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Boscombe’s Countdown to Christmas

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012


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 (

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


Urban’s autumn offers

Friday, October 19th, 2012


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!

Friday, October 12th, 2012

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!


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 -


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



Bank Holiday Bonanza!

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Bank Holiday Bonanza!

Join us this Bank Holiday weekend for some fun in the sun.

If you’re looking for an action packed weekend, we’ve got lots going on for you!

Pop down and chill out on Friday Aug 24th from 6.30pm. The guys from Casa Vieja Tequila will be pouring the drinks at their Margarita bar out on the Urban Reef deck.

On Saturday Aug 25th sup on a glass (or two!) of Rum punch from the guys at Appleton Estate. Sit back, relax and also enjoy some tunes from our DJ.

And finally, on Sunday Aug 26th our marvellous resident musician, Jon Cotton, will be singing some songs.

So come on down, bring your friends and make the most of your Bank Holiday weekend. x


Meet the ‘Secret Surf Spot’ band

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The Secret Surf Spot

As Eric Idle and the Monty Python boys said, ‘Always look on the bright side of life!’ That’s what we 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 come to see us at Urban Reef.

Join us this Friday evening (on the 17th August 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:

Head on down from 7.30pm and grab a pew on the 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 coming down with their wood ovens to cook these tasty pizza treats! Find out more about them here:

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

See you Friday and do a little sun dance to encourage the sun to show his face ;)


May we introduce ‘Mr Rodrigo’!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

A cocktail with a bit of a kick!

Do you fancy a drink with a bit of kick and lots of bite? If so our ‘Mr Rodrigo’ is for you! Read on to find out how to make this cocktail treat:

Ingredients -

• 1 shot of our finest tequila ‘Casco Viejo Reposado’

• 1 shot of Cointreau orange liqueur

• 2 shots of pineapple juice

• Dash of lime

• 1 twist of our infamous pepper mill

• And finally, half a shot (or a full shot if you’re brave enough) of our very own Jalapeno infused gomme!


Method -

• Add all of your ingredients into a Boston Shaker, then shake em’ up – vigorously! For 15.78 seconds to be precise ;) before being strained into a brandy snifter filled with crushed ice.

It’s very simple, fresh and spicy! When drinking it, imagine yourself away in some far off exotic place…


Summer we salute you festival!

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Here at Urban we view it as our moral responsibility to welcome summer in and to ensure this is done in style, our Big Brother, Urban Beach is holding a ‘Summer we salute you’ festival across the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (Sat 7th, Sun 8th and Mon 9th April).

Indulge in some chill out time with the Beach crew from midday every day, they’ll have loads of house and guest ciders for you to enjoy, as well as their own concoction ‘the monster under the stairs’ – that’s all we can say about this fearsome beauty ;)

For all the ladies out there, bartender Christian has created a fruity cider cocktail called ‘the old strawberry rose’ (chaps, don’t be put off if you fancy a try). It’s an infusion of local old Rosie cider with a delicious handcrafted fresh strawberry gomme, floating in a sea of crisp mint.

All of these ciders will be married perfectly with heaps of sausages – veggie, pork & leek, lamb & mint and chilli & pork – as well as a host of sausage specials on the specials board (no jokes please).

From 4pm (ish) on the Sunday afternoon, they’ll have some folky acoustic live music from a marvellous duo, Luke Adam and friend.

So if you want summer to be a success, grab a straw bale, sun hat and some sun cream and head on down, otherwise you’ll only have yourselves to blame for any rain that gets bestowed upon us. You know you want to, everyone loves the sunshine.

With love and hugs. Xx

P.S: If you want any more info call the Beachers on: 01202 301509. They’ll be very happy to help. x

Summer we salute you festival!


Tasty Cocktail Treats for Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Christmas is a time for good friends, good family and good food, but we can’t forget to have a good drink or two too!

Our head of bar, Terry, has come up with these cocktail concoctions and is selling them for £6.50 a glass. So if you’re looking to give yourself a treat this festive season why not order one…?

Selection of Urban cocktails

(From left to right):

  • Try a ‘Twinkle’ cocktail – A mixture of vodka, elderflower and champagne – this one is rather refreshing!
  • ‘Poinsettia’ – Champagne, triple sec and to give it it’s colour, a bit of cranberry juice too
  • ‘Blue Fizz’ – Champagne,  blue curaco and some sugar
  • ‘Urban Rose mark2!’ – Champagne mixed with rose syrup

We hope you enjoy them and we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! x

Urban crew at the Bournemouth Food Festival

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Bournemouth Food Festival

We are getting set to attend the first ever Bournemouth Food Festival this coming Friday July 29th – Sunday July 31st. Taking place in Bournemouth town centre, we’ll be joined by a host of other local Bournemouth traders including, Koh Thai Tapas, The Royal Bath Hotel, Chocol8 and Olives et al (to name just a few!)

Come and see us as we’ll be selling a host of tasty treats from our deli including: carrot cake, chocolate fudge cake and brownies galore, all courtesy of our very own baker Kay. We’ll even be bringing Kay along with us over the weekend, so feel free to ask her how she bakes such delights ;)

As well as selling a selection of Urban produce we’re also sending along some of the team to take part in the live demos! Head of the Urban Reef bar Maria, will be joined by our GM at Urban Beach Chris and head of Urban Beach bar, Adam and the trio will be showcasing some of their favourite cocktails from 5.30 – 6.30pm on the Friday. They’re hoping for a bit of audience participation too to see who has been watching properly ;)

We hope to see you over the weekend. X