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
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Beef patty, Swiss cheese, bacon, sliced tomato, shredded iceberg, red onion, dill pickle, chipolata mayo
Steak & Eggs
6oz marinated rump steak, hash browns, fried eggs, hollandaise
Buttermilk Chicken Burger
Cajun fried chicken with sriracha red cabbage slaw
Really nice venue, had a late lunch then drinks, food great, service excellent, would go again!
Really friendly and great staff. Quick service and nice food
Everything absolutely great, except the soft shell crab which was too oily and deep fried. Lovely burgers _ best I have had in a while. Service pretty good too. Well done.
The P&P breakfast was very good, the bacon was a bit on the crispy side for me but overall it was delicious!
Service was good , however the crab burger was like a lump of deep fried fat with very little crab.
The feta and avocado was ok
The third fish didn’t come with the other two and when we queried it she said sorry they had run out of tacos !
So food not great.
Burnt food in places, messy presentation on an other- mine was fine though. Good ambience
One of the best veggie breakfasts I’ve had. Staff are lovely and the winter berry Bellini is a must. Can’t wait to go back ❤️
We went for brunch on a Saturday.
The selection available is great, each dish was delicious, the staff were top notch and the place, fun and quirky.
We would easily fo back!
Very tasty food, excellent customer service and a pleasant atmosphere. Appreciate that the music wasn't very loud :)
The service was wonderful, with great staff and quick responses. The vibe of the venue was perfect for a Monday evening and created a great and relaxing atmosphere that still had energy. The P&P burger was delicious and perfectly cooked, i unfortunately just wasn’t a fan of the buttermilk chicken burger as the sheer amount of
Red slaw overwhelmed the burger I personally felt. The chicken itself was tasty though!
Great cocktails. Friendly staff. Recommend booking a table as very busy. Enjoyed our time there and will definitely return.
Excellent atmosphere, the food was great and good value for money. Service was good but just lacked attention to detail, no napkins or side plates for the chicken wings. Staff really friendly.
Very good customer service and food was amazing, would recommend to anyone 😍
Booked a meal Friday evening with 4 friends. The atmosphere was lively and we were made to feel very welcome.
The food was delicious. We will definitely be back
First time in pen and pencil and was very impressed. Staff were amazing, food was fantastic. Atmosphere was really nice. Will be visiting again.
I’d seen this recommended a lot so I was really excited to try it with my friends who were visiting Manchester. Unfortunately, I left hugely disappointed. I ordered their take on a full English breakfast. Firstly, they were unwilling to swap out one item of the breakfast for another without an extra cost (I know restaurants don’t ‘have’ to allow this free of charge, but every single other place I’ve been to for breakfast have been more than accommodating, so this really stood out as being rather awkward). Secondly, my breakfast arrived cold - and I mean freezing cold. I left most of it. It’s a shame because it had real potential.
Fab food and drinks and lovely staff
Forgot one of the parts of our meal,
Staff were happy to sort it out but unfortunately too late in meal, staff were very lovely and kind.
Some of the best chicken wings I've had in Manchester. Having my main with a different side was no problem. Only downside of this place is that the seats were v uncomfortable. We probably would have stayed for another drink if they weren't
Great food, friendly staff and amazing cocktails
Slow service and poor food.
Soft shell crab burger was awful. Minuscule crab drowned in sauce served with chips that had soaked up lots of oil (over cooked?). Had to send it back; altogether unappetising.
Breakfast was also cold and had to be returned.
Replacement dishes were ok.
What’s with the mountain of red cabbage served with the chicken? Weird.
Lovely food, lovely staff! Will be back for sure!
Great prices Plenty to choose from the menu. Friendly and helpful staff.
David was our waiter and he was fantastic! Really helpful and friendly, would definitely go again
Staff were very friendly and accommodating despite a mix up with our booking. The prosecco to celebrate our anniversary was a lovely touch and very well presented - as were all of our drinks!
Tasty food, nice decor and friendly staff. We had brunch.
We had the best breakfast ever with my friends. Our week couldn't start better. It was a nice Minday morning defenatly I will come back soon. The food amazing and good price and the waitress so nice with us. Amazing team guys thank you
Very nice place with amazing atmosphere. Food was delicious and came very quickly. I would definitely recommend
The staff were lovely and friendly. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was great.
What a lovely bar with a really nice brunch, the staff were very friendly and will definitely visit again
We specifically chose the standard rather than high table option. However, on arrival we were shoved into a corner by the door on a high table.
The food really was great, although my partner did remark that the crab burger was more batter than crab. There were no staff greeting on arrival, and after being seated we were practically forgotten about. I was told it would be table service, yet I was only offered one chance to order and had to get up and walk to the other side of the room to get any staff to take further orders.
I believe we fell victim to being a couple and received no priority compared to the group bookings that were being constantly attended to. The music was so loud that it really felt like I was trying to eat in a club. Which is a shame because the food really was good.
Loved it the food was amazing and very filling, the menu had so much to choose from too! Staff was great!!!
We had a fantastic evening and the food was amazing! Would definitely recommend and will be returning again.
Fabulous food and exceptional service. Busy bar but no long wait for food and drinks.
Lovely food, lovely staff. Thanks for a lovely lunch x
1st time been here food and drinks were fantastic and tbe staff were so friendly would definitely go back
Service was awful, small place felt squished in.
Felt like I was sitting on the next tables lab.
Incredible food! Lovely staff and brilliant atmosphere! Oh
As always great service and food! Good vibe with lots of happy people enjoying themselves:) Would be lovely to add something sweet/puddings to the menu thou. thanks!
Great flat iron steak and sides and everyone at the meal all enjoyed their food. Very nice!
The Pen and Pencil does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. The Pen and Pencil also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0161 660 3303.
The Pen and Pencil is rated 4.4 stars by 390 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.