The Pen and Pencil

4.4
236 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • 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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 236 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JadeS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff in particular were really friendly. Portion sizes great ! Lovely little place.

CW
ClaireW
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere friendly staff and good food, very clean

EM
EllieM
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really quick service and friendly staff to take our order

SM
SamiM
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely atmosphere and attentive table service with super friendly staff.

We just had a couple of bowls of nachos as it was a drinking occasion but they were delicious.

AH
AmandaH
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice surroundings and good food I would recommend

CC
ClaireC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the atmosphere.... nice and chilled 💜

GN
GayleN
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good, for a Friday afternoon it was very quiet however in the current climate I’m sure this is to be expected. The staff were attentive and the food was good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food, thanks for a great night.

DO
DOH123
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Price was slightly above average but still reasonable. Overall, a really enjoyable experience.

EB
EB123
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the whole atmosphere was great. We felt very safe whist there as all guidelines were followed. The staff even made me my own (delicious!) mocktails as I am currently unable to drink. I will definitely be recommending to friends! Thank-you x

GA
GavenAck
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a fun quiz.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch

KM
KerryM
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great every time staff are so helpful and friendly

NR
NatalieR
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We didn't order food so couldn't comment. Was a nice place with friendly staff. Didn't get the high seated chairs but it wasn't a major issue.

AP
AndrewP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Service was great, food was just alright for the price paid. Lovely atmospehere

JL
JennieL
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just right level of attentiveness and friendly team. Food was excellent - my friend had Monkfish and I had the steak Ciabatta. The red wine - Shiraz was great too! Great place to do lunch:)

RD
RachaelD
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice venue, staff were extremely friendly and helpful! Cocktails were delicious! Will definitely be coming back here again

JW
JulieW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience and great food. Would definitely recommend.

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grahamr
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and very friendly service, can’t wait to go back!

RS
RowlandS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The bar looks good. The food looked nice. However the service we received was the worst I've ever experienced. Manage to serve us one drink in 75 minutes. Although they were very good at bringing the bill with drinks never received included. Very disappointing end to the day

SM
SandyM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place. Lovely staff. Great food!
An enjoyable experience. Thanks again.

GB
GuyB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great cocktails for the 5th anniversary. The staff were lovely, attentive and very friendly. Would definitely recommend.

JH
JoeH
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service, great food and felt very safe and at ease throughout.

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steveb
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely brilliant with superb service from start to finish especially our waiter deff be a revisit

SF
SamF
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The food was dreadful. My partner had eggs that were very undercooked and inedible. The muffins were stale. The beer was flat. My food was overcooked and felt like it had been cooked earlier in the day and reheated. Nothing tasted good. It was very expensive and the outdoor seating area was surrounded by plastic road guards and old dirty tables. The staff were pleasant but failed to notice the poor quality of food they served. Would not recommend this place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration.

Great food, excellent service, really enjoyed our time their and would definitely recommend.

Sonia

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Shane
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food And excellent service, definitely recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New menu and another fantastic night

WT
WendyT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb food, service and quality. Lovely setting very safe social distancing for a romantic date night or for special food with friends.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We attended the Tuesday quiz night and had a great time! Our waitress, Tayler, was brilliant and incredibly friendly. Can’t wait to come back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service

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LaurieS
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect, quiet and clean environment for a vegan brunch. Food was cooked well, hot upon serving and tasted lovely. Looking forward to returning again soon. Service was great and menu is very reasonably priced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Monday night burgers.
Great to have a half price Monday promotion. Which made a much more affordable night out. Chicken burger great. Cauliflower fritters needed a dip or dressing.

LG
LydiaG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff were very friendly, the atmosphere was chilled and the food was pretty tasty. I’ll definitely be going back as it was good value for money.

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EmmaS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely staff and nice food. Good COVID safety measures in place.

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Roxanne
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

P very bland and cold on arrival.

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Isobel
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. We had a booth, there are screens and temperature checks. Staff are helpful.

DF
DeanF
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience2

Lack of atmosphere and felt disconnected from the main bar area. Felt almost pushed into a corner. Left after 1 drink as atmosphere was flat.

JS
JakeS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Only issue was I Ordered sweet potato fries got normal fries

EM
EMMC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Bill came before it was asked for, implying we should leave, made an uncomfortable ambience. One person was still drinking their drink.

FAQs

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 236 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.