Despite a faux pas (Australians have a different term for this but as I don’t seek to offend the ears of my Gentle Reader I won’t record it here) I can highly recommend this quaint and cosy tea rooms/ café in The Rocks.
A very short bout of shopping, or rather window shopping, had left me haggard and in need of a drink. It being late afternoon a coffee seemed in order so we popped into the Tea Cosy to see what was on offer.
Having scrutinised the menu we settled on a Devonshire Tea for two – replacing the hot tea with coffee and an iced tea.
The café order/pay point is tucked away to the rear of the building.
Having ordered our Devonshire Teas we moved out to a nice seat on the front verandah from which we could watch the comings and goings in The Rocks Markets, which occupy the whole of George Street at this point. We could have chosen to sit in the rear courtyard or on the first floor balcony.
We waited and waited, others came and were served and yet we waited. Everyone arriving after us was served before us. Though we were thankful for the rest and were enjoying just watching the market we finally thought we had better say something.
When we did there was no record of our order and it took some time to convince the staff that we had, in fact, already ordered and paid for our teas. Having located the lady who took the order, she immediately remembered us and everyone was profusely apologetic and assured us that our order would take top priority. I got the impression that this was not a regular occurrence but rather a one off instance about which staff were genuinely embarrassed.
Not only did our order take top priority, it was upgraded with an extra scone each and a wide selection of home made jams and spreads, all beautifully presented on the two tiered stand as depicted in the attached pictures.
The scones were freshly made and delicious and the homemade lemon curd (while perhaps not a traditional accompaniment with Devonshire Tea), not part of our original order, was to die for.
My only regret was replacing the traditional tea with a coffee as I missed out on getting a teapot covered in a beautiful hand crocheted cosy.
What we didn’t miss out on though was a selection of wool and knitting needles which, with some flowers, adorned each table. Perhaps these are supplied such that if they do forget about you at least you have something to keep yourself occupied.
A top spot for afternoon tea.
I almost forgot, the café shares premises with the Irish Design shop which plays, well, Irish music, a perfect accompaniment to Devonshire tea as it turned out.
A standard Devonshire Tea (two scones, jam and cream with a hot drink) cost $14 per person in January 2016. This is a little on the higher than average side but reasonable when one considers the location. Our upgraded offering was certainly value for money. If you are not in a hurry – order, sit down and hope they forget about you!
Monday 10am – 4pm
Tuesdays – Closed
Wednesdays to Fridays 10am – 4pm
Saturdays and Sundays 9.30am – 5pm
Address: 33 George Street, The Rocks
Phone: 02 92474955