You know when you want to eat something, so you head to google and type in ‘best *insert food* in Sydney’, and you end up with a million different opinions of a million different places, so most of the time you give up and just go somewhere familiar? Yes? No?
Well anyway, that happens to me a lot.
This time, I wanted scones. I had only ever had scones once before, and they were good, but I was looking for that whole ‘afternoon tea’ experience with the fancy pots and cups (with saucers!) and the oh-so-British jam & (real) cream, and exceptionally good scones.
Sighing, I pulled out my phone and typed in the dreaded words. Then, something magical happened. Almost every single result was pointing me towards the same place; The Tea Cosy. It was just one of those serendipitous moments when everyone on the internet seemed to agree on something.
Shocking, I know!
So we planned to go on the weekend, and prayed that Sydney’s moody weather would be on our side.
The address said that it is located in The Rocks, which was strange seeing as we go there almost every other weekend and we had both never seen it before. Nevertheless, we went and we started walking through the familiar market stalls on George street, phone in hand, until the navigation declared that we had arrived.
Puzzled, I looked around the busy area and couldn’t find anything I hadn’t seen before. Then, I spotted this:
As I looked closer, I realized that the shop was right there, and we had passed by it countless times before. It is nestled into the busy street and the entrance is small and narrow, hidden in plain sight.
Once you reach the end of the narrow hallway, you are instantly engulfed by the smell of warm, homemade, irresistibly buttery scones. It hits you like a sudden, pleasant slap on the face, and you are instantly entranced.
If you look up the word ‘charming’ in the dictionary, I wouldn’t be surprised if you find a picture of this place. It is small and quaint, quiet and cosy and reminiscent of the mad hatter’s tea party in Alice in Wonderland; in other words, everything I had hoped it would be, and then some.
There are adorable tea-cosy covered teapots everywhere, as well as lots of other cute knick-knacks adorning every corner.
We ordered Devonshire Tea for two ($12.50 per person), which consists of; 2 scones, cream, choice of jam, choice of tea each. We got 2 plain scones, one currant scone, and one apple crumble scone. Strawberry-vanilla jam for me, and fig-ginger jam for my husband. As for the tea, we picked one English Breakfast tea, and one Earl Grey.
We sat in the outside courtyard which was lovely and sunny, and our order came within minutes.
Almost too pretty to eat. ALMOST.
The scones were warm and fresh and so wonderfully buttery and flaky. The apple crumble one had a lovely cinnamon flavour, and was moister than the others because of the apple. The currant was just like the plain, but with a few currants scattered through. The cream was double thick, rich and smooth. As expected, my favourite was the plain scone with cream and strawberry jam.
The teas were both outstanding, and plenty for just two people. The whole serving ended up being surprisingly filling. We had said that we would order another scone to try out their third variety (cheese), but we were completely stuffed! We couldn’t eat a thing till dinner (I’m blaming you, butter).
All in all, it was a beautiful experience; the food, the atmosphere, the aromas, the staff…one which we will happily be repeating over and over and over and over…you get the point.
The Tea Cosy
33 George Street
The Rocks 2000