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The Tea Cosy

#105 of 5,041 Places to Eat in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
The Rocks
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33 George St | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9247 4955
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10:00 - 16:00
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Mon 10:00 - 16:00
Wed - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 17:00
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Harare, Zimbabwe
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

After sight seeing around the Rocks market, had tea, cakes and scones in the garden of this lovely quaint shop. While waiting for the food, one can knit or crochet to bide away the time. The freshly baked scones melt in the mouth and the tea in fine china pots was piping hot. Service was good. Altogether worth a repeat.... More 

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our party of 5 enjoyed a sumptuous High Tea. The aatmosphere was lovely with tea copies everywhere and even baskets of knitting to practice on. The High Tea was all we could desire with fresh ribbon sandwiches, hot scones, and lots of other goodies to feast on. The staff were very busy but always friendly and polite.

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Thank Lisa T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is so many options on different teas including Scottish Tea! There rhubarb, raspberry & vanilla jam is amazing and there scones are still warm when served. They have balls of wool & knitting needles to do some knitting while enjoying a cup of tea. In love with this place, I want to go back!

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Mount Isa, Australia
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely little place to have devonshire tea. It is in a 17th century old building that oozes charm. The scones are made fresh each day and are simply devine. They offer a variety of delicious jams also. The quirky thing is that they have baskets of knitting on all of the tables. You can simply sit down and... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A delightful little find down at the iconic Rocks Markets, Sydney. Lovely coffee and scones for a late morning tea. And for those who love to knit, baskets of wool and needles on the tables so you can create and talk your morning away. Cosy little balconies upstairs and downstairs to sit and people watch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I heard about this place and quite enjoyed it. Just a short hike from circular quay, in The Rocks district, you stumble upon this cute little building with knitting needles and yarn on each table. Walk inside and find air-conditioned rooms and a courtyard in back. I'm told upstairs is fun and you can spin records, but it was closed... More 

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Ash K, Owner at The Tea Cosy, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review Traci, so glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped for afternoon tea after wandering through the markets. Beautiful scones and tea. Delicious iced teas. I am coeliac and wasn't able to have anything to eat with my tea. Pretty poor in this city to not provide even a token GF biscuit!

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Thank DM2436
Ash K, Owner at The Tea Cosy, responded to this review

Hello Thanks for your email. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit with us. We do do gluten free scones, but you need to book them in the day before. We are planning some things in 2017 to implement more permanent gluten free options. More 

Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed my time at the Tea Cosy on Monday, lovely settings, nice tea, the scone was a little bit dry and loose, but the jam and cream made up for it. Overall, it was lovely

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Ash K, Owner at The Tea Cosy, responded to this review

Thank you!! So glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friends and I went here for afternoon tea, we each had the ham/tuna sandwiches and the Devonshire tea, the food was delicious, They had a huge selection of tea, jam flavours and I had the pear and vanilla jam which was to die for, all of the sandwiches and tea flavours were excellent too! Only downside would be the... More 

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Thank Chloe H
Ash K, Owner at The Tea Cosy, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Chloe, Glad you enjoyed your visit and scones with sandwiches. thanks for your feedback re staff, I'll look into that one a bit more closely. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was there to have my first meal of the day, thus I opt for their Ploughman's Lunch. The scones were served hot and I really like that, their home made jam were tasty and they compliment the scones well. I love how their teapots were all covered in little sweaters which definitely kept the tea warm in the cold weather.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:30 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 16:00
Friday
10:00 - 16:00
Saturday
09:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 George St | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > The Rocks
  • Neighbourhood: The Rocks
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9247 4955

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The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighbourhood in the city, the area's cobblestone streets host more than 100 heritage sites and buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney, Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi “ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The weekend markets at the Rocks are where you can find local artists' hand-made souvenirs, organic food and designer jewelry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To enjoy some of the best Australian and international contemporary art, the MCA museum is open every day and select evenings. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, be sure to save energy to dance the night away at the area's many late night entertainment venues.
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