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Turtle Bay to bring ‘spirit of the Caribbean’ to Durham Riverwalk

Turtle Bay, the UK’s leading Caribbean restaurant and bar group, has started work on a new

4850 sq ft venue at Durham Riverwalk.

The two-storey restaurant and bar is scheduled to open in October creating 50 new

hospitality jobs in the city.

Phil Dukelow, operations manager for Turtle Bay, said: “The dining and social scene in

Durham is about to heat up.

Turtle Bay is bringing the spirit of Caribbean islands to historic Durham City this Autumn,

from rum and reggae to sizzling jerk chicken and beach shack liming.

Diners can look forward to signature cocktails, bottomless brunches, island-inspired dishes

like jerk chicken and fiery goat curry topped off with great service from passionate, friendly


Turtle Bay restaurants transport diners to a vibrant ‘Caribbean Social’ inspired by the laid-

back culture of the Caribbean islands.

The group operates more than 40 restaurants nationwide including popular venues in

Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

Fusion Design and Architecture has created a bespoke interior for Turtle Bay Durham

featuring a central island bar, open kitchen, flaming jerk-pit and grill plus indoor veranda

seating with a beach shack vibe.

There are themed areas of the restaurant, including a Reggae and a D’Rum room, promising a ‘sunshine state of mind’ for guests.

“Turtle Bay Durham is going to offer some of the most instagrammable and jaw dropping

interiors in the city and we think people will love the feeling of escapism that Turtle Bay

brings,” added Mr. Dukelow.

Alan Day, centre manager at The Riverwalk, said:  “We are delighted to welcome another

great brand to join The Riverwalk and complement our already extensive food and beverage offering.

The new Turtle Bay restaurant will create more jobs for local residents and strengthen The

Riverwalk as Durham’s premier leisure destination.”

Turtle Bay plans to recruit outgoing and passionate local people to around 50 front and back of house roles.

Ryan Sullivan, general manager Turtle Bay Durham, said: “Creating Caribbean good times

requires great people, which is why we’ll soon be holding audition days in Durham.

We’re looking for people who share our spirit, personality and passion for food, fun and

Turtle Bay.

Our aim is to make guests happy by delivering delicious, rich-tasting Caribbean inspired

food, delightful drinks and a lively, soulful vibe that comes straight from the beaches and

street stalls of those celebrated islands.”

Anyone interested in applying for the Turtle Bay auditions days can email:

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


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