It's Easter Monday, you ate watery soup for lunch, you're starving but have an appointment in 30 minutes after which you're going to pints. WHAT DO YOU DO??
If you're me, you go to the nearest cafe and get a brownie. If you're my beloved, you have a lightbulb moment and suggest Henderson's for something rather healthier and, as I discovered, just as tasty as a brownie.
We split the bean wrap. The Man thought we should each get our own but I thought sharing would be perfect as we were just there for a hearty snack to keep us going. The wrap was FILLED with tasty bean pate (ie, smooth beans) and roast veggies. It HIT THE SPOT. He even agreed that half a wrap was the perfect amount of food.
It was absolutely the best thing we could have chosen and we both felt our rumbling tummies soothe and thank us for the deliciousness.
Henderson's will definitely be our go-to place for a quick bite whenever we're stranded in the New Town area.
I always make sure to visit Henderson's at least once when I journey to Edinburgh. Eating vegetarian is a nice change and Henderson's does it well.
I normally opt for a portion of whatever vegetable soup they have on that day. The soup and the bread it comes with are both pleasant. If I had to criticise, I think sometimes that the soups are slightly under seasoned, but all the tables have salt and paper so it's nothing you can't sort out yourself.
I am less enthusiastic about their dessert offerings, however. There's nothing offensive about them, they're just not particularly inspiring. You can expect to see cute looking strawberry tartlets and pastries with kiwi fruit and stuff. It all looks perfectly nice through the glass, but when you get it, you find the pastry is a little heavy and it just doesn't match the higher standards that their savoury food sets.
I'd recommend Henderson's for lunch and lunch only. It's ideal for a quick bite to eat for a friend and perhaps something sweet after. The food is not unforgettable, but at the prices Henderson's charges, you don't expect it to be.
I ate at Henderson's once a week during my time in Edinburgh and never had a disappointing meal. I never have been and probably never will be a vegetarian but with the meals here you don't even miss the meat. One of my favorites was the lentil lasagna, which was perfectly flavored and had a generous portion. I always thought the wine prices were reasonable too.
If you can leave without a scone and fresh clotted cream, good on you.
Yummy and gourmet bean burger ! Cute retro under the stair Resturant . They have a bistro up stairs that I will try next time instead. Lots of room in the downstairs part for meeting big groups. I didn't like the cafeteria style ordering but they bring your hot food out to you so that's good.
The food was really great! Gourmet veggie style dishes and beautifully presented!
Food was well priced for the area and once again delicious !!!
The deli and restaurant are my favourite lunch spots in town (although all of it's incarnations are great choices)
The menu is very varied with plenty options for even the pickiest of eaters. The food is always tasty, fresh, hearty and healthy. They always seem to get the perfect flavour/combination of flavours! Portions are generous and definitely good value for money.
Staff are all very friendly, knowledgeable and happy to meet your needs and answer any questions about their dishes.
For a healthy and satisfying meal, you won't find better. The Deli also offers a take-away service which comes in very handy for an office lunch.
Like a well rehearsed theatrical production, I decided for fun to break my late lunchtime into an ensemble of bites.
Act1: Quest. Tasty broth, pretty looking using real tomatoes for their soup and an assorment of chunky veggies, coupled with large slices of malty wholemeal type bread. I realised I'd achieved nirvana towards enjoying a fat free low calorie starter; alas, it didn't last...Feeling fresh like I'd just driven an ocean road on a sunny day in a fast car, positive by now and half full, thanks Henderson's, I moved onto another dish in my lunch quest.
ActII: Deathly Chocolate. I had not consumed much sweet stuff in the last week, so my weakness was to follow tummy over head by ordering a smooth sweet and yet delightful yummy chocolate coffee cup cake with last of the summer fruits on-top. Wow, intense sinning levels - this was actually served in a cup topped with calorie bust'n dollop of fresh cream. This got me thinking had I gone too far, and overloaded calories a result of my sweet tooth taking over?
Finale: Care In the Community. Very thankfully but refreshingly before buttons started a' popping the grand finale, a helpful wash down of coffee, ooh nectar in a china container. Service was excellent as usual and it seemed I'd missed lunch rush. The veggie options were great, prices not bad, but strangely there were plenty tables remaining? It wasn't too long before an answer presented itself, like a crime drama unfolding...look for the evidence. Is there really an excuse for leaving dishes on most tables for more than half an hour when it's not busy?
Encore: Furry dice they are not. I tried hard not to squish a tomato underfoot when sitting down, failed to catch the fruit-flys buzzing my table, or get comfy on the flat cushions(why bother) but as it was a quick in and out I didn't really mind, as these things happen during a busy day. Did I mention the kittens also left...sorry I lied; there were no kittens. But maybe if there were, then customers would be so busy playing with them they would not notice the dishes...I'm just saying!
I didn't wait around for the standing ovation as was heading for cinema but relished in the fact that it was 5/5 for food options but all else 3/5, with the hope of secretly upping the star value next visit. Kittens would have been cute though if impractable?
Henderson's has become a lunch time favourite of mine as I sometimes work nearby. This little shop and deli on Hanover Street offer a variety of options, ranging from soups, salads, spanakopita, quiche to ready made sandwiches.
Most often I opt for a large cup of soup and a roll, and this costs £2.70. There are usually about 3 different soups on offer daily, which is nice as most places have only one or max 2. My favourite is the lentil & apricot soup which probably is also the most flavoursome of the bunch.. Quite often I feel that the soups could benefit of a bit more seasoning, but all in all they do taste quite fresh and healthy.
The bread is lovely.. I had a large sunflower seed roll, which definitely beats the ones offered at likes of Sainsbury's etc.
The shop has a large selection of other items as well: coffee, tea, chocolate, jams, crackers, fruit.
A note for those falafel lovers out there: today when I visited the shop there was a notice that they are soon unable to sell falafels (due to a distribution issue).
I've already written a review about the St John's branch, but I thought I should write one about the original too.
I have only eaten in the deli, but every time has been a pleasant experience. The soup is really tasty, and there are 3 options a day, which spices up life a bit. I have have morrocan tangine flavour, spicy lentil dal, red pepper, and many other flavours. I usually get it with bread, and there is a choice of seeded roles, wholemeal, white, sourdough, oatmeal, cheeese scones, and probably some seasonal special. There is a deli counter with lots of ready to cook food made at Hendersons, like lasagna, savoury filled crepes, quiche and so on. I have heard from multiple sources that the vegan cherry pie is very good too.
After finishing your lunch, you may be tempted to look around the shop. It's a haven for those with allergies beside vegetarians; I saw many gluten and dairy free products, including chocolate and cookies. The fridges are well stocked up with pre-made sandwiches, salads, sushi, and a few locally made cakes.
This is a really lovely central place, and I end up going here if I find myself faint after a few hours of shopping.
I came here not too long ago to get a quick take-away bite before heading to school.
It took me some time to figure out what I was going to buy... I was QUITE indecisive. I wanted to get the freshest, tastiest looking wrap possible to start my studying day off right!
On the shelf there werent too many options, but among them there were a couple that looked quite stale and one being out-of-date. I handed it back to the lady at the till, then proceeded to choose. I went for the spicy bean wrap.
I was crossing my fingers that I'd be able to handle the amount of spice (yaneverknowright?), and opted for this. I remember it being around the region of 2.95. Took it away, and hopped on the bus. When I finally had my first opportunity to take a nice bite I found out the wrap. was. spiceless.
Now when I say spiceless I mean 1. no spicyness 2. no flavour. I paid 3 pounds for essentially a wrap with black beans in it. No salsa, not much else... oh and they said there was cheese in it. WHAT CHEESE??! SO disappointed.
Now I don't know whether Henderson's is one of those places that poorly represents vegan/vegetarian food to be bland and tasteless... but I was disappointed. It was a very poor wrap.
I like vegetarian food! Henderson's you gotta represent better! You're gonna give vege food a bad rep, man!
Its an Edinburgh institution. Its Vegetarian. It's unpretentious, basic good, fresh food.
I'm always left slightly disappointed by Henderson's, with the impression that they've taken some great ingredients, set out to do some interesting things, but ultimately produce dishes that are a bit bland and undercooked.
That said, there's also a lot to recommend it; great cakes and desserts and a fine selection of organic beers. The atmosphere is also always great, with plenty of bustle and, often, live music.
Prices are on the steep side across the menu and, unless you're a vegetarian and want a wide choice, you'll find much better value at the many restaurants close by.
Hendersons is the grand old man of Scottish Vegetarian Restaurants.
For those who are old hands at the veggie lifestyle, this place should be the mecca of all things non-meaty.
It has a food presentation system of a school cafeteria with you being served by folks that seem to have taken on a vow of servitude after having fallen in love with the place.
The food is pretty good and tasty. You may even make your carnivore compatriots say complimentary things about their meal.
The venue is bright with lots of room, even in the back.
The price is average and pretty on par with the Central Edinburgh Food tariff.
I would visit it more often, if I was closer.
I won't deny that Hendersons is an Edinburgh institution. It was the first specially vegetarian restaurant in Edinburgh in the 70s, at a time when people were beginning to become aware of it. Despite the mainstream disapproval of vegetarianism this place was really trendy, and still rides on its fame from the good old days.
We are lucky to have the number of vegetarian restaurants in Edinburgh that we do today. This, however, means more competition for Hendersons. Nonetheless it still remains probably the best known.
I have mixed feelings about Hendersons however. On one hand it provides a great variety of generally good quality vegetarian food, on the other its pricey for what you pay for and the menu never really seems to change. It's a great shame that some of the other criticisms here have confused some generally bad experiences that could have happened at any restaurant, with the fact this restaurant just happens to be vegetarian. It's clearly fallacious to say that just because your cake wasn't creamy enough vegetarian restaurants must disapprove of creamy cakes. Any restaurant could serve you a disappointing flapjack. It reminds me of the sort of arguments you here from intolerant travellers when they are abroad and don't like something they've been served or whatever and equate it with something necessary about the culture or the people.
That aside Hendersons does have it downside. I love their chickpea and tomato stew, but it's not that special, it's something I cook all the time and don't expect to pay £6 for it. I love their crusty bread with curry, but could they change it around more often? I find Hendersons can be too expensive for simple dishes that seem to always be the same (albeit from a great range). On the former point I sometimes feel that Hendersons now caters mostly for the New Town residents, perhaps the rebellious youth of the 70s now all grown up and able to afford it. They do offer a student discount however.
But now let me defend Hendersons and say that the quality of the food, both nutritionally and taste wise, is still high above the average, and unlike most pubs or standard Italian restaurants, I don't feel like I owe my body an apology after eating there. I don't think that a slab of flesh maketh a meal (considering our bodies aren't made to eat meat with every meal and that 6-7% of the worlds population live without meat, through choice or circumstance, this claim seems ridiculous).
I think to claim that Hendersons is a place that can be "okay for some lifestyles but not for me really" or "not really my thing cos I eat meat" is a claim from someone who hasn't tried the range of dishes available here, or has some problematic addiction to one particular food group (besides presumably these people don't literally eat meat with every single meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacking- or they probably don't have much longer to live). Again, you might not like Hendersons because they are rude or the dishes are cold or you thought the curry tasted crap, but the mere absence of meat in a place surely does not make it a pleasure only for the select few.
Incidentally Hendersons is not unfriendly, the dishes aren't cold and nearly all the dishes I've tried (quite a number) have tasted very nice.
A great vegetarian institution that still remains a great option despite some setbacks.
I love finding cute little independent places like this. If you're looking for a nice casual place for lunch, check out the deli. There's so much to chose from and in the end I ordered the hot main (vegetarian haggis) with 3 salads. They had a good mix of salads ranging from your typical green to pasta salads. It was so good and wholesome... it felt like it was negating some of the grease I've been consuming on the streets of Edinburgh during the fringe (don't get me wrong - I do enjoy a bit of grease every now and again). When I got back to London, I was thinking I wish there was a place like this near my office because I'd go back frequently.
When we were both young, The Librarian and I used to stop in here for lunch. Neither of us is vegetarian, but Hendersons is not the sort of restaurant where the diner has to have eschewed meat to feel satisfied by the vegetarian fare.
Now that we are older and no longer living in the windy city, we still enjoy visiting this comfortable haunt from the old days, and I have to say that like the best Scotch, it started good and has improved over the years.
I always find the same problem here; what do I decide not to have in order to save room for the delights I decide to enjoy.
This place is more about homemade than vegetarian.
I am not a vegetarian but I do want flavor with my meal which forced me to Henderson's twice during my stay. Once for breakfast, once for supper.
The breads are good, the entrees are great, crisp, clean flavors. Just good food.
And the service is friendly.
We met another American while we were in Edinburgh and the major thing we had in common was we all loved Hendersons.
Right. I am categorically NOT a vegetarian. Never have been. Never will be.
BUT my friends is, and I can, on occasion enjoy a meal that is composed entirely of just veggies. It is rare. But it is does happen.
We ended up here as my friend had visited before, for dinner, and had enjoyed it. However I have to say I was not rating this visit. I am not too sure she was either. We went for a wee spot of lunch and I gotta say I have never been soooo confused in my life!? Menu boards all over the place with hot dishes and soups and salads. I was baffled. It was very much canteen style, which I was not overly keen on. Very disorganised and not very well run or thought out. This would work so much better if they just did table service!?
I ended up having a medium salad. I asked and pointed at one of the bowls to ask what it was, the blunt and completely useless reply - Potato salad. Well yes. I can see that. I am familiar with what a potato looks like, but that does not have mayonnaise on it so all I wanted to know was what it had been dressed with. I still have no idea. So I went for that, some chickpea salad and a beetroot salad. A bread Roll and a what was called 'large' smoothie (It was small, and not freshly made as I expected). All this came to almost £9. Which to me, was faaaar too much.
Salad was ok. Not much flavour. Smoothie wasn't fresh and the whole system was just not great. I won't be rushing back. The breakfast menu did however look quite good.
Where else could I start my Edinburgh reviews, but my favourite vegetarian eaterie? Its not changed(so my mother tells me, in 30 years, but the food is so good why should it?
While some have stated that its lacking in atmosphere, i actually really enjoy the hubbub of conversation. the mix of people and the unpretentious atmosphere. Very much one for the locals as well.
Unlike many restaurants, coming here is a great guilt free way to indulge as it all tastes so fresh and you can actually feel the nourishing properties, particularly in the hearty soups and salads.
A particular mention for the puddings though, the chocolate mousse is to die for.
Henderson's, don't ever change and never stop.
I ate at the Henderson's restaurant/café rather than the bistro. This place was great, if a bit pricey. Had a side salad and the lentil dahl spicy soup, which was delicious. Would have liked to return but alas, never found the time.
As a tourist in Scotland, I was curious about haggis. I'm Asian, so I guess you could say I'll eat about anything (and I pride myself on having an iron stomach--food poisoning, what's that?), but I thought I might have to draw the line at haggis.
Then a local told me that Henderson's is the place to go. Not only is it vegetarian, but they have a veggie version of haggis that supposedly tastes "just like the real thing."
So, we went there and it was fabulous. It's a small-ish place, but everything was flavorful and just what our starving bellies needed. Oh, and yes, I got the veggie haggis. Totally awesome and filling. I think the texture was nothing like the real thing, but at least now I know what haggis is "supposed" to taste like.
Friendly staff, great food. What more can you ask for? Don't even hesitate if you're a carnivore. You'll be more than satisfied and you'll probably leave with a whole new appreciation of vegetarian food.
I absolutely loved this place. And I am largely a carnivore.
I went there with my girlfriend last weekend. I got the Moroccan stew with eggplant, apricots, tofu and couscous and it was absolutely incredible. It was served with a olive/pineapple/onion/rocket salad that was a perfect compliment to the meal. I didn't even miss or notice the lack of meat in the dish.
The meal wasn't even that expensive (£27 for 2 large organic beers, 2 dinners, and 2 desserts).
Oh I almost forgot! the dessert was also amazing. We both got their fruit trifle with fresh whipped creme (seems to be a staple there), and couldn't have been happier. The trifle was served with blueberries and redcurrant berries on top, and was delicious all the way down to the bottom layer of fruit. It's a must have.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was what truly set this place apart for me. They have a live band every night from around 7-9 playing guitar or piano. The music was very good (you never really know when its a small gig like that) and incredibly relaxing. They had a weekly schedule on the wall (and it seems its mostly Jazz, but I only saw one week's schedule).
If I lived in Edinburgh I would go there 3 nights a week at least to grab a beer and a snack and listen to some live music after work.
A real favourite of mine. And most of Edinburgh I suspect.
Despite being a carnivore, I'm always happy with the food here - it's super fresh and delicious and you don't feel guilty after eating it! The downstairs restaurant offers canteen style ordering - and you can get a good idea of what's available by checking out what's on display.
There's normally some type of art on the wall here too - it makes for an interesting place to stop for lunch or breakfast and unwind. There's no pretence; OAPs catching up over pots of tea mix with students and yummy mummies and I've seen a few business meetings being held here too. Just a lovely place to spend some time.
The deli upstairs is great for snacks on the go and by all accounts the sit down bistro is a treat to visit.
Hendersons is a veritable veggie institution in Edinburgh, so if you're non-meat inclined, or you're just in the mood for some super tasty food, then swing by Hendersons if you're around the new town.
There is an extensive selection of vegetarian food available here, made with locally sourced, high quality ingredients, and you have a choice of eating in the basement restaurant, the bistro, or taking a quick bite away from the deli. The basement restaurant is probably my favourite part of Hendersons, with its canteen style array of amazing looking salads, specials, soups, and other enticing delights to try. The restaurant is open from breakfast time until the evening, where its laid back dining style and often live music always seems to attract quite a few people.
The bistro part of Hendersons offers a relaxed, pleasant, and slightly more formal a la carte format in cheerful looking surroundings. A visit to the deli is a treat, with a range of yummy looking items, including the usual sandwiches, veggie pizzas, and frittata and falafel.
Hendersons is fantastic if you are vegetarian. I am not, so it ain't my thing. My Granny likes it here after she took my vegetarian aunty here when she was at Edinburgh uni, 30 years ago. So she often takes me and I can appreciate it is a great place for vegetarians with a huge selection of dishes. The service is top notch also.
However. Why mess with Flapjacks? After the initial shock of my meatless lunch, my Granny filled my hand with change and sent me to buy a cake from the counter. I licked my lips and chose a nice thick Flapjack. I hurried back to my seat and took one bite and was confused. Where was the syrupy, chewy goodness I was expecting? It had been replaced by some rather tasteless sawdust. Clearly in Vegan/Vegetarian world nice sweet cakes are a no no. This gives me a case of the sads.
I actually came to Henderson's to have a look at the shop, a kind of Peckhams style deli which sells the best in organic farm produce, very refreshing to see in amongst so many commercial restaurants and boozers!
The restaurant was actually shut when we visited but we made good use of the deli, buying a couple of organic chicken salad rolls and a yummy pastry which was super sweet and delicious. I love the layout of the store, the smells and the sights..all of the food looks, well, good enough to eat. As well as the deli counter, they also sell tinned goods, healthy ready meals and freshly baked bread and cakes, which are to die for.
A lovely little deli-shop, perfect for a healthy choice in Edinburgh.
Upmarket deli's are the mainstay of most affluent areas, and Henderson's fits within this bracket. Prices are high but the quality is good, in particular the scones are a treat!
A restaurant looms in the background with the deli counter at the forefront. There's far too many appealing eats to even let you near the restaurant. The frittata is a true gem too, with most other deli offering covering both the vegan and gluten free bases.
A top choice if your paying with the company card, which I believe 90% of the clientele here will be doing.
If someone had said to be that I would ever enjoy a purely vegetarian meal, I'd laughed in their face. Call me old-school, but if there's no meat in it, it's not a proper meal, right? Wrong.
That was before I ate here. I popped in with a friend for lunch oe day, and as we were heading out for a big meal that evening, we decided to just get a handful of starters to share between us, rather than having a full-on lunch.
The food was amazing, and it was also really good value into the bargain which, in my opinion, always makes it even tastier! We got a portion of their Baba Ghanoush, Humus, Tzatziki and Spicy Bean Paté with a load of breads to mop it up, and I can honestly say it was one of the tastiest lunches I've eaten in that price bracket in a long time.
This shop boasts to be one of the best at offering high quality health foods and vegetarian foods, but all this comes at a price that is perhaps overdone.
That said, the specials aren't too bad value for money and this is a place that is good at providing quick food for vegetarians and vegans, which isn't a common trait amongst many shops around Edinburgh.
If you are a vegetarian, vegan or even just a very health conscious person you are likely to find benefits to this place. However, as someone not in these categories I just don't get why this place costs so much.
Henderson's is an institution in Edinburgh - a trail-blazing vegetarian-only restuarant before such things were de rigeur (and we're talking over 40 years ago).
It's still a good place for vegetarians, and one of the few places to take vegan friends. But for my money it hasn't quite moved enough with the times: it still feels a bit basic and cafe-like (you collect a tray and go up to the counter), and the prices are a little high for what you get. But it is reliable, the ingredients are always fresh, and the array of salads is impressive. A better bet for lunch in my view.
They've recently revamped the bistro next door, which offers a more upmarket dining experience with modern decor, though I have not eaten here. They are open on Sundays, albeit closing at 22h. What is it with veggie places and early closing?
Hendersons is my favorite restaurant in the UK--and I went to a LOT when living there for two years. It actually has three sections, each with a unique atmosphere and décor: the restaurant, which is a bit fancier than the other two parts--this is great for date night; the café, which is great for breakfast; and the bistro, which has a cabin-like feel, which is perfect for dinner and for listening to live music, which they have almost every night.
The food itself is phenomenal. The menu is almost entirely vegetarian, and each dish has an original flavor, interesting textures, and a great combination of ingredients. The lasagne is wonderful, the salads are crisp and refreshing, the soup comforting, and the tofu-sweet potato dish is my favorite. Plus, the desserts are to-die-for: rich chocolate mousse, chocolate-hazelnut cake, fruit tarts, just to name a few.
Definitely seek out Hendersons if you're ever in Edinburgh. It's a wonderful experience, and a great way to get a taste of Scottish cuisine without the meat.
I really like Henderson's. It's one of those vegetarian places where you can eat relatively light or seriously stuff yourself, whatever you want. I'm not a vegetarian but I am pretty strict about my 5 a day so the range of options here is great. Tasty, hearty, healthy - you won't leave hungry.
I had lunch here today. Pretty good value for money. I had lentil and apricot soup (absolutely delicious) which came with brown bread, you get 2 bits but I could only eat one bit! I also had a side salad with rice and egg mayo (decent) and a rasperry,apple,bananna and cranberry juice (sooo good)
Delicious range of vegetarian food on offer and some nice soft and alcoholic drink choices.
As others have mentioned, staff can be hit or miss on my last visit, the gentleman in charge was rather rude and ignored us for ages he also spoke over our shoulder and had a lengthy conversation with some people leaving, as we were stood in front of him waiting to pay. He made the experience very cold and unfriendly.
If the variety of food wasn't as good as it is, I don't think I would return.
My mum swears by this place but I have never really warmed to it. It is veggie food but is expensive for what it is and quite bland and served in a way that is reminiscent of a school canteen. On a weekday lunchtime there will be a sea of grey hair as they purchase their ratatouilles and baked potatoes and broccoli bakes, the tables are close together and it can be really hard to find a seat at times.
I am not really sure what it wants to be. There is something about food that is dished out in this way that makes me think it isn't really a proper restaurant - wandering about with a tray looking for a seat really does give me high school flashbacks so it really isn't for me. But mum loves it.
Had a really good lunch here.
Very tasty stuffed crepe, followed by excellent toffee and walnut cake. Definitely one to go back to.
Plus they do gigs in the evening.
As a vegetarian, I love this place! If you're not vegitarian, don't be put off.
Scrumy meals at decent prices. I had a very nice Sunday lunch here last week. The meals are freshly prepared.
For pudding I'd strongly recommend the affogato (shot of coffee over ice cream), and surprisingly, the soya ice cream tastes damn good!
Hendersons Restaurant is in the centre of town and is a great place for vegetarians to eat. The quality of food is quite good and I enjoyed eating there despite being somewhat of a carnivore! The prices are reasonably expensive for the portions they give you (although cheaper than places along George Street) but that I can only assume is due to the fact the restaurant is in the centre of town and the rates must be very high.
The main complaint I would have is that the restaurant is some what lacking in quality seating and there is a 'rough and ready' feel to it. I would not go if I was not eating with a vegetarian or needed to eat healthily but it is a nice place to eat in the city centre.
I like Henderson's but do agree with many of the comments form other reviewers.
One thing that does need pointing out is that it is a basement restaurant and is therefore accessed down a flight of steep steps from street level, it is therefore not ideal for those with limited mobility or anyone trying to control a buggy or toddler.
The food is always decent, it's not the highest quality but is reliable, tasty and interesting and therefore somewhere I go back to.
I can't quite put my finger on it, but for some reason Henderson's remninds me somewhat of an up-market, old-fashioned tea room/cantine.
Having said that, the food is good quality (if not superb) and its a great place to go for lunch, whether you're vegetarian, vegan or pagan. Keep a check on the wallet, though, cause there's a tendency to get pricey here...
There are many things I miss about not living in Edinburgh anymore, and Henderson's has to be right at the top of that list. The food is usually good, often excellent, and the prices are far from unreasonable. I have to say I prefer eating in the Bistro rather than the main restaurant downstairs as it has a warmer atmosphere, though you're paying a little more for your meal there.
The best part about it is that there is enough variety and flavour to please most non-vegetarians. I've taken my mother and sisters there, my mother-in-law and my father, all of whom love their meat, but they've enjoyed the food. Yes, I'm sure they would have preferred a nice steak, but while they might have gone in there a little apprehensive they came out satisfied and with no reservations about returning.
The shop is a little pricy, but let's face it, if you're vegetarian or vegan you're penalised wherever you go. If you don't want to eat meat but still want a varied diet, you're going to have to pay for it. The prices are comparable, or even cheaper, than the other main vegetarian stores in the city and the quality is always excellent.
This place holds a special place in my heart as it is where I took my wife for our first proper date, where I proposed to her and where we had our wedding reception, but that doesn't blind me to its imperfections. Getting down the stairs to the toilets from the Bistro is a nerve-wracking experience, the main restaurant downstairs is often crowded and sometimes the staff can be a little hit and miss, particularly the younger workers. However, its imperfections are far outweighed by the quality of the food and the general ambiance.
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