Vip Preview at Turtle Bay, Northampton
This week I was lucky enough to be invited to the Preview evening at the new Turtle Bay Restaurant in Northampton. The Restaurant officially opens on 24th September. This was an opportunity to go along and see what the restaurant had to offer. I love Caribbean food so was really excited to see what they would do and how authentic it would be.
There has been a £800k investment in the restaurant, creating 50 new jobs for Northampton town centre and you can really tell how much work has been put in. As soon as we got there we were emersed in the Caribbean theme. They have based the restaurant on a beach shack style. It’s bright and vibrant and so much fun. There are fairy lights hung all over the front of the restaurant and painted wood which really gives the whole place a relaxed, holiday feel.
There is a large bar at the front so if you just want to nip in to enjoy some cocktails during their happy hour which runs from 11.30am-7pm and then starts again at 10pm you don’t have to go in just to eat. They have a huge cocktail and soft drink menu and the bar is stocked with 40 different types of Rum!
We were seated at the bar and offered an array of different cocktails to choose from. I’m not a huge fan of Rum, which isn’t great in a Caribbean Restaurant but they were more than happy to swap the Rum for Gin or other spirits in the cocktails if you wanted. Mr do you cruise was driving so stuck to the soft drink. But that didn’t seem to be a problem as there were so many to choose from and they were all served in the cutest little bottles. My favourite cocktail was the Bay Bramble with I chose to have with gin, it was delicious. So I stuck with that for the rest of the evening.
While we were at the bar, the waiters brought round platters of their most popular starters. there were meat, fish and vegetarian options. I loved the jerk chicken wings and the prawns, but in all honesty, everything I tried was lovely and it was really nice to be able to sit at the bar and enjoy the atmosphere of the restaurant for a while.
We were then shown to a table and were told that we would first be given different types of curries to try. We tried a couple of different vegetarian curries. They were really tasty. They aren’t the type of thing I would normally order so it was nice to be able to try something different. I loved the way they were served in metal bowls as they are part of the one pot section of the menu.
We then had the salad course where were given a few different types of salads from the menu to try as much as we wanted. I loved the Rainbow salad. It was delicious and looked so pretty, which always helps.
The last savoury course was Jerk Chicken. They brought whole jerk chickens out to the tables with various sauces and coleslaw. It was served on large boards and looked really impressive. It really did taste as good as it looked. It wasn’t too spicy and for me was just the right heat. There were different sauces that you could choose from, including sweet to really spicy so you could make it as hot as you wanted to.
Finally, we were presented with dessert platters so we could try a bit of everything. This included chocolate brownies, banana and toffee cheesecake and passion fruit meringue pie, which was definitely my favourite.
The food was amazing and cocktails were lovely. The staff were brilliant even though as some of them told us, it was their first day. They were all really professional and helpful and couldn’t do enough to make out evening perfect. We will definitely be going back once the restaurant properly opens, such a relaxing fun way to spend an evening.
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