Henderson's Shop and Salad...

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 17 Reviews
The Henderson's business includes a shop and deli, 2 vegetarian restaurants, and art gallery. The shop sells local and organic fruit and vegetables alongside products from Henderson's own artisan bakery, wines and beers, fair trade teas and coffees, and ready meals. Has Indoor seating and a contemporary art gallery at the back of the building. more-less
94 Hanover Street (short walk from main train station, north of Princes Street)
Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 1DR
0131-2252131

The Salad Table is open Mon-Sat 8:00-22:45.

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First Review by Stevie
Pamina
Pamina
26

reviews

  • vegan

Great place in Edinburgh

4 Posted on 06 / 20 / 2014

This small deli is part of a larger complex called "Henderson's", it's housed in the same room as the shop, and next to it there are a bistro and posher restaurant.
Seating is very limited, but they also offer take away, and during the several visits I paid here, there was always a seat available. It's all vegetarian, although not everything is vegan, and everything is clearly marked, so it is very easy to shop for vegan food. There is also raw and gluten-free food.
The menu seems to change, but I mainly saw veggie patties, which you can order just with salad or as a burger, other bakery goods (usually with cheese), and a choice of vegan cakes. You can also have vegan drinks such as soya hot chocolate. Everything I had was delicious!
Staff were always very friendly and although it's very small and therefore sometimes crowded, I liked it very much and just enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
It does not have its own bathrooms, but you can use the ones of the restaurant next door.

I must say that I would appreciate a larger vegan choice in the shop, most of the stuff sold here contains eggs or cheese. I was happy, though, to find several spreads and also different kinds of soy milk. There were also a few vegan meals that you can heat up in an oven or microwave, for example a vegan stew.
They also bake their own organic bread and sell it in the shop.
I found the prices ok, for example I paid £1,90 for a can of self-made vegan spread).

Pros: Good vegan choice in deli, Friendly atmosphere, Everything clearly marked
Cons: Small, Shop could have more vegan choices
craigmc
craigmc
114

reviews

  • vegetarian

healthy lunch

4 Posted on 01 / 20 / 2014

I often come to the shop for lunch. I have love of the shop its always a bit busy, i love the big window and its a good place to sit and people watch.
Great selection of lunch time nibbles, variety of sandwiches which about one third are vegan. Usually about five or six salads to choose from, and usually baked spuds. A selection of hot foods, lasaggne, burgers, pakora etc etc. Lots of vegan snacks, wine and cakes.
Henderson also make a great selection of breads and can be found in other shops such as real foods. a decent selection of wine and beers as well.

Pros: healthy, if you want, good selection, nice staff
Cons: gets crowded
LaVanessa
LaVanessa
32

reviews

  • vegan

Great food, a bit pricey

4 Posted on 08 / 12 / 2013

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.

Pros: location, vegan options available
Cons: bit expensive, ok service, busy
TataVislevskaya
TataVislevskaya
19

reviews

  • vegan

Not so good

2 Posted on 08 / 02 / 2013

It's a buffet style vegetarian place with a lot of people and a few vegan dishes. Spanish casserole with rice wasn't tasty and i can't recommend it. You will find only one or two vegan salads, the others are with mayo, cheese or eggs. It's not about vegan. Henderson's bistro is much better


imogenmichel
imogenmichel
79

reviews

  • vegan

Handy little shop for vegan bits

4 Posted on 01 / 17 / 2013

This is a great little shop although I only go there occasionally. There's always a good range of vegan foods, and it's perfect for picking up a snack during the day if you're in this part of town.

Pros: Friendly staff, Vegan options, Good food
Cons: Small in size, Limited options

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compassionatecook
compassionatecook
6

reviews

  • vegan

Friendly service, expansive menu

5 Posted on 12 / 17 / 2012

Henderson's Deli is above Henderson's Restaurant, just around the corner from Henderson's Bistro. The Deli has a bunch of takeaway food, which really saved us when we needed food for the plane ride home the next day. We got a bunch of pasties, wraps, and sandwiches and some desserts, and we had lots of food for our long journey home.

Henderson's Restaurant is a more casual experience, but I found the service much friendlier and the menu more expansive. You order at the bar, then find a seat. Half of the desserts were vegan, which is lovely, and the couple we had were very good - especially the cherry pie!

Pros: vegan cherry pie!, a lot of vegan desserts, takeaway available
Tara HD
Tara HD
99

reviews

  • vegan

Very small shop but central

3 Posted on 08 / 03 / 2012

My review only refers to the shop. It is very small, so if you need to do some serious grocery shopping, go the Real Foods instead. Otherwise, it's of course great to get some wholefoods in this central location.

Pros: central location
Cons: very small
Alyson
Alyson
36

reviews

  • vegan

Shop takeaway food good

4 Posted on 05 / 28 / 2011

Purchased things from the shop upstairs to take away on long train journey, and they were really lovely! A nice tabbouleh salad, fresh bread roll, spicy bean burger and, the best for me, a fabulous raw chocolate marbled cheesecake thing that was vegan! A little pricey but a treat. Only 10mins walk from the train station.

Pros: vegan choice, fresh food
Cons: little expensive?
will777888
will777888
3

reviews

  • mostly-vegetarian

Very nice food and music.

4 Posted on 01 / 27 / 2011

I ate here in January 2011 with my partner, during a city break to Edinburgh. We ate in the evening, in the restaurant downstairs at 94 Hanover St. For me, it was win-win as they offered veggie food and live jazz.
I chose a pasta dish with spicy aubergine, and it was very tasty, well presented, and sizeable. It was a bit pricey though, at nearly £10 (though the whole city is ridiculously expensive). As mentioned below, the dish had plenty of grated Parmesan on it, which could worry some veggies. I have seen this cheese available rennet-free, so perhaps the stuff on my meal was OK - I didn't enquire. Claire's dish of stuffed aubergine was also very tasty, but not quite so filling.
I would suggest to the restaurant that they buy some nicer cutlery. Only a small point, I know, but the poundland knives and forks let down the presentation a bit.
After the meal, we bought a bottle of white wine (very tatsy) and sat and enjoyed the live (solo) piano for a while. They had an excellent pianist playing some laid-back jazzy numbers - nice.
Absolutely recommended.

Pros: Great food, Great music
Cons: Pricey, Poundland cutlery
hack_man
hack_man
330

reviews

  • vegetarian

A tale of two veggies

3 Posted on 07 / 06 / 2010

Downstairs is the salad bar, a cavernous vegetarian buffet paradise with lots of good quality hot and cold meals (at high prices). Upstairs is what I would go for. It's mainly a vegetarian and vegan food store with fresh hot and cold meals, breads, fruit and veg, hot and cold drinks, groceries and snacks that can be consumed on the premises on the nice high chairs at the front overlooking the street. Great to chill, read a paper and people watch. They sell an extensive range of their own products such as sos-mix rolls, pasties, humous, dips etc that you will also find sold in other health food stores around Edinburgh.

Pros: plenty of choice, snacks
Cons: expensive downstairs
grrlygrrl
grrlygrrl
7

reviews

  • vegan

Wholefood

2 Posted on 01 / 12 / 2010

This place isnt really my thing.. The food's not very inventive, and pretty expensive, and lacking in atmosphere..
I've also had really rude service (unprovoked) a couple of times before from staff in the restaurant.

Having said that, the staff upstairs are much nicer (for some reason), and the pasties and bread from the shop upstairs are really fantastic. Also, the vegan cherry pie is absolutely divine. But I prefer to takeaway ;)

Pros: vegan cherry pie, Tasty vegan pasties, Great bread in the shop
Cons: Atmosphere downstairs, Expensive for a full meal, Uninteresting main dishes
gr8vegan
gr8vegan
545

reviews

  • vegan

A major complex! This is the the front shop and..

4 Posted on 08 / 16 / 2009

The first thing you'll notice is the shop, its above ground and has an awesome selection of take away items, but also a deli where they'll heat them up for you or prepare other take away items. There are about 6 bar stools where you can eat in for a slightly increased rate. Don't miss the soy icecream in the freezer sections with the built in spoons. The Salad Table is below ground just to the right. There are huge lines at night, especially during festivals! They move pretty quickly, though. Most of the stuff is pretty oily, but if you can't get a table at the Bistro and don't want a quick bite from the Shop, this is a nice middle of the road option! Cool to have 3 options in one!

Pros: take away items at the shop, vegan ice cream
Cons: oily
elisecroft
elisecroft
4

reviews

  • vegan

Vegan haggis! Yum!

4 Posted on 07 / 31 / 2009

This is a great place to eat. I ate at the bistro twice and the restaurant once. The menu is vegan friendly (I recommend the vegan haggis!) and there is even a delicious vegan cherry pie! (No soy icecream. :( )

The only thing lacking is service. The waitress upstairs has an incredible attitude problem and acted like we were a nuisance and not paying her wages. And in the restaurant we had to clear our own table after dinner so we had room for our desserts.


Lyon
Lyon
3

reviews

  • vegan

Happy eating experience

4 Posted on 05 / 19 / 2009

My mum and I had very good meals here. In our 2 day-stay in Edinburgh, we ate three times there. Salad bar was a little boring, but hot food menu was fabulous, it took quite a long time to decide what to order. the only thing I missed was cooked vegetables (I do not eat raw vegetables). Very good place to eat for vegetarian/vegans with nice atmosphere and friendly staff.

Pros: good food, reasonable price, friendly staff
amysaundersbigelow
amysaundersbigelow
10

reviews

  • vegan

Quick and healthy

5 Posted on 08 / 13 / 2008

I had a wonderful experience at Henderson's Salad Table. The Henderson's building has three dining establishments-- a fancy restaurant on the ground floor (the bistro, listed separately), the Salad Table in the basement, and the shop on the ground floor.

The Salad Table restaurant is cafeteria-style: you order and get a tray and pay at the end of the line. They have a variety of fruit, veg, pasta, and some salads with mayo that you can combine to make a full meal plate. They also have vegan (and gluten-free) soups that come with bread. Both times I ordered the soup, as it's reasonably priced and a full meal (around 3.5 pounds). They have lovely-sounding entrees, but those are much more expensive (around 9 pounds). Most of their yummy looking desserts ARE vegan, but are not marked so. Be sure to ask. Not everyone working there will know what is vegan, but the older man always does (I think he might be the owner). All of their breads are always vegan, they told me.

The true delight, which I only managed to get to once, is their shop, open 9 - 5. They have a wide variety of vegan sandwiches with unique combinations, like apricot pate and baba ganoush, for 2.30 pounds. They also have a deli case full of wonderful vegan creations-- lots of indian food, lentil and spinach balls the size of a fist, and a vegan spring roll the size of a burrito (for 2 pounds). They also have a wide variety of prepackaged dessert bars with delightful combinations, like ginger and coconut, almost all of which are vegan and clearly remarked.

I highly recommend getting to the shop if you can, but the salad table as a close second (and perhaps a bit healthier-- less fried).

Pros: always vegan options, reasonable prices, quick
Cons: not all vegan foods are marked as such
NorthernSeafox
NorthernSeafox
8

reviews

  • vegan

I don't 'get' this place

2 Posted on 05 / 12 / 2008

Henderson's has plenty of fans, but it leaves me cold. The portions are small, and it is stuck in some kind of 70s timewarp, selling things like grated carrot and cheese salad. There is little on offer for vegans, [edited by HC Staff -see terms].

Pros: location, long-established
Cons: hardly any vegan food, very old fashioned, poor value
Stevie
Stevie
380

reviews

  • vegan

Henderson's Shop & Salad Table, Edinburgh

4 Posted on 10 / 08 / 2006

The big winner for this place is location, location, location, so close to Princes St. Always vegan options available. Food is decent enough but not the cheapest.

Pros: Location, vegan options, tasty
Cons: Not the cheapest

 

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