The Pen and Pencil

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£25 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
Sitting on the corner of Hilton and Tariff street in Manchester’s lively Northern Quarter, The Pen and Pencil takes its name and inspiration from the infamous mid-20th Century bar on East 45th Street in New York, which was popular with newspaper journalists and ad men – the original ‘Mad Men’.

Open seven days a week from 10am until late, the restaurant and bar not only offers a variety of beverages including cocktails, beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks, but focuses on its strong day time offering with great breakfast, brunch and lunch options as well as quality coffee and freshly blended smoothies.

The Pencil and Pencil has an array of events throughout the month with a resident DJ to get the party started every weekend, a weekly quiz night on a Tuesday, and its sell-out Bottomless Brunches! It also offers of rooms for private hire for networking meetings, private parties and launch events.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of Operation
Mon-Thursday 10am-9pm
Friday 10am-8pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
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Phone number
0161 660 3303
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Catering
Sliders:
Grilled Prawn & chilli butter
Chicken & chimmichurri
Beef patty, Monterey Jack cheese, streaky bacon and burger sauce
Veggie burger
These are priced at £3.50/item, we recommend 3 sliders per person: Price £10.50/head

Canapé platters:
Pancetta & Fig Pizzetta
Chicken Wings
Avocado & Prawn Lollipops
Jalapeño Poppers - Served on a bed of kale with smoked chilli jam
Mozzarella Sticks - In panko breadcrumbs with marinara sauce
Whitebait - Served with homemade tartare sauce
Price £9/head
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5 minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly
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Entertainment
Quiz night every Tuesday.

DJs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Offers

Bottomless Brunch: £40

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 4 people

Starts: 1 October 2018

Ends: 30 November 2018

Availability: Sat 10:00-13:00

Christmas: 2 Courses £24.50 3 Courses £29.50

Enjoy 2 or 3 courses from the Christmas choice set menu. Available to book online for parties of up to 8, for larger groups please contact the restaurant directly.
Available from November 26 to 30th December. (excludes Christmas Eve, Christmas Day).

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 4 people

Starts: 26 November 2018

Ends: 30 December 2018

Availability: Mon-Wed 12:00-21:00

Thursdays; Burger/sandwich and a drink

From a set menu, drink is a bottle of Modelo, small wine or soft drink.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 4 people

Starts: 6 August 2018

Ends: 30 November 2018

Availability: Thu 12:00-21:00

Wednesdays: 2 mains and a bottle of house wine £30

From a set menu with live music.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 4 people

Starts: 6 August 2018

Ends: 30 November 2018

Availability: Wed 18:00-21:00

Mondays: 50% Off food

Enjoy 50% off from the main menu. Excludes bank holidays.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 4 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 4 people

Starts: 6 August 2018

Ends: 30 November 2018

Availability: Mon 12:00-21:00

What 81 People Are Saying
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TM
Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The chicken burger was the best ever......I’ve recommended it to all my friends. Burgers are v good aswell but the chicken burger is stand out.

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C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Booked a table for four of us friends to have lunch and a catch up. Had been impressed by previous reviews. Came away slightly disappointed - nothing actually wrong but it didn't quite have a wow factor I was anticipating - either in the food or the ambience. The service was perfectly OK, and it was a quiet Tuesday lunchtime, and the food (I had the seabass) was also satisfactory. So on balance I think this is just a personal choice thing - it didn't quite hit the spot for me, but others will hopefully find it really works for them.

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JD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Our breakfast was cold with fat rather than bacon. I was really disappointed as I had seen the previous reviews and was looking forward to going there.

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H
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food but small portion size, nice atmosphere with live music

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OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was great (had the sliders and they were really tasty). Last time i was here the Bloody Marys were amazing but this time they were a bit basic. Last time there were celery sticks and garnishes etc but this time was just a slice of lemon on the side of the glass :(
Took a while to get another one too and we had to ask a couple of times before it arrived.
All in all was good but service could have been a bit quicker

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MG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My friends and I ate here on a Sunday, it was fairly quiet when we arrived but we were glad to be able to have a good chat. The food was mostly very good, the staff were very friendly and attentive and mostly good value.

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QD
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious,cocktails to die for and the staff could not have been more lovely and helpful.

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SG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Throughly enjoyed my visit, 1st time I have been and will defo be returning. Great value for money, service and staff were great, great sized portions.

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K
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

50% off Monday, food was delicious, friendly service

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E
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the pre Liam Gallagher party! Atmosphere was amazing. Staff and food were ace! Deffo going again!!

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d
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

met friends for an early breakfast, Bloody Mary perfect but a little on the expensive side compared to other bars who offer them at reduced prices when served with breakfast.
one of my friends and I asked for the eggs to be removed from the breakfast, when the breakfast arrived it was served with hollandaise sauce, unfortunately neither me or my friend eat eggs, the fault was all ours but they exchanged the breakfast and served it fresh without sauce, which was very kind

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D
London
16 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seems we were the first people out and about last Sunday, so P&P was deserted when we arrived at 1045 but soon got busier. We went for the indulgent pancake brunch options - my with the delicious spinach & cheese kulcha ( so yummy thatI never wanted it to end) and my friend with the bacon and maple syrup (too big to finish!).
Good coffee, friendly and efficient service- I’ll be back!

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K
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great place, great service. I will definitely be here again.

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HR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Gorgeous food, super friendly staff, very chilled atmosphere. Will visit again.

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EQ
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice food and service. Really enjoyed brunch for 3. Will definitely go again!

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Quiz night - was a fun night

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C
London
19 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good spot for brunch. Inventive menu with good choice. Lunch options also looked excellent so next time I’ll go along a little later in the day. Good vale as well. Their take on a Bloody Mary was fantastic.

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had the half price Monday offer. Good value and food was tasty but could have done with some veg with the lamb like it said on the menu. Was an error on the menu apparently. Shame there is no starters or pudding ☹️. Not even a bowl of olives! Wouldn’t stop me doing it again 😊

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BT
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Excellent food to start an evening off, 4 different burgers ordered, all went very quiet when they arrived! Good balance of burger to bun, great sauces and fries with skins on beautifully seasoned. Hard to get served at the bar due to happy hour (cocktails take a lot of labour) once seated the attention from our server was excellent.

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WH
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great find. Very friendly great background music. Super service great staff. The food was delicious. We will be going again.

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N
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a really friendly place to have lunch with friends, food and beer really nice.

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HS
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - eggs pen and pencil is lovely! Lovely atmosphere too. Really enjoyed the buzz of the place. Our waitress was very friendly, efficient and cheerful.

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LG
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really great meal, lovely food and good drinks selection but portions a very small on the brunch menu (I know, I know, it's brunch), at around a tenner a go we were a bit taken aback but maybe we are just greedy. Wouldn't put me off going again as quality was amazing and good atmosphere.

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C
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Me and my friends enjoyed our evening at P&P. We had mancon vouchers so it was a special bargain. The food was nice, the beer was nice and the service from the waiter was fabulous, such a friendly chap, and he couldn't do enough for us. He really made the difference.

The bar man could have tried a bit harder, preferring fake tidying to actual service. "I'll be with you in a minute"....

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AF
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really great night there for a meal and pub quiz with friends from work. Food was lovely (I had the fried chicken burger) and the staff were friendly and attentive - they set up a table service for us! We’ll definitely be returning soon!

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KT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic lunch at The pen and pencil. Food was fantastic. Staff all friendly and very welcoming.
Fabulous vibe, not far from the city centre... just a 5 minute walk from The Armadale Centre.

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TP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food , great atmosphere , friendly staff and all round good feel to the Pen and Pencil! Always worth a visit.

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice start to a pleasant Sunday in manchester

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice place where to spend good time with friends. The Mashroom toast was fantastic!
We were pleasantly surprised by the toilets: great idea!;)
We'll come back!

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J
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely waiting staff can’t help enough. I had the steak and eggs. Steak was absolute perfection and a reasonable price. My second visit and would go again.

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Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were probably the oldest people in the bar, but the ambience and energy of the other patrons made us remember what it was like to be twenty-something! The staff were very friendly and attentive and the food (of the posh burger variety) was very good, we recommend the polenta chips! Being a Friday night there was a live DJ and he got the mixing and the volume spot on. We live a long way from Manchester, but when we're back there we'll definitely go back to the Pen and Pencil.

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E
Manchester
14 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good. Didnt need a side due to large portions. Service was great. Loud - but that's to be expected on a Friday. Would recommend to eat here again espescially with the Jan 50% off offer!

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I've been to the One and Pencil several times and always had good food and service, it was but slow on this occasion with a 30 min wait for our food to arrive (panicked slightly as I was on my lunch hour!) there were a couple of bigger tables and I think we had all ordered at the same time. Still a great place to go and will go back and recommend wo others.

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S
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great catch up with family in a nice relax setting
Food good, reasonably priced

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We really enjoyed the food and the ambience. Everything was perfect...until the DJ appeared. We had already finished our food and we were having a drink by this stage. We couldn't hear each other over the music and as a result, we quickly finished our drinks and left. We would have stayed for more as its a great venue and the staff are very attentive. Sadly the whole experience was let down by the DJ - not necessary on a casual Saturday afternoon.

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R
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely brunch at pen and pencil. Portion of pancakes a little on the small side but full breakfast generous. Nice coffee and leaf teas.

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Extremely slow service .. burgers / sandwiches lovely .. pancakes tasteless

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The service was slow despite the fact the restaurant wasn’t busy. The food was mediocre. Overall I didn’t think it was good value.

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CB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed a Saturday brunch here with friends. Excellent choice of food - was tricky to choose but loved my chorizo breakfast.

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OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find!! One of the best breakfasts we've ever had, will definitely be back. ☺️

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