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Caribbean delights

Robyn Morrison reviews the delicious Caribbean dishes on offer at Marinades Restaurant

With an imaginative selection of Caribbean delights and a welcome as warm as its Jerk Chicken, Marinades is perfect for those in search of authentic cuisine and a relaxed dining experience.

A hidden treasure at the end of the high street, the restaurant brings flavours of the West Indies to the heart of Cheltenham. Run by a husband and wife team – Head Chef Clive and his wife Wendy – the thriving restaurant has been popular since launching in the town five years ago – and it’s clear to see why.

Walking through the doors into the romantically-lit restaurant, diners can expect a warm welcome from Wendy and her friendly front of house team. Rather than book two evening sittings, Marinades encourages diners to take their time, relax and enjoy the experience for as long as they like. Once your table is booked, it’s yours to enjoy for the evening.

We arrived at 7pm and despite being early the restaurant was already alive with activity – the traditional Caribbean music only faintly heard beneath the sounds of happy diners and the bustle of the open kitchen. While busy, tables are spaced apart giving each party plenty of room, so no rubbing shoulders with those at the next table!

The mouth-watering menu is full of intriguing dishes, made using only the best, locally sourced ingredients. Our starters - Jamaica’s national dish Ackee and Saltfish and Marinades’ Gambas - were both absolutely delicious, with a perfect balance of flavours.

For our main courses, we enjoyed two of Marinades signature dishes - Curry Goat and the Guava Glazed Pork. The goat came away from the bone beautifully and the sauce was incredible – warming, rather than too spicy. The Guava Pork was equally as impressive and, unlike a sweet and sour, the sauce was light, fresh and not too sickly.

For dessert, the restaurant offers a mix of homemade Caribbean puddings, plus twists on traditional favourites – from Rum and Toffee Bananas to Chocolate Mango Brownie.

Marinades Restaurant is full of charm and offers authentic Caribbean comfort food, ideal to warm your cockles during the winter months. Caribbean Taster Nights provide the ideal opportunity to sample the dishes, while Marinades also has a unique Christmas Party Menu for
those planning a festive celebration with a Caribbean twist!

For further information, visit www.marinades.co.uk