Monday, February 15

Turtle Bay Newcastle: Review

Heyyyy, heyyy, heyyyy! How are we all? First of all I would like to apologise for my lack of blog posts recently. I have been so busy and haven't had time to sit down and ramble away behind my laptop. It's now half term and if you didn't know already, I am a primary school teacher so I have this week off to chill. Yeyyy!! I will be trying to upload a post a day this week so keep an eye out. 

What better way to start half term then having food and drinks with my bestie Sarah (who is also a teacher) at a brand new restaurant in Newcastle called 'Turtle Bay'. I have been for cocktails before at 'Turtle Bay' in York but I have never tried their food menu. I couldn’t wait to get booked in when hearing that there was one coming to Newcastle. Turtle Bay opened to the public on the 9th of February and I was lucky enough to get a table on the 11th

Turtle Bay is a cocktail bar and restaurant with beach shack décor, Caribbean twist pop tunes and as you can probably guess Caribbean food.

Myself and my friend were greeted at the front of the restaurant by a very friendly man who kindly asked us where we would like to sit. We choose to sit at the back of the restaurant next to the beach shack décor which I can add looks amazing.

The menu is heavily seasoned with dishes that use Jamaican Jerk so if you like spice food this restaurant is definitely for you. As the restaurant has just opened, the staff members must be still getting used to the menu. We asked for a few recommendations and the waitress seemed to only mention some of the toasted sandwiches which we weren’t very keen on, as we were looking for something a bit bigger with it been an evening meal.

After browsing the menu for a few minutes, of course we ordered a few cocktails to start our night off. We went for the ‘Bay Bramble’ and ‘Strawberry Daiquiri’. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of the cocktails but I promise they looked and tasted yum. We couldn’t get them down fast enough…teacher life eh?!  Cocktails are £6.95 each however if you choose to visit during happy hour (before 7 and after 10) you will received 2 - 4 – 1 on any cocktails. Dreamy deal!

We both decided to go for a starter. I went for the duck rolls and Sarah went for the chilli fried squid. We both literally couldn’t fault them, the portions were huge and both tasted delicious.

For main we went for the BBQ Pork Belly and Mo Bay Chicken both served with Caribbean slaw and sweet potato fries. All dishes are served with the choice of rice ‘n’ peas, sweet potato mash, sweet potato fries, spiced fries or a beach salad. 

I have to admit we were both quite full after our starters but we powered through as the food was very tasty, both having a little spicy kick. 

The Caribbean tunes in the restaurant really give a great atmosphere and made our evening even more enjoyable (we couldn't help but sing along). I will be definitely coming back to 'Turtle Bay' for food as I couldn't fault the food portions or taste. I have already planned to go for cocktails with the girls soon as the sitting area around the bar looks as inviting as the cocktail menu.

If your wanting somewhere new to try in Newcastle or visiting for the weekend, I promise 'Turtle Bay' won't disappoint. It is just along from the 'Gate' on Newgate Street which is very central in town. 

Do you like spicy food?

What do you think of the beach shack look?

Please comment below, I would love to hear from you.

Much love

A x


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