Sunday is my favourite day of the week. No school run, no Saturday morning sport, just some nice fun, family time. Thankfully the State Government also believe in fun family time as well - on Sundays we can all make the most of Family Funday Sunday and catch transport anywhere in this big beautiful city of ours for $2.50/adult and the kiddliwinks are free. We made the most of this last Sunday by catching the bus into the city and Rivercat home - kids love all modes of transport so it is such a great day to be out and about and of course you will need a child friendly cafe to stop in at! If you head to the city make sure you pop into the Tea Cosy in the Rocks. This little hidden gem is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the very busy Rocks area, especially on a weekend.
I was given a tip off from a fellow Mumma who told me that The Tea Cosy do a very gorgeous babycino so after a quick wander around the Rocks Markets (they are so NOT child friendly!) we headed into the little terrace that is home to The Tea Cosy. The Tea Cosy which also calls itself an Irish Tea Room, shares its terrace with the Celtic Shop. It is located in the Irish part of the Rocks - you know, up there next to the Mercantile Hotel. Now for those not in the know, my married surname is O'Farrell - very Irish indeed - and guess what name we found on the welcoming board outside of The Tea Cosy/Celtic Shop? The Celtic Gods were obviously conspiring for us to enter this little slice of Irish heaven.
Upon entering the terrace you walk down a narrow hallway (heavy duty prams will be an issue here, so take a stroller instead). The Celtic Shop will be on your right and at the end of the hallway you enter into what I suspect was once the original kitchen of the terrace. You will notice tea cosies everywhere. The very friendly staff greet you and let you know where the vacant tables are. You have a few choices - upstairs (think narrow stair case); out the front of the terrace (think very busy markets which are easy for kids to get lost in); inside or outside in the court yard. If you have the option - go the court yard, this is the best spot to sit with kids.
The courtyard is full of Irish sign posts, tea cosies (of course) and other cute knick knacks. There is a loo out here (no baby change table) and also the entrance to the kitchen. Let me tell you, the smell of freshly baked scones is absolutely heavenly, you could almost imagine that you were sitting right next to your Nanna's kitchen.
If your children are like mine they will have spotted the basket of toys sitting in an alcove when they first walked down the hall of The Tea Cosy. The little bulls absconded with the said basket and took it straight to our table, so my apologies if you were at the Tea Cosy last Sunday morning because we had all the toys!
Now as you would expect from a place called The Tea Cosy, they are into tea and of course scones - they are actually famous for their devonshire teas. For $12.50 you receive a scone basket with two of the best scones I've tasted in ages, your choice of jam, proper double thick cream and your choice of beverage. As it is The Tea Cosy may I suggest you choose tea as your tea pot will come in a very cute tea cosy of course (Irish breakfast was our choice) and you will also find the most eclectic assortment of teaspoons. Mine was quite sedate in that it was only a bunch of grapes from the Barossa, I heard the lady behind me say something about hers being a dunny from Dunedoo.
Now you don't have to have plain scones with your devonshire tea, there is a lovely variety available for you to choose from. Last Sunday's choices were currant, cheddar and herb, as well as cherry and almond. Likewise with the jam, there are about ten different ones to choose from. We decided on rhubarb and ginger as well as raspberry on plain scones and let me tell you they were both sublime.
Now they actually do serve more than scones at The Tea Cosy. There is a traditional ploughman's lunch, served with freshly baked scones as well as ribbon sandwiches available. You can also be very lady like and have the high tea. There is a fabulous assortment of Iced Teas available to quench your thirst, as sometimes it really is just too darn hot to drink tea.
Now back to that babycino - yes it is gorgeous! Served in a polka dot melamine cup and saucer, this perfect little babycino comes with full froth, 100s and 1000s sprinkled on top plus 2 marshmallows. If you order your kiddliwinks a children's devonshire tea, it comes included in the price. However if you have a non babycino drinker like my eldest little bull you can have a kids size milkshake instead which is adorned with a marshmallow as well.
The children's devonshire tea for $6.00 comprises of 1 plain scone, jam and cream. I think this was the first time our little bulls have had a devonshire tea, and they wolfed it down!
After our delicious morning tea, we bid Slán go fóill (see you later) to The Tea Cosy, knowing full well we will definitely be back. We then wandered down to the Quay to catch our cat back up the river.
So tell me dear parents, do you have any Irish blood pumping through your veins and do you make the most of Family Funday Sundays?
The Tea Cosy
33 George St
The Rocks Sydney NSW 2000
02 9247 4955
Thu - Sun from 10.00am