Brunch, my favourite meal of the day, and what better way to spend it than joining a few other bloggers in one of the northern quarters newest haunts.
I was invited to try the brunch menu and watch a cocktail demonstration at the newly opened Pen and Pencil. Situated on the cross roads of Hilton Street the pen and pencil stands proudly on the corner. This end of town is somewhere I’m only just starting to discover. My favourite coffee shop Takk is just around the corner and opposite The Whisky Jar this street alone is becoming somewhere o could easily come to in the morning and stay right through to dark.
Upon opening the door I was super impressed with the originality and décor of the place. It’s beautiful. Open brickwork, interesting seating and one of the best looking bars I’ve seen in Manchester. Upon meeting the new owner of the building he told us how he had come to the design taking in details from the New York name sake and having a vision in his head. The bar was made up of salvaged lights sourced from a military base, you’d never know just from looking at them they look every bit the part however it’s little details like this that make the venue.
In the room behind the bar there is a custom piece of spray painted artwork by well-known artist Akse from Manchester, many may remember him from the Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones pieces which were dotted around Manchester last year.
The bar is certainly original and whilst taking inspiration from the original Pen and Pencil breaths its own unique charm.
After we had a look around the features of the place, we were greeted by Victoria who showed us how to make a Bloody Mary, not my favourite drink however once she found out I preferred gin to vodka she went on to make me a Red Snapper, the original recipe for a Bloody Mary originally made with Gin instead. Made with the same ingredients but with Gin Victoria also tipped in a shot of red wine. That for me along with the gin gave the drink a sweetness I’d never had before. Even though I am not a celery lover I even grew to enjoy the taste this may be the thing which makes me love the strange vegetable!
I also went on to try a Sunset Park Collins where the main ingredient was chilli infused watermelon. Having recently had a dish in London that used the same ingredient I have to say I’m hooked. Chilli infused watermelon will be the next avocado trend, take it from me.
We sat down to peruse the brunch menu. New York inspired, pancakes, steak, eggs, and corned beef hash all graced the menu. It took a while to decide what to go for but I plumbed with the namesake of the venue. Eggs Pen and Pencil. It consisted of a muffin, sausage patty, hash brown poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. I couldn’t fault it, perfect brunch time food. I secretly was eyeing up my neighbours corned beef hash and decided the next time I come that would be the next dish I try without even looking at the menu.
I had a fabulous morning meeting new bloggers and sampling the drinks and food menu. Since visiting have been back in the evening for cocktails. As the sun goes down and the music turns up Pen and Pencil changes its vibe from easy going daytime cool to a great social venue. It really changes its style throughout the day, I like that.
I’m already planning my next visit and won’t be hesitating to take a trip back soon for some more scrumptious cocktails.
To take a look at the menu’s go to http://thepenandpencilnq.co.uk/
The Pen and Pencil gifted me brunch and drinks, however all opinions and photos are my own.