11 Reasons Henderson’s Relish Is Way Better Than Worcester Sauce

After a Labour MP caused genuine fury in Sheffield by implying their legendary sauce was a knock off, many wondered what all the fuss was about. Wonder no more…

Jim Dowd, the MP for Lewisham, has invoked the wrath of Sheffield.

He implied in a speech to the Commons that Henderson’s Relish is a shallow knock off of Lea & Perrin’s Worcester Sauce - and Sheffield folk are NOT happy.

Here’s why.

1. It’s Strong And Northern

Henderson’s is a family owned business. It’s been brewed in the Steel City for more than 100 years. The factory sits right next to the University campus, so lucky students are treated to a delicious, spicy, savoury smell wafting over them as they study. It’s amazing.

2. It’s Vegetarian

Lea & Perrin’s is flavoured with anchovies, so it’s not suitable for veggies or vegans. Henderson’s includes no such fishy nonsense.

3. It will improve absolutely any meal

You’ll find it behind the counter in every chippy in the city and on the tables of every café and bar. It’s commonly served on chips, mushy peas, beef, chicken, baked beans, fish, casseroles, soup, vegetables…even stir fry.

4. Here’s a video of David Blunkett MP adding it to his Shepherd’s Pie on Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word

“It’s made in Sheffield, it’s vegetarian…and it’s BETTER!”

5. And here’s the time Ned Stark was literally unable to stop talking about the spicy goodness

6. Henderson’s flavour Yorkshire Crisps are the best crisps in the world

Walkers can jog on, frankly.

7. It has inspired more truly great works of art than any other table condiment

The Arctic Monkeys, Richard Hawley and producer Toddla T all love the Relish so much they had their own special edition labels commissioned.

Hawley even launched his debut solo album by holding a free gig at the factory.

And the iconic bottle design and bright orange label has become the focus for countless painters, including Kid Acne and local cartoonist legend Pete McKee.

8. These guys wrote a SONG about it, for goodness sake

CAUTION: Contains a lot of strong, northern language.

9. It inspired this excellent edit to the Lea & Perrin’s Wikipedia page

10. Nick Clegg understands the importance of the “Hendo’s vote”

In the middle of one of the biggest scandals in the history of the Liberal Democrats, he basically said “BRB… someone’s being mean about Henderson’s Relish!” - and drafted a strongly worded response.

11. It’s the one thing EVERYONE in Sheffield can basically agree on.

In a city divided by football, politics, wealth and deprivation - Sheffield is genuinely united in the belief that Hendo’s is the greatest substance in the universe.

So now you understand why Mr Dowd can expect a lot of this from the good folk of the Steel City

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