A Pilgrimage to Duke Street

Owners of brand new restaurant concept, Pilgrim, triumph in the third episode of Million Pound Menu as they win the investment of Graffiti Group. There are big plans in place for the trio to open their first restaurant as the flagship eatery inside the highly anticipated Duke Street Market. Watch this space.

Drawing inspiration from the ancient pilgrimage, the ‘Camino de Santiago’,
Pilgrim challenges the traditional ‘tapas’ model of Spanish dining with a
flexitarian, sustainable menu, which explores the flavours of the Iberian
Peninsula. Founded by Managing Director, James Duffield; Chef Director, Dave
Bone and Brand & Marketing Director, Anthony Power, Pilgrim saw off
competition from Nordic ‘Hof’ concept, MATR, and a Quebec diner concept, Blue
Caribou. Their menu was full of exciting flavours for both meat eaters and vegetarians, making for a sociable dining experience – we can’t wait to see them in Liverpool.

The entrepreneurial restaurateurs earned the opportunity from Co-Founder of
Graffiti Spirits Group , Matt Farrell, to open their own flagship restaurant in Graffiti
Spirits Group and Urban Food & Drink’s new million pound concept, Duke Street
Food & Drink Market when it opens its doors this spring. Featuring as the venue’s
showpiece restaurant, the concept will specialise in seasonal, ethically sourced
regional produce and an extensive wine offering  – hopefully becoming yet another fantastic addition to our ever-growing foodie scene.

Pilgrim’s Brand and Marketing Director, Anthony Power comments: “ We had an
amazing time participating in My Million Pound Menu and we were stoked to have
made it through to the final show and to have an opportunity to bring Pilgrim to
“We had a lot of fun being on the programme and from the outset we were
hoping to partner with Matt and Graffiti Spirits Group as they are a very
successful independent bar & restaurant company, with a wealth of local
knowledge and resources behind them, and just really cool guys… it just seemed
like a natural fit for Pilgrim.

“We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to open our first permanent
site at the new Duke Street Market and we think the market will be a fantastic
hub of great food and drinks, all housed under the one roof.”

Anthony continues: “We think Liverpool and the wider area will love Pilgrim
Restaurant and our fresh approach to the flavours and regional dishes found
along the many varied routes of the Camino De Santiago. We’ll be sourcing the
finest produce on ofer and serving a flexitarian menu where we aim to showcase
not only meat and fish, but vegetables and plant-based dishes, all cooked over
live-fire on our centrepiece grill.
“We can’t wait for the doors to open at Duke Street Market and show Liverpool
what we can do.”

Founded by Graffiti Spirits Group, the independent bar and restaurant operator,
and Urban Food & Drink, a North West food and drink operator with origins in the
construction, property development and management sectors, Duke Street
Market will act as a platform for the finest independent and artisanal brands.

Co-Founder of Duke Street Food & Drink Market, Matt Farrell, comments: “I was
really excited when I heard about Pilgrim’s concept and after consulting with the
other directors, thought that they would not only be the ultimate addition to the
market, but the city as a whole. They really reminded me of myself and John
when we started Graffiti Spirits Group and I just wanted to offer them an
opportunity to develop their dream without taking away any of their business.

“The location they will have on the mezzanine will place them at the heart of the
buzz and will offer a fantastic theatre for their traditional methods and
techniques. It will hopefully become one of Liverpool’s flagship restaurants for
years to come.” ?

As well as Pilgrim, Duke Street Market will hold a number of food vendors with plenty of choice for visitors, making it a fantastic addition to the Duke Street area. The market is going to be set u in an old warehouse, making Pilgrim’s rustic menu the perfect fit. We’ll seeya there.

To find out more about Duke Street Market, visit dukestreetmarket.com 

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