New Leek Deli Is Extremely Popular

This new North Staffordshire deli is so popular it sold out of sandwiches on its first day.

A husband and wife duo have opened a grab-and-go deli after launching a food delivery service during lockdown.

Jessica and Chris Gallagher opened Gallagher’s Deli and Kitchen in the market town of Leek on Thursday, October 15, serving a range of fresh, handcrafted sandwiches.

The pair married in 2019, and were set to start new jobs in March, but plans were blighted by the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving them stuck for work.

They put their combined 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry to fantastic use and launched Gallagher’s Home Kitchen in March, serving their community restaurant quality food to their doors as part of their ‘supper club’.

Jessica, aged 28, said: “Gallagher’s Home Kitchen served a different menu each night and the community loved it – opening the deli and kitchen just seemed like a natural next step.

“The concept is grab-and-go, with good coffee, local produce and easy food. Peoples’ lives are so fast paced and some don’t feel comfortable in a restaurant setting yet, so this is ideal and something that appeals to our lifestyle.”

The Grade II listed building on St Edwards Street was a bakehouse in the 50s, but more recently served as a clothing store, before being taken over by the Gallaghers.

Jessica added: “Chris is a fantastic chef bringing lots of flavour using local produce. All the retail items are local and the bread is from Live Love Loaf, in Leek, too. It’s so great to be working as a team, and other local independents have been so supportive.”