THE opening date of a brand new Caribbean restaurant in Durham City has been officially revealed - and a sneak peek of the menu has also been released.

Bosses have confirmed when the new two-storey Turtle Bay restaurant in The Riverwalk development is set to open after months in the making.

Earlier this year, the venue which will serve up a mix of Caribbean soul food and a range of cocktails confirmed around 50 jobs had been created ahead of its opening.

Read more: Bosses provide update on brand new Turtle Bay restaurant opening in Durham City

Meanwhile, restaurant bosses last month named the new general manager and he said it had so far filled 38 positions, with a further 12 still up for grabs.

The Northern Echo: The Turtle Bay restaurant pictured earlier this year Picture: SARAH CALDECOTTThe Turtle Bay restaurant pictured earlier this year Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

But confirming an opening date, bosses said the new restaurant would officially open to the public on Friday, October 15.

Ryan Sullivan, general manager of Turtle Bay Durham, said: “Summer might be over but Turtle Bay is ready to transport the people of Durham and the North East to the Caribbean, just what we all need as the nights draw in.

"We open with a whole new collection of tropical cocktails to make the magic of a ‘Caribbean Social’ come to life and an island-inspired all-day menu for every kind of foodie, from vegan to clean-and-lean to Jerk Pit BBQ, fiery curries, breakfasts, burgers and beach themed salads.”

The Northern Echo: Ex Teesside University student and now general manager, Ryan SullivanEx Teesside University student and now general manager, Ryan Sullivan

A sneak peek of the menu on Tuesday also revealed a number of cocktails, exclusive to Turtle Bay in Durham and a new '2-4-1' offering on cocktails.

The exclusive cocktails include:

- Pineapple Daiquiri 

Jamaica Cove Pineapple Rum & triple sec, fresh lime & pineapple

- Coconut and Grapefruit Mojito  

Koko Kanu & white rum, fresh coconut, mint, lime & grapefruit

- Spiced Julep 

Duppy Share Spiced Rum & tequila, fresh lime, mint, apple & ginger beer

- Grapefruit Fizz 

Featuring a mix of Aperol, passionfruit, grapefruit & prosecco

- Kingston Solero

Ultimate rum refresher with white rum, mango, passionfruit, coconut milk, vanilla & fresh lime.

Turtle Bay Durham is set to serve 2-4-1 cocktails and mocktails at select times day and night, with 'Happy Hours' also being promoted on food, each day of trade.

Adding that the team were excited ahead of next Friday, Mr Sullivan said: “We can’t wait to heat up the social scene in Durham this Autumn.

"From rum and reggae to sizzling jerk chicken, bottomless brunch and classic curries, Turtle Bay is bringing the spirit of the Caribbean and its legendary good times."

Open for both reservations and walk-ins, Turtle Bay will open at 10am and close at 11.30pm on weekdays and will open until late from Thursday through Saturday.

Advanced booking is set to open tomorrow and will be accessible on the Turtle Bay website by clicking here.


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