When the sunshine makes an appearance it’s only right to get out of the house and down to Turtle Bay for some cocktails and Caribbean food, right? The restaurant which opened in September last year has become a great hotspot for drinkers and foodies alike.
When you approach the ‘bay’ situated on the corner of Gold Street in the heart of Northampton town centre, you’re instantly invited into a warm and inviting restaurant. The establishment is bigger than expected and can easily seat parties, couples or friends with various seating options.
It’s always appreciated when the hen party are in one corner away from the other diners, little thoughts like this make for a good experience for all.
So to kick things off once you’ve been given a seat is of course, Happy Hour! Happy Hour at Turtle Bay is 241 cocktails available until 7pm EVERYDAY and from 9:30pm – close Sunday to Thursday and 10pm till – close Friday and Saturday. This must be the same cocktail served at the same time, however, go with a group of friends and you know what to do.
We can highly recommend the marley mojito, which includes Appleton Signature Rum, melon liqueur, fresh mint, lime juice, watermelon & ginger beer. A watermelon sweet cocktail, perfect on a day as hot as it was!
Onto the main event… the food! The menu is pretty extensive at Turtle Bay with something for everyone. If you’re not into spice then don’t worry, they’ve got you covered, likewise any vegetarians are covered here.
We got to experience the crispy chilli squid and duck rolls which were incredible. Both were really well flavoured, fresh from the kitchen and big portions! If you’re here for a couple of cocktails the starters which are named ‘cutters’ are inspired by street vendors in the Caribbean which means they’re perfect to order as nibbles or sharing plates.
The main course was braised pork belly and curry goat which went down a treat. The portions were well balanced against the starters and we did have to note that we never felt ‘over full’ which gives you a better experience if you don’t walk out regretting that last mouthful. We’ve all been there!
To get the real Turtle Bay experience it was only right to finish the food off with dessert. Their dessert menu is quite extensive and varied with hints of the Caribbean throughout. The Caymans upside down rum cake was a great take on the old school pineapple version with a real taste of rum throughout, they went generous on the booze! Highly recommended especially with the ice cream. The passion pie is as good as it sounds with pastry topped with passion curd, meringue and passion fruit sauce. For diners with a sweet tooth, you need to try this.
The Turtle Bay experience can be as easy as you want it to be. Their drinks menu is as large as the food options so whether its just a catch up with some friends over a cocktail or a birthday dinner, Turtle Bay is a fun option any time of the week.
The restaurant is situated at 2-6 Gold St, Northampton NN1 1RS and you can visit https://www.turtlebay.co.uk/locations/northampton/ to find out more and book a table!