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

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

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!

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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’.

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

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

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!

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

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: 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!

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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 ( Luke Adams ( and the One Man Destruction Show ( 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

Meeting Mark Diacono

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

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 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: 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.


Help us to help you to love your Mum!

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

We love our Mums very much at Urban Reef and with Mother’s Day fast approaching, we’ve come up with a special set menu so you can show your Mums how much you love them too!

Book with us on Sunday March 18th for Mothering Sunday lunch and enjoy two courses for £17 or three courses for £22. If you’d rather eat from our normal café menu, that’s absolutely fine too. Just take a little look at the menu tab on our website and make your choice!

You can even pre-order a special bottle of fizz for £17. Go on, you’ll score as you’ll be able to share it too ;)

To book with us, call: 01202 443960. We look forward to seeing you. Xx

Join us for Mothering Sunday!


February’s ‘2 courses for £12.95’ menu

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Come and join us throughout February and make the most of our ‘two courses for £12.95’ menu, and if you’re feeling really hungry you can enjoy ‘three courses for £16.95’!

Book with us Monday through to Saturday (yes even on a Saturday), for both lunch and dinner and you can make the most of it.

Take a little look on our menus page to download the menu and give us a call to book in: 01202 443960.

Love us Urbans. X

Two courses for £12.95

P.S: If you don’t have a booking with us, don’t worry, just pop in and we’ll try and find you a table. x


A treat for Valentine’s Day!

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012


Urban Valentine's hamper!

We know that buying Valentine’s gifts can sometimes be a little tricky! There’s the standard bunch of flowers, or perhaps a box of chocolates with the cuddly toy… ;) So to be a little different this year, we’d recommend buying an Urban hamper!

Filled with lots of ‘lurve’ and plenty of goodies, your loved one will be grinning from ear after receiving this little lot. Our hampers are filled with:

x2 choc chilli cookies

x1 gingerbread couple

x1 gingerbread ‘I love you!’

x1 bag of choccy truffles

x2 heart cupcakes

x1 bag of hibiscus shortbread hearts

If you’re buying a hamper for your lady friend we’ll pop in a bottle of pink fizz and if it’s for your fella we’ll include a bottle of Palmers – we think of something for everyone ;)


To order your Valentine’s hamper for collection (£25 per hamper), please email: or call 01202 443960 to reserve one.

Happy Valentine’s Day! X


Feeling all ‘lurved’ up

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

We’re halfway through January already (where on earth has the first month of 2012 gone!?) and before we know it Valentine’s Day will be upon us.

For all those hopeless romantics out there who can’t wait to book a table for their loved one, come and see us.

We’re running a set menu and for £40 per person you can enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival, a three course feast with a tea, coffee and petit fours to finish.

For those of you that want to come with friends, book a table for four and we’ll throw in a bottle of house wine. Marvellous!

To book call us on: 01202 443960.

Happy Valentine’s Day! X

Valentine's Day at Urban