Sam­pling the fiery flavours of the Caribbean

As Tur­tle Bay opens a restau­rant in Staines, went along to its char­ity launch to see what was on the menu for din­ers

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

CARIBBEAN Tur­tle Bay has opened in Staines.

The pop­u­lar chain, well­known for its ex­otic cock­tails, reg­gae mu­sic and spicy cui­sine, held a spe­cial launch event last Tues­day to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust in Sut­ton.

Din­ers at the High Street venue only had to pay for their drinks and were asked to leave what­ever they felt their food was worth.

All the money raised from do­na­tions was then matched by Tur­tle Bay and do­nated to the char­ity, which ed­u­cates and sup­ports teenagers fight­ing cancer.

Sam Hor­swill, gen­eral man­ager, said: “It’s busi­ness as usual. We have got our happy hour at the bar and full food menu avail­able – the only dif­fer­ence on the day is that we are sup­port­ing our lo­cal char­ity.

“It’s a nice way to start links with the lo­cal com­mu­nity. We are hop­ing to raise around £6,000 to £7,000.”

Talk­ing about his favourite dish on the menu, he said: “The jerk chicken is in­cred­i­ble.

“We mari­nade it for 24 hours then lay it down on the jerk pit bar­be­cue and in the mid­dle of ser­vice the flames lick up the flavours on the grill.

“The chefs fin­ish it off with a jerk glaze.

“It’s su­per hot with beau­ti­ful rich flavours and really suc­cu­lent chicken. That’s restau­rant of­fi­cially what I am hav­ing for lunch to­day.”

Cus­tomers started ar­riv­ing at the restau­rant as soon as doors opened at 11.30am.

Lunch-goer Bar­bara said: “The at­mos­phere is lovely and the staff are really good.”

Her part­ner, Peter, added: “We were a bit ap­pre­hen­sive, bear­ing in mind we are a lit­tle bit grey in the hair but it was really wel­com­ing, which was nice to see.”

The lunch ser­vice was so pop­u­lar that the queue ex­tended out the door and staff had to turn away hun­gry din­ers at one point.

Skilled bar­tenders showed off their cock­tail-mak­ing tech­niques, while the kitchen staff rus­tled up spicy feasts to sat­isfy cus­tomers of all ages and ap­petites.

The food at Tur­tle Bay of­fers a vast choice of bold flavours and rus­tic dishes, all in­spired by the laid-back, so­cial outlook of the Caribbean.

The menu in­cludes Cut­ters (in­spired by beach shacks and street hawk­ers of the Caribbean Is­lands – per­fect for shar­ing over cock­tails); the Jerk Bar­be­cue Pit (just as fiery as it sounds); One Pots (rich, slowly sim­mered and uniquely Caribbean) and Lunch and Light (a briefer en­counter with the Caribbean).

As well as serving de­li­cious Caribbean cui­sine, the £800,000 restau­rant also has a rum cock­tail menu fea­tur­ing a col­lec­tion of 40 va­ri­eties.

The open­ing day had a really lively at­mos­phere, with reg­gae mu­sic play­ing and cock­tail jug­gling – all in aid of a good cause.

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