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News Release - Issued by Turtle Bay

Turtle bay, Kennedy’s and Banyan bring a Christmas carnival to Little Stonegate!

Turtle Bay are bringing a taste of the Caribbean to Christmas this year over on Little Stonegate. The new restaurant is heading up a Christmas Carnival event alongside Banyan and Kennedy’s to tie in with the city-wide Ice Trail on December 12-13th.

Turtle Bay opened its doors to York in September and has been bringing fun, authentic Caribbean dining and drinking to the city ever since.

The restaurant is keen to embrace any new neighbourhood it chooses to call home, and in York didn’t hesitate to sponsor the city’s Ice Trail, happening city-wide on the weekend of 12-13th December.

As throwing a party is their area of expertise, Turtle Bay have decided to take things a step further and host a mini Christmas Carnival on Little Stonegate throughout the weekend.

Turtle Bay will be serving up their legendary jerk chicken from their Streetside Xmas BBQ, giving away spot prizes of £20 vouchers and sharing tastings of a specially brewed Caribbean Winter Pimms – all the ingredients for a Reggae Christmas!

There’ll also be fun and festive singing from York’s fabulous ‘Lucy’s Pop Choir’ to really bring the street to life on the Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Banyan will be serving up first class British Streetfood and Kennedy’s will be bringing a scrumptious hog roast and winter warming drinks to the streets. Sotano’s will introduce a taste of Spain with their offering of a chorizo roll with piquillo pepper and rocket.

Of course there’ll also be the ice sculptures themselves to admire… and Turtle Bay are running a special competition to name their glacial friend! Visitors can come say hello to Turtle Bay’s Ice Turtle as part of the trail, and have a hand in naming it as well. The restaurant will be collecting name suggestions at the sculpture and whoever chooses the winning identity for their Ice Turtle will win a dinner for 4 at the restaurant!

This big, festive street party is all free to enjoy. The businesses hope to make this one of a more regular series of events for the neighbourhood.

Damon Kirk, GM at Turtle Bay York commented:
“We’re so excited about this opportunity to create our own mini winter wonderland here on Little Stonegate. We were delighted to get involved as soon as we heard about the Ice Trail – its a great idea and we think our Ice Turtle is going to be one of the highlights! We couldn’t resist building on the whole concept and hopefully our little festive street party will be something we can do again in the future. This is our way of saying Happy Christmas York and we’re loving our new home. See you on the 12th and 13th!”



Turtle Bay celebrates the lively, colourful, soulful and, above all, delicious experiences that the Caribbean has to offer - from explosive flavours to laid back ‘liming’. Their mission? To capture the spirit of celebration that the Caribbean is famed for around the globe - making customers happy by delivering a hedonistic combination of joyous food, delightful drinks and a fun, laidback atmosphere.
Turtle Bay is a democratic destination – CEOs are as welcome as students. Its accessible, its sociable, and its delicious, authentic Caribbean food.

Turtle Bay York is situated on the historic Little Stonegate, right in the heart of the shopping area and not far away from all of York’s beautiful tourist sites.

The restaurant is designed to create the perfect atmosphere for enjoying bold, spicy food and drink, and is as vibrant and lively as you might imagine. Individually designed, bespoke wall illustrations sit against reclaimed food crates and even shipping containers. The result is an eclectic, unique and considered interior that provides a joyful backdrop for gorgeous Caribbean dining.

The central island bar, and indoor ‘veranda’ style drinking spaces mean that those who just want to enjoy happy hour cocktails (12 – 7pm and then after 10pm) can happily do so without dining too.

Authentic, delicious food…

Food is at the heart of the Turtle Bay experience – just like its central to the heart and soul of Caribbean culture. An eclectic cuisine that is influenced by a rich tapestry of ethnicities, the food at Turtle Bay offers a vast choice of bold flavours and rustic authentic dishes, all inspired by the laid back, social outlook of the Caribbean. The menu is meticulously researched and has been lovingly created.

Dishes are brimming with zesty flavours and spicy hues – there’s plenty to share or dig into solo.

The offering includes ‘Cutters’ (inspired by Beach Shacks and Street Hawkers of the Caribbean Islands - perfect for sharing over cocktails); the Jerk BBQ Pit (which is exactly as fiery as it sounds); ‘One Pots’ (rich, slowly simmered and uniquely Caribbean) and Lunch and Light (a briefer encounter with the Caribbean). Signature dishes include their now famous Jerk Chicken, Jerk Prawns, Turtle Bay Patties, Trini Doubles and Curry Goat.

This is fuss-free soul food for individuals that love (and live) to eat!

Cool, Creative Cocktails… A Celebration of Rum!

Inspired by a culture that brought us Bob Marley, the cocktail menu at Turtle Bay is as cool and credible as you’d expect. Naturally, rum is at the heart of the list. Turtle Bay use Blackwell Rum created by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell who, amongst other things, launched Bob Marley’s career. It’s characteristically Jamaican rum with a dark hue and spicy kick.
This is only one brand though, of a list taking in more than 40 Caribbean rums at the beach shack bar now brightening up the streets of York. The range takes in the full breadth of the Caribbean - from Mount Gay’s Bajan to Appleton Estate’s Jamaican rum, and everything in between, all at the same price!

The resulting cocktail menu is a refreshing mix of contemporary and classic Caribbean cocktails. Some specials include…

Marley Mojito: Appleton Special rum, midori, fresh mint & watermelon, home-made ginger beer

Tobago Tea: Rum, tequila, vodka, gin, triple sec, fresh lemon, mango & lemonade

Bahama Mama: Frozen blend of dark rum, blackberry and banana liqueur, grenadine and pineapple.

Good Vibes…

The Turtle Bay service is friendly and uncomplicated.
The team is selected after a rigorous ‘audition’ process – from psychometric tests to limbo dancing! The Turtle Bay ethos is that the people must be as passionate about the product as its creators - customers can expect a warm welcome from a team who love what they do.


• 175 cover restaurant
• Stand alone bar offering.
• 50+ authentic Caribbean dishes.


• Reviews – food, drink, full experience.
• Competitions – range of prizes available.
• Interviews/Profiles - with key team members or directors.
• Recipes – full Caribbean recipes and imagery available


• Turtle Bay York, 11 Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX,
• 01904 733 995

For media enquiries, interview requests and imagery, please contact:
Siobhan Hanley
Siobhan Hanley Communications
07793 279276