Specifically, for an afternoon tea of scones.
A clock at the entrance to The Irish Design Shop beckons us in through to The Tea Cosy (formerly known as Tara Tea Room) with the promise of freshly-baked scones – it helps to arrive on the hour – and we find ourselves tucked into a quaint indoor seating area decorated by tea paraphernalia with tea-themed ornaments for sale (such as rings) and a seriously cute in-wall miniature kitchen!
Between the four of us we’ve got a serve of each of the day’s scone varieties covered – plain, currant, spinach and fetta – with flavours changing all the time. Being a warm day, we order jugs of refreshing iced lemon tea to share which are served in Guinness glasses. But it’s the scones which win us over with their thinly-crusted tops, fluffy innards and generous pots of raspberry jam and clotted cream. The spinach and fetta scones come with butter on the side but, interestingly, jam also. It feels such a waste but there is plenty of jam and cream left over afterwards.
So, on your next trip to The Rocks be it for the weekend markets or otherwise, take a breather with scones and tea at The Tea Cosy – they’ve got fresh scones coming out of the oven all day!
33 George St, The Rocks NSW
Tel: (02) 9247 3233
Opening Hours: Fri-Sun 10am-5pm