Deb's Delicatessen, Gardner Street

History of this place

Chosen by Geoff Mead, local historian

Deb's Deli was originally a post-war store that sold Kosher food. At that time Gardner Street had two way traffic and life was chaotic on busy days. There was a milliner's, dry cleaner's and sweet shop opposite with a gent's hosiery at No. 5 and a jeweller's at No. 3.

In 1950, Deb's parents bought the shop and it became a grocer's. Then TESCO opened a supermarket with an ugly facade further down Gardner Street and Deb was almost forced out of business but she never gave up and converted the shop into the delicatessen we see today.

The large variety of home made snacks from sausage rolls and cheese cakes to lutkas and bagels have added colour and aromas to the street for the last thirteen years. The street becomes a pedestrian way on Saturdays and although it is really busy, it is a joy to work in.

This page was added on 22/03/2006.
Comments about this page
This lovely deli is now known as Hells Kitchen, selling similar and better foods.
By Jason (23/02/2004)

My Great-Grandparents, HerbertĀ and Daisy Cassey, owned the gent's hosiery at No.5 Gardner Street. Their name still partly remains in the blackĀ and white tiles outside the shop, but the 'C' is missing, so unfortunately reads 'assey'! I'm interested to know if there are any photos of this shop?

By Sue Thorpe (11/06/2008)

My Grandparents owned a greengrocers along Gardner Street. Does anyone have any photos please?

By Anthony Silverthorne (09/08/2009)

I believe Hell's Kitchen is the same family as Deb's Deli. Does anyone remember the Cork Shop in Gardner Street?

By Richard Payne (25/11/2009)

Does anyone remember an odd, chaotic little shop called '10,000 Valves'? It was on or near a corner - I think possibly in Gardner Street / North Road, or somewhere nearby. I bought a large box full of old valves for my boyfriend at the time for Xmas 1969- he was into that sort of thing.

By Diana Lambing (23/05/2010)

Yes I remember the cork shop, I also have memories of the egg shop and a shop with a great smell that sold many bags of different coffees. Coffee shops- they'll never catch on in Brighton.

By Michael Walsh (12/09/2010)

I have just posted around 70 images of the Cork shops interior on a picasa album - they are here:

By David parfitt (19/11/2010)