British food and drink is undergoing a renaissance, and at Pen Factory on Hope Street in central Liverpool, they are riding the crest of that wave. Culinary entrepreneur Paddy Bryne – once of the bistro at the Everyman Theatre next door – and head chef Tom Gill have built a menu of small plates that changes twice daily to ensure diversity and freshness, as well as an extensive repertoire of beers, wines, cocktails and desserts. A great spot close to the many attractions of the city centre’s Rodney Street conservation area and the Georgian Quarter, bookings are advised.
Paddy Byrne and Tom Gill are old hands in the Liverpool restaurant trade, with years of experience. They were previously involved at the iconic Everyman Theatre bistro just next door, and their latest effort in the city centre’s award-winning Hope Street Quarter (north of the Georgian Quarter proper), the Pen Factory, has the potential to be even better. The ethos is based around small plates to share – with an emphasis on British cuisine – and a beer menu and wine list built to go with the food.
The food at Pen Factory is predominantly British in origin, but with plenty of variation. Cheese & onion crisp butties, potted shrimps from Southport and broad beans are combined with traditional tapas favourites – patatas bravas, kikones, chorizo – and small plates from further afield, such as baba ganoush, chicken and chickpea curry and chilli linguine. Central Liverpool has few places that can compete with the Pen Factory’s menu, and this hasn’t been lost on the foodies scouring the city centre: so make sure you book a table in advance to avoid disappointment.
I can't recommend Pen Factory enough - the small plates are varied and inventive while there's a variety of craft beers on draft and a very decent wine selection. The staff were helpful, swift and cheery and the ambience created by the eclectic crowd of patrons adds to a great experience.
Great place for lunch. Lovely meal and very accomodating for children. We all really enjoyed the chocolate brownie for dessert. This is our third visit and we will definitely be back.
Excellent service, delicious food and really good value for money. Cocktails were lovely with good choice. Will definitely return to sample the other dishes on offer
Great place to go. Good atmosphere and good service. The food is interesting and flavoursome. Small plates are actually good sized portions. I will definetly be returning.
The Pen Factory was very busy and vibrant when we arrived on a Friday evening. Our party of nine ordered a couple of small plates each and these arrived at timely spaced intervals. Each and every one of the dishes were absolutely delicious and a good size. Fabulous bread, beautiful salads. There was a good selection of well kept beer, great wine, lovely friendly efficient staff and a great if sometimes noisy atmosphere. Totally cracking night out, very reasonable pricing and absolutely recommended for those enjoy informal, relaxed settings. Every single member of my party commented on how much they had enjoyed the evening.
Eight of us visited the Pen Factory all bar me where from out of town. All of us were impressed (though not my first time there). The food was great and excellent value for money. We all went for the 2 small plates for £10. though the plates weer not as small as they can be, which obviously was nothing to complain about. Finally the staff wwre friendly and helpful. Recommended
Food good as always, Staff friendly and helpful. We thought the sausage dish wasn't as tasty as the other food we had but it was still very good. Only gripe is the two drinks orders we put in to waitresses didn't arrive and we went to the bar ourselves instead. The fact that the Pen Factory is always busy is testament to the fact that they're serving good food at an attractive price and have a choice of interesting craft beers, We'll be back
Lovely hidden venue; food was excellent, reasonably priced and didn't take long to come out at all. Beautiful garden which catches the sun, I'd recommend the Pen Factory for snacks & a few drinks or full evening meal. Only negative was that waiters were slow, hard to get hold of and seemed to forgot drinks we had ordered more than once! I'd definitely go again, hopefully the poor service was a bit of a fluke.
Enjoyed our time at The Pen Factory. One small crit - we were seated swiftly and served swiftly but once we had finished our main course we got no service at all without asking and they forgot the coffee and had to be asked again. Won't stop me going again but it would help if they kept an eye on what was going on as they pass by.
Great Friday night at Pen Factory, we had 10 of the dishes, couldn't fault any. I had a tasty pint of stout and we shared a bottle of red, bill was £80, food came quickly, we weren't rushed and service was good. There was a nice courtyard that we'll be visiting in the summer