Friday, 2 September 2016

Turtle Bay Launch/Press Night NORWICH


On thursday the 25th of August, very specific, Turtle Bay Norwich had a launch/press event. I got to bring along a plus one, so I brought along one of my best pals Luisa. 

Turtle Bay Norwich is in a lovely location, It's near jarrolds and not too far from st andrews car park. When I heard Norwich was getting a turtle bay I was hoping that it would be near the shops, rather than near bars. I can just imagine me and my mum going for a girly shop then going for 2 for 1 cocktails as a cheeky afternoon treat!

When we first arrived we were greeted by the staff and given a cocktail called 'Reggae Rum Punch'. With the amount of rums in it, 63% 126 proof wray & nephew to be exact, it was a strong cocktail. However with me and Luisa being university students, we're definitely equipped to deal with copious amounts of alcohol. 





One thing I love about the Turtle Bay Branch is that their bars are stylish, creative and classic Caribbean style. Also they have Red Stripe on tap, which I know my dad will absolutely LOVE about this place. The bar tenders are friendly and happy to answer questions about the different types of rum, as well as being happy to pose for photographs! 





The Decor

Without a doubt one of my favourite things about this restaurant/cocktail bar chain is their ability to decorate the interior and exterior of the restaurant amazingly. There was even a van which they had chopped in half, graffettied, filled with old stereos and turned into a seating area! A lovely waiter me and Luisa chatted to was telling us about how the van was unique amongst the turtle bays and that they always try and make every store slightly different. 




After a presentation from the manager explaining how the company was formed, the first store was in Milton Keynes set up to try and recreate what was experienced when visiting the carribbean, we were chose to pick seats for the food and drinks to commence. 

Between us me and Luisa tried a lot of different cocktails and there wasn't one that either of us disliked, which I guess is a good thing as they just kept bringing everyone more and more! My personal favourite is the Koko Colada, which is their version of a Pina Colada. You can't have more than one of them though as they're fairly sickly! 


I don't think he was very happy about posing for this photograph, though he certainly looks it.
When they keep bringing more and more cocktails and you just don't know what to do yourself...

Beach Food Platter
The first food dish which was brought out was the Beach Food Platter. This included spicy jerk chicken wings, pepper roti, sweet corn fritters & garlic 'n' herb flatbreads. This was may favourite of all the dishes, specifically the pepper roti! Also I'm very lucky as a vegetarian that i brought along a meat eater to demolish all the meat. 


so cute. 

Curried Goat, Rice & Peas, Fried Dumplings. 

Luisa had never eaten goat before, always time to try something new! She absolutely adored it and said the goat was tender and delicious.


'Run Down' butter beans, corn cob, carrots, sweet potato, coconut milk, herbs and spices.
This dish wasn't exactly my cup of tea as a vegetarian, especially seeing as i'd been milked out by my Pina Colada, but it was cooked well. When I next come to Turtle Bay I'd be more tempted to go for something like the mango and goats cheese salad - as that's more my cup of tea.


Luisa was stuffed by this point but she still managed to force down a lil more chicken! I THINK that this is the1/4 jerk chicken, but I'm not exactly sure... why am I such a meat noob.







One lovely thing about this event was being able to catch up with the lovely Justine from www.justinependrill.com. I met Justine at the Make Up Revolution/Superdrug event in Picadilly earlier on in the year. She helps to run www.norwichbloggers.blogspot.co.uk and is just in general a lovely human being! 


Lastly we were presented with an assortment of deserts which we struggled to finish! Every single one was lovely, Luisa's favourite was the dark chocolate brownie - understandably so! My favourite was the zesty lemon and lime tart with passion fruit sauce.




We have come to the end of this blogpost! A big thank you to Turtle Bay for inviting me to your Norwich Launch event. Turtle Bay Norwich is open from Tuesday the 30th August, make sure to head down there and get some yummy Caribbean food & cocktails! 

8 Swan Lane, Norwich


Also, big up to our favourite waiter for being an absolute sweetheart & a big thank you to one of my best friends Luisa for coming along to the event! 






Lots of love, 




Hannah Jane Williams