DINING OUT: Northampton's Turtle Bay is a

The first five days before the weekend are always the hardest, especially when the average price for a week night Sex on the Beach is more than your hourly working rate.

Friday, 29th September 2017, 6:39 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 10:37 am
Turtle Bay in Gold Street, Northampton.

But Northampton's Turtle Bay - for those of us whose idea of a balanced diet is holding two Long Island Ice Tea's in both hands - could be the long awaited answer to help up the game for pre-drinks, without having to remortgage your home and pawn your great-grandmothers ring.

Without doubt, my colleagues reaffirm to me that the cocktails at the restaurant are some of the tastiest in town. Probably packing the most (rum) punch too.

A particular favourite of the Chronicle & Echo's 'team bonding' sessions being the 'Tingwray' made up of 'Uncle Wray overproof rum, with grapefruit crush & lime juice'.

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Turtle Bay opened on Sunday (September 24).

A very happy, happy hour starts between 11.30am and 7pm, before starting again at 10pm, with all cocktails available at 241 prices, during that time.

But Turtle Bay - as you might have guessed from the title - is a beach-shack, Caribbean-themed eatery, aimed predominantly at foodies with a high tolerance for heat.

Northampton artwork adorns the walls, there is 196-seats and the restaurant is fitted out with only bright colours.

Between Chronicle & Echo staff, we have seen all seen this restaurant grow.

Supervital Green Salad with a chill squid add-on (10.50) and Kingston PullPork Toastie with Caribbean slaw & fries(7).

From sticky dance floors in Groove to Turtle Bay's soft launch and finally lunch after the official £800k opening, we have all had a bite of the action.

The Just Jerk Platter (£13.95) tantalised the lads in the evening with it's marinated jerk wings, glazed pork ribs, jerk beef riblets, Jamaican beef patty, sweet corn fritters, spiced popcorn, herb mayo & super green salad.

While the Supervital Green Salad with a chill squid add-on (£10.50) and Kingston Pull Pork Toastie with Caribbean slaw & fries (£7) impressed us ladies who lunch.

One mum particularly enjoying her maternity leave and requested anonymity said the venue was easy with a baby in tow and provided lots of lights to keep her nine-month-old quiet.

Turtle Bay opened on Sunday (September 24).

Since officially opening on Sunday (September 24) our overly-attentive waiter told this writer's table that the restaurant had been fully booked-out every evening, which is probably testament to the hour of escape it provides on a working lunch.

But overall the theme for dinner and lunch was the same.

Good value for money and top-notch grub.

Rating: 8/10.

Supervital Green Salad with a chill squid add-on (10.50) and Kingston PullPork Toastie with Caribbean slaw & fries(7).