I’ve been thinking about a good old proper British afternoon tea recently and came to the conclusion that I just had to accept there wasn’t anywhere in Sydney that catered for what I was looking for; that’s somewhere where as soon as you walk through the door, you feel like you’ve been transported back to grandma’s house. A place with a kitsch twist and somewhere you could sit for hours eating scones, finger sandwiches and a good cup of tea. I know there’s lots of places that serve afternoon tea or as Australian’s call it, High Tea, but it’s not the same sitting in somewhere like The Langham or QVB. I like a great, cosy place to enjoy it.

It wasn’t until I briefly saw something about The Tea Cosy based in The Rocks online and then I cycled past it during the same week that today, again I was randomly in the area that I decided to check it out. I didn’t actually expect it to be as good as it was though.

The Rocks – it’s not somewhere I’d generally go to usually unless I’m running or cycling through it. It’s a place that’s swarmed by tourists for it’s famous markets and proximity to Circular Quay but somewhere I haven’t explored for a long time. It’s also somewhere I always imagine would charge a lot for food and drinks as a tourist destination.

When we turned up to The Tea Cosy, we managed to get a table out in the beautiful Winter sun. Initially I thought it was going to be expensive when I saw the beautiful three tier cake stands on every table.

The menu was actually really well priced. $45 for the tea cosy tasting for two included finger sandwiches, four scones, whipped cream (not clotted unfortunately!), two choices of jams and two pots of tea. I’ve seen other places charge at least $50 per person.

When I went inside to pay, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. It felt like walking into grandma’s home with lots of photo’s on the walls to knitting bowls on every table to keep you busy whilst you waited for your tea.

There was even a piano inside and it surprised me how big this place was – with seating out the back and even upstairs and on the balcony.

I saw a separate room that looked perfect for a party – it was calling out hen parties to me, so if you are looking where to hold a hen party in Sydney, look no further!

When our food arrived, our tea pots had tea cosy’s on them and the scones were incredible! This Irish-Australian, family owned cafe, know how to make a good scone! And how could I forget, there’s nothing like The Royal Family crockery to enjoy as well!

As a vegan, sometimes I’ll eat vegetarian on a rare occasion like this but I saw they will be holding a vegan weekend between 12-14 July.  They’ll also do a vegan afternoon tea every third Saturday of the month! I’ll definitely be going along to this! I can’t believe The Tea Cosy has been open since 2005 and I’ve only just heard of it!

Here’s a little video I made of my time at The Tea Cosy!

Do you know of any other great afternoon tea places in Sydney? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

Best British Style Afternoon Tea in Sydney
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  • I’ve had afternoon tea at some of the fanciest places in Sydney but the Tea Cosy is my favourite! The sconeage is superior, the prices are reasonable and the setting is just perfect. I love how you get a blanket if you sit outside and the communal knitting on each table, it’s enough to make you want to take up knitting!

    • londoner

      It’s so good isn’t it? I couldn’t believe it’s taken me so long to find out about this tea rooms!