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The Pen and Pencil, Manchester,
The Pen and Pencil, Manchester,
The Pen and Pencil, Manchester,
The Pen and Pencil, Manchester,
The Pen and Pencil, Manchester,

The Pen and Pencil

4.0
4
790 Reviews
£25 and under
American
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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 10:00–21:00 Sun 10:00–17:00
  • Phone number
    0161 660 3303
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    The Pen & Pencil Manchester, situated on the corner of Hilton St and Tariff St in Manchester’s bustling Northern Quarter, features an 80 cover dining space across two rooms alongside an expansive bar, with a cocktail menu of the highest quality.
  • Private party contact
    info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk: 0161 660 3303
  • Area
    Manchester
  • Parking Details
    Spaces for on street parking. Multiple local parking lots within 1 minute walking distance.
  • Public Transit
    5 minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly
  • Entertainment
    Quiz night every Tuesday.DJs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 790 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Great for brunch

  • Manchester

    Great for brunch

790 Reviews
  1. SickoftheNQ

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Waitress that served food said she would get us some cutlery and sauces but never returned. Not sure how she forgot so quickly. Nobody came to take our order either, had to order at the bar, and then they tried to make me pay despite me having already said I had a Manchester confidential voucher.

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  2. SteveG

    Manchester

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice pub which serves nice burgers. Staff are always polite and friendly and it is good value. Great shame one of the guys who serves in the pub is leaving - I wish him luck in his new job

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  3. mariaf

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked as part of the Monday 50% off food deal before the theatre. We both got the New York burger which was huge, excellent value with the discount. Lovely bar even just for a drink. Staff friendly. Lots of high tables which aren’t suitable for everyone and if so ask for a standard table. I’m sure we’ll be back.

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  4. MickMQ

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food but ordinary table knife not good enough for toasted sourdough - need a steak knife.

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  5. Bella

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Items missing from menu, expensive, slightly disappointed overall but nice setting

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  6. bessie17

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The 50% off food on Mondays was so worthwhile! We had a great time and loved the meals.

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  7. ECJB

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food and value for money. However, service was slow and items were missing from our order when it arrived.

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  8. Liam

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Servers were brilliant and food was very good!! Very much worth it!!

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  9. RobB

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Absolutely appalled that on entry we were asked about allergies and when we declared one we were refused service. Even when we explained that allergy was manageable as it was in every other restaurant we have ever visited, they still refused to serve any food or drink. Whilst we know that is your right as a restaurant, it is not indicated on the website or at the point of booking. Poor in the extreme and not even an apology was offered. Others seem able to deal with such matters. Why can’t you?

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  10. Emily

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    we were waiting for our food for quite a while, and when it did come they got our both our food and drinks order wrong, plus didn’t remove wrong items off our bill. We were also asked if we were okay like 2-3 times in about 25 mins after we had finished eating making us feel very rushed and like we had to get out of there asap Food was lovely and atmosphere was great though

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  11. Drhtt

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for a quick dinner before the theatre and had to cancel our order. It took ages to be served and twice someone said the would be over to take our order and didn’t. We waited 25 minutes for food before having to leave. The staff apologised and gave us our drink for free. This was a fine gesture except I had a £50 voucher from manchester confidential. I now have a voucher which I paid for and no time to use it

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  12. Lindsey

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time we’ve been there. Staff were very friendly and attentive, food was delicious 100% going back

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  13. AmandaF

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    always love it here. Service and food was really good today

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Over an hour for food with no acknowledgement from the team. Quiet Monday lunchtime so no rationale as to why it would delayed. Poor and very disappointing.

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  15. TeresaW

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food we had was good, but unfortunately my first two choices were sold out.

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  16. Will

    Manchester

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    They were busy - it was Saturday afternoon; the food and the service were superb though 😊

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  17. MichelleC

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked a table for yesterday evening for 4 people. Arrived and seated, when we asked for the food menu, was told they were not serving food due to a large party being in. We were then told our booking had actually been taken into account and we could order food. We asked if there would be a wait for food, after checking with the kitchen the server came back and said that we wouldn't be able to order after all. I have worked in kitchens before so understand the pressure of large bookings. But our booking had been accepted, we got mixed messages upon arrival, we had booked for a specific time as we had other commitments later on, by not being able to eat here we were left looking for somewhere else in a rush. Disappointing!

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  18. KellyB

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great value for money We took advantage of the 50% off during January. Freshly cooked, quality ingredients. Plenty of choice .

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  19. vivienw

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Booked in advance staff good, food tasty wait time (again) was unaceptable we were 2 of 3 people eating (this was the total No. of customers in the restaurant) & we waited 40 mins for food. This is not an exeption it has happened 3 times previously because of this I doubt we will visit again.

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  20. ChrisB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service as per usual and the food was great. Decent size portions too so you definitely get value for money. Good place to get a bit of work done too if needed.

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  21. AndreaM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing happy hour deal with 5 appetiser at 25 pounds and 2 cocktails for 12. The hamburgers were also very good.

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  22. KariO

    Cheshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We booked a table for food. When we turned up they couldn’t find our booking, weren’t very helpful on finding it. I showed them my booking confirmation. They found it and then we got told that it was drinks only.

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  23. ThamiM

    Nottingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Slightly long wait for food, however great ambience and service. Will definitely return soon. Good value for money

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  24. TiffanyG

    Liverpool

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food & drinks were good, we were told there'd be a bit of a wait for food but found it strange they didn't take our food order until it had quietened down after around 30 mins after we sat down. We waited over an hour and a half for food which seemed a little excessive, especially as people who arrived after us were given their food before us.

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  25. SamanthaT

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I was really looking forward to coming here but left extremely dissapointed. When we arrived we were told there was a 30 minute wait on food. We had booked specifically to get french toast, which we were disappointed to be informed that they didn't have on this day. We ordered around 12, our food didn't arrive until 13:30. During this time we were left without being checked on, or asked to order any more drinks, for over an hour. Eventually, a waitress came over to say our food was next out and asked if we wanted some more drinks. 15 minutes later the food arrived, my scrambled eggs were cold and my partners breakfast arrived without eggs at first, these were brought over a few minutes later. My partner said his breakfast was good, especially the Sausages, but I was extremely disappointed with my cold eggs. The hash browns were good though. We then waited a further 15-20 minutes after finishing our food before we had to ask at the bar for the bill. The staff were friendly enough but not attentive at all. They probably need at least an additional 2-3 serving staff as they were turning a lot of people away who didn't have bookings despite there being empty tables. I really wanted to love it here but probably won't be returning due to the lack of service and cold food.

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  26. paulm

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food great service 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

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  27. PaulaD

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Breakfast was superb, staff were really lovely too would highly recommend especially if taking your dog too

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  28. RosaG

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely staff, really made us feel welcome. Unfortunately the food wasn’t great compared to what we were expecting

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  29. AlisonC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The cocktail list here is excellent - and that’s coming from someone who lives in London and is used to being spoiled for choice. The food was good, it just took quite a while to come (they only have a small kitchen). Otherwise it’s a really nice space & we found it very welcoming.

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  30. LucyC

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Booked a table via open table over a week prior to visiting. Table was booked 13.00-15.00. Was advised when we'd sat and ordered drinks that due to a group of 20 having bottomless brunch we could not be guaranteed to eat until at least 14.30. We asked for nibbles but were told everything needed to be cooked and the kitchen was too small to cope. We ended up leaving with no food and not spending our work Xmas budget for the 9 of us. We were given a free bottle of prosecco after asking for something for us to compensate for the disappointment. The staff member told us they were only aware of our booking that morning. Disappointing and will not return. Will spend the budget at another restaurant in the new year.

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  31. CraigC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Looked forward to the Buttermilk Chicken dish for lunch but unfortunately they didn’t have it available at 12:45pm which was a little disappointing. Had to ask for the bill twice. Slightly slow service. Nice place though.

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  32. PeterB

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was nice and service from bar staff was good. But it took 1 hour from ordering food to it arriving on the table. This is no use to people who are on their lunch break from work. The Chef seemed to be outside more than he was in the kitchen. Overall this led to a poor experience/impression.

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  33. hannahr

    Birmingham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food took an hour to come out when it was only breakfast for two people and the rest of the restaurant was quiet. We were offered a free drink while we waited which we had but didn’t really want. Egg was overcooked and salmon quality was awful. We saw the chefs more outside of the kitchen than inside, probably why our food took so long. When asked if we could have a further discount we were refused. We paid and left as had already been in there an hour longer than expected. Would not recommend.

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  34. HughM

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Open table allowed a dinner booking even though the kitchen was closed. The kitchen closes at 5pm on Sunday The staff were very nice and recommended a good spot nearby, but was it would be good to update the listing. I therefore didn't actually eat here for dinner. I have been in for drinks before and it was very nice.

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  35. GaryW

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good choice of food at reasonable prices. Food was lovely but did take a while to arrive. Service very good with very attentive waitress.

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  36. anner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Didn't eat food as just went for drinks and quiz night but food always looks good. That's why scored low on food as it wasn't applicable to me

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  37. HelenC

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Welcoming, lively bar with a large brunch/lunch menu to choose from. Our waitress was friendly and helpful.

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  38. AnthonyF

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and great value.Service was great could do enough for us .

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  39. AlexT

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and such friendly staff. Our two dogs were treated like royalty!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Place was nice. Table was clean , food was delicious.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Pen and Pencil is rated 4 stars by 790 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for The Pen and Pencil

57 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EJ

Additional information

  • Area
    Manchester
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 10:00–21:00 Sun 10:00–17:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Spaces for on street parking. Multiple local parking lots within 1 minute walking distance.
  • Public Transit
    5 minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Quiz night every Tuesday.DJs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    0161 660 3303
  • Private party facilities
    The Pen & Pencil Manchester, situated on the corner of Hilton St and Tariff St in Manchester’s bustling Northern Quarter, features an 80 cover dining space across two rooms alongside an expansive bar, with a cocktail menu of the highest quality.
  • Private party contact
    info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk: 0161 660 3303
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