Renowned vegetarian and vegan restaurant Hendersons has announced that they will be re-opening this September. Barrie Henderson, grandson of founder Janet Henderson, has recruited former chefs Paul Kayne and Nives Arosio to help bring tantalising dishes and fan favourites to their new location at Barclay Place. Whilst interior refurbishment is still ongoing, Barrie is excited to continue his family’s legacy alongside his incredible chefs.
Like many other establishments across the hospitality sector, Hendersons closed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Barrie is determined to continue to serve fresh and delectable vegan dishes for his new and long-established customers alike. Hendersons was first founded in 1962 as an outlet for Janet and Mac Henderson’s East Lothian farm before it expanded to a bistro bar and The Salad Table restaurant. Hendersons blazed the trail for vegetarian and healthy-eating lifestyle in Edinburgh as they promoted fresh produce and creative dishes in a new dining style experience; placing them firmly on Scotland’s Food and Drink radar. Janet’s children and grandchildren continue her legacy and six decades later, Barrie will open the new restaurant which will serve fresh, organic, local, and sustainable produce. Chefs Paul Kayne and Nives Arosio also return to Hendersons to develop menus which will reflect a modern approach to vegetarian and vegan dining experience.
Barrie said: “Paul and Nives were the secret ingredients that allowed the old Hendersons thrive, and I couldn’t be happier to welcome them back. We’re currently working on refreshing the menus to include new dishes whilst tweaking some of our classics to make the all-day dining experience at the new site both approachable and affordable. We’re conscious that many of our returning customers will be eager to see their favourite dishes, but we’re also getting creative with exciting additions like smaller, more tapas-style dishes and our bakery offerings.”
Alongside the two returning chefs, Barrie will continue to create delicious and wonderfully mouth-watering creations. Whilst they continue to create new surprises for customers, the renovations are ongoing, including the small garden attached to the restaurant where they will be able to grow produce on site. You cannot eat fresher than that!
Chef Paul Kayne worked at Hendersons Vegan for four years as he developed vegan dishes which focused on naturally nutrient-rich wholefood ingredients without the use of meat substitutes. His creations included black bean pudding sliders with beer batter bun and celeriac gnocchi with whisky date sauce.
Chef Nives Arosio wrote a cookbook in her native Italian called La Cucina Etica Regionale before she worked with Hendersons for eight years. She was Head of Pastry for three years before she became Head Chef at The Salad Table for a further four years.
Hendersons has been a famous spot for vegan (and non-vegan) celebrities such as Woody Harrelson, Ian McKellen, Chris Leibing and Akon. After garnering such huge support over the last few decades, it is with great delight that Edinburgh welcomes the return of Hendersons.
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