BBC’s My Million Pound Menu winners ‘Pilgrim’ launch first restaurant in Liverpool

Set to open a new restaurant in Liverpool’s much-anticipated Duke Street Market, Pilgrim, will launch with a 50% off soft launch period from May 15th. Based on an ancient pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia which has taken place since the 9th century. With starting points in France, Spain and Portugal, Pilgrim aims to be so much more than just another typical Spanish restaurant. Radically seasonal, ethically sourced regional produce with a big focus on live-fire flavour, the reasonably priced restaurant will be a new staple of Liverpool’s vibrant and burgeoning food scene. Whilst the 40 covers restaurant will offer a unique dining experience, the bar overlooking the open kitchen will be the buzzing focal point of the venue, set on a mezzanine and sunny terrace, all overlooking a bustling food and drink market with.

The soft launch period will kick off from May 15-19th with a 50% discount on food (no bookings available for this period), with the restaurant available for bookings from May 22nd.

Founded by Managing Director, Jamie Duffield; Chef Director Dave Bone and Brand & Marketing Director Anthony Power, Pilgrim saw off the competition on the hit BBC show My Million Pound Menu.

Anthony Power, Brand & Marketing Director says “We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to open our first permanent site at the new Duke Street Market in Liverpool, and we think the market will be a fantastic hub of great food and drinks, all housed under one roof. We’ll be showcasing the diverse flavours and ingredients found along the many routes of the Camino, serving a flexitarian menu that showcases the highest quality local produce, all cooked over a live-fire hearth in our open kitchen. With over 12 established routes of the Camino, we will have the scope to rotate the menu and bring a fresh approach and interpretations to traditional Iberian dishes.”

The menu will be mainly small plates made for sharing that includes a 4-course tasting menu, with optional beverage accompaniment. The centerpiece of the restaurant will be an open fire kitchen, cooking up dishes including wood-roasted pork chop and fennel emulsion, Char-grilled sardines with black olive crumb, scallops with smoked butter and barbecued octopus tentacle with guindilla pepper salsa. The small plates range from £9 to £12, with four-course tasting menu at £35. Desserts and bar snacks also available. A sample menu can be found HERE (this does not represent final menu).

Customers can enjoy the extensive drinks menu whilst chefs prepare food in front of them. 50+ wines will rotate with a ‘select’ menu following the current featured Camino, plus 30+ vermouths, port and Spanish sherries. As well as being true to brand, these options follow an increasing attitude to lower percentage drinking.

Creative ‘taptails’ (cocktails on tap) created on site using infusions that echo the seasonality and flavour profiles of the menu also available. Premixing the cocktails ensures consistent high standards, zero waste and efficient serves. Ethical soft drinks and ‘charity water’ will also raise money for a charity of choice.

Pilgrim will bring an experience to Liverpool like no other in the city, drawing inspiration by following specific routes across the pilgrimage making every visit different. There are currently 12 established and well-traveled routes of the Camino. These routes will be the inspiration.

STAY TUNED for more information about Pilgrim and don’t leave it too long before you pay these guys a visit!!

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