Founded in 1895 in London’s famous Smithfield Market, Henson has a long and rich history in the meat industry and unrivalled expertise as a catering butcher.
The original Mr. Henson was one of the city’s major tripe and offal processors providing affordable sources of vital protein. Salt beef, a product that dates back to Tudor times, used beef soaked in barrels of brine and salt petre to preserve and tenderise it, before being sold to salt beef bars around London.
The rise of living standards post-war saw the demand for tripe and salt beef decline. In the 1970s, Hensons stopped tripe production and concentrated on expanding its butchery business and developing a commercial production technique to make a premium salt beef.
Out went cheap cuts of meat and barrels of brine. In came prime, grass-fed brisket and a delicate low-salt cure. Henson’s Famous Salt Beef was born. Today it can be found in restaurants and delis alongside the salt beef bars of London’s famous Brick Lane.
Henson's Salt Beef is supplied un-cooked - cured salt beef is available for customers to cook and prepare to their requirements.
Award winning salt beef!
Henson’s Salt Beef won in the Meat and Poultry category at The Caterer 2019 Product Excellence Awards. Henson’s Salt Beef has been a staple favourite in the capital’s restaurants and delis, as well as the salt beef bars of London’s famous Brick Lane, for many decades.