Media Release: Henderson’s of Edinburgh celebrates a half century


HENDERSON’S of Edinburgh have been awarded The List magazine’s prestigious Judges’ Special Award in recognition of the restaurant’s contribution to the Scottish vegetarian dining scene over the last 50 years.

The presentation took place at The List Eating & Drinking Guide Hitlist Party at The Scottish National Gallery on Tuesday 24th April.

Henderson’s Shop first opened on Hanover Street in the Spring of 1962, providing an outlet for the produce of Janet and Mac Henderson’s East Lothian farm.

The legendary vegetarian Restaurant followed early in 1963 and quickly became an Edinburgh institution.

Since then, Henderson’s has expanded to include the Bistro on Thistle Street, an organic bakery, a gallery and Henderson’s Cafe at St. John’s Church on Princes St.

Janet and Mac were inspirational restaurateurs and among the first to champion the benefits of cooking and eating healthy, local, seasonal food.

They soon gained an international reputation for cutting-edge vegetarian cuisine and the business remains true to their founding philosophy.

Henderson’s serves delicious, wholesome food, using the best and freshest ingredients, all at affordable prices.

Donald Reid, Food & Drink editor of The List, said: “This is an award not just for the business as it is today, but for what has existed for half a century and its many contributors over the years.”

Barrie Henderson, operations manager of Henderson’s, and grandson of Janet and Mac, said: “We are delighted to accept this award that recognises the hard work and creativity of all Henderson’s employees over the last 50 years.

“We look forward to celebrating this landmark anniversary next year and will be hosting many exciting events to welcome new Henderson’s customers and to thank all of our wonderful regulars who have made it the success that it is.”

Catherine Henderson, Henderson’s partner and daughter of the founders, said: “Janet and Mac would have been so pleased to see how the business has thrived and continues to promote the benefits of healthy eating, seasonality and organics – the principles at the root of their passion that began to flourish when Henderson’s arrived onto Scotland’s foodie scene 50 years ago.”

Later this year, Henderson’s will reveal plans for celebrations running throughout 2013 that will mark the 50th anniversary of the restaurant opening.

Next year will also see the 100th anniversary of Janet Henderson’s birth and the business she founded will celebrate her remarkable contribution to vegetarian cooking.

Henderson’s of Edinburgh

94 Hanover Street EH2 1DR

0131 225 2131


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