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Turtle Bay – Chelmsford VIP Launch

Bringing some spice to the blog today! I was invited to the launch party for Turtle Bay, a Caribbean restaurant opening in Chelmsford. As a massive foodie, I jumped at the chance and enjoyed an evening full of delicious food, reggae music and of course, plenty of rum. I love trying new food and the Caribbean offering at Turtle Bay certainly did not disappoint. I started the evening off with a Caribbean Pimms (who knew Pimms could get even better?!) it had a lovely fresh flavour with a hint of ginger for a gentle kick.
Caribbean Pimms and Passion Fruit Cooler

Walking in to Turtle Bay, I could see the place was buzzing. The reggae music drifted out the door and along the street, and we were greeted at the door by some very happy waiters! I loved seeing how much fun the staff were having, it really brought the place to life and made you feel welcome. The thing that immediately struck me was the amazing decor. I’m a secret interior nerd and spent the first 15 minutes doing a lap of the restaurant and taking it all in; pretty lanterns dangled from the ceiling, shipping containers transformed into seating areas, bottles of rum lined the bar and bright murals exploded across the walls. The atmosphere was nothing short of lively, especially combined with some live music. It’s so different to other restaurants/bars around the area so I think it’ll definitely be a hit.

I also tried the Bay Bramble cocktail which was a fruity blackberry flavour, followed by another Caribbean Pimms (honestly, I couldn’t get enough of the stuff). I tried some of the spicy jerk pork belly which blew my mind…and my mouth! The pork was so tender and packed with flavour. Next up were the jerk pulled pork burgers – really wishing I’d got some photos but I was too busy stuffing my face. Soz. The burgers had so much flavour and were served in a brioche bun too so definitely a winner in my eyes.
Bay Bramble cocktails and By The Bay (non-alcoholic)
I’m looking forward to popping back to Turtle Bay to try some more of their dishes now that the Chelmsford restaurant is officially open, and maybe sample some more of their delicious cocktails! (I have my eye on Jammin’ and the Koko Colada). I’ve been told they do 2 for 1 cocktails 11.30am – 7pm (and after 10pm) all week…so you know where to find me. Have you been to a Turtle Bay restaurant before? If so, let me know what I need to try on my next visit!
Katie x