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The Pen and Pencil

4.4
4.4
562 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

20:00


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

  • Executive Chef

    Karel Lukes

  • 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, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 562 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Brunch

  • Manchester

    Brunch

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  1. MM

    MichelleM

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    good food although quite a few dishes unavailable from main menu. explanation given, busy weekend. however what we had was good.
  2. IR

    IanR

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service - staff excellent
  3. HB

    HelenB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent friendly staff and really good food and wine…
  4. HC

    HannahC

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely brunch. Staff were lovely and friendly
  5. OD

    OliviaD

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our visit to the pen and pencil for breakfast. Easy to book, staff were lovely and attentive and it was a lovely place. Food was delicious. We’d definitely come back next time we’re in Manchester
  6. AL

    AlexL

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We turned up for the reservation to find out they were no longer serving food. Did not dine

    The Pen and PencilResponded on 26 July 2022Hi Alex, so sorry you wern't able to dine with us. We do state on all confirmation emails, times on the website and on the menu what time the kitchen closes. We did also offer you alternative dining at our sister site. that serves food later. Hope you get to dine with us soon. Kind Regards Antony Area Manager

  7. R

    Rebecca

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very helpful, prompt and friendly staff. Lovely food that was presented brilliantly. Variety of gorgeous cocktails. Good value.

    The Pen and PencilResponded on 26 July 2022Hi, thank you so much for the great review. Really happy you enjoyed the service, cocktails and food. Hope to see you soon. Kind Regards Antony Area Manager

  8. YM

    YummyMummy

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We booked here on the back of it featuring highly on lists for best brunch in Manchester. Menu choice was good and mainly catered well for allergies. Gluten free proved a little more challenging in that it meant missing out on both the hash browns and sausages in the P&P. Avocado and feta option and the Red Velvet toast option were probably the highlights from what we ordered. Definitely good value for money as portion sizes were very generous. Nice buzzy atmosphere conducive to a relaxing couple of hours catching up with friends.

    The Pen and PencilResponded on 26 July 2022Hi, thank you for leaving a review. So sorry your experience wasn't up to the high standard we also strive and work hard to achieve. Unfortunately, there are some options on the menu that we can't make gluten free at this moment. We are always looking at alternative ways to improve and will be taking your feedback on board for future dishes. Hope to see you soon. Kind Regards Antony Area Manager

  9. RS

    RuthS

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was full of flavour very delicious would definitely recommend

    The Pen and PencilResponded on 26 July 2022Hi, thank you so much for the great review. Really happy you enjoyed the service and food. Hope to see you soon. Kind Regards Antony Area Manager

  10. H

    Harriet

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Very disappointing breakfast, waited an hour for food, arrived cold and over cooked, poached eggs were more like hard boiled, would not return

    The Pen and PencilResponded on 26 July 2022Hi Harriet, so sorry you waited so long for you food. This is far from the level of service we strive and work so hard to achieve. I hope you reconsider us in the future. Kind Regards Antony Area Manager

  11. TC

    TerryC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from start to finish with very attentive staff. The food was excellent and great value for money

    The Pen and PencilResponded on 26 July 2022Hi, thank you so much for the great review. Really happy you enjoyed the service and food. Hope to see you soon. Kind Regards Antony Area Manager

  12. V

    Venetia

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding brunch. Beautifully presented, well thought out menu, delicious food and top notch service. Highly recommended.

    The Pen and PencilResponded on 26 July 2022Hi, thank you so much for the great review. Really happy you enjoyed the service and food. Hope to see you soon. Kind Regards Antony Area Manager

  13. V

    Visitor

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Lovely place with great 50% off on food Mondays. Only complaint - all the dishes were a little dry, especially the fish. We didn't have any meat so maybe the meat is not dry, or maybe it was just a bad day. Still would recommend overall!
  14. DB

    DuncanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a lovely meal on Monday. Steak cooked well and staff friendly and efficient.

    The Pen and PencilResponded on 26 July 2022Hi, thank you so much for the great review. Really happy you enjoyed the service and food. Hope to see you soon. Kind Regards Antony Area Manager

  15. NI

    NewInTown

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The staff were friendly, but the food was not that hot, the hash browns as an extra were very expensive for what you got and so hard to cut into, they pinged off the plate. 2 out of the 3 ladies toilets were blocked.
  16. N

    Nino

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Slow service, eggs contained shells and were soaked in oil… Pancakes were dry and had the tasty of onions
  17. JH

    JamieH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Great place for food and drinks in Manchester. Always enjoy coming back here
  18. KN

    KevinN

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Very nice food. Took ages for drinks to arrive.
  19. K

    Kieran

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    We came on a team lunch on a not so busy Thursday lunchtime. We had quite obviously come from work, and didn’t want to be there too long. However it took too long for us to be served, and once we had finished eating we had to wait 20 minutes to get the bill. After getting the bill, we kept trying to get the waitresses attention to bring the card machine, eventually we had to wait in line at the bar to pay. Overall it was a good experience, but you shouldn’t have 1 staff member to cover a lunch shift.
  20. RW

    RachelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic evening! We joined for the pub quiz which we do on a regular basis and love it!
  21. BM

    BernardM

    Manchester

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always good and attentive service along with delicious food at a very special price on Monday!
  22. B

    julieB

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Welcoming, food brilliant had breakfast, 2 of us ordered pancakes and Velvet French toast, could have shared just one of them, maybe a choice of smaller portions(hate wastage), Bloody Mary best I have had.
  23. BM

    BernardM

    Manchester

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always good food and service at a very good price
  24. KB

    KatieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and outstanding service would definitely visit again
  25. AD

    AlexD

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, really fresh and enjoyable. We had two dogs with us while eating and the staff were great and lovely to us and them. Thank you so much!
  26. LV

    LauraV

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Everything was average. Not blown away. The service was slow, had to ask for the bill a couple of times. It was also more expensive than I expected. I don’t think I’ll be coming back.
  27. D

    Dijon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A lively venue, very popular, with a good selection of food options, though no dessert offerings.
  28. HG

    HenryG

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, service was good. Overall a lovely time.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch - a wide range of food options. Good laid back atmosphere on a Saturday morning.
  30. H

    Helen

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful service, lovely food, was a little noisy as the lunch crowd all piled in, but didn't affect our enjoyment.
  31. V

    Vicky

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was everything we needed it to be. Good food, good service, not too busy! Would certainly recommend.
  32. H

    Hades

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    My beef roll thing was burnt and tasted bland … Service was good tho
  33. b

    bw666

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food. Really enjoyed brunch and tea here. Only negative was hadn’t realised it was a dog friendly restaurant. Service was great!
  34. c

    cnrzn

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A nice place to have a good breakfast. Service was quick and the venue was warm and lovely.
  35. FW

    FrancesW

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The service was great, the staff attentive, however the eggs were undercooked, some of the food cold and gluten free bread was not toasted. Portions were slim. Disappointed to be honest.
  36. C

    Conor

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Asked for a table on a Tuesday evening and the hostess rudely replied “what for”. Overall, she was not very welcoming and she did not want us there. She showed it by being impatient and making non verbal cues of annoyance… We just wanted to do the quiz night that they do on Tuesdays but her attitude really made us feel uncomfortable and we left.
  37. TS

    TanS

    Cheshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    The seating is really uncomfortable. The tables are way too high for the chairs. I was sat on the edge of my chair the whole time. I had pancakes with bacon. While it tasted okay, it looked like it was thrown into the plate and was swimming in syrup. I probably wouldn’t visit again.
  38. L

    Lianna

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Food was average. Value was good because we had a voucher.
  39. BM

    BernardM

    Manchester

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good as ever, though again not everything on the menu available.
  40. ET

    EllT

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect spot for dinner. The food was incredible and with 50% off for Monday, unbelievable value for money. The waiter was well-informed, welcoming and very friendly. Would 100% recommend!

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 does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. The Pen and Pencil also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0161 660 3303.

The Pen and Pencil is rated 4.4 stars by 562 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

20:00


Booked 23 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

  • 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

  • Executive Chef

    Karel Lukes

  • 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, Takeaway, 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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