The legend that is Tubby Isaacs has passed into history -
Isaacs famous jellied eel stall stood on the corner of Goulston Street
but, alas, is no more.
The business was founded in 1919 by ‘Tubby’ Isaac Brenner
and gained a reputation as the East End supplier of choice for
slippery jellied eels to the masses. Tubby emigrated to the USA in
1938 and the business was taken over by his assistant Solly
Gritzman who had begun his career on the stall at the age of 11.
Solly died at the age of 73 in 1982 and was succeeded by
his nephew Ted. Ted’s
son Paul started working on the stall in 1989 but has finally
called it a day as an unstoppable tide of pizzas, curries and
burgers have taken over as the fast food of choice for the East
End cockney. A little known fact is that Tubby Isaacs was once
under the authority of the Kashrus Commission - sort of - because
many years ago their Goulston Street office was directly above Tubby’s stall.
Goodbye Tubby, perhaps the 20th century’s greatest Jew!
Lovely jellied eels courtesy of
Tubby Isaacs...yum, yum!