An homage to Henderson’s Relish

My dad has just been down on a mercy mission from Sheffield and Henderson’s Relish made up a large part of his Red Cross package.

I always assume everyone knows about Sheffield’s finest import, but maybe that’s because most people I know have some sort of connection to my home city…

Made in Sheffield for over 100 years to a closely guarded secret recipe, Henderson’s Relish is kind of like Worcester Sauce, but vastly superior. It tastes like pickled onion Monster Munch, it’s vegan-friendly and it’s basically just a taste of home. I like this story that Richard Hawley tells:

“I spent most of the 90s on tour somewhere in the world and got to the point I couldn’t even remember my name at times. I’m not knocking it – it beats working for a living, you know what I mean? Anyway, I got back from being in the States with the Longpigs for nine months and was in a mess. When I finally got home, I just walked into the house and sat down. My wife had cooked tea for when I got in and I sat there, and didn’t speak or anything. She put the plate in front of me – sausage and mash and gravy, with Hendo’s on. I took one mouthful and burst into tears – the taste of Henderson was the one thing that proved to me I was home at last.”


Other relish-love comes in the form of Kid Acne’s top Strong and Northern print (top) – a fine piece of work from one of Sheffield’s other favourite sons.

Here’s my Henderson’s Relish Bloody Mary recipe:

Bloody Strong Mary (makes one jug)

  • 100g ice
  • 175ml vodka (use a good one, no Asda SmartPrice)
  • pinch of celery seeds
  • splash of dry sherry
  • lots and lots of Henderson’s Relish
  • lots and lots of Tabasco (you need to have so much Relish and Tabasco that a mouthful of the drink makes your face feel really warm, like when you stand too close to a fire)
  • one teaspoon of creamed horseradish
  • one litre of tomato juice
  • fresh black pepper
  • lemon wedges
  • celery, to serve

1) Put everything in a jug, stir, grind some black pepper in, drink.

Allegedly you should take a bite of celery stick between each mouthful to enhance the flavours – did you know that?


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