Henderson’s re-opens in Bruntsfield Links with 60th birthday celebrations


Hendersons restaurant, which opened its door in Hanover Street in Edinburgh 60 years ago, is planning a series of summer events to celebrate its re-opening in  Bruntsfield Links as well as its 60th birthday.

Janet and Mac Henderson first opened the Hendersons Shop in 1962, and the basement restaurant opened in ’63. Here you could find vegetable laden plates being served to people from all walks of life, with only fruit boxes for seats. The restaurant was frequented by celebrities such as Tilda Swinton, Woody Harrelson, Sir Ian McKellen, and Dylan Moran to name but a few.

But in 2020, when life was put on pause due to the pandemic, the iconic Hanover Street site closed its doors, seemingly for good. But Hendersons has managed to come back, in a new location, with an updated version of the well-loved blueprint. Grandson of its founders, Barrie Henderson (38), who worked with his family at the old restaurant, couldn’t let the legacy of his grandparents die, so got together some of the team from Hanover Street and organised a reboot in the space previously occupied by The Apartment.

Headed up in the kitchen by Paul Kane (formerly Hendersons Vegan) and James Porteous (formerly Wedgwood and the New Chapter), their team of talented chefs, along with the front of house led by Laura Dall’Era (who formerly managed the Salad Table before it closed), have created a wealth of new dishes and cocktails.

The décor for the new restaurant was created by florists Gloam and Edinburgh design firm Four By Two, who recently were involved in designing the new Virgin Hotel. Hendersons is also passionate about sustainability, avoiding plastics as much as possible, and returning all their packaging to their fruit and veg suppliers so that it can be reused again. The back garden of the restaurant is also used for composting food waste, growing herbs, edible flowers and some vegetables, as well as a beautiful fig tree.

This summer, and to say thanks to its customers, Hendersons is inviting everyone to a series of events to bring people together, enjoying the special food and atmosphere. Among others, there will be an introduction to foraging in collaboration with Coeur Sauvage (award-winning foragers), a wine tasting event lead by Alliance Wine who specialise in sustainable wines, a barbecue in their back garden, charity fundraising and by popular demand, the return of some of the musicians that played at the old restaurant for some special live music evenings in the restaurant.

Barrie says, “We are really excited to get together with everyone to celebrate this milestone, as we look forward to the future, to develop and grow. It’s never been more important than now to make sustainable food choices and we hope you will join us soon.”


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