CARIBBEAN restaurant chain Turtle Bay have provided an update on their long-awaited Chester location.

The Northgate restaurant, which was due to open in March this year, has encountered significant delays as a result of a gas explosion which saw three contractors seriously injured.

The unit remained closed from the end of March whilst an investigation and essential repair work was undertaken, however the brand has now informed customers that an opening date may soon be in sight.

An update on the brand's website confirms: "We cannot WAIT to bring our mix of Rum, Reggae and Jerk to Chester.

"We’ll be opening in early 2024, so keep an eye out for updates as we FINALLY open our doors."

Turtle Bay has more than 50 locations across the UK and is known for its tropical cocktails, bottomless brunches and authentic Carribean cuisine, including bold jerk flavours and West Indian curries.

Its menu includes dishes unique to the region such as jerk chicken, salt fish fritters, curry goat, as well as ackee and plantain. Its drinks selection is dominated by Caribbean rums and cocktails.

Chester's Northgate development has seen a number of new restaurants, stores and other businesses moving into the heart of the city, with a new six-screen Picturehouse Cinema having opened on Friday, November 10.

The new Chester Market, located at the centre of the Northgate, also celebrated its first birthday on November 11, having registered two million visits within the first twelve months.