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Anticipation, Perspiration… Bloody Mary?

Friday, May 10th, 2013

After all the anticipation Christchurch food festival is finally upon us! Get your glad rags on and meet us down there for two days this weekend May 11t – 12th – Christchurch Food Festival Homepage

 

We’ve been hard at work preparing some outrageous delights to tempt your palate, and cannot wait to share them with you. Even Mark the owner has  been hard at it! HERE HE IS at our farm yesterday morning with MANAGER LAUREN, picking fresh rhubarb and mint for an extra special variety of homemade lemonades.

 

For the full menu of what we’ll be taking along cast your eyes beyond the picture below (spoiler alert).

 

 

A selection of the goodies we'll be taking with us. You can see more pics, with descriptions on our facebook page - www.facebook.com/theurbanbeach

The Menu

Pasties:

  • Veggie – Feta and Walnut
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Lamb and Mint Sausage Roll

Breakfast:

  • Sausage, Bacon, Beans, Mushroom and Tomato Quiche.
  • Veggie – Spinach, Beans, Mushroom, Tomato and Cheese Quiche.
  • Gluten Free Granola

Sweets:

  • Chocolate and Walnut Brownies (Gluten Free)
  • White Choc and Hazelnut Blondies (Gluten Free)
  • Almond and Berry Cupcake (Gluten  Free)
  • Selection of Cookies (Gluten Free)
  • Millionaire’s Shortbread
  • Almond Croissants.
  • Muffins
  • Carrot Cake
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Origin Coffee cake
  • Gingerbread Men
  • And cupcakes to match the cocktails:

Cocktails:

  • Lychee Daiquiri with Muddled Bell Pepper
  • Sweet Tea and Bourbon (featuring blueberries)
  • Peach Julep

(Pictured on our Facebook page – facebook.com/theurbanbeach)

Other Drinks:

  • Local Ales from the Dorset Brewing Company and Sunny Republic
  • Old Jon’s Spiced Rum (our own special recipe, includes almonds and raw talent)
  • Ginger Beer
  • Homemade lemonades (Featuring aforementioned mint or rhubarb varieties)

 

Expect a handy deal on Sunday morning too – A breakfast savoury and our award winning Bloody Mary for a fantastic (as yet undisclosed) price. It promises to be marvelous. Did you know we make our Bloody Mary with a homemade chilli, horseradish and mustard seed vodka? No? Well there you go.

So much love, we really hope to see you there!

Love,  Urban Beach xx

 

P.s. Check out our twitter competition for a chance to win a free lunch at our new cafe ‘Urban Renaissance’ along the seafront in Bournemouth (inside the Russel-Cotes Museum):

 

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Sustainability Champions!

Monday, April 8th, 2013

We’ve just won a rather prestigious award! Check out this lovely blurb:

“A sustainable restaurant demonstrates responsible sourcing and best kitchen practice delivered by well trained staff using high-performing resource-efficient equipment and following good waste management policies. It is only with this holistic approach to the environmental, economic and social impacts of their business that the restaurant can be considered truly sustainable.”

 

Pretty swish. These words come from the most recent edition of the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s Guide to Sustainable Kitchens. Just under two weeks ago they gave us their highest possible rating of 3 Stars, and we are elated!  This makes us one of only two restaurants in Bournemouth to be presented with the award, which is of growing importance nationwide. Allow us to elaborate:

 

The SRA, headed by president Raymond Blanc, is a non-profit organization driven by a passion to see the restaurant industry look after the environment, its staff, customers and the local community. They asses and advise restaurants and hotels like ourselves on fourteen key focus areas, illustrated beautifully below:

You can check out the SRA’s home page here – http://www.thesra.org/

 

As you can see they weren’t joking when they used the word ‘holistic’. There’s a lot to take into consideration! That is why we put so much effort into not just into sourcing and preparing our food, but also how we run things and treat the world around us as we do it. It is why we use biodegradable bin bags for our food waste (it can be used as compost and contribute to renewable energy resources). It’s also why Head Barman Adam won’t make a strawberry daiquiri most of the year round (see ‘Did you know’), and why manager Helen threatens to take us running with her if we use too much water in the kitchen!

 

**Did you know…
- A third of the European Union’s greenhouse gasses emissions are food related.

- This is largely because of import/export carbon emissions.

- BUT some local food can actually be worse for the environment. If it’s grown out of season in greenhouses, or kept for too long in fridges which drain oodles of energy.**

 

Those of you familiar with our bistro will likely already know that we ensure that as much as food as possible is sourced locally and in season, or where possible from our very own farm! We are hoping very soon to take some customers along with us for a visit to the farm to sample some of the produce, and enjoy an old fashioned barbeque as soon as the weather capitulates to our needs. Of course, our fish is always responsibly sourced as well; in season and from sustainable sources. We do not buy fish from the fish to avoid list www.fishonline.org and we only use Marine Stewardship Council fish in our fish and chips and fish cakes recipes.

 

Whilst we are incredibly excited to have received this award (we could even shout it from the *ahem* NEW ROOFTOP), the best part is that it is an amazing incentive to keep pushing on and tackling new challenges. Sustainability is an ongoing battle and an area of fundamental importance. We are in fact taking it so seriously that we have taken on our very own ‘personal sustainability expert account manager’. That’s right, they are so important they got a title with more syllables than you can count on your eco friendly fingers,

Here’s to the very lovely Mother Nature,

Love,
Urban Beach xx

 

 

P.S. If you would like some more information about our sustainability endeavours please visit our relevant webpage Here.

Alternatively,  feel free to ‘Get in Touch’ or pop by anytime.

 

 

 

Sparkly New Outdoor Re-Fit This Week!

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

It’s been a little while since our last update but we’ve been holding on to a special piece of news, just waiting for the right time for the big reveal – not unlike a machiavellian mastermind hiding away in the shadows before unveiling the master plan, only less evil and dressed more in summer shorts and bright colours. Like all good things this will certainly have been worth the wait. Before the end of next week old patrons and new customers alike will be enjoying the benefits of, wait for it… (drum roll)… Urban Beach’s new outdoor roof!

 

This is an artists rendition of what the new structure will look like. Yes it does include a saloon car sitting out front, it was non-optional.

 

Many of you who visit us already will know what a key feature the outdoor decking is to the venue, and how popular it is throughout the year. Of late the old ‘sail’ roof has fallen into a state of disrepair and our beautiful hotel lost some of its lustre. The freezing weather, and unpredictable torrents of rain took their toll on the canvas, and a few rips and tears eventually led to a look which erred precariously on the wrong side of shabby chic and did little to keep out the elements. Time then to rejuvenate, re-invigorate and make the most of this wonderful outdoor space in any season.

 

The new fabric roof will be completely waterproof, unlike its predecessor, and will be motorised so it can open or close depending on the weather. Whilst we are concerned with keeping out the cold and rain, we don’t want to lose those lovely summer evenings under the open sky by building a permanent immovable roof. It does however mean that, with heaters underneath, the space should be something to enjoy all year round. Owner Mark Cribb explains some of the changes,

“As always plans have got a little carried away and we are now looking at reinvesting yet another £30k into keeping the beach at the top of it’s game. So, we are taking down the stone gabion wall, replacing it will a fully rendered wall and inserting the pebbles into the render. On top of this will sit a glass screen the entire length of the deck a bit like the one on the balcony of the reef, but not as high. This will give people a wind proof space to sit behind.”


If you would like to investigate the style of roof we are putting in place before meeting her in person, you can head over to this gallery online for pictures of real life examples- http://www.loca.eu/en-EN/Galeri/

 

We haven’t forgotten to take care of the indoor aesthetics either. Inside the structure will be built in lights for year round use, as well twinkling fairy lights and ivy to create a ‘magical garden’ feel. “There will be a new bench going all the way along the deck, which will also be planted up and dotted with cushions.” Says Mark. Sounds just lovely.

 

We hope you are excited about this as we are, and invite you to come down and check out the new look as soon as possible. If all goes according to plan, it should be up and running by the end of next week. We will post up some photos as soon as we have them!

 

ALSO: EXPECT OFFICIAL RE-OPENING PARTY VERY SOON!

We’re thinking rum cocktails… or maybe a few g&ts would hit the spot.

Love,

Urban Beach xx

 

Urban update on our Fawkes ‘N’ Hoes Festival!

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

So the dates are now in your diary – Friday November 2nd till Sunday November 4th – and you’ve been getting warmed up ready to take part in our conker championships! Well we thought we should give you the heads up that some of the Urban Beach crew have been taking their training very seriously with conker matches on a daily basis ;)

The Urban crew taking their conker training seriously!

Join the festivities from 8pm on Friday 2nd and if you think you’ve got what it takes to win our conker championships, bring it on! The overall winner will be lucky enough to bag an overnight stay with us in one of our 12-boutique luxury bedrooms.

There will be more ‘battling it out’ on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th as the snail racing begins. Join in with the heats on the Saturday and if you’re up in one of the top spots, come back on the Sunday and take part in the finals to be in with a chance of winning a full three course meal for two with drinks. Our snails have been in training for a few days now getting fit and ready!

You’ll be able to enjoy a host of live music on Sunday 4th too from the likes of the lovely Beth Lowen (www.facebook.com/BethLowen?fref=ts) Luke Adams (www.facebook.com/lukeadamsmusic1?fref=ts) and the One Man Destruction Show (www.facebook.com/pages/One-Man-Destruction-Show-Adam-J-Harmer/139326396170097?fref=ts)

Snail in training

All of this combined with a selection of mouth watering pies and scrumptious ales to wash it all down with.

Come and join in to help us celebrate this gorgeous season that is autumn!

Love the Urbans. Xx

P.S: Here’s a reminder of our conker etiquette’ rules so you know what to expect from the games!

Conker Etiquette:

  1. All conkers and laces are supplied by Urban Beach.
  2. Each player is given a new conker and lace at the start of each game and they may knot the lace a maximum of one knot. Players may not re-use conkers from earlier games, however, you can re-use your laces. Laces may not be used from footwear incase of fungal contamination.
  3. The game will commence with a toss of a coin, the winner of the toss may elect to strike or receive.
  4. A distance of no less than 8’’ or 20cm of lace must be between knuckle and nut.
  5. Each player then takes three alternative strikes at the opponent’s conker.
  6. Each attempted strike must be clearly aimed at the nut, no deliberate mis-hits.
  7. The game will be decided once either of the conkers has been smashed.
  8. A small piece of nut or skin remaining shall be judged out, it must be enough to mount an attack.
  9. If both nuts smash at the same time then the match shall be re-played.

10.  Any nut being knocked from the lace but not smashing may be re-threaded within 10 seconds and the game shall be continued.

11.  A player causing a knotting of the laces (a snag) will be noted, three snags will lead to disqualification.

12.  If a game lasts for more than five minutes then play will halt and the ‘5 minute rule’ will come into effect. Each player will be allowed up to nine further strikes at their opponents nut, again alternating three strikes each. If neither conker has been smashed at the end of the nine strikes then the player who strikes the nut the most times during this period will be judged the winner.

The Chief Umpire’s decision shall be absolutely final!

Disclaimer:

Urban Beach does not accept any responsibility for broken bones, loss of limbs or death caused by this conker event. We urge participants to think about health and safety of themselves and others and suggest wearing eye goggles, welding gloves, American football helmets, kneepads, elbow pads, bulletproof vests, steel tapped boots, high visibility jackets and a cricket box for the fellas! Be warned – this sporting activity may contain nuts!

Fawkes ‘N’ Hoes Festival!

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Urban's conker championships

Save the date boys ‘n’ girls for our harvest, bonfire ‘Fawkes n Hoes’ Festival at the Urban Beach!

Live music, real ales, snail racing, conker championships, epic pies and much much more! Running from the 2nd – 4th November for the whole weekend so pop the date in your diaries and we’ll keep you posted as we add to the line up.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page over the next few weeks for updates and photos of the preparations. We’ve got snails on high carb diets and sit up routines and have been polishing our conkers…

And speaking of conkers, here are our ‘conker etiquette’ rules so you know what to expect from the games ;)

Conker Etiquette:

  1. All conkers and laces are supplied by Urban Beach.
  2. Each player is given a new conker and lace at the start of each game and they may knot the lace a maximum of one knot. Players may not re-use conkers from earlier games, however, you can re-use your laces. Laces may not be used from footwear incase of fungal contamination.
  3. The game will commence with a toss of a coin, the winner of the toss may elect to strike or receive.
  4. A distance of no less than 8’’ or 20cm of lace must be between knuckle and nut.
  5. Each player then takes three alternative strikes at the opponent’s conker.
  6. Each attempted strike must be clearly aimed at the nut, no deliberate mis-hits.
  7. The game will be decided once either of the conkers has been smashed.
  8. A small piece of nut or skin remaining shall be judged out, it must be enough to mount an attack.
  9. If both nuts smash at the same time then the match shall be re-played.

10.  Any nut being knocked from the lace but not smashing may be re-threaded within 10 seconds and the game shall be continued.

11.  A player causing a knotting of the laces (a snag) will be noted, three snags will lead to disqualification.

12.  If a game lasts for more than five minutes then play will halt and the ‘5 minute rule’ will come into effect. Each player will be allowed up to nine further strikes at their opponents nut, again alternating three strikes each. If neither conker has been smashed at the end of the nine strikes then the player who strikes the nut the most times during this period will be judged the winner.

The Chief Umpire’s decision shall be absolutely final!

Disclaimer:

Urban Beach does not accept any responsibility for broken bones, loss of limbs or death caused by this conker event. We urge participants to think about health and safety of themselves and others and suggest wearing eye goggles, welding gloves, American football helmets, kneepads, elbow pads, bulletproof vests, steel tapped boots, high visibility jackets and a cricket box for the fellas! Be warned – this sporting activity may contain nuts!

 

Sorted’s Surf Festival

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

 

The Sorted Surf Festival!

If you’re looking for a chilled out weekend with a bit of a festival vibe head on down to Boscombe Beach this weekend coming – Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th – for the Sorted Surf Festival. The perfect event for those of you that love a bit of a surf or SUP!

There’s lots going on at this year’s event including: SUP demos, surf demos, Indo Boarding, a SUP paddle clinic, climbing wall, photography, art and music. Our friends from Koh Thai Tapas will be popping down too.

The demo line-up includes -

Saturday:

Jayce Robinson (Rip Curl) will be hosting the local grom club training session

BaySup – Stand Up Paddleboard racing

BaySup – SUP Surf Contest

Wessex Surf Club – Surf Contest

 

Sunday:

BaySup – Stand Up Paddleboard racing

BaySup – SUP Surf Contest

Wessex Surf Club – Surf Contest

So head on down from 10am – 5pm on the Saturday and 10am – 4pm on the Sunday for an action packed weekend. Pop in and see us too, we’re open for brekkie, lunch, dinner and Kay’s cake! If the weather’s nice we’ll have a BBQ on the go too.

See you at the weekend!

Love the Urbans. X

Meet the ‘Secret Surf Spot’ band

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Secret Surf Spot Band

As Eric Idle and the Monty Python boys said, ‘Always look on the bright side of life!’ That’s what we at Urban like to do too. Yes, we know it’s August and it’s horrible and rainy out there, but you can still get out and about and have a marvellous time! Especially if you pop to see our little sister, The Urban Reef, this Friday evening.

Join the team (on August 17th when we reckon the rain will have stopped) and you’ll be able to kick back and chill out to some tunes from the ‘Secret Surf Spot’ band. A bunch of great guys who play their tunes to a background of surfy images. Have a little look here at their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SouthCoastSurfMusic

Head on down from 7.30pm and grab a pew on the Urban Reef deck. If you’re feeling a little peckish, you’ll be able to tuck into some tasty pizzas too. The guys from the New Forest Pizza company will be heading down with their wood ovens to cook these tasty pizza treats! Find out more about them here: www.newforestpizza.co.uk

And of course, the bar will be open so you’ll be able to purchase some booze to wash everything down with.

Give the guys a bell via: 01202 443960 for more info. X

 

Hiccup – Alcoholimpic dessert cocktail!

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

We, like you, love doing a bit of celebrating. So to get into the swing of things and to celebrate the arrival of a really rather important sporting event that is nearly upon us, we thought you’d give something tasty to get stuck into.

Pop in to see us over the next week or so and you’ll be able to enjoy our ‘Urban’s Alcoholimpic Gem – accelerated, elevated, inebriated’ mini-cocktail dessert!

The mini cocktail consists of:

- ¼ of a bar of melted Cadbury’s caramel chocolate

Urban cocktail treat!

- 10ml Spiced Rum

- 7.5 Golden Falernum

- 7.5ml Amaretto

- 10ml gomme

- Dash of cream to taste

 

And it’s served with a pot of:

Heineken beer battered Curly Wurly and Cadbury’s boost bar! Finished with a Trebor fresh mint… the baton of sweet success ;)

All of this can be in your tum for six English pounds and fifty pence! Xx

 

Come and join us at the Bournemouth Food Festival!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Urban Reef is going to the market! From Friday June 29th to Sunday July 1st the Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival will be in the town square and us Urban folk will be a part of it.

Pop down and see our little sister, Urban Reef, on their deli stand where they’ll have a host of homemade treats, from Kay’s cakes (millionaire’s shortbread, carrot cake and biscotti bags to name just a few) as well as house baked breads and thirst quenching homemade lemonades.

We will also be a part of all the festival fun. Three members of our experienced crew, Chris Warwick, Adam Haines and Christian Bell will be in the town centre from 5.30pm till 6pm on Friday 29th showcasing some of our classic Urban cocktails. They’ll be demoing the delectable delights and there will also be a bit of audience participation – thats got to be worth popping down for ;)

So there you have it, you can read more about the festival via: http://www.bournemouthfoodanddrink.co.uk/ xx

Chris Warwick at the Bournemouth Food Festival in 2011

 

All set for the Christchurch Food Festival

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Deli stand at the Bournemouth Food Festival

Each and every year in the month of May, Christchurch evolves into a bustling hub of activity as the high street is turned into an international food market. On Saturday May 12th and Sunday May 13th over 100 stalls will grace the street all selling a selection of delicious and delectable food treats. Well this year, we’re proud to say we’re going to be a part of it!

Our Urban stand will feature a selection of tempting cocktails made with the finest house pour spirits and ingredients which come fresh from the Urban farm – our very own piece of land out in Sopley, the New Forest, where we grow our very own fresh fruit and veg.

Representatives from the Urban bar will be on hand to offer their booze knowledge and to chat about the Urban farm. The Urban Reef team will also be there selling a host of scrumptious baked goodies, courtesy of Kay the baker.

You’ll be able to tuck into a selection of cakes including: carrot cake, choc fudge cake, lemon drizzle cake and Origin coffee cake. There will also be a range of biscuits, cookies and house baked breads available for purchasing too!

For further information on what’s going on at the Christchurch Food Festival http://www.christchurchfoodfest.co.uk/index.asp

Look forward to seeing you there!

Love the Urban team. Xx