Last week, my sister was visiting and we went to Sheffield, our home town, to do some shopping, including a trip to the headquarters of Henderson's Relish to buy an apron. Henderson's Relish is a Sheffield speciality - a spicy sauce based on vinegar and tamarind, amongst other things. I remember it from my childhood when a favourite meal was hash with relish. (Those were simpler days when 'hash' just meant 'stew'.)
The headquarters is in an old house, now surrounded by university buildings. The 'shop', which sells aprons and similar merchandise, is just a corner of the office, next to a display of old relish bottles - I think most of the sales are over the internet and they don't really expect people to arrive on the doorstep. (You have to ring the doorbell to be let in, for one thing.)
Henderson's Relish marginally appeared in the national press a few years ago when The Guardian recommended it as a vegetarian substitute for Worcestershire sauce (which contains anchovies). Even so, most people who don't come from Sheffield have never heard of it. So a Henderson's Relish apron tells people in the know that you have Sheffield connections.
|A table decoration in a Sheffield bar|