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Open for business - Turtle Bay: Summer’s over but ‘Caribbean Good Times’ are here Durham

Durham’s first Caribbean restaurant and bar has opened on The Riverwalk Durham with a brand new cocktail menu, Caribbean soul food classics and island beach shack party vibes, every day - from breakfast through to the small hours.

Interview with Ryan Sullivan, general manager of Turtle Bay Durham

Ryan Sullivan, general manager of Turtle Bay Durham, said: “Summer might be over but

Turtle Bay is ready to transport the people of Durham and the North East to the Caribbean,

just what we all need as the nights draw in.

We open with a whole new collection of tropical cocktails to make the magic of a ‘Caribbean

Social’ come to life and an island-inspired all-day menu for every kind of foodie, from vegan

to clean-and-lean to Jerk Pit BBQ, fiery curries, breakfasts, burgers and beach themed


A whole new collection of tropical cocktails is available - Credit: Olivia McHale

Rum lovers should get ready for revelry with a vast collection of the Bay’s trademark spirit –

white, dark, coconut and spiced – headlining the brand new cocktail menu.

New for Turtle Bay Durham:

  • Pineapple Daiquiri - Jamaica Cove Pineapple Rum & triple sec, fresh lime & pineapple

  • Coconut and Grapefruit Mojito - Koko Kanu & white rum, fresh coconut, mint, lime & grapefruit

  • Spiced Julep - Duppy Share Spiced Rum & tequila, fresh lime, mint, apple & ginger beer

  • Grapefruit Fizz  - a mix of aperol, passionfruit, grapefruit & prosecco

  • Kingston Solero - ultimate rum refresher with white rum, mango, passionfruit, coconut milk, vanilla & fresh lime

The restaurant is located in a 4850 sq ft two-storey venue at The Riverwalk Durham with

views across to UNESCO World Heritage Site Durham Cathedral and Castle. Fusion Design and Architecture has created bespoke interiors including a central island bar, open kitchen, flaming jerk-pit and grill, indoor veranda seating plus a Reggae and D’Rum themed rooms.

A bespoke open kitchen interior from Fusion Design and Architecture - Credit: Olivia McHale

Open for both reservations and walk-ins, Turtle Bay Durham will open at 10am and close at

11.30pm on week days and keep the party going until late from Thursday through Saturday.

As well as serving up a lively soulful vibe and delicious rich tasting Caribbean inspired

dishes, Turtle Bay is also bringing its famous Happy Hours to Durham every single day.

Guests can kick back with 2-4-1 cocktails and mocktails at selected times day and night. The entire cocktail and mocktail menu is also vegan-friendly, along with an abundance of plant- based dishes across the main menu.

Turtle Bay is a dynamic, exciting restaurant whose mission is to capture the spirit of celebration that the Caribbean is famed for around the world. It aims to make guests happy by delivering a combination of deliciously addictive spicy Caribbean food and delightful drinks, as well as warm, friendly service in a laid back atmosphere. The group operates more than 40 restaurants nationwide including popular venues in Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

If you want to visit Durham’s first Caribbean restaurant and bar, then head over to the Turtle Bay website,

The restaurant is located in a 4850 sq ft two-storey venue at The Riverwalk Durham - Credit: Olivia McHale


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