Archive for March, 2011

Pipped to the post by Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen’

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Looking out to sea from Urban

All of us at Urban Reef are rather happy at the moment after coming in as a runner-up in the Coast Awards, ‘Best Seaside Restaurant’ category, second only to Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen’ in Cornwall.

The annual Coast Awards, in association with Joules, are now in their 4th year. The awards serve to celebrate innovative and exciting people and places around the British coastline. This year’s awards had 10 different categories including: ‘Best Seaside Holiday Destination’, ‘Best-Loved Pier’ and of course, ‘Best Seaside Restaurant’.

Readers of Coast Magazine were invited to vote for their favourite choices in all categories. Coast also employed a panel of seven experts to help with judging including: Managing Director of Joules, Tom Joule, award-winning Chef, Restaurateur, Fishmonger and Writer, Mitch Tonks and Director of Strategy and Communications at VisitBritain, Patricia Yates, to name just a few.

The ‘Best Seaside Restaurant’ category was won by Fifteen. Runners-up include, Urban Reef and Eddie Gilbert’s in Ramsgate, Kent.

Our owner, Mark Cribb, said: “We are delighted with this news. We are passionate about our food, where it comes from, how it’s sourced and of course how it’s served. We are also passionate about service and about working really hard for our customers, so it’s great to have had Urban Reef recognised by a host of industry experts and by Coast readers. To have come second to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen is quite a treat too.”  

Thanks very much Coast Magazine readers and judges! x

Kay’s Giant Cupcake Competition!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Kay's Giant Cupcake!

Guess the weight of Kay’s Giant Cupcake!

Our lovely baker Kay has baked this massive, yummy cupcake and we want you to tell us how much you think it weighs.

Buy a hot drink from us and feel free to make a guess. Just ask one of our team for a form, pop your details in and your guess at the weight – simple.

We’ll be going through the entries on Saturday afternoon and the closest guess wins the tasty treat!

Happy guessing :)

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 some 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.

Pie and Ale, Pie and Ale :)

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Exec Chef Nigel (Popps!) serving up the pies with Manageress, Lauren

This Friday March 25th saw our first ever, Pie and Ale event. We ran the event in association with the fab guys at Palmers (one of our lovely suppliers) and had a selection of tasty ales and yummy pies on offer.

We were lucky with the lovely weather and had a great turnout from our customers too.  

We can’t wait for the next one! x

Vintage Market thrives in Boscombe

Thursday, March 24th, 2011
The Boscombe Vintage Market

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:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Lovely Urban customers

To celebrate World Book Day Urban Reef customer, Bob Sharpe, paid us a visit to hand out some books to other diners.

Bob was one of 20,000 chosen ‘givers’, handing out 1million free books (in total) to encourage reading. His chosen novel (from a shortlist of 25), was ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ by Mark Haddon.

Pictured are some of our happy diners who received a book from Bob. They are Chloe Parmiter (centre) who was celebrating her Birthday with Jonathan Groves, Lianne Kennedy and Nicole Wharfe.

What a fab idea Bob and on behalf of the team at Urban we wish you a belated Happy Birthday Chloe! :) x

Urban Reef – Drop Pancake recipe (a bit like American pancakes)

Monday, March 7th, 2011
Pancakes with some maple syrup, pecans and creme fraiche

Pancakes with some maple syrup, pecans and creme fraiche

Do you fancy making pancakes the way we do at Urban Reef? Well have a go at using this recipe and 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 of milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence




One of our chefs Marcin with some berrylicious pancakes

One of our chefs Marcin with some berrylicious pancakes




-          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
Training at the Sorted Surf Shop

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 really rather close to us you know! 

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 none other than our big brother, Urban Beach :)   

For more information speak to our friends at Sorted:

Shaun Taylor –  or  Mike Stead –   

Can’t wait to see you! X

The Urban Pie and Ale festival

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
Rather yummy Palmers Ale!

Rather yummy Palmers Ale!

To get into the swing of spring the clan at Urban Reef thought it would be a rather good idea to hold our very own Pie and Ale festival. So, on Friday March 25th we’ll be serving lots of yummy pies and yummy ales out on our decking and we’d love it if you could join us!

If you fancy a chilled out evening with some tasty ales, good grub and merry tunes from one of our live musicians, then just pop down any time between 6pm and 10pm and join us as we watch the sun go down.

You’ll be able to choose from the following pies – your tummy will be full in no time!

  • Steak and blue vinney pie
  • Chicken, lemon and coriander pie
  • Cheddar cheese homity pie (v)

(All pies come from Bridport Gourmet Pies. £3.50 per slice including chutney and you can also treat yourself to some rustic pan fried potatoes for en extra £2.50. Ale starts from £3.90 – Marvellous!)

We are holding this event in association with the lovely people at Palmers Brewery. They are one of our suppliers and we think they are great.

We hope to see you on the night and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for further information. x