Newest Review: ... then order/point at what you would like. However, the staff were amazing. The two girls who helped us were chatty, knowledgeable and pati... more
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Advantages: Great food, fantastic service, lovely atmosphere
I visited Henderson's for the first time last week and was blow away. My Dad used to go there when he was a student so we indulged him in a little nostalgia trip and boy, am I glad we did!
We ate downstairs in the canteen style bit (there is a table service bistro upstairs) and at first glance I found it a little intimidating. You have to queue up, grab a tray and then order/point at what you would like. However, the staff were amazing. The two girls who helped us were chatty, knowledgeable and patient - letting us change our order several times! We paid for everything up front and were given dessert tokens to use later.
There are loads of different shapes, sizes and styles of tables in various "rooms". We opted for one tucked up at the back. The tables had plenty of room and the seating was comfortable. There was some live music, set at just the right level for talking over and the musicians were very accommodating - one even let my sister have a go on his fiddle! Check out the gallery on the top floor too, it's small but a lovely space with interesting exhibitions.
Now, the food. Well, it was gorgeous. We are not vegetarians and although we don't eat meat with every meal, we are new to the nut roast. We tried the nut roast, mushroom and brie risotto and the veggie lasagne and they were all delicious. And I have to say the portions were more than large enough. I managed to stuff in some cherry pie with fromage frais and my partner had the most exquisite creme brulee before we collapsed with over-full bellies.
It's not cheap, but it's not that expensive either - we had 4 main meals, a side salad, 2 glasses of wine, 2 beers and 4 desserts for about £60. And they let us sit around for ages. Perfect.
Summary: Fine veggie fare in a cosy atmosphere