Turtle Bay Preston – Bob Marley & The Waiters
Turtle Bay is Preston’s latest restaurant-come-bar to have risen from the recession, bringing a much-needed splash of colour to Preston city centre. Turtle Bay could be that rare establishment that is family-friendly yet stylish enough to attract late night drinkers. Time will tell, but the early signs are very positive.
I’m always sceptical of themed restaurants that attempt to offer something exotic, as they often descend into the painfully ordinary (I’m looking at you Wagamama). However, a lot of effort had gone into Turtle Bay Preston’s décor, music and menu which made a lasting impression.
Music at Turtle Bay Preston was absolutely spot on. I was half expecting to hear ‘Legend’ on repeat, but the mixture of ska, reggae, dancehall and dub, with commercial and less well-known tracks set an upbeat but relaxed tone. Although Turtle Bay is a chain restaurant, nowhere else in Preston offers a Caribbean soundtrack, despite a clear demand for it.
The Turtle Bay Preston Menu offered simple food that was big on flavour. The ribs were ridiculous; if you’ve watched House of Cards, you’ll get the picture. Similarly, it’s impossible to eat enough of those fried sweetcorn fritters. The sweet potato fries were as good as any I’ve experienced. The spices across all the dishes were big, bold and brash – just as they should be. In a moment of snobbishness I lamented every dish was strangely the same colour, but when it’s packed with punchy flavours, it’s entirely forgivable.
These ballsy flavours extended to the Turtle Bay Preston Bar, with a cocktail menu dominated by strong rum at reasonable prices. Ordering from the menu provided fun rather than sophistication, with the high energy bar staff serving customers thick and fast. Bar Manager Dave is on hand if you’re a drinks connoisseur, or are just looking to learn more. Ask him about the spiked home-made ginger beer and you’re in for a treat.
Turtle Bay Review Summary
Atmosphere 10/10 Cost 8/10 Quality 8/10 Service 9/10