- Telephone 0131 225 2605
- Food served Mar–Dec Mon–Wed noon–8pm; Thu–Sun noon–9.30pm. Jan/Feb Mon–Wed noon-3pm; Thu/Fri noon–8.30pm; Sat/Sun noon–9pm.
- Average price £14.50 (lunch); £14.50 (evening meal)
- Website www.hendersonsofedinburgh.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
The Hendersons are the grandparents of vegetarian dining in Edinburgh – the ones who started what remains an admittedly bijou niche; the ones you go to for a reliable, familiar meal; the ones who get on with everybody, from fifty-year regulars to trendy faces as fresh as a vegan diet. They may have blazed a trail half a century ago, but that doesn’t mean they’re about constant re-invention: long-term diners would have something to say about too much menu revamping. Instead, there’s always a stew, soup, lasagne, risotto, crepe, quiche and homemade cake on offer, taking their cue from the seasons with central ingredients changing every few days. These specials sit alongside filling, easy-eating mains like oat- and nut-stuffed aubergine, or a huge bean burger. The food doesn’t differ hugely from next door’s restaurant, and is neither measurably smarter nor more expensive because of the table service. Perhaps counter-intuitively, the bistro might be the better option if you’re dining with kids, or need a more accessible space, as there’s plenty of room for buggies, and the disabled loo can only be reached from the bistro.
- High point: Helpfully accommodating to dietary demands
- Low point: Feeling a little neglected by staff when the place is quiet
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Unobtrusive pop
- Capacity: 30
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: Early 80s
- House wine: £14.50 per bottle
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It's a vegetable that doesn't come without its repercussions, but the misfit asparagus is still rather delicious. Celebrate its long-standing status as a showcase ingredient as Henderson's chefs put it in everything they can think of, from starters to bakes.
Mon 3 Jun
Tue 4 Jun
Wed 5 Jun
Be Our Guest
A guest chef takes over Henderson's kitchen for a night. Details to be announced. Booking is essential.
Fifty on First Thursday
Henderson's head chef Barry Baker has sourced 50 local ingredients from within a 50-mile radius to create a feast that celebrates Scotland's natural larder. In addition, local artist Ben Hymers has created a five-course menu that illustrates the provenance of all the ingredients. No dress code. Booking is essential.
Thu 6 Jun
Vegetarian Speed Dining
While it may not technically be a speed dating night, the idea is to move from place to place for each of the five courses of this gourmet vegetarian meal. No dress code! Booking is essential.
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