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Henderson's

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New Town
Organic, Vegetarian, Vegan, Scottish
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94 Hanover St., Edinburgh EH2 1DR, Scotland
0131-225-2131
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Established in 1963, Scotland's first vegetarian restaurant is still...
Established in 1963, Scotland's first vegetarian restaurant is still proudly serving fresh, wholesome and tasty food seven days a week.Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or visit our deli shop for some takeaway and a loaf from our onsite organic bakery.Our restaurant is set up cafeteria style, for a relaxed and informal dining experience, featuring live music every night, it's perfect for children, families, young and old, and still run as Janet Henderson envisioned 50 years ago.If you fancy table service, head to the Bistro, just round the corner from our deli.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Dining on a budget

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  • 90
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  • 71
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  • 34
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Very nice vegetarian restaurant

Had lunch at Henderson's a couple of times now. They serve a range of excellent dishes and the daily specials are very nice. It's mostly a two people operation, with one cooking and the other serving, so be prepared to wait a little. If you are not in a rush though, vegetarian or not, this is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Paul_Horatiu
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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631 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

What a let down, pretty poor all round, service, surroundings and food. I don't normally write reviews but I was compelled after tonight's experience at the restaurant. No welcoming greeting when we entered, said we had booked and then told follow me, sat at the table handed menus. Waitress came back and asked if we were ready, not even taking... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

My friend and I had a couple of days in Edinburgh to celebrate our birthdays. This restaurant was recommended to me by a work colleague who is a veggie like myself. My friend was happy to try out a proper veggie restaurant and this lived up to our expectations. I had tofu Thai burger and wedges and my friend had... More 

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Glasgow
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Haven't been in Hendersons in around twenty years since student days. However a strange health food craving drew me there on a day to Edinburgh. I ordered baked potato and cheese with salad. My potato was cold and I think I could have got more cheese by scraping the top of my companions quiche. The East European who served me... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I go back a long way with Henderson's and used to visit up to three times a week in the days of Mrs H behind the counter and their excellent Spanish cook. I thought my penultimate visit was just staff shortages and post-lunch fatigue. I dined again last week. Weird service. "Do you want the receipt?" Food badly seasoned -... More 

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Salzburg, Austria
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I don't understand how this restaurant gets such rave reviews. I went back recently during a visit to Edinburgh and cannot believe how scruffy the place has become. The baked potato was disgusting (how hard can it be to make a baked potato?). Two of these, two accompanying small salads plus a tea and a coffee and a slice of... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Had lunch at Henderson's a couple of times now. They serve a range of excellent dishes and the daily specials are very nice. It's mostly a two people operation, with one cooking and the other serving, so be prepared to wait a little. If you are not in a rush though, vegetarian or not, this is a good spot where... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Lovely vegetarian restaurant just off of Princes St. Staff were lovely as was the food and very reasonably priced. Will definitely pay another visit should I ever return to Edinburgh.

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

As a vegan, all the options were clearly marked and it was difficult really in knowing what to choose, when iIam used to having no choice at all....we just plumped for soup which was very nice. Nice surroundings and very homely feel to the place. Deli upstairs is great too.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Called Henderson's to arrange a birthday dinner for my lady. They were fantastic and respected our observance of lent. On arriving our table was positioned for a quiet romantic meal with a view of the band, who were superb. A fantastic meal followed and was topped off with a birthday cake in the shape of a chocolate cake that was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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31 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Had parsnip soup and the chickpea curry with salad and it was delicious and good value. Great atmosphere under St Johns with artwork for sale hung around the walls. Very nice place to stop for lunch.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 94 Hanover St., Edinburgh EH2 1DR, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighborhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: 0131-225-2131

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 21
  • Cuisine: Organic, Vegetarian, Vegan, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Dining on a budget

Description

Established in 1963, Scotland's first vegetarian restaurant is still proudly serving fresh, wholesome and tasty food seven days a week.Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or visit our deli shop for some takeaway and a loaf from our onsite organic bakery.Our restaurant is set up cafeteria style, for a relaxed and informal dining experience, featuring live music every night, it's perfect for children, families, young and old, and still run as Janet Henderson envisioned 50 years ago.If you fancy table service, head to the Bistro, just round the corner from our deli.
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in New Town

Neighborhood Profile
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.