The Pen and Pencil

Polly Checkland Harding
Image of The Pen And Pencil in Manchester's Northern Quarter
Ben Williams

The Pen and Pencil, 57 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EJ – Visit Now

We had a sneak peek at The Pen and Pencil, a brunch spot and bar geared towards hosting creatives – and with an especially tempting menu.

Flavours of New York meets industrial chic might not feel like a new formula for a Northern Quarter – but The Pen and Pencil does have a point of difference. Inspired by a Manhattan steak joint of the same name (now long gone, but heaving in with journalists and ad men in its heyday), this breakfast and brunch spot has set out to act as a haven for the creatives living and working in the area. “We want it to be the type of place someone could while away a few hours,” says co-owner Dan Pollard, who promises that nursing a coffee from The Pen and Pencil’s whopping machine (“the Starship Enterprise”) until it’s stone cold won’t get you some nasty side-eye.

The breakfast menu features steak and eggs, a smoky twist on baked beans and a Reuben sandwich

There will be daily newspapers on the bar as well as the plentiful plug sockets for the more digitally-minded. That said, the food is such that you’ll likely be tempted to try more than a cup of Joe: created by head chef Gary Sheehan who worked in the States for many years, the breakfast menu features steak and eggs, a smoky twist on baked beans, corned beef hash, bagels and a Reuben sandwich. There are small plates and large dishes for the evening that move more towards an international palette and will accompany the cocktails, beer and wine on offer. So when Pollard referrs to The Pen and Pencil as a “chameleon,” we know exactly what he means.

Photo of the Pen and Pencil front door and sign

The bar and seating in the Pen and Pencil

Copper tins

Banquets and tables in Pen and Pencil

Bar stools and bar, Pen and Pencil

Art wall with woman smoking. Pen and Pencil

Signage and sky outside Pen and Pencil

The magazine wall in the loo of Pen and Pencil

  • 57 Hilton Street
  • Manchester
  • M1 2EJ
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10:00am – 12:00am
  • Tue: 10:00am – 12:00am
  • Wed: 10:00am – 12:00am
  • Thu: 10:00am – 1:00am
  • Fri: 10:00am – 2:00am
  • Sat: 10:00am – 2:00am
  • Sun: 10:00am – 12:00am
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit


Wheelchair access and a disabled loo

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