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The Pen and Pencil

4.2
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206 reviews
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£25 and under
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American

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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

Dine Local: £10 Brunch and Lunch Offer

Sep 1-30, 2020·Tue-Fri 10:00-16:00

£10 Brunch and Lunch Offer

What 206 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.2
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4.2
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We attended the Tuesday quiz night and had a great time! Our waitress, Tayler, was brilliant and incredibly friendly. Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service

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LaurieS
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect, quiet and clean environment for a vegan brunch. Food was cooked well, hot upon serving and tasted lovely. Looking forward to returning again soon. Service was great and menu is very reasonably priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Monday night burgers.
Great to have a half price Monday promotion. Which made a much more affordable night out. Chicken burger great. Cauliflower fritters needed a dip or dressing.

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LydiaG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff were very friendly, the atmosphere was chilled and the food was pretty tasty. I’ll definitely be going back as it was good value for money.

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EmmaS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely staff and nice food. Good COVID safety measures in place.

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Roxanne
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

P very bland and cold on arrival.

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Isobel
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. We had a booth, there are screens and temperature checks. Staff are helpful.

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DeanF
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience2

Lack of atmosphere and felt disconnected from the main bar area. Felt almost pushed into a corner. Left after 1 drink as atmosphere was flat.

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JakeS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Only issue was I Ordered sweet potato fries got normal fries

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EMMC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Bill came before it was asked for, implying we should leave, made an uncomfortable ambience. One person was still drinking their drink.

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UmiA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Loved the vibe of this place.great ambience and seating arrangements.
Friendly staff.
Great tasting vegan burger and presentation , however, the chips were a big disappointed as they had been cooked in old oil.
Would come back again for the ambience of this place.

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EvanderH
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Steak was cooked well (perfect medium rare) but very bland. Food was luke warm, like it had been left for some time before being taken out, which I would understand if it was busy, but it was pretty quiet. Atmosphere and service was okay and the waiters were nice and polite, but the food was poor, and the ingredients tasted cheap. Good place to go for a few cocktails, but if you’re looking for something nice to eat, go elsewhere.

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Pogo
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service excellent food can’t go wrong highly recommend

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Foodie24
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit and won’t be the last. Great food and super friendly service. We had burgers, hotdog and tacos and all amazing. Great place 5*

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Eliz
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food quality was poor and could have been much better

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Meems
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were both really lovely! Staff were very friendly. The one gripe is that they only gave us an hour for our table! Wouldn’t mind If we weren’t riding anything but we had just ordered more drinks and only just finished our food.

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MagdaG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food was bang average. We had burgers and chilli fries. All of the food was a bit cold and the chilli on the fries was fridge cold. Nothing like knowing you’ve got microwave chilli on fries that cost £6. I wouldn’t go again.

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MatthewG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First visit, had a great night, staff where very helpful. Look forward to coming back soon. Thank you

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PatrickK
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening really enjoyed all aspects.. Food /Service and ambiance

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Mike
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly place with excellent food and an enjoyable quiz. Our waitress Jade was lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Music was very loud. The burger was okay. Was cooked too long in my opinion. We came because the restaurant is dog friendly.

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Harry
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food at a decent price. Nice and spacious. The quiz was on while we were there which was a nice addition too!

LH
LynneH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service and staff absolutely superb. The goan curry was amazing but the burger wasn't great

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LYR49
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Social distancing wasn’t a problem outside, the food and portion size were both really good too. Staff are really friendly. A great place to meet for some midday drinks and food. Thank you!

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyable experience. The food was lovely, we all really enjoyed our meals.

KR
KathR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lovely food!! Quick service and friendly staff. Would recommend

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debstep
Manchester
10 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

really well organised for the current situation, menu is on line or via a QR code
took advantage of the Monday - Wednesday offer so very good value for money
Staff were really attentive and helpful
Food was good quality, my husbands chips were not as hot as the rest of the meal, but it was not too much of a problem
Would go back again

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Gracie
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem! Absolutely incredible food, wonderful staff and a beautiful environment. Would highly recommend to all, had a good vegetarian range and would encourage everyone to try the sweet potato curry!

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JayJ
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My girlfriend got jealous of how much tender love and care I gave to those heavenly pancakes I ordered. I couldn't help it, they were so good. The sausage was delicious, along with the crispy bacon, all dipped in the generous amount of maple syrup, though I asked for more when I had used it all up.

I managed to fit all of it in me and goodness gracious me, I'd never been so stuffed in my life and felt comfortable at the same time. Of course, it was difficult to walk or say anything coherent, but that day, I was content. Thank you.

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SandyM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service. Thanks! Would definitely recommend.

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Dekon
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed my first time at the Pen and Pencil. Very well organised and safe. Staff really friendly.

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Joshf
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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SimonJ
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great couple of hours. Would go again. Great wine and atmosphere.

JW
JennyW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Overall pleasant evening, friendly staff, nice area, seating outside.

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emilys
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great bar for early drinks and cocktails

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BarryW
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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CymonE
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Terrible, food was an hour late, told staff 3 times

MD
MichelleD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and fantastic cocktails as always.Staff ALWAYS personable and helpful- thank you Anthony . Great value for money and great night out!

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The Pen and Pencil is rated 4.2 stars by 206 OpenTable diners.

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