It’s always interesting asking local business operators how they ended up…
It’s been 6 years since Nick and Kimberly Widley took over the ownership of what was called ‘Cod & Lobster Brassarie’, now named ‘Mama Cod’. Located at the iconic part of our city right opposite the church steps, there’s plenty to learn about the history of this place.
Tatton’s is an exciting new Cocktail Saloon that is located above Mama Cod Restaurant. The intimate style venue is perfect for a sneaky Whiskey or Cocktail. Overlooking the top of Trafalgar Street. It’s exclusive and out of the way, with limited seating and dark moody design that inspires quality conversation and connection, making it very inviting.
“When we started our Hospitality adventures we were new parents, starting our family and used this space for both storage and so the kids could have somewhere to play while we did the lunch service downstairs. It’s always had a homely feel and now that the kids are grown up we decided to utilise this space for our guests.” says Nick.
Imagine leather Chesterfield couches surrounded by dark, moody colours with classic furniture. There are 26 seats available all laid out in an intimate manner. Pockets of light flood in through the glass windows and you can get a great view looking down over Trafalgar Street and the Cathedral gardens. The cocktails are twists on classics and the house specials are served right there on your table.
The name Tatton’s came about after some research about the man who built the original building. Mr J.W Tatton arrived on the Nelson scene in 1884 and was Nelsons’ leading Dentist. He worked downstairs and lived with his family in the upstairs area. He was very innovative and had the first electric drill and he also made his own Nitrous Oxide gas (aka Laughing Gas) for sedation and pain relief.
The building has housed a wide range of organisations including Accountants, Lawyers, Waimea Council offices and was known by many as ‘The Smythes Building’. Mr J.W Tatton’s great – his grandchildren became practising dentists and live on the north island, and they were thrilled to have their family name attached to this space.
“The Tatton’s – an out of time cocktail saloon concept started with a group of our local customers suggesting the idea and they set up a give a little page to help raise some funds. The idea grew organically and our guests love it. Our landlord has also been very supportive and we’ve worked hard to keep the historic feel.” says Nick.
“It’s not an exclusive club, however, we do have a membership option available so regular patrons can get extra value. We operate on a first-come-first-served basis. Diners from Mama Cod can put their name down and get first in line when a table becomes available. At the moment we are open Friday and Saturday evenings till late, with plans to increase our service hours later in the year.”
We do have a nibbles style menu which can be ordered from Downstairs, and in time this will expand. Often our customers say, “I’m here to see the Dentist?” It’s code for wanting to go upstairs.
Visit the website for more information www.mamacod.restaurant/tattons
300 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
Call 03 5464 300