The Pen and Pencil sits on the corner of Hilton and Tariff Street in Manchester’s lively Northern Quarter. Our bar and eatery is open seven days a week from 10am ’til late.

We take our name and inspiration from the infamous mid-20th Century bar on East 45th Street in New York’s ‘Steak Row’ which was popular with newspaper journalists and ad men – the original ‘Mad Men’.

Need something tasty to get your creative juices going? We serve food all day; think eggs done a million ways, tasty sandwiches, steaks, burgers, salads and more.

Feeling thirsty? We offer some delicious home made smoothies including the Triple Berry Cleanser and You’ve Met Your Matcha. We also have a fantastic selection of beers, wines and spirits along with our own bespoke cocktail list.

Looking for a late night party? Our team of resident DJs are on hand on Friday and Saturday nights to get the party started every weekend. Plus we offer private hire for networking meetings, private parties and launch events.




The Pen & Pencil
Fourways House
57 Hilton Street
M1 2EJ

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0161 660 3303

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Monday 10am – 12am
(Kitchen til 9pm)
Tuesday 10am – 12am
(Kitchen til 9pm)
Wednesday 10am – 12am
(Kitchen til 9pm)
Thursday 10am – 12am
(Kitchen til 9pm)
Friday 10am – 2am
(Kitchen til 8pm)
Saturday 10am – 2am
(Kitchen til 8pm)
Sunday 10am – 10pm
(Kitchen til 5pm)


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Latest Tweets –

From tomorrow, you can sample @ginMare @CopperheadGin & @MCR_Gin in our specially created cocktails, all made for the #battleofthegins
RT @cazza2tweet: This Saturday @djmarkhogg will be spinning Disco house & funk free in 8 till late #nqmanchester @penandpencilnq #mancheste
Our boozy #pancake special is available from tomorrow! 5-stack pancake tower with spiced rum & raisin caramel, gill… https://t.co/fBIM9s1qcL
Our Mediterranean gin competitor is @ginMare. Will they be crowned champion of the gins? #battleofthegins
Of course Quidditch was invented in Manchester https://t.co/hzNmSPDdWT
It’s time ... https://t.co/ulcPsEZQsR
Get a taste of Belgium in a specially created cocktail next week - @CopperheadGin is 1/3 gins competing in our #battleofthegins.
Are you ready for tonight? 5-8: @RPG_music 8-2: @Joey_Tmusic


The Battle of the Gins!

Three gins from around Europe - Manchester Gin, Mediterranean Gin Mare and Belgium gin, Copperhead, will all be competing for the top spot in our Gin-eral election.

On Wednesday March 1st, we’re holding a blind tasting night where you’ll not only sample all 3 gins, but get 3 bespoke, specially created cocktails, other discounted drinks and hear a pitch from each brand ambassador. At the end of the night attendees will receive a ballot paper to vote for the strongest candidate!

The winning gin will be rewarded with a listed cocktail on our new menu.

For more opportunities to try the gins, we’ll be offering an additional menu featuring all 3 gins from Mon 27th Feb - Sun 5th March.

Date: Wed March 1st 
Time: 7.30pm- 9.30pm
Price: £15.00

Capacity is strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment: info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk
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Test the Chef!

We're pushing our Head Chef to his limits this February by challenging him to create a banquet menu in just 15 minutes - Ready, Steady Cook style!

On Wed 22nd Feb, guests are invited to bring up to 5 ingredients/items for our chef to create, cook and serve up within the hour during his banquet style dinner. He will only be permitted to use small extras such as herbs, oils, spices, with the only main ingredients being those supplied by attendees on the night.

Tickets will cost £15, which includes a glass of prosecco on arrival, plus a choice of dessert off the menu to round off the evening. The next day, diners will receive a recipe card each showcasing the last-minute menu, meaning they can recreate the evening’s dishes themselves.

The event wil start at 7.30pm and is limited to tables of 4+. To book, email: info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk.

Piano Night, with Nick Steed

We're very excited about our new monthly event with the amazing piano vocalist, Nick Steed. Nick will be leaving songsheets on the tables and taking song requests all night! If that's not enough - there will also be food promos on the night. Get yourself 2x Steak Frites + a bottle of house wine for £30.00.

The event will start at 6.30pm on the following nights: Wed 8th Feb, Wed 8th March, Wed 5th April, Wed 17th May, Wed 7th June, Wed 5th July

Check out Nick Steed for yourself: http://nicksteed.co.uk/

See you there!

Happy Hour

Things are about to get real happy. New drinks deals every Monday to Friday from 5-7pm. 2 for £10 cocktails, £3 bottles of beer, £15 bottles of Prosecco and £10 bottles of house wine. Lovely.

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50% Off Food [Mondays]

Enjoy a whole 50% off food all day, every Monday, when you book in advance by email: info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk.

As an extra special bonus for the January Blues we are offering 50% off Monday to Friday all day and night on our food with any booking made by email in advance!

*Booking is essential
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Pencils Down Quiz [Tuesdays]

Starting at 7.30pm, our popular weekly quiz night consists of 4 rounds including film and TV, general knowledge, music and a special ‘wildcard’ round. Each week the losing team will choose the wildcard round for the following week from a list of options. There’s also a round of the beers on offer for the best team name.
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Late Night DJs [Fridays & Saturdays]

We have cherry-picked an eclectic range of some of the best DJs in Manchester to entertain guests every weekend ’til 2am.

Find each week's DJ listings on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Expect everything from house - funk - disco - soul - chilled grooves - rnb - indie pop - electronic.
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Free Flowing Bottomless Brunch

Taking its inspiration from Manhattan's 1950's steakhouses, brunch at The Pen and Pencil is not only big, but also occasionally bottomless! Join us on the last Saturday of every month for our special ‘bottomless brunch’ deal.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Email info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk to book.
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In The News

Word gets out about The Pen and Pencil. Here's just a preview of all the lovely things people say about us, with snippets from Manchester Evening News, I Love MCR, Manchester Business Review, Squaremeal, Manchester Confidential and The Tab.
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At The Pen and Pencil, we have a space that lends itself to any occasion. Whether it’s a birthday party, business meeting, presentation, or hen do, we can help. Our private room can host 65 guests or for a bigger event we also offer the full venue which accommodates up to 200 guests (full venue hire available Sundays and Mondays). 

We have a number of drinks and food packages available, and we also offer bespoke drinks packages to suit you and your event.

To take a look at our full private hire brochure or for more information, please email info@thepenandpencilnq.co.uk or give us a call on 0161 660 3303.



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The Pen & Pencil

Love what we do and want to join the team? We’re always looking out for great bartenders, floor staff and chefs to add to our family. We offer excellent opportunities and look to grow and retain talent within the company. Sound perfect for you? Send your CV to:


Current Vacancies –

Sous Chef / Chef De Partie

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Cocktail Bartenders

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