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English Tea House & Restaurant

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2002 Jalan Istana, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were taken here by our guide and was very pleasantly surprised to see this restaurant and the view was great and totally unexpected surroundings. We had the choice of neither sitting inside or outside in the gardens. We decided to seat outside with a canopy. We had fish mashed potatoes and veg. It was nicely cooked and was served... More 

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108 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's like stepping back in history to the colonial times. Set on a hill overlooking the bay at Sandakan, this is well worth a visit. The gardens are beautiful and so well maintained with tables dotted around making the most of the view. The food is good, not gourmet, but simple, good quality, home-cooked meals that are by far the... More 

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful setting and views but food not really that good and definitely not very English. I had a Ceaser salad (very good) chicken chop with chips and gravy (ok) scone (doughy) cream (odd) jam (ok). Shame really as service was very good.

Perth, Australia
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For entree we had the pumpkin and ginger soup which was quite nice. Had to ask for our drinks over and over again. The wine however was very nice. For mains we had one very very plain dry chicken breast on mash potato and some vegetables. The vegetables were plain but fresh. Chicken was so overdone it took extra chewing... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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40 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Old English charm, reminds one of the British era. Well maintained, well serviced. Great location. enjoyed our lunch there.

1 Thank Narayan1409
Sydney, Australia
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100 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Nice desserts and coffee and a cute little stop located near the Agnes Keith house. Cute little place to have a break on a big way of site seeing.

1 Thank Tammy T
Alberta, Canada
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867 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 382 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

The Lonely Planet guide is not very enthusiastic about this place. We found it OK, but certainly not remarkable. We had a couple of sandwiches (with way too much mayonnaise) and a bottle of water. Atmosphere OK until they had a power failure, and then nothing (not even the water in the toilets) worked.

Thank Professional-Pilgrim
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43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

The nice thing about the English tea house is the views, garden setting and out door tables with shade from big trees. It was a very pleasant way to spend the early part of an afternoon. The service was really good and it was very enjoyable to chat away with the restaurant staff. The food was okay we had the... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Gracious staff welcome you to the tea house. Graceful gardens surrounding the house. Elegant verandah with lovely cooling breezes. The best afternoon tea as you were hoping for in such a setting and delicious, well priced cocktails. Don't miss out on this heritage treat when visiting Sandakan.

1 Thank Deirdre L
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This is a restaurant with old English colonial style and flair. The food is more than OK, but it's the surroundings and style that will get you here.

Thank Hans B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 15
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2002 Jalan Istana, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Sabah  >  Sandakan Division  >  Sandakan
  • Phone Number: 089-222-545
The English Tea House is a colonial style English restaurant. It is situated next to the Agnes Keith House and overlooks Sandakan Bay

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?