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
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