The Pen and Pencil, 57 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EJ – Visit Now
Flavours of New York meets industrial chic might not feel like a new formula for a Northern Quarter bar- 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 are 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 accompany the cocktails, beer and wine on offer. So when Pollard refers to The Pen and Pencil as a “chameleon,” we know exactly what he means.