Archive for March, 2011

The Boscombe Tea Party

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The Boscombe Tea Party

On Sunday May 1st, Boscombe will become a hive of activity as the Boscombe Tea Party commences!

The community event, organised by the Boscombe Area Regeneration Group (otherwise known as BARG) and in association with the Dorset Music Forum, will focus on four main areas of Boscombe including: the High Street, the Crescent, the Chine Gardens and the Seafront. It’ll be going on all day from about 10.30am until late.

With an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme each area will come alive throughout the day with ‘themed’ actors, music from live musicians, street entertainers, magicians and hula hoopers galore!

The Vintage Market will also take place in the Crescent and the seafront will play host to a special produce market. It’s basically just a good excuse to get out and about with your friends and family to enjoy a bit of free music and entertainment. You might be able to treat yourself to a purchase or two too.

To support the event, we’ll have a BBQ on the go (so you’ll be able to fill your tummy), a special ‘Mad Hatter’s’ tea menu and we’ll have a bit of live music on our decking. Fingers crossed for a bit of sun!

We hope to see you on the day or it’ll be off with your head! ;)

Love the Urbans. X  

P.s: We’ll keep you posted as more bits and bobs get confirmed.

Vintage Market thrives in Boscombe

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The Boscombe Vintage Market

Have you heard about the Boscombe vintage market? In October 2010, the market first opened its stalls at The Cresent and as it seemed to go down rather well, it now takes place on the first Saturday of every month.

The vibrant monthly vintage market is providing opportunities for small businesses, local artists, skilled crafts people and enterprising students alike with a mix of accessories, art collectables, crafts and vintage clothing for sale.

If you’re in the area on Saturday April 2nd you’ll be able to pay a visit to the next one. It’s just before Mother’s Day so you might be able to find a wonderful treat for your lovely mum! Don’t worry about popping out in bad weather too as it’s all undercover – marvellous!

The Boscombe Vintage Market is supported by the Boscombe Regeneration Partnership in association with Boscombe Area Regeneration Group (BARG).

For more information you can visit:

Try our MSC fishcake recipe for two!

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Yummy fishcakes

Yummy fishcakes

We’ve got some tasty fishcakes on the menu at the moment so we thought why not share the recipe with you, our wonderful and lovely customers. 

This recipe serves two, but you can easily add to the ingredients if you have guests (or if you’re rather hungry and fancy more).

By the way, MSC stands for: Marine Stewardship Council  – certified sustainable seafood. You learn something new every day!


-          250g MSC Fish (Pollack/salmon/smoked hake/prawns)

-          250g fluffy mash potato (Maris Piper Gees variety)

-          50g flash frozen peas

-          25g fresh dill

-          1 lemon (zest and juice)

-          Salt and pepper

-          1 onion (lightly softened)

-          For the breadcrumb (2 eggs/ 50g plain sifted flour/50g lightly toasted breadcrumbs)


-          Steam the fish in bite size pieces and allow it to cool

-          Fold the fish into the mash potato (be gentle though – you don’t want to break it up too much)

-          Add the onion to the mixture

-          Grate the zest of 1 lemon and squeeze in the juice to the mixture (just to give it a bit of a kick!)

-          Finely chop the fresh dill and add the peas. Add some seasoning and taste

-          Correct the seasoning if needed

-          Cover with cling film and allow to cool in the fridge

-          Once your mixture is cool you can form it into 4 medium sized balls. Roll these in the flour and into the beaten egg. Finally, dust lightly in the breadcrumbs

-          Place fishcakes into a deep fat fryer for approx 3-4 minutes until the breadcrumb is golden brown (they’ll start to smell lovely too)


-          Place onto some dry cloth and allow to drain off any excess oil

-          Serve your fishcakes with some well dressed seasonal leaves and a chilli, coriander and lime salsa 


Now that you’re all done, you can sit down and enjoy your rather tasty treats :)

Lots of love, the Urban team. x

Drop Pancake recipe (a bit like American pancakes)

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Tasty urban pancakes

Tasty urban pancakes

Happy Pancake Day people!

We thought you might like to try and make your own pancakes, so we’ve borrowed a recipe from our little sister, Urban Reef. 

Hopefully your belly will be lovely and full in no time :)



500g plain flour

125g caster sugar

2 teaspoons of baking power

Pinch of salt


4 eggs

1/2 litre milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence



-          Mix the flour, caster sugar, baking powder and salt together in a bowl and make a well (a bit of a dip in the mixture)

-          Crack the eggs into the well, add the milk and the vanilla essence. You then need to mix it all together to make a batter.

-          Heat a non-stick pan on the stove and add a little oil.

-          Dip a tablespoon into the pancake batter and scoop some batter mixture onto it. Then drop the batter into the pan and cook for two minutes on each side. (You can do this as many times as your batter mix will allow!)

 To serve:

-          Place one, two or three (as many as possible really :) ) onto a plate.

-          Then indulge yourself with some of these tasty toppings – your choice!

Maple syrup, ice cream, cream, icing sugar, fresh berries or why not even try a little bit of everything. 

We hope you enjoy them! X

The Sorted Surf Festival

Friday, March 4th, 2011
The Sorted Surf School

The Sorted Surf School

We were rather excited to learn that the Sorted Surf Shop team will be once again be hosting the ‘Sorted Surf Festival’ on Boscombe Beach – which is right near our little sister the Urban Reef restaurant! 

The event will take place across the weekend of Saturday March 19th and Sunday March 20th and (in conjunction with main sponsors O’Neill) will host: surf, bodyboard and stand up paddleboard events as well as bringing a festival style atmosphere to the beach. There will also be a variety of stalls, giveaways, free demo equipment and advice from surf industry leaders – offering something for everyone really! 

On Saturday evening there will be an after-event party starting from 7.30pm hosted by us :)  

For more information speak to our friends at Sorted:

Shaun Taylor –  or  Mike Stead –   

We can’t wait to see you! X

‘Oh Noe you didn’t!’

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
Ben's cocktail - 'Oh noe you didn't'

Ben's cocktail - 'Oh Noe you didn't'

Our bartender Ben took part in a Bourbon cocktail competition yesterday, submitting his work of art, ‘Oh Noe you didn’t’! All cocktails were judged by Fred Noe who just so happens to be the great Grandson of James Beam – otherwise known as Jim Beam!

Ben didn’t place in the competition (well still think his cocktail is rather fab!) but he did get on very well with Mr. Fred Noe and even made him some pancakes!

Fancy having a go at making ‘Oh Noe you didn’t!’? Then you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 35ml Knob Creek
  • 10ml Cherry Heering
  • 10ml Apricot du Rousillion
  • 20ml Lemon juice
  • 2 spoons of Vanilla Sugar

Garnish with a short stack with maple syrup, cinnamon whiskey butter and cherries – we hope you enjoy it! :) x