It’s been a very long time since I’ve had high tea and when P mentioned that she had the biggest craving for it, I casually mentioned this place I knew at The Rocks that was pretty cool (thanks to reader Alison for reminding me about it!).
No, I lie, I was rather enthusiastic about it; gushing almost.
What made it so cool? The tea cosies!
Aren’t they just squee-worthy?! I love that each teapot has a different cosy design and that the teacups and saucers were just so delicately gorgeous.
It’s always exciting to see the stand come out laden with the savoury and sweet.
The crustless sandwiches were delicious as expected, though I was a bit surprised there were no little cakes or pastries.
The juicy, sweet strawberries, caramel fudge and candy were still a nice touch.
The scones, however, were out of this world – they came out warm, soft and slightly crusty. We were served plain, raisin and strawberry and cream scones. The strawberry in the scone added that little bit of extra sweetness that would bring a smile to your face.
Not to mention the very generous serving of cream and having to choose two jam flavours out of half a dozen or so. We ended up choosing Fig and Ginger jam, which had the sweetness of a fig with a very subtle warmth from the ginger (the ginger flavour wasn’t at all overpowering either, but was there like a feathery touch), and Blood Plum jam, which was wonderfully sweet and sour.
My mouth still waters thinking about those scones…
The Tea Cosy is actually behind an Irish store, Irish Design, with tables out in a cute courtyard in addition to the tables inside and upstairs.
Bookings is essential for High Tea, but if you just want scones and tea, just walk right on in (though they’re only opened Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm).
They’re also quite cosy with a very limited number of tables, so they may be quite packed during the weekends – especially when it’s gorgeous out.
The Tea Cosy
33 George St,
The Rocks, NSW, 2000
Ph: (02) 9247 3233