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Final Verdict

We would highly recommend this place to anyone and of all ages, if you aren’t experimental in terms of variation in food the menu caters for you too with English options such as pizza, steak, chips etc

Turtle Bay Newcastle – The Caribbean Restaurant is now a firm fixture on the Newcastle Food and drink Scene, but now a familar sight within the old co-op site is it worth its growing reputation? We sent Samantha Nelson and her family to find out.

The restaurant has a great location just moments away from public transport (Bus, metro and train) in the heart of Newcastle city centre, right beside the well known Gate Complex.  A little gem of tranquility among the hustle and bustle of stag and hen visitors to the city, boasting a wide variation of delicious Jamaican cuisine with excellent prices.  Having never tried Jamaican food before we were excited to try something new.

As we arrived at midday on a busy sunday, we were immediately greeted by a friendly member of staff who welcomed us and directed us to our table, she also brought along a highchair as we had a 1 year old to please also.

Our drinks order was taken and we were provided with a vast range of fantastic food to browse on their menu. There is also a separate set lunch special menu if you wanted something a little lighter.

After ordering, our drinks arrived in glass bottles which were a lovely quirky touch. Looking around, the décor gives the restaurant and bar a rustic Jamaican feel, the music also fits with the theme which gives you a very authentic impression. The restaurant is of a great size with a separate bar area for those wishing to sample the drinks menu only.

In terms of dress code there is a wide variation, some popping in for lunch whilst doing shopping and so in casual wear, others dressed more smartly possibly out for an occasion. You would feel comfortable in any attire in this restaurant.

Our orders were promptly taken and colouring books/crayons were provided which our little one was delighted with.

Turtle Bay Newcastle has a kitchen area which is open and visible, meaning you see the chefs in full flow. The delightful smell of the food being cooked adds to the experience. Shortly afterwards our starters arrived, a delicious garlic flatbread with Chilli, king Prawns, and for our 1 year old houmous dips with flatbread, carrot, peppers and cucumber. Portions were very generous! All food was fresh and cooked perfectly.

After 15 mins or so our mains arrived we had the jerk chicken (which was absolutely fabulous!) served with coconut rice and kidney beans, a yummy steak with fresh homecooked chips and pizza with salad. All delicious and packed full of flavour.

With very little room left in our tummy’s we saved a little space for desert and were so very glad we did. Chocolate and banana cheesecake, brownie and fresh fruit which like the previous 2 courses did not disappoint. All of the food we ordered was fantastic.

The  bar within the restaurant which served cocktails ( 2 for 1 at the time), we didn’t try them but they looked delicious.  There are baby changing as well as disabled facilities also.

The member of staff who looked after us while we were there was brilliant, she couldn’t have done enough for us and made the whole experience a joy. She even took the time to chat to our little one and was very attentive throughout our time there offering more drinks etc.

We would highly recommend Turtle Bay Newcastle – this place is great for anyone and of all ages, if you aren’t experimental in terms of variation in food the menu caters for you too with English options such as pizza, steak, chips etc.

For those more adventurous there is so much to choose from and I’m sure given our experience any dish would not disappoint. Turtle Bay Newcastle is totally family friendly, a great choice for food or a cocktail and gets the thumbs up from our fussy eater that is my one year old Dylan too!