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
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
Monkfish with Beetroot Lentils & Clams
Monkfish served on beetroot lentils, clams and sweet potato aioli
Great value on a Monday as food is half price - there is not a great choice of starters, however the mains and sides are good.
Very lively and good music, the service and the staff was excellent
We were half way through our food before our drinks eventually came. I even cancelled my coffee because I had basically finished my food. Took a while. Service was okay.
Staff was really kind and the food was exceptional.
Excellent food, service & atmosphere!
We visited for food & to do the Tuesday night quiz. The food was delicious. We really enjoyed out visit and will be back soon.
Good sound food - outstanding cocktails and great staff
Food was amazing and staff were friendly and attentive without been overbearing. This was our first time here but we will be back
Good trad diner food.
Nice place, excellent service decent food and reasonably priced.
Rude guy seated us on a table round the corner on our own despite the restaurant being quiet already, we waited an extra 20 minutes for my friend’s food while mine went cold and the air con was blasting on full so it was freezing in the place, food was average but overpriced, wouldn’t go back
Fantastic night. Good attentive staff. Great bar. Look forward to coming again soon
Food was nice, drinks were pricey. Service not great even with the app which some struggled with.
First visit and would definitely go back again. Great food and fab cocktails.
Lovely food that was very well presented. The staff were friendly and attentive.
We were there for the quiz night which was lots of fun!
very impressed with the quality of food and service
Really enjoyable experience from start to finish, staff looked after as really well all night
We were welcomed with open arms when we arrived the waitresses that served us were jolly and informative and as for the food it was truly sublime 10/10 coming back for more
We were really looking forward to this place as all the photos looked great & the reviews were decent, unfortunately our experience wasn’t the greatest. Took forever to take our drinks orders let alone our food order. When it came i had the steak & eggs. I asked for it Medium rare but it came with one piece on the top that was medium covering all the well done pieces underneath, the eggs were undercooked & the Bernaise sauce was awful! Chips were soggy & tasteless! £37 for 2 people & definitely not worth the money.
Great service and friendly staff, good food, nice atmosphere.
Great service friendly and welcoming. Didn’t struggle to find a table.
Booked for brunch with my son who lived in Ancoats. What a great choice I made. They make their own hash browns which are fab. The poached eggs are devine. Will definitely book again.
Lovely experience. Service was excellent. Bar staff really friendly and the cocktails amazing! Best we had all.day
They appeared to be quite busy with some delays on drinks orders - may have been as well were sat further away from the main area. One friend ordered Avocado and Feta without the feta, it came with. One friends breakfast was served with no eggs. Breakfasts weren’t particularly hot. Fairly tasty on the whole. Great bloody Mary’s. Not great coffee.
As with other places we booked here on Saturday.
We really liked it,the staff were lovely and polite and the cocktails were lovely too.
Our intension was to only have 1 and try somewhere else before having a meal we had booked but we felt relaxed here so stayed for few more 😊
The server we had was very attentive and polite. He mentioned that this was his first week but his service was above excellent. The table we were sat on wasn’t in the nicest location and felt a bit drury. Overall, great visit.
Worst food I’ve ever eaten
Lovely bar and friendly staff, opted for the early bird menu which had a few good choices to choose from, main and a drink good value for £15 everything was cooked nice and hot.
Would definitely visit here again.
First time trying the Pen and Pencil after hearing good reviews. The salmon and monkfish dish where both incredible. Excited to come back 😁
Food was good value with a drink from the £10 brunch/ lunch menu. Would go again
Food was average at best, some items were undercooked some were over cooked. Would deffo come back again but only for drinks!
Friendly staff, chilled atmosphere, only had drinks but will be returning for food as it looked lovely
Really like this place. The only thing is weren't very keen on the side table they sat us at. However the nicer tables in the other section were used for parties of more than just 2 (there were 2 of us.) Due to Covid I know. Covid secure, nice food and friendly efficient staff. Will will return!
Very friendly and professional staff excellent service will definitely be going back ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Great little find, we sat outside which was lovely and had breakfast. Our food was delicious and it was something a little bit different
We really enjoyed our time at Pen and Pencil, the staff were excellent, the drinks were great and the food was really tasty. I will definitely go again!
Front of house guy very helpful and attentive! Thank you!
Food awful, drinks awful. Pleasant staff
The smoothies were quite ‘bitty’, consistency wasn’t very nice. Definitely not smooth.
The food was lovely, not super but ok.
Seated next to the toilets close to another table so not necessarily social distanced as we were conscious of being close throughout meal.
Nice little bar on the edge of the Northern Quarter, good food, great service.
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 4.3 stars by 311 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.