Turtle Bay comes to town!

Turtle Bay comes to town!

On Wednesday I was exclusively invited to Middlesbrough’s new upcoming Caribbean Restaurant: Turtle Bay to try their food and drinks menu and let me tell you, its worth the visit!

I arrived along with some fellow North East bloggers and we were greeted to cocktails on arrival. I just love the exotic feel to the place, with reggae art work, pastel interior and twinkle lights – it sure has an amazing atmosphere.

The staff were so friendly and we couldn’t have asked for a better service. The drinks were constantly flowing and let me tell you, their cocktails are bangin’. I tried 4 different concoctions with different flavoured rums and they were soo refreshing. Turtle Bay stock around 40 different types of rum from around the world so they definitely know a thing or two on what works.

So shall we get onto the food?

Turtle Bay comes to town!Turtle Bay comes to town!Turtle Bay comes to town!

Turtle Bay treated us to practically the whole menu. We got to try their traditional dishes from curries, vegetarian platters to their Jerk chicken.

So for our first meal we got a vegetarian platter and for me, it was interesting to try a cuisine I’ve not really tired before. I’m not really good with spicy foods but it was good to get out of my comfort zone and take the plunge. Most of the food contained a mango or pineapple glaze, so definitely cools it down. The Sweet Corn Fritters were my favourite out of the platter, a little bit like onion bhaji’s but sooo much nicer!

The other platter contained steak ribs with an orange chutney and coconut jerk glaze and the Jerk chicken wings. Now these were yummy, like an explosion of flavours!

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The next two courses were a vegetarian and beef curry followed by a full Jerk Chicken with… Sweet potato fries!

I’m such a fan of sweet potato fries and these were so yummy. I’m not a vegetarian but I actually preferred that curry to the beef version. It contained Butter beans, corn cob, carrots, sweet potato, coconut milk, herbs & spices.

Oh and for cocktails I definitely recommend trying the Jumbled Julep with white rum, Passoa, fresh strawberries with mint and apple. It was so refreshing and the Passionfruit Mojito – says it all really!

Turtle Bay comes to town!Turtle Bay comes to town!Turtle Bay comes to town!

Oh and now for the best part. The guys treated us all to a dish not available on the menu.. Parmo! For any of you who doesn’t know this dish, it’s basically a local delicacy with Chicken breast topped with breadcrumbs with bechamel sauce and cheese. So when they made this especially for us bloggers, it was a real treat. I hope they add this to their menu!

The dessert platter as well, wow! It featured pineapple, Banoffee Cheesecake JUST look at the toffee sauce! Chocolate Brownies which was definitely the favourite on our table, Rum and Raisin Bread pudding and a passionfruit meringue cake.

I couldn’t believe the variety of food here, there’s definitely something here for everyone and if you don’t do spice there’s milder options on the menu such as barbecue sauce flavouring. A place that does 2-for-1 cocktails as well is always a bonus and I can already see this being a go-to place for food and drinks before a night out.

Turtle Bay comes to town!

Thank you Turtle Bay for inviting me to the launch night, I really enjoyed the event and the atmosphere was great. I can see it being a huge hit in my local town, I’ll definitely be coming back for more!

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  1. Paige clews
    21 April 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Aww you lucky lady getting invited to the VIP night I can’t wait to go it all looks lovely I think it’s going to a hit for Middlesbrough in a good centre location xxx

  2. Megan mccoig
    21 April 2017 / 3:35 pm

    I’ve been hearing a lot about this restaurant and I want to visit so so bad. The food and drinks, so me! I gotta find one close by and go!

    • 1 May 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Ah you need to Meg, it’s definitely worth a visit!

  3. 21 April 2017 / 3:49 pm

    Ahh that’s amazing that you got to go! I love Turtle Bay, and the cocktails are amazing!! Looks like you had such a lush time xxx

  4. 21 April 2017 / 4:02 pm

    Omg wow it looks amazing! My boyfriend has always wanted to take me to turtle bay and now I can see why!! Maybe we’ll have to take a trip soon 👀👏🏼

  5. Sophie in Wonderland xo
    21 April 2017 / 4:39 pm

    I lovee turtle bay there is one here in Nottingham! the cocktails are amazing especially when they’re on offer and the food is so so good! fab review xx

    • 1 May 2017 / 9:17 pm

      The cocktails are so yummy! Thanks lovely xx

  6. 21 April 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Fab post Beth – seeing all your pics of the food is making me hungry!! Turtle Bay is definitely one of my fav places now 🙂

    Kirsty xx

    • 1 May 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks Kirsty! Haha i know we’ll have to go again soon xx

  7. LuxeStyle
    22 April 2017 / 3:18 pm

    I can’t eat spicy food either, which is such a shame! Glad you had a fab time x


  8. 22 April 2017 / 9:41 pm

    I loved this post! Turtle Bay cocktails are my favourite 🙂 So exciting that you got to try it first hand xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    • 1 May 2017 / 9:26 pm

      It sure was, I know I loved how bright and rustic it was! xx

  9. 9 May 2017 / 11:05 pm

    Looks like a lovely restaurant and great food. I was intrigued to read since I am off to the Caribbean in a few weeks and realised I had no idea what type of food they had there, pleased to know the jerk chicken isn’t just a jamaica thing woop woop. Am a bit worried now about all of the pineapple things, I am not very good with pineapple and sometimes I get ill or a rash, it’s a confusing allergy, and come to think of it I am staying at a place called pineapple beach club…i might have to make a no pineapple sign with a red line through it and wear around my neck haha! xoxo

    • 14 May 2017 / 9:43 pm

      It sure was! Oh noo hopefully there’s plenty of places to go without pineapple on the menu. Haha aww I hope you have a lovely time 🙂 xxx

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