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The Tea Cosy

#152 of 4,787 Places to Eat in Sydney
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The Rocks
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33 George St | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9247 4955
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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68 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stumbled upon this gorgeous, homely place walking around The Rocks. Had an afternoon taster tea for 2, delicious and reasonably priced. All home made, lovely place inside and out.

Thank TravelQLeeds
Ash K, Manager at The Tea Cosy, responded to this review

Thanks heaps for your review, so glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

After exploring The Rocks market for a few hours we stopped at this cute little tea room for afternoon tea. Each table had knitting needles and wool for people to knit if they could and wanted to. The service was fast, the staff were friendly and the scones tastes great.

Thank Marianne P
Ash K, Manager at The Tea Cosy, responded to this review

Thanks Marianne, Really glad you enjoyed it. More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a tiring morning exploring the city, I was feeling truly English and craving a cuppa and a scone. I found the Tea Cosy and was not disappointed! The apple scone was one of the best I've ever had, light, warm and clearly homemade. The pear and vanilla jam complimented it beautifully. Loose leaf tea in a proper teaset was... More 

Thank Joanna D
Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was looking for great scones in Sydney and read one or two other sites recommending Tea Cozy...with a name like that it sounded perfect. Started out fine with quaint decor like an English cottage decorated with all manners of teapots dressed in a wide array of hand-knitted tea cozies. But it was pretty well downhill from there. Service staff greet... More 

Thank travelling88
Ash K, Manager at The Tea Cosy, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for taking time to review the tea cosy. I do appreciate this feedback. We had a new seating policy on briefly that did not work at all. We have scrapped it as we did the bad seed in our wait staff. I am so sorry your experience wasn't up to our regular standards. We have taken this feedback... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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53 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cold, raining and Tea Cosy sounds like a fabulous idea! But....the fireplace is fake, its cold inside, the scones are doughy but at least the the tea were pretty good but then again how hard is it to get tea right? Loved the decor.

Thank JohnL7878
Ash K, Manager at The Tea Cosy, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. I am sorry you didn't enjoy your experience with us. We have recently opened that new room and we were not aware it is colder than the other rooms. We are working on new ways to heat it now. Being a heritage listed building in the CBD we are not actually allowed to use the fireplaces,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had afternoon tea here on Saturday afternoon with a friend. When we arrived there was no sign to indicate whether we should take a seat first or order at the counter, on asking a member of staff, it was clear she was stressed out with a busy day and responded quite rudely to order at the counter first. This then... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Ash K, Manager at The Tea Cosy, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We do appreciate the feedback. I know the Saturday afternoon you were in and I do apologise for the mix ups with your order and customer service. We briefly implemented a new ordering/seating system that did not work at all, and caused problems across the board. We have got rid of that now, as we have... More 

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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely crowded have to wait for about 20mins before seated. Due to the coffee festival on Sunday more people were there. We have order 3 kids Devonshire and a share plate with selected sandwiches and scones with a choice of 5 different jams. Overall the coffee was alright and the scone and sandwiches was average , but the atmosphere is... More 

Thank mike l
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260 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Be transported back in time to victorian england. Enjoy tea in a china pot with one of their exquisite cakes, if you can choose one as they all look so enticing. A great place to rest weary feet,

Thank streakey
Torquay, Australia
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73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

A wonderful little place that seems to be a bit like a tardis...MUCH bigger inside than what it appears from outside. The staff are terrific, cold not have been more helpful or engaging. The tea was gold standard and the scones...WOW!!! The accompanying jam and accompaniments were heavenly.

Thank rodc577
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

I love the atmosphere, the 1940's music and had beautiful spiced scones with tangy lemon curd and cream. The rooms and tables provide an old fashioned tea room experience with real tea cups and side plates!,and if you wish, you can add a few stitches to the knitting in the basket graciously left on most tables. I could happily live... More 

Thank Linda K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, British, Irish, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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
  • Neighborhood: The Rocks
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9247 4955

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in The Rocks

Neighborhood Profile
The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighborhood 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.