The Tea Cosy is a quaint little Irish tea room, located in the heart of The Rocks in Sydney. It is hidden behind Irish Design Shop on George Street, inside a 180-year-old, Heritage-listed building.
“[I wanted] To create a tea room that reflected my Nannas house in Ireland,” said owner and manager Ash Kinchin. “Full of home cooked baking, colourful knitted tea cosies and beautiful tea.”
Indeed, when you walk into this establishment, there is the smell of freshly brewed tea, and freshly-baked scones, in the air; accompanied by the colourful, hand-knitted tea cosies that give it its name. It is cosy and homey, just like your grandmother’s kitchen back when you were a child.
Their scones are a point of pride. Ash and her family brought their old family scone recipe from Ireland, and bake them every morning using traditional baking techniques, and the freshest Australian-made ingredients. Everything is made on premises; nothing is frozen, and there are no preservatives or additives.
Guests can enjoy these scones with a wide variety of gourmet jams, and cream. The jams are all Australian-made, and come in a range of flavours, including Pear & Vanilla, Rhubarb & Ginger, Fig & Ginger, and seasonal Blood Plum. The cream is double-thick and all-natural, for that extra touch of decadence.
Their menu allows you to enjoy these delicious items as part of their Devonshire or High tea, complete with ribbon sandwiches, sweets, and cakes. Children under 10 can enjoy their own Devonshire tea with a plain scone and strawberry jam, accompanied by an adorable babyccino. If you’re after something heartier, the Ploughman’s Lunch brings you a traditional lunch of cheese scones, cheddar, salami, ham, and other assorted goodies.
Their premium tea selection encompasses loose-leaf teas and homemade iced teas, for all seasons. The loose-leaf teas are served in pots, housed in their famous tea cosies. These cosies are all handmade, and can also be purchased at their shop.
The Tea Cosy is a perfect place for an intimate get-together with friends and family; enjoy a relaxing afternoon in one of their two function rooms. Bookings are recommended on weekends and for larger groups, but you are welcome to walk in for any of their high tea sittings.
They are open from Wednesday to Monday; from 10am til 4pm on the weekdays, and 9.30am to 5pm on the weekends. High tea comes in three 2-hour sessions: