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Henderson's (Sheffield) Ltd.

Henderson's Relish, known locally as 'Enderson's or simply "Relish", is a spicy and fruity condiment, similar in appearance to Worcestershire sauce, but as it contains no anchovies, it is vegetarian. Produced in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, adherents favour it due to its unique taste, and some out of regional loyalty. The product's slogan is "Made In Sheffield For Over 100 Years". It is essentially made of water, sugar and spirit vinegar with a selection of spices and colouring. It can be found in local fish and chip shops and almost every supermarket and grocers in the city, yet is almost unavailable anywhere outside of South Yorkshire (although it can now be ordered online in multiples of a litre).

According to Hendersons, famous fans of the condiment include Sheffield-born celebrities Sean Bean, Peter Stringfellow, Def Leppard's Rick Savage and KT Tunstall. David Blunkett also used it when he cooked Shepherd's Pie on The F-Word TV cookery programme.

In 1993, two special-edition labels were produced to celebrate the FA Cup semi-final. Sheffield's two league clubs, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, both then in the Premier League contested the match at Wembley. The bottles were produced with labels in both red and white stripes (United's colours) and blue and white stripes (Wednesday's colours). These labels are still available in the respective club's shops.[1]

The singer/songwriter Richard Hawley used specially-labelled bottles of Henderson's Relish to promote his 2005 album 'Coles Corner'. Also on his 2007 autumn tour special bottles of the relish were available to promote current album Lady's Bridge. The bottles of relish cost £1.50, with fans generally having to purchase them after the show, due to glass bottles being banned from most auditoriums.

Henderson's Relish has been an inspiration to several Sheffield artists who have produced pieces about the product. Artists such as Pete McKee, Kid acne and Jim Connolly (illustrator) have all released prints offering their own unique take on the cult relish.

In September 2008 the sign that had adorned the side of the historic Henderson's Relish building was stolen, and shortly afterwards was placed for sale on a local sheffield blog of Shaun O'Connor, aka Salmonbones. The Story also made the sheffield Star

The Hendersons factory is located adjacent to the 'University' Supertram stop, on Leavygreave Road.

See also


  1. ^ "Where to buy". Hendersons Relish. Retrieved 2008-08-22.  

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