It’s time to make a pilgramage. Not to Rome, Mecca or Canterbury but to Dalston.
Pilgrim, the four-date six-course popup was a total sell-out of a success when it originally popped up earlier this year, and so not only is it now returning for another run (and a new menu) across six dates this month, but Pigrim will popup on a permanament basis from April, which is great news for any fans of Spanish food.
The inspiration for Pilgrim comes from Camino de Santiago, a pilgramage dating back to the 9th century and involving travelling to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, northwest Spain. Having walked the Camino earlier this year, Pilgrim’s founder and co-director Jamie Duffield was struck by the differences between each region and decided to celebrate this in Pilgrim, combining the finest Spanish ingerdients with a fresh take on how food is served.
The last popup included highlights such as salt-baked scallop, cider-braised Iberico short rib and the decadent St James’ Tart with olive oil poached apple. This month Head Chefs Dave Bone and Anthony Power have created an equally adventurous menu, in culinary terms and literally as it will take guests on a journey via key regions on the Camino. And since its last outing Pilgrim’s co-founders, Duffield and John-Michael Sookias and both Head Chefs have been back to Spain for an intense week long research trip, so expect something spectacular and new.
The evenings will also heavily draw on the wine pairings by the popup’s partner XECO wines, a contemporary brand of dry sherry wines that plays on the authentic-meets-modern vibe of the venture.
Make sure you catch the popup while it’s still in town, but if you can’t make it then don’t be too despondent; it returns in February and finally will settle down to its new full time home in April.
Pilgrim will be at 103B Dalston Lane between Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th November and Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th November