Turtle Bay

Manchester’s new Caribbean restaurant - let the carnival commence! It's all about rum, reggae and jerk this spring…

By Lee Isherwood | 30 April 2014

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Caribbean restaurant and bar, Turtle Bay, is set to open its doors in Manchester this May, 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.


Turtle Bay is a democratic destination – CEOs are as welcome as students. Its accessible, its casual and its real, authentic Caribbean food.

The £1m, 8000 square foot Manchester development will be located on Oxford Street in the site previously occupied by Alibi Bar. The operation will create 70 jobs. It will feature a 250 cover restaurant space, a large central island bar and indoor ‘veranda’ style drinking spaces – the venue is designed to encourage long, lazy lunches, as well as high octane parties with plenty of space for everything in between!

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 30 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 is 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.

Ajith Jayawickrema, Turtle Bay Founder, commented:
“We can’t wait to throw the doors open to Manchester! Turtle Bay is about great food and good times, simple as that. We think the people of Manchester will love what we have to offer, as it’s a city known for its no nonsense approach to high quality food and drink, and of course one that knows how to have a good time! We think we’ll fit in well in our new home”

Turtle Bay Restaurant and Bar is set to open on 30th May 2014.

33-35 Oxford Street. M14 BH