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About Us

Nana Fanny’s is named after Ivans grandmother, who, according to family legend, had a barrow on Brick Lane and a stable on Hanbury St.
From there, she brined beef as a method of preservation and to tenderise the meat.
She passed her recipes down to her daughter Sarah who carried on the family tradition. Based in East London, they were both market traders and keen cooks. During World War 2, Sarah brined beef following the techniques taught to her from her mother, the legendary Nana Fanny.
Ivan was born in 1944. Like his parents, he also had a keen interest in food and quickly became a London chef. He took the family recipe and modernised it becoming the 3rd generation of salt beef briners.
Following in his mothers’ footsteps, he and his wife Sandra became market traders continuing the Lester tradition for great Jewish soul food.
Born in 1969, Andrew is the fourth generation of Salt Beef purveyors bringing with him his own modernisations.
You’ll often find him behind the stall, serving and telling stories of his great grandmother, Nana Fanny.
Our menu is heavily influenced by our childhood and holiday favourites, from the East End of London to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem which is a melting pot of food and cultural diversities.
Falafel, hummus, fried cauliflower, sharing plates and vegetables with amazing sauces and dips. Salads dressed in simple oils and lemon. Pickled vegetables with the inclusion of beetroot often to create a vibrant pink colour seen throughout the middle east and of course Salt Beef brined, cooked and nurtured by us for 4 generations.

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