This is not a blog post about how sublime the smoked salmon from the Norwegian smokehouse in Hackney is. Nor is it to tell you about the opening times or the last order date before Christmas.
Hansen & Lydersen has had an incredible journey from its humble begins in the courtyard of a derelict building in Stoke Newington – and straight off to a flying start onto the London food scene, loved by foodies and the media alike. Last Christmas saw an all time high for the little smokehouse. The orders sky rocketed whilst the chief smoker Ole worked hard to stay true to his humble beginnings, his grandfathers recipe and never to compromise on quality.
It’s our understanding that Hansen & Lydersen has been closed for most parts of 2017. And it’s also our understanding that it at some point will re-open, only to be able to continue to deliver the best smoked salmon there ever was. But we’ve had no information that it is ready to re-open for this Christmas.
So in other words, there will be no smoked salmon for Christmas of 2017. And we know and we agree, there’s no other brand that quite deliver the same quality. But once in a while it’s for the best and necessary for a small independent start up to take a break, recharge the batteries and re-evaluate the strategi, only to return in a even better format – so we all, once again can enjoy our smoked salmon for Christmas, for years to come.
A bit sentimental this post, I know.
The short version? There will be no smoked salmon for Christmas – full stop.
We’ve loved the smoked salmon from Ole, and we count Ole as one of our friends, after our first meeting in april 2011. How time flies…
As soon as there’s an update from Hansen & Lydersen, you’d be the first ones to know!