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
7oz beef patty, Swiss cheese, bacon, sliced tomato, shredded iceberg, red onion, dill pickle, smoked paprika aioli
Monkfish with Beetroot Lentils & Clams
Monkfish served on beetroot lentils, clams and sweet potato aioli
Seven of us had a multi generational breakfast. The service was outstanding and the food was perfect.
Bit disappointing as we booked for the quiz and we were placed round the corner out of it all. I spoke to staff and said that I didn’t see the point of putting it on my booking request if it wasn’t took notice of.
It was difficult to hear the quiz round the corner as there were people sat there who weren’t involved so spoke at full volume as the quiz was going on.
Just felt a bit left out sat away from where it was going on. Usually have a mint experience at the quiz so was disappointed.
I can't state enough how much we enjoyed coming here. Really enjoyed the ambience and staff made us feel very welcome indeed, as if we were regulars. Only a short walk from Piccadilly Gardens which is a plus.
We parked in the NCP next door to The Pen and Pencil and it was a reasonable price.
We sat down outside at around 2 pm and the outside area caught the sun up until around 2:45.
We had to order at the bar as we were sat outside, the staff were incredibly friendly and made us feel very welcome.
We ordered 2 cocktails A day at the fair, and the Hilton Street Smash, both very tasty and a nice way to start an afternoon in Manchester.
We both ordered the Eggs Benedict, one with a side of Hash Browns (which were soooo good) and the other with a side of Avocado which wasn't on the menu. Both meals cooked brilliantly and incredibly tasty.
I would highly recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for Br/lunch in Manchester. We paid £39.00ish for all of the above.
Food and service were amazing! Really nice burgers and all the staff were lovely
Great service and great food! Vibe was nice too, see you soon!
The food was fantastic and the staff were outstanding. Highly recommended.
Lovley place , food was alright. My mum enjoyed hers however I wasn’t a fan of the meatballs. However would definitely go again.
Fabulous food and friendly service. Look forward to going again:)
Incredibly rude staff. There was one short woman who spoke to us like we were stupid when I asked if we should pay at the bar or the table and was incredibly rude to my friend and mocked her when she was paying with her card. A large. And man also continually shouted at staff in front of us for not working quickly enough whilst we watched him stand on his phone behind the bar instead of helping. Two young male members of staff were repeatedly verbally mistreated by this man and woman throughout our time there right in front of us. It was painful to watch. Very little we could do except give them sympathetic looks.
Food was lovely so compliments to the chef, but I have never been anywhere with such rude staff.
8 of us had lunch on Sunday and loved it. I had steak and eggs, excellent quality and really tasty. The service was excellent and so friendly, we were really impressed and will definitely go back again.
The best tasting breakfast I’ve ever had!!
Lovely place, great food and great service
Good vibe loved the music but hard too chat .food good
Went here for my birthday with my husband. Stayed for 2 1/2 hours. Fabulous staff, attentive but not in your face! Waitress was great - what I call a "people person". Beautiful food beautifully presented. I thanked the chef when he walked into the dining area. Only minor comment was husband thought the Ribs main meal rather small. Apart from that it was wonderful! Didn't feel rushed or hassled at all plus great informal and relaxed atmosphere. The Californian Zinfandel Rose wine was delicious too! Would have stayed longer and perhaps had another bottle except we had to catch a train back to Blackpool! Definitely my "go to place" and can understand why it is popular. Icing on the cake was we spotted Morrissey in a black Porsche driving slowly through NQ on our way to the P and P! Thank you for a great evening! Shirl & Dave x
Food was incredible, well presented and tasty, also 50% off so unbelievable value for money. Staff were polite and drinks good- will go back
Good place, good drinks, good vibes but they did kick us off our table half an hour early with no warning. They did it by brining over a big group of people to a table where 2 of us were sat which was also quite embarrassing. Didnt have anywhere else booked for another 45 mins which we thought we’d planned well but ended up having to drink our drinks then wonder round NQ for a bit till we were ready for the next bar. Been a few times before and never had that happen so I’ll still go back cos it’s a cool place but service wasn’t ideal with that.
Quite busy as a hen party were meeting up. Staff were friendly, food was good and arrived reasonably quickly after ordering. Prices ok.
Great service, very accommodating! The server behind the bar was happy to make my cocktail even though it wasn’t on the menu! Will definitely be going again!
We sampled the early bird menu and found the steak to be tender and tasty. The meal would have benefitted from having a small salad rather than rocket and shavings of cheese. We were surprised to discover there was not a dessert menu.
The service was good; staff were friendly and polite. We would return and select a standard table as the seating around the bar seemed comfy enough but the noise level was too high.
Overall a nice meal well priced. Nothing special.
I can't fault the service at all. Id definitely go again
Food was great as usual but the bar staff were quite slow and the person who served me wasn’t sure of procedures or the table numbers, blaming it on me saying next time it’s up to me to know which table number I’m sat on because he didn’t know the table layouts 🙄 (the table numbers outside aren’t clear and our table number wasn’t decipherable as it had mostly been rubbed off)
Great bar and food. Staff, Beer and Food excellent.
good food, good portions, good service. Nice place and freindly service
Good choice for vegetarians.
Service was good and food reasonably priced
Went here for Saturday morning brunch which was delicious, good value and staff were very attentive. Came back that night for drinks and had a great time, music was brilliant and atmosphere was great would definitely recommend!
i ordered american pancakes and it tasted so eggy and doughy - i couldn’t finish it because i was gagging. not worth the money. the service was good though.
We had the early bird menu, a reduced menu but still with plenty of choice and it includes a drink.
The food arrived quick and you could tell it was freshly cooked. good quality ingredients an extremely tasty meal.
The staff were upbeat and attentive even though it got quite busy.
Definitely recommend for after work food and drinks, cheeky date night, or a group meal.
Lovely food, friendly staff, nice environment. Would be happy to come here again.
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
8 of Us on a Saturday night has a great time whilst going to see our friend DJ (Mark Hogg)
Table service was great
Will definitely return
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.
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 341 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.