Henderson’s started life in 1962 as an outlet for husband and wife team Mac and Janet’s East Lothian Farm. They had switched their production from traditional methods to “compost grown” vegetables - a precursor to organic farming. The pair opened up the outlet as a farm shop with a cafe down below but, soon after, Janet opened up a restaurant in a derelict building on Hanover Street. It was the first vegetarian restaurant in Edinburgh and today, as it approaches fifty years old, it has become an Institution. Along with its original basement restaurant there is also a bistro, a deli, a bakery and a gallery. Its philosophy is to serve affordable, locally produced, tasty vegetarian food.
Food at the restaurant is served from the self service counter. Barry Baker, who has been head chef at Henderson’s since 1987, aims to create healthy, delicious dinners served canteen-style at canteen prices. Henderson’s of Edinburgh opens early in the morning for breakfast, serving breads, rolls and croissants from the on-site bakery, porridge and cooked breakfasts. Lunch and dinner have a wide range of vegetarian dishes with a selection daily specials and a range of salads. One will frequently find “Henderson’s famous vegetarian haggis” on the menu, a derivation of the Scottish dish that is traditionally made with sheep’s heart, liver and lungs. At Henderson’s the vegetarian version is made with lentils, kidney beans, mushrooms and spices, and is served with “neeps and tatties” (mashed swede and mashed potato). There is also a large selection of desserts which may include fruit trifle, bakewell tart and cherry pie. There is a children’s menu available for children up to the age of 12.
Tel: 0131 225 2131
Address: 94 Hanover Street, EH2 1DR