The Henderson Gallery - situated behind the main restaurant

The Henderson Gallery

The Henderson Gallery is available for rent.

The Henderson Gallery Future

We are considering the longer term way forward for the Henderson Gallery. Anyone interested in renting the space medium or longer term should contact us. The Henderson outlets, e-letter list and other benefits could be available to assist any project. Catering would of course also be available.

We are open to suggestions for medium term commercial usage of the space - if you are interested in this unique opportunity, please contact Henderson's General Manager, Matthew Halsall, on

The Janet and Mac Gallery - Situated in the main restaurant


The Janet and Mac Gallery was officially opened by Richard Demarco, CBE, in 2008 in honour of the visionary founders of Henderson's Restaurant, in whose upper area it is situated. The couple, whose portraits by the noted Scottish artist William Crosbie can be seen at the entrance to the Gallery, were truly ahead of their time when in 1962 Janet opened first a farm shop, and then the restaurant which is synonymous the world over with Scottish vegetarian cuisine. In all this she was ably supported by farmer husband Mac who, by the time he died early in 2009 at the age of 101 had become the oldest international in the history of Rugby Union.

Mac and Demarco Mac and Demarco

The couple were also enthusiastic supporters of the arts - the clearest indication of this being the much-praised mural they commissioned from artist Ken Wolverton which adorns Henderson's Wine Bar - and so an art gallery seemed an entirely fitting tribute. In addition Henderson's has always been extremely popular with artists, writers, actors and musicians, something that continues to this day. You never quite know who you might see in Henderson's, but whoever it is you can be sure the Gallery will provide a congenial backdrop.

The current show is 'Scenes From a Life' by Roddy Martine.

As a young journalist one of the first pieces of advice Roddy Martine was given was to be sure and carry a camera with him at all times. It was advice he followed, and this exhibition draws together snapshots of some of the characters he has photographed over the years.

We use the word 'snapshots' in deference to Roddy's own modest insistence that he was merely a hobby photographer. These extraordinary images of some of the most recognisable faces of the past 40 years show that he was far better than that, with a quick, keen eye and an instinctive grasp of what makes for a great portrait.

The Henderson Gallery, the precursor to the Janet and Mac Gallery, is situated around the corner from Henderson's Restaurant in Thistle Street Lane. It is home to a regularly changing programme of the very best contemporary art from at home and abroad, along with gallery talks, poetry readings and other events. 54 square metres of light filled space it is available for hire for all kinds of corporate and private occasions. For all enquiries please call 0131 225 7464 or email

Meanwhile, if you would like to find out more about the fascinating lives of Janet and Mac Henderson, their biographies can be found here.