We continued our festive Sunday out with an evening meal in Turtle Bay, which is on the outside of The Gate, next to the Premier Inn. We had been invited to try out the Kids Menu (and main menu). Alan and I have been in here a few times for cocktails & for an evening meal but we hadn’t taken the girls before. For some reason despite the fact they would eat anything as toddlers they are both at a very fussy stage at the moment so hoped they would enjoy the food on offer. We soon found out that there was more than enough to satisfy the fussiest kid at Turtle Bay!
Turtle Bay Vibes
Our reservation was for 6pm on a Sunday evening and the place was pleasantly busy. The bar area was full with Christmas shoppers enjoying the 2 for 1 cocktails (available 11.30am-7pm daily) and although the restaurant wasn’t full it was pretty busy.
As you would expect with a Caribbean themed restaurant the music was reggae based which added to the chilled out holiday vibe. The bright decor and funky murals added to the relaxed atmosphere. A reggae rum punch went down a treat, while Alan enjoyed a Red Stripe lager, Abigail was adventureous with a kids mocktail “Reggae Sunsplash” & Imogen a coke.
Starters at Turtle Bay
As part of the kid’s meal, the girls had two hummous dips with some pitta bread and crudities.
I went for the Garlic & Chilli Pit prawns (£6.50) which were a little messy to eat (finger bowl was needed! and provided) but had a lovely spicy kick.
Alan went for Jerk Ribs (£5.50) which he loved. The meat just fell off the bone which is always a good sign when it comes to ribs.
Main Courses at Turtle Bay
I’m a sucker for a good curry and decided to go for the Goat curry which was served with coconut rice ‘n’ peas, sweet plantain, & dumplings (£10.00) Alan described this as how curry was at school, but that wasn’t a criticism. The dish was pure comfort food with its slightly sweet tang and was served in a huge pot. The portion was massive!
Alan can’t resist a steak and opted for the Jerk Sirloin Steak (£17.90). Again this was a huge portion but was more on the medium than the medium rare side that we had asked for so a little bit tough. The jerk sauce was served on the side just in case it was too hot but Alan just tipped it on in the end as he loved it! Any extra sauce was mopped up by the coconut spiced fries that accompanied the dish. In traditional Hooper style, nothing was wasted.
Tiny Turtle’s Meals
Both girls chose their meals from the Tiny Turtles menu (£5.95 including a drink). There is a Bigger turtle menu too at £7.95 but the Tiny Turtle portions were just fine for our 7 and 11-year-old.
Imogen opted for the Cheeseburger & fries and Abigail the Chicken & Cheese Flatbread.
Both girls enjoyed their meals and very little was wasted which is always a good sign.
To finish up the meal we all picked a dessert from the menu. The girls both went for Salted Caramel Fudge Brownie (£2.50) with ice cream.
Continuing the hot pudding theme I had the sticky toffee pudding & Alan the Bread & Butter pudding (both £5.30).
Although we were pretty full at this point the puddings were delicious and the hot & cold combo of the ice cream was pretty awesome.
A big thanks to the team at Turtle Bay who made our night out so relaxed. Staff was attentive, friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The girls enjoyed playing Snakes & ladders on the back of their menus and were provided with counters & a dice. Turtle Bay has got it right with an interesting children menu that doesn’t just stick to the chicken nuggets & chips that so many do. Maybe one day the girls will love the Jerk sauce as much as we do!
It was soon time to leave the happy holiday vibe of Turtle Bay & run to the car through the wet and windy streets of Newcastle. Sad that it had to come to an end.
We were kindly invited to Turtle Bay, Newcastle for a complimentary meal but all opinions are our own. We will be back!