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A taste of Caribbean sunshine in the heart of Blackburn

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You’d be excused for thinking that you have been whisked away to tropical climes when you visit the new Turtle Bay in Blackburn’s Cathedral Square. With the mix of lighting, bright decorations and the feature bar it was a great setting for lunch in the new look Blackburn.

We enjoyed an indulgent midweek lunch at the restaurant recently and filled ourselves with a range of tasty food. Before we had chance to get going we took advantage of the 2 for 1 cocktail offer that runs through the day and enjoyed a couple of Island Ice Teas packed with rum, tequila, vodka, gin, triple sec, lemon and cola and to make sure we could make it through the afternoon also ordered a Passion Fruit Cooler, to help keep us on the straight and narrow. With the setting of the Cathedral outside and a sunny day too, it was a Blackburn lunch like no other we had enjoyed before.

Starters came quickly and included Jerk Pit Prawns and Jerk Glazed Ribs. The large king prawns came with a tasty portion of flat bread too, were grilled and smothered in chilli garlic butter and the fall-off-the-bone ribs had just the right amount of spice with a sour orange chutney & a coconut jerk glaze. A great balance of flavours and spice on both dishes.

Our Street Burger for main course, was taken from the “Lunch ‘n’ Lighter” menu but was stacked with pulled pork and sweet onion chutney and, although we were not sure what the flavours were in the Caribbean slaw, we loved it. The other main was Mo’ Bay Chicken; sliced chicken breast in a creamy and spicy jerk sauce with sweet plantain tucked underneath. Again, just the right level of spice for us, although we always like to pretend we can “take it hotter”. Our empty plates were a testament to how much we enjoyed the food.

With a super-light banana and toffee cheesecake and a Caymanas Rum Cake (you could smell the rum as it neared the table!) to finish off it was a great way to end a delicious meal.

The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and we simply loved the food.

Blackburn seems to be on the brink of real change as major restaurants, micro bars and leisure facilities move into the town and Turtle Bay should be applauded for bringing the restaurant to town. More please!!!

To find out more about Turtle Bay visit their website www.turtlebay.co.uk

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