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Turtle Bay Launch Party: Gallery

Jerkin' n Jivin' at Manchester's new Caribbean restaurant

Written by . Published on June 2nd 2014.

Turtle Bay Launch Party: Gallery

THE LAUNCH of new reggae, rum and jerk joint, Turtle Bay, delivered exactly that last week. 

The cocktails overflowed from its 70-strong rum menu, as did the tears as guests attempted Turtle Bay's inferno-spiced jerk ribs.

The Oxford Street Caribbean restaurant welcomed a host of Manchester partyheads for a Carnival inspired bash, along with Coronation Street's Hayley Tamaddon and X-Factor's Shane Ward. 

Fulfilling its promise as a 'laid back, loud and proud' diner, guests were compelled to join the conga-line (as you do), as live reggae sets by bands Troy Ellis, Laid Blak and Hail Jamaica brought the vibrant island party spirit to the city centre.

140529_Turtlebay_Manchester_Launch_097The party spirit at Turtle Bay Manchester

The cocktails overflowed from its 70-strong rum menu, as did the tears as guests attempted Turtle Bay's inferno-spiced jerk ribs. As the popular old calypso song goes, it was “hot, hot, hot".

Under the approving gaze of the restaurant's Bob Marley mural, the temperature continued to rise (and brow's perspire) as a selection of the spice-rich Jamaican, Barbados and Trinidadian menu was served up, including traditional patties and dumplings. 

Previously occupied by Alibi Bar, the new 8000 sq ft restaurant, given a £1m facelift, is a far cry more lively - the constant pump of bassy reggae helps.

Now open, it's the first Caribbean restaurant of this scale in Manchester and has been given a fit-out unique to the city, including a seating area inside an original shipping container, reclaimed bus seats and lanterns made from oil drums.  

Turtle Bay Manchester33-35 Oxford Street. M14 BH.

0161 236 4101


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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Poster BoyJune 2nd 2014.

Misappropriation of Tuff Gong. Theme Park JA.

AnonymousJune 2nd 2014.

Ok people...the party's over. Come on you Wetherspoons crowd!

Andy VoJune 2nd 2014.

Published a week after the MEN ran the same story...

6 Responses: Reply To This...
AnonJune 3rd 2014.

The party was Thursday night you imbecile. So 3 days. Not even half a week.

Andy VoJune 3rd 2014.

Well the MEN must have some time travelling reporters as their story was up at 8:00am on Thursday. A clear 12 hours before the party started. What I'm saying is that ManCon prides themselves to be at the cutting edge of online media content yet the MEN gets the story up days before it's printed here.

SteveJune 3rd 2014.

Afraid you've cocked up here Andy - the MEN gallery went up at 8am on Friday, the morning after the party. Also... so what? Who cares?

Andy VoJune 3rd 2014.

Fuck. Looks like I'll have to fall on my proverbial sword, call someone a f*cking pr*ck and get banned for life.

GordoJune 3rd 2014.

I know it's ten years since we first met Andy, but you're clearly getting old. Who gives a shit?

Andy VoJune 3rd 2014.

I was with Jay and ROB last week when you swerved them in favour of some lamb chops. Next time Gordo.

Ghostly TomJune 3rd 2014.

They've got one of these in Milton Keynes....

AnonymousJune 3rd 2014.

How ghastly

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