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The Pen and Pencil
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.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Been here a few times now the staff honestly make this place! The guy with the shaved/bald head is a great guy takes no bull but also interacts with customers. The foods bang on and really well priced. Great selection of drinks too!
Great couple of hours. Would go again. Great wine and atmosphere.
Overall pleasant evening, friendly staff, nice area, seating outside.
Hi, I came to your restaurant yesterday and ordered two French toast. I was extremely disappointed by its quality. The supposedly brioche bread was regular bread, the presentation was all over the place and what should have been pecans was walnuts. I didn’t say anything at the time as I didn’t want to spoil my own day. I am messaging now as later on in the day me and my partner became very unwell from the food. This was our first time at the restaurant and won’t be returning after the experience.
Great bar for early drinks and cocktails
To few staff, poorly trained waitress. We had booked but waited 10 minutes to be seated. We ordered drinks that never arrived and the waitress never returned to takr our meal order. We walked out hungry after 35 minutes. The place wasn't even busy 🙄.
I won't waste my time going back.
Terrible, food was an hour late, told staff 3 times
Outstanding food and fantastic cocktails as always.Staff ALWAYS personable and helpful- thank you Anthony . Great value for money and great night out!
Lovely food, seated really quickly and socially distanced inside with clearly marked one ways and hand sanitiser bottles everywhere.
Food was cold and not very nice at all. Table near us was being extremely loud, staff didn’t seem to bother
It was really nice. An impromptu night out for tea and we tried The Pen and Pencil.
Really tasty vegetarian curry and fabulous cocktails .
Would definitely recommend for a relaxed evening with great food and cocktails .
Just fine. As always. Good good. Good value. Good environment and adaptations to covid. Felt safe without it being OTT.
A very nice warm welcome, lovely food and great cocktails .. would definitely come again and recommend...
Your app allowed me to book a table for 2230. Upon reading their menu I noted food stopped at 2130. I called ahead, no answer, left message. No call back. Ran the risk and went anyway.......no food!
Great breakfast. Great service. Load of options.
We always have a lovely time at the Pen and Pencil, and visit regularly for Sunday brunch. Great service, food, ambience and location.
Brilliant cocktails and atmosphere. Really enjoyed it.
Amazing food. Kind staff. Great little place for a nice meal.
We ate here using Confidential vouchers. Brilliant value for money and the food was excellent. The staff were friendly and we had a lovely table to ourselves. We have also been here when the place was bouncing before a Courteeners gig so this was very different! We would definitely recommend and go back .
The app doesn’t allow deals to go through, which we were never told after purchasing two rounds and specifically saying we were there for drinks, once we complained we were offered complimentary drinks but these took almost 30mins to arrive and it wasn’t very busy. Just poor service.
A warm welcome as soon as we arrived and seated down straight away, all workers there especially our waiter were so friendly and made our experience even more enjoyable! Food was amazing, a lovely buzzing atmosphere, place gave lots of aesthetic vibes and lots to choose from the menu- a great playlist played also! A hidden gem found in the northern quarter- we will definitely be coming again on our next stay to Manchester!
Really nice brunch! Would definitely recommend. Also have a bottomless brunch which would love to try.
Had brunch and it was amazing food!
Service, food and safety was fantastic!! Really taken measures to ensure there is distancing whilst also feeling the normality again. Highly recommend.
Only downside would say was the steak says it’s comes with potatoes this is a very very small amount would have been good to know so I could have ordered chips as a side
Better food than I expected, good choice of drink all for a reasonable price
Excellent service, staff were very friendly and made us feel very comfortable.
Lovely experience for my first eating out experience after lockdown
Went for brunch, attentive staff and food very good.
I was a bit disappointed with the Pen & Pencil. I booked a table for 6 people and the following day tried to change to 7 people via online which I couldn't do and by phone which no one answered on 2 separate occasions.
We arrived at 10am with 7 people and I explained I'd tried to change the booking. I was told that they couldn't accommodate 7 people even if we split up onto different tables as they were fully booked so one of my party had to leave.
During the meal only one couple came in and the rest of the restaurant was empty. we stayed for just under 2 hours and nobody else turned up.
I have no idea why we couldn't have had an extra person. There is no explanation. Common sense went out of the window in this case and the pen & pencil lost another sitting/order.
We frequently go for breakfasts after work & the food was ok and service was fine but unfortunately do to this ridiculous decision I can't see us returning in the future.
I really enjoy going to P&P but my last 2 visits have left me disappointed.
The food and drinks are great but the service not so good.
We struggled getting any attention from staff to place our order, get more drinks and it took 20 mins from asking for our bill to paying.
It wasn’t particularly busy and the staff to customer ratio was reasonable, maybe they need some formal customer service training?
We went for brunch and whilst the place was nice we waited ages for our food and when it arrived two of the dishes were cold. One of our waitresses was really great (think she was American??) abut there was another girl who just didn't seem interested in being there.
Our honest opinion on the food after leaving was that we'd probably get as good a breakfast from Wetherspoons at a fraction of the price. We were visiting from Leicester so bit disappointed as it left a dampener on the trip.
cant fault the food service and ambiance.
however my booking was for 5pm and i was told i had to leave at 6pm as i had
my 12 year old son with me.
we were all eating so i found that very atiquated
Great food. Staff were lovely. Very enjoyable :)
The food was nice but not exceptional. A good amount of choices on the menu but would like more cocktail choices - maybe more classic cocktails. Food portions weren’t that big and all food is expensive compared to other brunch places and for the portion that you get. The staff were really lovely and attentive and the ambience was very chilled. Would recommend to a friend wanting to go for a bottomless brunch. Bottomless brunch should run for longer than 10am - 1pm though - this is very early.
I would always recommend the Pen and pencil to a friend - always good food, good location and normally good/ excellent service. However on this occasion the girl who served us obviously did not want to be there - as a past waitress I get this completely - however she was so indifferent to the point that it was noticeable. Wasn't on top of asking if everything was okay, left us for ages with the bill when we'd asked for the card machine anyway. Normally 5*, however today would be giving 2*
The service was perfect, friendly and considerate. Proper nice guys in there.
Would definitely recommend if you can't be arsed with some of the tools around the northern quarter.
Plus its on our doorstep. Winning
Heat service - lovely friendly staff
Great place. We did the pub quiz which was great and the staff were friendly and efficient.
50% off food for January obviously means only 50% of the ingredients are used and 50% effort is put into cooking them.
One of the best brunch menus in Manchester, absolutely delicious.
The Pen and Pencil is rated 4.2 stars by 174 OpenTable diners.
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