Turtle Bay - The Launch Party

The Carnival has commenced! Turtle Bay celebrated its opening last week with a bash that captured all the passion, vibrancy and most importantly drinking of the Caribbean.

By Lee Isherwood | 5 June 2014

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It’s all about rum, reggae and jerk this summer in Manchester… The Carnival has commenced! Turtle Bay celebrated its opening last week with a bash that captured all the passion, vibrancy and most importantly drinking of the Caribbean.


The city’s revelers got very much into the groove as a thronging restaurant sang along to music from reggae bands Troy Ellis and Hail Jamaica, as well as Laid Blak. Originally a 9pm stop on the free drinks the owners decided to take it one step further and keep the bar open free all night. Needless to say the announcement went down well!

Turtle Bay is the city’s first Caribbean restaurant, bringing a brand new, loud, proud Caribbean dining and drinking experience to the city. The restaurant and bar celebrates the lively, colourful, soulful and, above all, delicious experiences that the Caribbean has to offer – from explosive flavours to laid back ‘liming’. Their mission? To capture the spirit of celebration that the Caribbean is famed for around the globe – making customers happy by delivering a hedonistic combination of joyous food, delightful drinks and a fun, laidback atmosphere.

So after such an epic launch, what is it all about. They list it out as follows:


Authentic, delicious food…
Food is at the heart of the Turtle Bay experience – just like its central to the heart and soul of Caribbean culture. An eclectic cuisine that is influenced by a rich tapestry of ethnicities, the food at Turtle Bay offers a vast choice of bold flavours and rustic authentic dishes, all inspired by the laid back, social outlook of the Caribbean.

The menu is brimming with zesty flavours and spicy hues – there’s plenty to share or dig into alone. The offering includes ‘Cutters’ (inspired by Beach Shacks and Street Hawkers of the Caribbean Islands – perfect for sharing over cocktails); the Jerk BBQ Pit (which is exactly as fiery as it sounds); ‘One Pots’ (rich, slowly simmered and uniquely Caribbean) and Lunch and Light (a briefer encounter with the Caribbean). Signature dishes include Jerk Pit ribs, Turtle Bay Patties, Trini Doubles and Blue Mountain Curry Goat.

This is fuss-free soul food for individuals that love, and live, to eat!

Cool, Creative Cocktails…
Inspired by a culture that brought us Bob Marley, the cocktail list at Turtle Bay is as cool and credible as you’d expect. Naturally, rum is at the heart of the cocktail list (with 40 to choose from including Blackwell Rum by Chris Blackwell of Island Records fame).

Classic cocktails are given a Turtle Bay twist (The Marley Mojito – incorporating ginger beer and water melon), whilst signature cocktails include the infamous Reggae Rum Punch (Wray & nephew, strawberry liqueur, fresh lime, orange & pineapple).

Good Vibes…
The Turtle Bay service is friendly, fun and uncomplicated.
The team has been selected after a rigorous ‘audition’ process – from psychometric tests to limbo dancing! The Turtle Bay ethos is that the people must be as passionate about the product as its creators – customers can expect a warm welcome from a team who love what they do.

The restaurant and bar welcomes ‘walk ins’ and takes reservations. Customers are just as welcome for drinks as they are the full dining experience. For reservations call 0161 236 4101