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The Pen and Pencil

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4.4
542 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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Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

  • Executive Chef

    Karel Lukes

  • 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, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 542 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Brunch

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Manchester

    Brunch

  • Manchester

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. BM

    BernardM

    Manchester

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    As always good and attentive service along with delicious food at a very special price on Monday!

  2. B

    julieB

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Welcoming, food brilliant had breakfast, 2 of us ordered pancakes and Velvet French toast, could have shared just one of them, maybe a choice of smaller portions(hate wastage), Bloody Mary best I have had.

  3. BM

    BernardM

    Manchester

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    As always good food and service at a very good price

  4. KB

    KatieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and outstanding service would definitely visit again

  5. AD

    AlexD

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious, really fresh and enjoyable. We had two dogs with us while eating and the staff were great and lovely to us and them. Thank you so much!

  6. LV

    LauraV

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Everything was average. Not blown away. The service was slow, had to ask for the bill a couple of times. It was also more expensive than I expected. I don’t think I’ll be coming back.

  7. D

    Dijon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    A lively venue, very popular, with a good selection of food options, though no dessert offerings.

  8. HG

    HenryG

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great, service was good. Overall a lovely time.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great brunch - a wide range of food options. Good laid back atmosphere on a Saturday morning.

  10. H

    Helen

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Wonderful service, lovely food, was a little noisy as the lunch crowd all piled in, but didn't affect our enjoyment.

  11. V

    Vicky

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    This was everything we needed it to be. Good food, good service, not too busy! Would certainly recommend.

  12. H

    Hades

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    My beef roll thing was burnt and tasted bland … Service was good tho

  13. b

    bw666

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great food. Really enjoyed brunch and tea here. Only negative was hadn’t realised it was a dog friendly restaurant. Service was great!

  14. c

    cnrzn

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A nice place to have a good breakfast. Service was quick and the venue was warm and lovely.

  15. FW

    FrancesW

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    The service was great, the staff attentive, however the eggs were undercooked, some of the food cold and gluten free bread was not toasted. Portions were slim. Disappointed to be honest.

  16. C

    Conor

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    Asked for a table on a Tuesday evening and the hostess rudely replied “what for”. Overall, she was not very welcoming and she did not want us there. She showed it by being impatient and making non verbal cues of annoyance… We just wanted to do the quiz night that they do on Tuesdays but her attitude really made us feel uncomfortable and we left.

  17. TS

    TanS

    Cheshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    The seating is really uncomfortable. The tables are way too high for the chairs. I was sat on the edge of my chair the whole time. I had pancakes with bacon. While it tasted okay, it looked like it was thrown into the plate and was swimming in syrup. I probably wouldn’t visit again.

  18. L

    Lianna

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Food was average. Value was good because we had a voucher.

  19. BM

    BernardM

    Manchester

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Good as ever, though again not everything on the menu available.

  20. ET

    EllT

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect spot for dinner. The food was incredible and with 50% off for Monday, unbelievable value for money. The waiter was well-informed, welcoming and very friendly. Would 100% recommend!

  21. R

    Robyn

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    It was nice. We both had steak & eggs. One was good but the other was very tough, unable to cut or chew it. Sent it back and they comped it off the bill.

  22. HO

    HODGY58

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thanks again for a great afternoon before going to the footie

  23. ML

    MartineL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    My daughter and I had a really enjoyable lunch and were looked after by Reece. We going back a week on Monday. Good was yummy too!

  24. T

    Toffee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, drink and service. Thanks. Will return

  25. WJ

    WillJTaylor

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came here for my mates birthday as he is a big burger fan. He loved it and had a great time. I had the brisket burger which was incredible. Great service from all - especially the waiter that served us all night. Highly recommend.

  26. BM

    BernardM

    Manchester

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Disappointed that there a couple of things not available, however what we chose was delicious and will certainly have them again!

  27. AJ

    AJ76

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    Micro portion of avo on toast with hard poached eggs! Sent them back twice, to be asked on the second send if I wanted a fried egg instead!? I said no I'll wait for the kitchen to cook fresh poached. When they arrived they were overcooked too!! The waiter tried his best and was very apologetic but the kitchen needs to learn how to poach a egg!! Won't be returning

  28. d

    davidh

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Slight issue on arrival as booked with Open Table. P & P do not do outdoor seating which I booked but Open tables fault. Not P & P. Sorted with no fuss. Great atmosphere. Fantastic food. Staff are friendly, engaging and welcoming. One of Manchesters finest places to visit. Good choice of beers and only 15 min walk to the arena. Parking close by too. Highly recommended!! Go visit!

  29. BC

    BeeeeeC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    The front of house were not welcoming. Server was polite and friendly. Food was dangerously undercooked and served cold. Of only two tables in the restaurant, 4 of the 5 meals had to to be returned. One of those re-prepared/reheated meals was returned by the waitress herself before it even got to the table. The other one was cold too bit honestly we'd given up. Manager was apologetic and removed item from bill, which was accepted. Will not go again and would definitely not recommend.

  30. BM

    BernardM

    Manchester

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good as always, food , drinks and service

  31. E

    Emheg

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3

    Food was lovely and the majority of the staff were lovely. There was one member of staff who I think was a manager who’s attitude was disgusting. We did complain about him and the staff apologised for him saying he has only had a few hours sleep and is grumpy because of it. Sorry but that doesn’t excuse the behaviour. The gentleman in question is bald and around 6’2-6’4. I have worked in hospitality myself and I know you can be having a bad day but that does not excuse taking that out on your customers. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food and it is a shame that one person has made me never want to go back.

    The Pen and PencilResponded on 9 May 2022

    Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We have looked into this situation, and it appears one of your party had gone to the bar to ask for some water. Whilst waiting she as sick in her hands and the manager in question asked to lady to go to the toilets and not get it all over the floor and bar. It was later pointed out the lady had an issue chewing their food, and needed a drink to help it go down. This appears to be a misunderstanding and we apologies. Kind regards Management

  32. CB

    CharityB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The P&P breakfast was lovely, a really good sized portion without making me feel too full. Pen & Pencil filled quickly and considering it was just gone 10am it's definitely worth booking a table. I much prefer the low level tables/booths at the back of the restaurant but the light in the front is pretty so you could sit anywhere happily. Staff were very attentive considering it was busy.

  33. M

    Michelle

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I went to the Pen and Pencil for breakfast, and had a wonderful experience! The food was truly outstanding (avocado & feta), as was the coffee. My waitress was also super lovely and friendly, and provided great service. Would absolutely come back again, and definitely recommend it to anyone!

  34. HT

    HeathT

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Nice food and lovely staff. Was a bit of a delay on food but they proactively dealt with that. Would strongly recommend this place for brunch or lunch :)

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    The kitchen was awfully slow and when you passed by you could see it was an absolute disgusting mess inside.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you don’t mind it nosy and jazzy tunes. 100% the place to kick back with friends and have an amazing night. Staff were superb and the food was outstanding. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  37. MT

    MattandTash

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our second visit to this place, it’s become one of our staple places for me & my boyfriend to eat/drink at when we’re in Manchester. Staff are always lovely & very attentive & the food both times has been amazing. We love the selection of food on the menu. While some of them may be run of the mill dishes they have a pen & pencil twist that makes it their own. The plates are always dressed so nicely as well…it’s all about the little things. We will definitely be back soon! ☺️

  38. ES

    EleanorS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious - had the creamy chicken and eggs benedict. The choice of being able to have both breakfast food and evening food at 1pm is a lovely offering! The chicken was deliciously cooked (which never happens in Manchester) and the eggs benedict was a mountain of ham so value for money is amazing. Drinks choice is always lovely and the cocktails are a perfect dessert.

  39. FR

    FloR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Quite pricey but good atmosphere with friendly staff. The pub quiz on a Tuesday is always good fun!

  40. S

    Samm

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came for a lunch, were very impressed with the food and the service especially considering the one staff managed to look after ourselves and a few other tables. Overall very good experience and we will be coming back soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Pen and Pencil does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. The Pen and Pencil also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0161 660 3303.

The Pen and Pencil is rated 4.4 stars by 542 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 8 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

  • 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

  • Executive Chef

    Karel Lukes

  • 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, Takeaway, 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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