Afternoon Tea / Old City / Restauranteurs

Afternoon Tea at Fork Restaurant

Last November, Fork Restaurant launched an afternoon tea service for the holidays. It was only supposed to run through the end of December, but due to popular demand they will be offering it every Saturday afternoon 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

For $45 per person, guests enjoy two cups of tea from a menu directed by Philadelphia’s own Rival Bros., as well as a selection of mini sandwiches, scones, chocolates, cookies and other sweet treats by Fork’s pastry chef Aaron Manuyag.

To complement the Afternoon Tea menu, premium teas, tea-infused cocktails, and sparkling wine will be available a la carte.

I, along with frequent Philly Grub contributor Amaris Pollock, recently experienced the afternoon tea offering upon invitation.

I’m all about cocktails, even during afternoon tea. The tea-infused cocktails were quite delightful. We enjoyed all three. It was hard to pick a favorite, but the Roobois with spiced rum, apple brandy, and spiced pear syrup was truly exceptional.

We both each enjoyed one pot of tea, chosen from a selection of eight which were presented on a cart rolled to our table. I adored the comforting Earl Grey, while Amaris savored the intoxicatingly herbal Organic Turmeric and Ginger. Each served in beautiful and intricate imported teapots and expertly poured by our server.

We throughly enjoyed the sweet and savory treats. Each delicate, yet satisfying. I daresay the gingerbread macaron was my favorite as I go for anything gingerbread and I simply adore macarons. It’s all quite good, though.

They’ve updated the menu since our visit so please reference the photo below before you book as a few of the items we tried were for the holiday edition. I’ll need to go back for the potato donut and chicken liver mousse!

Fork Restaurant should need no introduction. An enduring Philadelphia favorite for more than 20 years, located in Old City, the sophisticated restaurant owned by Ellen Yin and co-owned by Chef Eli Kulp has been open and providing fine dining for more than 20 years. It is critically acclaimed both locally and nationally. It has four bells from our own Craig LaBan and was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Restaurant” in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Ellen Yin and Marilyn Johnson [Photo: Amaris Pollock]

Ellen Yin was in the restaurant on the day of our visit and I was thrilled to finally meet the grande dame in person. She is one of the most successful restauranteurs in Philadelphia and can be credited for turning Philly into the world-class culinary destination it is. She gets my highest respect and admiration. You can’t tell, but I’m fangirling majorly in this picture. Heh.

Reservations for afternoon tea at Fork must be secured with a credit card, and walk-in guests will be welcomed based on availability. To make a reservation, click here.

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Thank you to Profile PR for arranging our visit and to Fork Restaurant for the hospitality. As usual, our opinions are our own.

One thought on “Afternoon Tea at Fork Restaurant

  1. This place looks amazing! Great writeup and pictures. LOVE tea – especially rooibos – and I’ve never seen tea-infused cocktails.

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