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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

3.9
3.9
810 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 18 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 810 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Great for brunch

  • Manchester

    Great for brunch

810 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and friendly service. Last time I went we had a rude waiter, but the waitress this time was helpful and friendly and seems to enjoy her job. The young guy last time gave the impression it was all beneath him

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  2. SteveG

    Manchester

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always top class place for a beer and something to eat

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food ok but not many veggie options and the salmon is always off the menu for some reason! Good service and atmosphere

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  4. MarieS

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful evening, the service and food was great. The food was especially delicious. Everyone was so friendly and helpful

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  5. AndrewJ

    Manchester

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fantastic visit to Pen and Pencil. Great choice of delicious food and drinks. Friendly and polite staff especially Niall who was exceptional!

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  6. BernardM

    Manchester

    33 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I arrived at 6.25 and shown to a table, no menu offered. 20’minutes later other people had been given menus. No response from any staff for 20 minutes, very poor service, it was not very busy Never again

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  7. SteveG

    Manchester

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The team are great at the P&P. Nial was as usual making everyone feel at ease and ensuring they got what they ordered. There was a large group and he inevitably ends up being asked to take photos for them which he does with enthusiasm. A word for the folk cooking the food - always do a great job from what looks like a tiny kitchen. The burgers are fantastic although more than you will pay for a certain American brand - but they taste so much better that it is worth the treat.

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  8. Chloe

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super accommodating, great fun quiz - will be back!

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  9. TonyR

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Limited but good menu. Excellent range of drinks. Polite service and great venue to ,meet, chat, drink and eat with friends

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visiting on Saturday and it was a really nice atmosphere, food was lovely and the staff very friendly. Had a lovely time

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  11. ChrisL

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Been to the Pen & Pencil on a number of times, the service was good, the cocktails are always good, the food let it down, on our last two visits, there has been unavailability on a lot of items on the evening menu. Three of the main meals were not available and a number of small plates. Felt sorry for the staff having to inform everybody. We went in at 7:00pm, so no excuses for it being late on. At the moment I can't recommend.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, Pen & Pencil is my go to for a coffee and brunch. The P&P breakfast is delicious, the ambiance is calm and relaxing and the staff are lovely

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  13. Ruthie99

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    After confirming our dinner reservations twice before the day of the event, we then got a voicemail an hour before we were due, saying we wouldn’t be able to order food

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  14. SteveG

    Manchester

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always- great service from Nial - the owner should give him a pay rise to make sure he doesn’t leave. Always amazed how the chefs manage to prepare such good food in a confined space.

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  15. CheadleHulmer

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food really enjoyed my breakfastwith helpful service. Thanks.

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  16. Zerotolerance

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked online as spotted they do gluten free pancakes with gluten free flour. I’m ceoliac so can’t eat wheat rye barley or oats. Does not state on menu they cater for gluten free. Arrived to be told they can’t serve people with ceoliac but can if you have gluten intolerance or allergy?? Ridiculous and outraged I was treated differently because I’m ceoliac. So had to leave after travelling on tram to Manchester. Was not happy!! You need to educate yourselves before asking silly questions and being discriminatory towards people with ceoliac disease. Never will I be stepping in your pub again.

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  17. Sandra

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Steak was /chewy Halloumi fries were rubbery (overdone/left under a heat lamp too long maybe) Pastrami baggle wasn't what I expected, it had barely any pastrami, it had one slice, from what looks like a sandwich pack. I was sadly very disappointed as I have raved about this place and brought a friend only to be disappointed. The staff was lovely but took too long when bringing brews or water or a straw.

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  18. AndrewD

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was cold, told the server and they apologised but still charged us full price

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  19. EmmaP

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really nice food, what we expected. Good drinks. It was busy mainly with people eating not drinking but that is fine for us.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Food all overcooked and vastly underseasoned. Service slow and it wasn’t particularly busy. Restaurant cold and lacked any ambience… apart from the social media staff making content of a pint and some overcooked chicken wings for an hour! Shame, this place used to be good

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  21. SickoftheNQ

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    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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  22. SteveG

    Manchester

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    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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  23. mariaf

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    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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  24. MickMQ

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    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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  25. Bella

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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The Pen and Pencil is rated 3.9 stars by 810 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 18 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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