As you enter the 180-year old heritage building, you will slowly be greeted by the wonderful smells of freshly-baked scones (not to mention, the beautiful decorations of Irish themes all over the place). I was pretty lucky as I came just in time for the tray of scones to come right out from the oven.
The Devonshire Tea (AUD 12 per person) consists of two freshly-baked scones with all natural double thickened cream and gourmet fruit jam, served with any choice of drinks. As I was too early, there were only limited choices. I went for the Apricot scone and Raisins scone.
The scones, they are really huge! I must admit, they definitely tasted slightly different from the ones I had before - more crumbly. I love the Apricot scone as it is sweet and has slices of apricot in it. However, I was not very fascinated with the Raisins scone as the raisins were a little bitter (or maybe I was just too bloated to have another bite).
For drinks, I ordered the Barry's Imported Irish black tea. Served loose in a pot dressed in handmade tea cosies, it was a pretty sight. Unfortunately, I didn't really like the tea as much as I wanted as it sort of gave me quite a numb feeling after a drink or two. I shouldn't have been so adventurous and stick to the usual English Breakfast or coffee. Well, at least I know what Irish tea tasted like.
The good thing about The Tea Cosy is that they put up a sign right outside the store to let you know when the next freshly baked scones will be out, so that you will know when to come back and get your hands on those scones.
The Tea Cosy @ Irish Design Shop
33 George Street
Open Thursday & Friday (10am - 4pm) and Saturday & Sunday (10am - 5pm)