Caribbean-style bar and restaurant Turtle Bay opens first Scottish venue

National Caribbean-themed chain Turtle Bay has opened its first Scottish venue, promising a combination of ‘addictive Caribbean-inspired food and tropical drinks’, and ‘warm, friendly service in a laid-back atmosphere’.

Located in the city centre at 130 St Vincent Street, in a corner space that was formerly a travel agent, the venue held a series of soft launch nights at the start of December, but is now fully open in time for the festive season, joining a roster of over 50 Turtle Bay venues operating south of the border.

The 257-cover venue, with 38 external covers and 219 internal, features an open kitchen as well as an island bar, and is said to offer ‘the essence of the Caribbean’ in everything from its décor to its menu and hospitality.

Operations manager Gemma Lewis said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to open our doors and welcome the people of Glasgow into our Caribbean paradise! We’ve had a wonderful time spending the first week of December getting the new team trained up and ready to play our part in spreading the cheer and hosting plenty of memorable days out starting today!”

To mark the restaurant’s arrival to Scotland, Turtle Bay created a ‘Bru & Stormy’ cocktail, featuring Irn-Bru paired with RedLeg spiced rum, bitters, and falernum – a Caribbean syrup made with ginger, lime, and cloves – for a spicy & sweet sip that is said to embody the ‘coming together of Scottish tastes and Caribbean flavours’.