Urban Reef’s autumn offers!

October 19th, 2012 by admin

All cosy at the Urban Reef

Autumn is now upon us and we have a couple of great offers and ideas that we wanted to share with you from our little sister Urban Reef! www.urbanreef.com

If you’re staying with us and would like to make the most of any of these just let us know and we’ll reserve a table for you.

Two For One Mains – Every Wednesday night

All you need to do is book for a meal with Urban Reef on a Wednesday evening anytime from 6pm and you’ll get two for one on main courses. Anything you like from the ‘à la Carte’ menu or the specials board. Cheapest main free – pretty obviously ;-)

Urban Reef Wine Club – ‘Bring your own’ every Thursday*

Many of you probably have a great bottle of wine sat at home which you’ve been waiting for a special occasion to crack it open. Well team up with the Urban Reef crew! They’ll make the food and you bring the wine. No corkage charge and they’ll open it for you, supply the glasses, pour the wine and will even do the washing up! They might ask you for a little taste so they can suggest a great dish to accompany your food – but heh, it’s all about working together right!

So get that Châteauneuf-du-Pape off the shelf, give it a dust off and bring it down. They’ll get a pici of you with your bottle to go on the Urban Facebook page, so everyone starts talking about it.

*A tiny little bit of small print: The wine club only applies to the Urban Reef restaurant when you have a meal over lunch or dinner. Only applies to wine, no bringing your own bottle of Vodka and a straw ;) Just one bottle of wine per two people – come as a table of four and bring two bottles, no problem!

A little extra for a Thursday night!

If you’re making the most of the wine club on a Thursday evening, you can enjoy a little something extra too! At 7pm and 10pm we’ll be offering a shuttle service from Urban Beach to the Urban Reef and back again – we don’t want you to ruin your hair ;-) – all you need to do is let us know if you want to make the most of this offer and we’ll get it sorted for you. It’ll be a shuttle taxi going back and forth at those specific times, so please bear with us if you have to wait a couple of minutes on a busy evening. Saves paying for car park!

So there you have it. A few little gems for this autumn and they’ll be running throughout October and November 2012.

Fawkes ‘N’ Hoes Festival!

October 12th, 2012 by admin

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!


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!


Kay’s Savoury Shortbread Buttons!

September 26th, 2012 by admin

Savoury shortbread buttons

This recipe is from our wonderful baker Kay. Using some lovely herbs from our piece of land out in Sopley, the New Forest. Fairly quick and easy to make too! So here you go:

Ingredients –

-          170g flour

-          125g butter

Rub the butter into the flour and add one or a mix of the following:

-          5g parmesan

-          Pinch of cracked black pepper

-          Pinch of fresh or dried herbs – we use herbs from the Urban Farm out in Sopley!

-          Couple of finely chopped sundried or black olives


Method –

-          Squish your mixture together to get a smooth soft dough, careful not to overwork it though

-          Rest – both you and the dough ;)

-          Roll out the mixture on a lightly floured surface until it’s approximately ¼ inch thick

-          Stamp out 1 ½ inch rounds of whatever shape you fancy

-          Place the rounds onto a baking sheet lined with parchment (they do tend to keep their shape so can be placed fairly close together)

-          Bake in a preheated oven on 175*C for approximately 20minutes until they start to colour. Please note, ovens vary in temperature, so please check the shortbreads as they bake

-          Leave them to cool slightly and then enjoy!

We at Urban think these are lovely with a bit of cheese and chutney :)


Sorted’s Surf Festival

September 11th, 2012 by admin


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 -


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



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

The BEST views in town for the Bournemouth Air Show

August 17th, 2012 by admin
Urban Reef Restaurant Air Show Menu

Enjoy some of the best views in town at the Urban Reef

The Bournemouth Air Festival is only just around the corner now. Stick your nose up into the air and smell the excitement and anticipation, it’s all around.

And as one of our Urban customers, we wanted to fill you in on what our little sister, the Urban Reef, is up to over that weekend (Thursday August 30th to Sunday September 2nd), so you can enjoy some of the best views in town!

On Friday (31st Aug) and Saturday (1st Sept) you can also indulge in the Reef VIP lunch package. For £45 per person step out on to the new balcony area and sup on an arrival drink of Prosecco or a glass of Urban Pomms (an Urban version of Pimms!). Get comfy and cast your gaze out to sea to catch all of the air displays, before tucking into a sumptuous three course BBQ feast. And to wash it all down, you can enjoy half a bottle of house wine – white, red or rosé – your choice.

If you’re a music lover and you’re eating with the Reef team on the Thursday, Friday or Saturday evenings, you’ll be able to enjoy some songs from the Corona and Wave 105 music stage, situated right opposite Urban Reef!  You’ll be able to sing along to songs from the likes of Scouting for Girls, Rizzle Kicks and Newton Faulkner.

To end the weekend in style, the Reef crew have resident musician Jon Cotton, performing on the deck on Sunday afternoon. The perfect close to an action packed Air Show weekend.

So there you have it. Have a little click on the picture icon to view the menu or email: katie@urbanreef.com for more info.

Much love. x


*The boring bits!

- Normal bookings in the restaurant for lunch and dinner across the Air Show weekend

- 1st come 1st served deck policy still applies across the weekend

- Balcony VIP bookings on Friday and Saturday lunchtimes only. Otherwise 1st come 1st served balcony rules apply


Meet the ‘Secret Surf Spot’ band

August 15th, 2012 by admin

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


Too Good to Waste!

August 2nd, 2012 by admin

Too Good to Waste!


Have you heard of the doggy boxes that have been storming London? (And no we’re not referring to boxes that can fit those tiny little dogs that our celebrities seem to carry around with them nowadays!) Theses boxes are the cardboard variety which have been specially created by the ‘Sustainable Restaurant Association’ (or the SRA) www.thesra.org in association with ‘3663’ www.3663.co.uk/ and ‘One Water’ www.onedifference.org//food-drink/water

The idea behind the boxes is when you’re out having a meal in your favourite restaurant, but perhaps your eyes have been a little bit bigger than your belly and you can’t finish your grub, you can take the leftovers home. So they’re like doggy bags but a little bit posher and slightly more robust!

These boxes are very green too as they’ve been manufactured by London Bio Packaging (www.londonbiopackaging.com) They’re made of 100% recycled and biodegradable materials, so once you’re done with eating your leftovers, they’re suitable for recycling and composting too. Perfect for helping our crops to grow at the Urban Farm then ;)

Here at Urban Beach we’re a part of the SRA, we love being as green as possible as we love the environment, and we want to keep it as amazing as possible for as long as possible.  While this doggy box scheme is something that’s currently unique to London, we spoke to our friends at the SRA who put us in touch with London Bio Packaging so we could get involved too by purchasing some of these boxes for you guys, our very lovely customers.

So here are some of the facts as to why we need to become a little bit more food waste conscious*:

-          A whopping 600,000 tonnes of food waste comes from restaurants each year. Much of it filling up landfill space. This is the equivalent of three Double Decker buses for every restaurant

-          For every single meal that’s eaten in a UK restaurant, nearly half a kilo of food is wasted! This is a combination through food prep, spoilage and from what’s left behind on the plate

-          Us Brits also waste an awful lot of food at home. We throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year. This costs £12bn!

-          Much of the food that gets wasted from our homes could actually have been eaten and the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking one in five cars off of the road!

If everyone did their little bit by eating their leftovers, it would all help. And often eating the food for the second time around is just as good or even better (we’ve all been there at home eating our left over takeaway the following morning!)

So help us to do our (and your) bit for the environment. And next time you’re visiting; don’t be scared to ask for one of these take home boxes. Just ask a member of the team who will be very happy to help.

*Stats from the ‘SRA’ website and the ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ website.



A tasty mushroom dish filled with more mushrooms!

July 27th, 2012 by admin

Yummy veggie mushroom dish

Got some friends coming over this weekend for a bit of grub? Have a little look at this recipe. It’s fast, fresh and easy to make. This = more time eating and drinking with your friends and less time in the kitchen. Perfect!

This tasty mushroom dish is a real summer inspired treat. It’s fresh, light and lovely. It can also be found on our current Bistro menu, so if you fancy trying it out before testing this recipe out at home, do pop in!

Our Head Chef Ben told us this recipe serves four, so get your mates round and get stuck in!


  • Four large flat capped field mushrooms
  • Two large handfuls of rocket (dress with olive oil)

For the mousse:

  • 200g wild New Forest mushrooms
  • 50g cream cheese
  • Splash of brandy
  • 100g fresh nettles
  • Half a large onion
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For the bisque:

  • Half a large onion
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 3 sprigs of parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 tablespoons plain flour
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional – splash of red wine


For the mousse:

  • Start by sweating your onions, mushrooms and nettles in a pan for approx five minutes
  • Put these ingredients into a food processor with your cream cheese and a splash of brandy. Blitz it up and leave to cool
  • Add salt and pepper to taste

For the bisque:

  • Next, sweat down your onions, carrot and garlic until soft. Add flour and cook for three minutes
  • Add the tin of chopped tomatoes and if you’re adding a splash of red wine, do so now. Then add your parsley and bay leaf. Simmer for 20 minutes
  • Remove the bay leaf and blitz the mixture in the food processor until it’s smooth. Pass through a sieve

For the rest:

  • Once the bisque is ready, add chopped new potatoes and your broad beans. Leave to simmer in a pan
  • Cook your flat capped mushrooms in the oven, or in a pan, for a few minutes. Fill with the mousse and cook in the oven for a further eight minutes
  • To serve, put the bisque in the bottom of a bowl, pop your large mousse filled mushroom on top and garnish with dressed rocket

Job done. Now all that’s left to do is enjoy. X


Meeting Mark Diacono!

July 25th, 2012 by admin

The Urban Farm


We haven’t updated our blog with any Urban Farm info in a little while (we’re ever so sorry). Its just as it had been raining non-stop for what seems like forever, much of our fruit and veg took a fair amount of a battering due to over-flooding, so we didn’t have too much to write about!

However, the sun is now shining his little face off, so we thought we’d get back into the swing of it. Plus we wanted to fill you in about a recent meeting of ours with a wonderful chap, Mark Diacono.

Many of you probably already know, but for those who don’t, Mark Diacono is the ex-head gardener of River Cottage. The brainchild of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.

Mark also runs ‘Otter Farm’ a 17 acre farm down in Devon. Otter Farm is the UK’s only climate change farm. It’s home to lots of lovely stuff – dwarf kiwis, orchards of olives, peaches, almonds, chocolate vine, Szechuan pepper, apricots and Japanese wineberries – to name just a few. Mark also has a forest garden, a vineyard and a perennial garden.

We were lucky enough to be introduced to Mark through our friend Tim Sanders from Discover Dorset, have a little look here www.discoverdorset.co.uk/ at what Tim does (we’ve been on one of Tim’s Discover Dorset Tours and would highly recommend it!). After our introduction to Mark via Tim, we invited Mark to come and see what we’re all about! So he popped to see us for a day visit.

Mark seemed pretty excited about the Urban Farm, our little piece of land out in Sopley the New Forest, and the opportunities that it provides us with – we plant the seeds, they grow and flourish, we harvest the crop, bring it into our kitchen and plate it up for our customers. We get our customers enthused with our story and they go on to spread the word about the importance of ‘growing your own’.

After having a little look around Mark suggested we should extend our piece of land. We had a chat about a potential acre of vineyard to start growing our own grapes for wines –the staff got excited at the thought of this! We then got thinking about other things we could start to grow out there, such as planting an apple orchard to be able to produce our own cider, plus growing some other more high value crops. We also chatted to Mark about some of the stuff people don’t usually eat, such as the flowers from broad beans – we’re not going mad, it actually adds another dimension to eat certain flowers as part of your food.

Alas, our time with Mark came to end, but we felt there is so much more that we’d love to be able to learn from him and discuss with him, so we’re planning to invite him back for a BBQ at some point. We’ll pick some veg from the Urban Farm and enlist his help to cook it on the barbie.

If you want to find out more about Mark, you can have a little look at his website: www.otterfarm.co.uk and you can follow him on Twitter ‘@markdoc’ He’s a great guy, so we’d recommend you check out what he’s up to.


Hiccup – Alcoholimpic dessert cocktail!

July 19th, 2012 by admin

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