Are you sick of spending half your night out queuing at the bar for a drink? Well, you no longer need to as Turtle Bay have come up with the answer, a table service where cocktails are delivered to your own personal table all night. That’s right, you’ll waited on hand and foot and all you need do is decide which of their delicious cocktails you’ll have first.
|Cocktails at Turtle Bay, Manchester|
A fortnight ago I was invited to along to Turtle Bay on Manchester’s Oxford Street, courteously of We Blog North, to see for myself what they had to offer.
If you’re unfamiliar with Turtle Bay, then let me explain. They are Caribbean bar and restaurant chain with two in Manchester alone, one in the Northern Quarter and the other not far from St Peter’s Square tram stop. They serve Caribbean food inspired by beach shack and street vendors as well as cocktails, with rum making a frequent appearance.
You notice straight away as you walk in, the chilled, laid-back vibe. We were there on a Thursday night and there was a good mix of people, some for after-work drinks and others just relaxing in booths.
What is great about Turtle Bay’s table service is that not only don’t you have to rugby tackle your way to the bar but it also means you’re guaranteed a table, perfect for resting those tired, high-heeled feet after a good bogey on the dance floor. And I don’t know about it, but whenever I go on a night out, I always like to have somewhere to keep my bag and coat if I do hit the dancefloor without worrying whether they’re going to be safe.
Obviously, this table service would be perfect if you’re out on a hen-night or planning a birthday get-together. Why not feel like a VIP for the night?
|Passionfruit rum cocktail|
As for the cocktails, I can personally verify that they are delicious, especially if, like me, you’re partial to a bit of rum.
Above, was the first of the cocktails we tried, full of passionfruit and rum. Unfortunately, it was so delicious it went down rather too quickly and we moved onto the next of the cocktails. This cocktail was one of the strongest and included Wray and Nephew overproof rum. It certainly had a kick to it and I’d say it was more of a sipping cocktail, I guess in the same way as you’d drink a martini.
The third cocktail we sampled was a Marley Mojito named after Bob Marley himself. Since mojitos are usually my good-to cocktail, this was always going to be an easy sell.
We were also treated to their new food menu with a selection of sharing platters with meat, fish and veggie options. These were the Just Jerk Platter, Vital Veggie Platter and finally the Seafood platter.
|A selection of Turtle Bay sharing platters|
The Just Jerk Platter featured marinated jerk wings, glazed pork ribs, beef patty, jerk chicken flatbread, sweet corn fritters with a super green salad.
|Just Jerk Platter|
On the Vital Veggie Platter you will find sweetcorn fritters, crispy okra, jerk pit grilled mushroom and peppers with spicy jerk, halloumi and mango flatbread, plantain and again, a super green salad.
Finally, if neither of those take your fancy there’s the Seafood platter with curried roti flatbread, chilli squid, crispy panko whitebait, the sweetcorn fritters again make another appearance with a mango mole, herb mayo and yes you guessed it, the super green salad.
If I’ve managed to wet your appetite then feel free to head over and book yourself a table online: Turtlebay Manchester Oxford Street