.
Traditionally, loose tea is brewed in a teapot and served in teacups with milk and sugar. This is accompanied by sandwiches (customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked salmon), scones (with clotted cream and jam, see cream tea) and usually cakes and pastries (such as Battenberg, fruit cake or Victoria sponge). The food is often served on a tiered stand; there may be no sandwiches, but bread or scones with butter or margarine and optional jam or other spread.
Hubs and I are huge fans of English Afternoon Teas. We love to savour those delectable scones with jam and cream, fresh finger sandwiches and not forgetting the rich, delicious pastries. My all time favourite Afternoon Tea is at The Loaf Langkawi but since it is 25 minutes flight away, I would highly recommend the one at Suffolk House. :)
The colonial setting is simply just perfect for the afternoon tea. The fine selection of sandwiches, scones, pies and pastries are highly commendable. The set for two can easily feed four if you are not too hungry and would just like a light snack.
|Lingzie was there a day before me :)|
250, Jalan Air Itam, 10460 Penang (next to the Malaysian-German Society)
Tel: +6 (04) 228 3930 (restaurant)