Make mine a pint! Fans of Sheffield sauce Henderson’s Relish will be able to drink in a new experience – as the product’s former home on Leavygreave Road is set to be transformed into a pub.
The iconic site’s planned new use has been revealed weeks after the University of Sheffield purchased the building from the Church Burgess Trust and pledged to keep it open to the public.
A competition for architects to come up with a design will now be held and work is expected to start next year – although it is not yet clear when the pub will open or what it will be called.
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Pamela Freeman, managing director of Henderson’s, which is now based at a complex off The Parkway, said memorabilia from the company’s history would be displayed in the venue when it opened.
She added: “We’re thrilled to be working with the university to keep the spirit of Henderson’s alive and are looking forward to displaying some of the company’s history within the new pub.
“This is a wonderful tribute to the importance of the Henderson’s brand to the city and we can’t wait to see the results of the design competition.”
The university says it will work closely with the Henderson’s team to convert the building, which will retain its famous front and side signage. The site closed two years ago when staff moved out of the headquarters.
It is now hoped the pub will form part of the university’s new city centre campus.
Some initial impressions of how the pub might look have been developed, but project leaders want architects to design a contemporary development which maximises the use and potential of the space while retaining the original house at its centre.
“We know how much the old Henderson’s building means to the people of Sheffield,” said Keith Lilley, director of estates and facilities management at the university.
“We’re delighted to have the chance to develop the building out into something which our staff, students and the local community can really enjoy.
“An important part of our campus masterplan is to open up the university spaces for everyone – not just for our own students and staff,” he added.
Meanwhile, the sold-out Henderson’s Relish Cook Book has also been reprinted and new copies have hit the shelves this week.
The book features more than 35 recipes using the sauce, from classic shepherd’s pie to swede and celeriac pakoras, and delves into the 130-year history of the relish.
It costs £16.95 and is available from Waterstones, Amazon and Henderson’s Relish at www.hendersonsrelish.co.uk