For over one hundred years, the name Tyrrells was synonymous with Southampton, an ever-present on Above Bar Street through times of prosperity and adversity. Opened in 1897, Tyrrell and Green was one of Southampton’s most famous department store names renowned for its quality and service, with a proudly local Southampton twist.
In early 2018 the grand old name will return to Above Bar Street in an exciting new partnership between NST City and Mettricks. Reinterpreted, but with the very same principles at heart – quality and service – Tyrrells will bring the finest local food and drink and speciality coffee to the heart of Southampton’s new Cultural Quarter, overlooking Guildhall Square.
A restaurant, a bar, a café.
A restaurant that takes inspiration from the finest locally sourced food from around our county served with our city’s best hospitality at heart.
A bar that serves up beers from some of our city’s most exciting breweries alongside fine wines and crafted cocktails.
A café that serves Mettricks coffee and the finest loose teas alongside home-made cakes, afternoon teas and light bites.
All within a landmark building overlooking the stunning Guildhall Square and central parks, whilst neighbouring one of the most exciting theatre developments in the UK, NST City.
Tyrrells will be open every day, for exceptional food, a coffee with a view, a post work drink or as an accompaniment to visiting the theatre. We look forward to welcoming the people of, and visitors to Southampton in February 2018.
Spencer Bowman, Founder and Managing Director of Mettricks Hospitality, said, “As we approach the launch of the most exciting cultural space to come to Southampton this century I am thrilled that Tyrrells has been chosen to be NST City’s restaurant partner, overlooking the stunning Guildhall Square. As a proudly local hospitality business with a real commitment to quality, hospitality and our city community, I feel a very real responsibility to live up to the famous Tyrrells name. We aspire to create one of our city’s landmark restaurants and bars befitting the location – as well as bringing Mettricks speciality coffee.”
Jay Geddes, Head Chef of Tyrrells, said, “I feel very privileged to be leading the food team as we launch Tyrrells. Having grown up locally I have a strong affinity with the city and I am passionate about bringing great food to the area. Dining is all about trust, the customer comes to us trusting we will give them an amazing experience. I take it very personally. Our aim is to give the most complete experience we can to each and every single person that we serve. At Tyrrells we will be using quality local produce, to create delicious dishes.”
Sam Hodges, Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, said, “Reconnecting communities with the rich heritage of this city is very important to us as storytellers and theatre-makers. The launch of Tyrrells on the original site of one of Southampton’s landmark institutions from the past as part of what we hope will be one of its landmark institutions of the future feels absolutely right. We couldn’t be more delighted to be partnering with Spencer and his Mettricks group on this bold new venture.”