Some fans might not relish the prospect, but they’d better believe it.
The end of an era is nigh for one of Sheffield’s best-loved products.
Production of Henderson’s Relish has upped sticks from its home in the city centre – near to where the first bottle of Yorkshire’s spicy sauce was first bottled more than 100 years ago – to a business park.
Manufacturers have moved from their humble red-brick building behind West Street to a state-of-the-art unit at Sheffield Parkway Business Park.
Bosses say the new modern facilities are necessary to meet growing demand for the condiment.
Nick Gillott, director at JF Finnegan which owns Sheffield Parkway Business Park, said: “The long-term vision for the site was to accommodate a range of manufacturing and industrial operations. With the letting to Henderson’s Relish we are cementing this vision and it is entirely fitting to have a company with so much local history.
“We are delighted to be welcoming the team behind the famous relish to join our tenant mix.”
Henderson’s began life at 35 Broad Lane in the late 19th century and it has been in uninterrupted production at Gell Street off Hanover Way, within half a mile of that building, ever since.
The new factory – a double hybrid unit covering 5,000 square feet, will join WH Smith, Ferrari Pistons Services and Costco on the business park.
It is still unclear what will become of the original premises, but the news may come as a blow to the traditionalist Henderson’s hardcore.
For many, a love of the sauce is as synonymous with Sheffield as the steel industry and it is regularly namechecked by Sheffield’s great and good.
In a recent interview with The Guardian’s music section, Arctic Monkey Matt Helders asked a journalist: “Do you know what Henderson’s Relish is? It’s like Worcester Sauce but a million times better.”