Turtle Bay is to open a brand new restaurant in Cheltenham this Spring. Opening late March, Turtle Bay, Cheltenham will be located in the heart of the town centre on the corner of Pittville Street and Albion Street.
Turtle Bay’s opening is one of the biggest restaurant openings in Cheltenham this year. The 6,000sq/ft venue will have 175 covers and employ a total of 60 staff.
The former Embassy nightclub is currently undergoing an epic transformation, which represents an approximate £1m investment for Turtle Bay. Contractors are working around the clock to ensure the restaurant is ready for its grand opening.
Ajith Jayawickrema founded Turtle Bay in 2010. It was one of the first high street Caribbean branded restaurants and bars in the UK. Today Turtle Bay is one of the best performing and fastest expanding brands on the high street today.
Founder Ajith Jayawickrema said the opening of the Cheltenham restaurant was a big milestone for Turtle Bay.
He said: “This is an exciting step for us and we are especially looking forward to transporting Cheltenham diners to the Caribbean without the need for a plane ticket! At Turtle Bay, we are all about capturing the heart and soul of the Caribbean. I believe that exciting food should exercise the senses, stretch the palate and make your tongue smile. We want to lift our diners’ heart and soul – allowing them an atmosphere to have fun, laugh, relax with friends and share great food and drink.”
TASTE THE SUNSHINE
Turtle Bay’s spiritual home is centred on the west coast of Barbados, at a beach bar shack called Surfside, which is owned by a local man called Victor. With high barrel tables and beautiful vistas, Surfside is a place where locals and visitors alike wile away the afternoon and evening grazing over cutters and cocktails.
Ajith said: “Victor’s place showed me just how fantastic bar dining could be - banana daiquiris, salt fish fritters, Mount Gay Silver with coconut water, Carib beer, flying fish fingers. The concept of bar grazing like this was a revelation to me. It is this notion of what Victor was doing in Barbados that inspired me to capture and replicate it for diners back home.”
Turtle Bay is about capturing this spirit of the beach. Both with dynamic, bold flavours firmly rooted in tradition and a vibe that reflects the Caribbean soul.
Ajith adds: “I have spent a lot of time in Trinidad, Tobago and Barbados. During my travels, I love the beautiful long lunches, late nights and lazy mornings. I love the food, the rum, the people and the music. I love the beach bars, the street kitchens and the verandas. It always feels too good to leave behind so that is why I thought I’d bring it back with me!”
Turtle Bay menus capture the true Caribbean Island Vibe with dishes including:
• Trini Doubles
Two bara roti, curried Trini chickpeas, cucumber chutney and coconut shavings
• Jerk Chicken
12 spice & herb jerk marinade and grilled, sour orange chutney, Caribbean slaw, rice ‘n’ peas, sweet potato mash
• Blue Mountain Curried Goat
Marinated goat, potatoes & carrots, rice ‘n’ peas, sweet onion chutney, flatbread
• Double Dipped Steak
Grilled jerk marinated steak, sweet onion chutney, Caribbean slaw, sweet potato mash or sweet potato fries
Turtle Bay, Cheltenham will also feature an extensive of true island drinks and cocktails including:
• Raspberry Reggae
White rum, raspberries, elderflower, fresh lime & club soda
• Bay Caipirinha
Santa Teresa orange rum & falernum, muddled fresh limes, oranges & ginger over crushed ice
• Blackwell Mojito
Blackwell rum, fresh mint, lime and club soda
• Jamaican Mule
Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum, fresh lime & homemade ginger beer.