Introducing ‘small plates’ to the New Urban Reef Lunch Menu!

December 23rd, 2015 by matt@urbanguild.co.uk

Urban Reef is a funky Bournemouth cafe by day, offering fresh, local and seasonal produce. Our exciting new lunch menu offers a choice of small plates that can be enjoyed on their own or combined to make a delicious meal for sharing. A selection of favourite meat, fish and veg dishes has been joined on the menu by some new ones to try.

What’s new about the lunch menu?

Our chefs use the most amazing seasonal produce available in the local area in their dishes. Mussels, an Urban Reef favourite in the summer months, are in their prime at this time of year – bigger and tastier due to the choppier waters and stronger sea currents from October to March.

How does the menu reflect Urban Reef?

Everything we grow on the Urban Farm we use in our restaurants. We also work closely with passionate local suppliers to make sure the freshest, local organic ingredients are used in Urban Reef dishes. The new lunch menu reflects this, focusing on seasonal produce that is sourced from local people that grow, catch or produce it. The meat comes from Springfields Butchers in Poole, fish from local day boats and cheese, vegetables and wine are all sourced from small, local businesses in Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire.

How was the new lunch menu created?

The new lunch menu was lovingly created by the Head Chef at Urban Reef working with Chef Dean, Group Executive Chef for Urban Guild. We’ve already had some great feedback from you since launching at the beginning of December.

The new lunch menu was designed to reflect the relaxed social style of our Bournemouth seafront café and our ‘small plates’, little dishes of meat, fish and vegetables can be ordered on their own or in a combination, and are deliciously satisfying either way.

To learn more about the new lunch menu or to book a table at Urban Reef, please call us on 01202 443960 or book online.

Our Loyalty Card Gives Great Hugs!

November 30th, 2015 by matt@urbanguild.co.uk

If you have one of our Hug Club cards nestling in your purse, wallet, or man-bag you’ll know what a friendly little thing it is and how you can collect points to save you pounds here at Urban Reef. (Don’t worry if not, here’s a handy guide). We appreciate our customers who visit our restaurant on Bournemouth seafront, and want to extend our gratitude by offering a variety of Urban Reef offers – including discounts, deals and exclusive offers with our Hug Club Card!

What is the Hug Club?

The Hug Club Card guarantees a hug every time you visit us. (Not really – although we do love hugs). It’s a loyalty card, which represents the exchange of a “thank you” to you for being a loyal customer at any of our venues: Urban Reef, Urban Beach and Jenkins & Sons. Read on to discover how we’d like to thank you for loving our seafront restaurant in Bournemouth…

One of the benefits of the Hug Club card is the exclusive stuff guaranteed to put a smile on your face. We thought we’d kick this off in style with three – well why not?

So bring your Hug Club card with you to our award-winning Bournemouth restaurant, Urban Reef, between now and the end of November and you can enjoy the following:

2 for 1 Main Meals on Monday

That’s any main meal from our Urban Reef restaurant menu when you make a restaurant booking on a Monday. Each Hug Club member gets two meals for the price of one for them and a guest – so for larger groups, just make sure you have enough cards between you. You can order a Hug Club card here and we can post it or just ask your server on the night. Check out our Urban Reef restaurant menu here if you need to excite your taste buds first!

Bring Your Own Wine Tuesday

Just bring your favourite bottle of wine with you and enjoy it with a meal cooked by us in the Urban Reef restaurant. (One bottle of wine per Hug Club card holder, per visit).

2 for 1 Cocktails 5-7pm Weekdays

Kick off the evening in style at our cocktail bar in Bournemouth and choose two stylish cocktails from our drinks menu and pay for just one!

If you’d like to find out more about the Hug Club or to become a member, sign up in the Urban Reef restaurant, buy online or call us on 01202 443 960. We look forward to giving you your first ‘hug’.

Boscombe’s Countdown to Christmas

November 20th, 2012 by admin

 

Boscombe's Countdown to Christmas!

Join in with Boscombe’s ‘Countdown to Christmas’ on Saturday December 1st 2012, courtesy of our friends at the Coastal BID (www.coastalbid.co.uk/)

Head down to the Sovereign Shopping Centre where from 10am – 4pm, you’ll be able to keep the kids entertained with face painting and a host of children’s entertainers. Prepare to be amazed by magic tricks and balloon modelling too! Between 2pm – 4pm the adults will also be treated to some timeless classics from the 50s and 60s.

The Precinct comes fully alive in the afternoon as a series of entertainers will take to the stage (2pm – 5pm) , offering jazz, storytelling, dance displays, a Punch and Judy show, juggling elves and angels on stilts!

As the natural light begins to fade, make your way to Boscombe seafront for a display from ‘FLAME’ the amazing flame thrower, before heading to see us at Urban Reef! Cosy up on our deck, grab a blanket and tuck into a hog roast, sup on a glass of mulled wine and enjoy some fantastic live music from the ‘Luke Adams band’ (5.30pm) who will be playing on our balcony out towards the sea – dance and sing along to a host of modern covers and some Christmassy tunes.

And to end your day grab a glow stick and join in with the countdown to the grand finale – the fireworks at around 6.15pm. If you’ve done all of that, you’ll be truly ready to welcome in the festive season in style.

We look forward to seeing you a week Saturday!

Love the Urbans. Xx

 

King’s Park Primary get ‘seasonal’ at Urban Reef

November 15th, 2012 by admin

Head Chef Janusz with Urban Owner Mark Cribb

Over 60 pupils from King’s Park Primary School paid a visit to us recently to learn all about ‘seasonality’, where certain fruit and veg comes from and to have the opportunity to design a dish to appear on our ‘specials’ menu!

The children received a talk from our Urban owner, Mark Cribb, who is passionate about produce. So much so that Mark has even purchased a piece of land out in Sopley, the New Forest called the ‘Urban Farm’, where he grows fruit and veg to supply both us and our brother venue, The Urban Beach.

Mark talked to the group about the abundance of fruit, veg and fish that is available at this time of year in England, some of it right here on our very own doorsteps. He, along with the help of our Head Chef Janusz, (who has worked in a variety of world renowned restaurants including, Nobu, Gordon Ramsay’s Maze and Heston’s Fat Duck), showcased a host of produce which had been handpicked from the Urban Farm. Janusz then explained how some of these ingredients are cooked and how they get incorporated into various dishes.

The children were also invited to try some of the food such as; pumpkin & swede cakes, poached pears, Jerusalem artichoke and chocolate beetroot cake to name just a few!

The children will now go back to their school and in teams will be asked to come up with a seasonal starter, main and dessert. In a couple of weeks time Mark and Janusz will listen to some presentations from the children and will choose their favourite dishes. The top ones will appear on the Urban Reef ‘specials’ menu for a weekend at the end of November and the children will get to see the chefs cooking their dishes in the kitchen.

We’ll keep you posted on what the children come up with and hope that you’ll all come down to check out what ends up on our specials board!

Love the Urbans. Xx

Urban veg

Have yourself a Merry Urban Christmas!

November 2nd, 2012 by admin

Urban Christmas!

It’s that time of year again folks, Christmas is nearly here! Under two months to go now ;-) So come and visit us this festive season and you’ll be filled with good tidings and seasonal joy.

Grab a pew in our first floor restaurant and gaze out to sea through our triple height windows to the sand, sea and twinkling lights beyond.

Wednesday nights play host to ‘live music’ evenings where resident musicians will be singing some songs to get you into the party mood – they may even throw in a Christmassy tune or two too!

So bring your family, friends and work colleagues for lunch or a sumptuous seasonal dinner from 1st – 24th December, cosy up next to our roaring log burning fire and celebrate the festive season in style.

Whether you’re a small party or a large group, our team will have you feeling full in no time.

Urban Reef is open Christmas Day too!

To view our menus visit: www.urbanreef.com/christmas Or for more information, or to make a booking call us: 01202 443960.

Love the Urban Reef crew. X

 

Update on the Urban Beach Fawkes ‘N’ Hoes Festival!

October 25th, 2012 by admin

Urban Beach snail in training

So the dates are now in your diary – Urban Beach Friday November 2nd till Sunday November 4th – and you’ve been getting warmed up ready to take part in the 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 ;)

Join the festivities at the Urban Beach Hotel from 8pm on Friday 2nd and if you think you’ve got what it takes to win the conker championships, bring it on! The overall winner will be lucky enough to bag an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s 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, head 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 (also at the Urban Beach Hotel).

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

So head down to help the Beach crew celebrate this gorgeous season that is autumn!

Love the Urban Beachers.  Xx

Urban’s autumn offers

October 19th, 2012 by admin

 

All cosy at Urban Reef

Autumn is now upon us and we have a couple of great offers and ideas that we wanted to share with you!

We’re hoping these will get you out and about and walking the 100 metres along the prom to dine with us. Since our head chef returned in April we’ve had some stunning feedback on the food (his year in London working in some of the best restaurants in the world has clearly paid off!) So come and test him out by making the most of some of the offers below.

Two For One Mains – Every Wednesday night – All you need to do is book for a meal with us on a Wednesday evening anytime from 6pm and you’ll get two for one on main courses. Anything you like from our ‘à la Carte’ menu or the specials board. Cheapest main free – pretty obviously ;-) Book online and just put ‘two for one’ in the comments box.

Urban Reef Wine Club – ‘Bring your own’ every Thursday* -We’re launching a wine club! We love a cracking wine and love to try new tipples from quirky little producers throughout the world. We also know many of you might have a great bottle of wine sat at home and you’ve been waiting for that special occasion to crack it open. Well we think we should team up! We’ll make the food and you bring the wine. No corkage charge and we’ll open it for you, supply the glasses, pour the wine and will even do the washing up! We might ask you for a little taste so we 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 to us. We’ll get a pici of you with your bottle to go on our Facebook, so everyone starts talking about it. So get online, book a table and just pop ‘wine club’ in the comments box.

*A tiny little bit of small print: The wine club only applies to the 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 our wine club on a Thursday evening, you can enjoy a little something extra too! At 7pm and 10pm we’re offering a shuttle service from our brother venue Urban Beach to the Urban Reef and back again – we don’t want you to ruin your hair ;-) – all you need to do is pop the word ‘Taxi’ in your booking (if you book online) 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 Beach conker championships

Save the date boys ‘n’ girls for the Urban Beach harvest, bonfire ‘Fawkes n Hoes’ Festival!
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 to what’s going on with our big brother’s line-up!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page over the next few weeks for updates and photos of the preparations. The Urban Beach crew have got snails on high carb diets and sit up routines and they have been polishing their conkers…

And speaking of conkers, here are the ‘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!

Kay’s Savoury Shortbread Buttons!

September 26th, 2012 by admin

Savoury Shortbreads

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 -

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