Archive for November, 2012

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


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