A much-anticipated Turtle Bay restaurant and bar has finally opened its doors in the heart of the city centre. The popular Caribbean venue is located at the newly renovated Lincoln Central Market within the Cornhill Quarter.
Turtle Bay already has around 50 stores across the country and has now made its way to Lincolnshire. I was lucky enough to be given early access to the new site and try out some of the exciting Caribbean-inspired food and drink on offer.
The ground floor is extremely colourful and vibrant throughout, with a beach shack style interior. There is an open bar where you can watch your cocktails being made and windows to the kitchen so you can watch your jerk chicken sizzling away.
With laid-back reggae tunes on in the background, it is a really warm and inviting atmosphere. From West Indian curries to burgers and wraps, there is something for everyone on the menu – including a range of vegan and vegetarian options.
Every day until 7pm, and again from 9.30pm until close, there are 2-4-1 cocktails on offer including the likes of a Koko Kolada and a Vanilla Passion Mojito. You can also enjoy a bottomless brunch for £33.70 which includes any brunch dish, wrap or burger and bottomless cocktails.
For starters, I opted for the Rum BBQ Wings at a price of £6.30 which were topped with rum BBQ sauce, hot sauce and jerk mayo. The wings arrived very quickly, were nice and moist, and tasted fantastic with just the right amount of kick – but also very messy.
My £13.30 Jerk Chicken Breast and Spiced Fries for the main course was a highlight for me; especially the rich jerk gravy which you can soak up with any left over fries. I washed all my food down with a Passion Rum Punch cocktail which was sweet and refreshing after all that Caribbean kick.
Little things I also picked up on were the great quality of cutlery and table napkins, as well as the friendliness of staff and overall good vibes. Before leaving, I had a quick peek upstairs where there is extra seating and a rum hideaway with its own outdoor terrace overlooking the Cornhill Quarter.
This was my first time at a Turtle Bay and, now that it’s just around the corner, I’m sure it won’t be my last.