Brisbane’s heritage-listed Tattersall’s Club will unveil a new contemporary dining experience this May when it launches The Conservatory in its biggest redevelopment in more than two decades.
A tantalising twist on tradition, The Conservatory promises light bites, shared plates and exotic flavours set to the backdrop of a sunlit and spacious new 100-seat dining precinct.
Tattersall’s Club President Michael Paramor AM said The Conservatory would not only expand the cuisine on offer at the Club, it would also create a more fluid and accessible culinary option to suit Members’ lifestyles.
“It will be a less formal destination that will suit Members who want a quality dining experience but may not have time for a long gathering,” Mr Paramor said.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Conservatory can elevate Members’ everyday breakfast meeting, coffee catch-up, lunch, or afternoon drinks enjoyed over shared plates.
Mr Paramor said the name The Conservatory captured the essence of the new experience for Members.
“We chose the name because it’s being built in the space that was a sunlit annex to the 1926 heritage building,” he said.
“This space naturally encapsulates the fresh, light, friendly ambience that characterises The Conservatory.
“This is the largest investment the Club has made in the last 25 years dedicated purely to enhancing Members’ experiences.”
Atop the corner of Queen and Edward Streets, the Level 2 space became The Healy Room in the 1990s and also housed the O’Duffy Library, Member Services and administrative areas which have been relocated within the Club.
The Conservatory also features a 26-seat private dining room that will become an ideal gathering place for large groups including corporate teams that can utilise in-room technology.
Other features include two private telephone booths, new amenities, and a larger state-of-the-art kitchen that will service the entire Club.
“We’ve outgrown the kitchen since the 1990s so we took the opportunity to expand the facilities and give our chefs the space they need to showcase their expanded repertoire,” Mr Paramor said.
Tattersall’s Club also took a considered approach to its design and décor, with The Conservatory being crafted almost exclusively from Queensland and Australian-made materials.
Local fixtures include Australian hand-blown glass light pendants to Blackbutt wooden flooring from regional Queensland – and almost everything in between.
“As Queensland’s leading private Club, it was important to us that almost everything in the room was locally sourced and made to support local industries,” Mr Paramor said.
The President said ‘Members of today and Members of tomorrow’ were looking forward to the new dining experience.
“Our Members’ palates have changed and their dining preferences have changed and we’re changing in line with that,” Mr Paramor said.
Mr Paramor said the Club was listening to Members who, in 2018, voted in favour of a more contemporary dining precinct to complement the Club’s iconic heritage spaces.
The redevelopment also reflects the Club’s recent progressions with a renewed acquisition focus including a major growth spurt in 2021 with younger and more diverse Members joining.
And while a new modern Member experience is on the way, Tattersall’s will simultaneously take its traditions to new heights.
“In tandem with unveiling our contemporary space, we will also elevate the Members’ Dining Room to an exquisite new level of ‘old world’ fine dining, expanding opening hours and breathing new life into what has always been a Member favourite,” Mr Paramor said.
Building began for The Conservatory over Christmas, and the precinct is on track to open in early May 2022. Bookings will open in the near future.