Team behind Pen and Pencil reveals new hybrid concept

There wont be a greasy doner in sight says Pollard
01/08/2017 - 07:30
The duo behind Manchester’s Pen and Pencil restaurant have released plans for their latest launch, which is set to mix gourmet kebab dining with a basement ‘dive bar.’

Kevin Connor and Dan Pollard plan on turning a two-floor space on Little Lever Street into a kebab restaurant called Bab on the ground floor, and a Berlin-inspired bar called The Honey Trap Club in the downstairs basement.

Dishes set to be on the menu at the 55-cover Bab restaurant include charred baby octopus with thoum, herb salad and sumac, and kebabs served from the open kitchen's chargrill.

Pollard said: “This new concept, completely different from what we do at The Pen and Pencil, is all about the food. Everyone’s eaten a kebab, often on the way home from boozy nights out. These though will be special - fresh, vibrant and full of flavour. There won’t be a greasy Döner in sight.

“Our chefs have spent the last six months creating the menu, we’re going make our own bread, our own paneer and have some amazing cuts of meats and fish with home-made marinades and sides. I can’t wait to get open and show it to Manchester.”

The Honey Trap Club has been described by Pollard as a ‘basement dive’ bar with ‘no airs and graces’.

Pollard added: “I’ve spent time in Berlin recently and love their bar scene, so have created Honey Trap Club with it in mind. 

“I know everyone says this when they open a new venue but I am working hard to create something that I hope will look and feel different from the huge variety of places across the Northern Quarter.  There’ll be no dress code, lots of debauchery, dancing on tables - literally anything goes.”

The site is planned to open in early November.

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