Bank Holiday Bonanza!

August 21st, 2012 by admin

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


The BEST views in town for the Bournemouth Air Show

August 17th, 2012 by admin
Join us at the Urban Reef for the Bournemouth Air Festival 2012

Bournemouth Air Show 2012

The Bournemouth Air Festival is only just around the corner now. Stick your nose up into the air and smell the excitement and anticipation, it’s all around.

And as one of our Urban customers, it’s only right that you get to enjoy some of the best views in town for the event. So head down to Urban Reef across the Air Show weekend – that’s any time from Thursday August 30th to Sunday September 2nd – and you’ll be able to enjoy all of the action and a bite to eat too.*

On Friday (31st Aug) and Saturday (1st Sept) you can also indulge in our VIP lunch package. For £45 per person step out on to our balcony and sup on an arrival drink of Prosecco or a glass of Urban Pomms (our version of Pimms!). Get comfy and cast your gaze out to sea to catch all of the air displays, before tucking into a sumptuous three course BBQ feast. And to wash it all down, you can enjoy half a bottle of our house wine – white, red or rosé – your choice.

If you’re a music lover and you’re eating with us on the Thursday, Friday or Saturday evenings, you’ll be able to enjoy some songs from the Corona and Wave 105 music stage, situated right opposite Urban Reef!  You’ll be able to sing along to songs from the likes of Scouting for Girls, Rizzle Kicks and Newton Faulkner – that’s right folks, they really will be performing right on our doorstep.

To end the weekend in style, we’ll have our resident musician Jon Cotton, performing on the deck on Sunday afternoon. The perfect close to an action packed Air Show weekend.

So there you have it, have a look on our menus page to view our Air Show menu. Give Katie an email: to book or call: 01202 443960.

Much love. x


*The boring bits!

- We will be taking normal bookings in the restaurant for lunch and dinner across the Air Show weekend

- 1st come 1st served deck policy still applies across the weekend

- Balcony VIP bookings on Friday and Saturday lunchtimes only. Otherwise 1st come 1st served balcony rules apply


Meet the ‘Secret Surf Spot’ band

August 15th, 2012 by admin

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’!

August 2nd, 2012 by admin

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…


Meeting Mark Diacono

July 25th, 2012 by admin

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.


A bit of something naughty!

July 18th, 2012 by admin
White choc and raspberry cheesecake

Don’t know about you, but we’re fed up of this awful weather! We’ve heard sunshine is just around the corner and that next week we’re due, dare we say it, a heat wave! But until then, we thought we give you a little something to cheer you up.

If you’re looking for something to do at home on one of these dull days we’re having, have a go at baking Kay the cakes ‘raspberry and white chocolate baked cheesecake’!

This scrumptious, delicious and very yummy recipe will make you a cheesecake fit to serve 12 people. And if you don’t want to share it, no worries, just tuck in. No one will ever know ;)


For the top of the cheesecake:

-           1kg soft cheese

-           5 whole eggs

-           300g melted white chocolate

-           100g raspberries

-           1 vanilla pod

For the biscuit base:

-           1 pack of digestive biscuits

-           Block of butter

For the compote:

-           1 punnet of raspberries

-           1 cup of sugar

-           1 vanilla pod



-  To start you’ll want to crush your biscuits. We find it best to pop them all in a tea towel and give them a good old smash on the kitchen side – don’t damage your kitchen side mind ;)

- Melt your butter on the hob. Once melted, add your biscuit crumbs and give it a good mix.

- Next, get a cake tin and push all of your biscuit crumb mixture to the bottom. Place your mixture in the fridge to cool for approximately one hour.

- Melt your white chocolate on the hob. Then take your soft cheese, whole eggs and vanilla pod and mix together. Add your melted chocolate to this mixture.

- Fold your raspberries through the mixture and once everything is blended together, remove the biscuit base mix from the fridge and add your topping.

- Preheat your oven to 150*C and pop your cake mixture in for approx half hour.

- While your cheesecake is cooking, you can make your accompanying compote. Add your punnet of raspberries, cup of sugar and other vanilla pod together in a pan and cook on the hob over a low heat for approx 20 / 25 minutes.

- Meanwhile, once your half hour is up, remove your cake from the oven and check if it wobbles – that’s right, we said check it for wobbly bits ;) – If it’s too wobbly pop it back in the oven for a few more minutes, if it’s just a little wobbly, leave it on the side to cool down and set.

There you have it. Tuck in! You can find this recipe and lots of other lovely stuff, including a cocktail recipe, info on our new cube and balcony and a bit about two very worthwhile charities, in our July e-newsletter. Enjoy. X


Come and join us at the Bournemouth Food Festival!

June 28th, 2012 by admin

Urban Reef is going to the market!

From Friday June 29th to Sunday July 1st the Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival will be in the town square and us Urban folk will be a part of it. Pop down and see us on our deli stand where we’ll have a host of homemade treats, from Kay’s cakes (millionaire’s shortbread, carrot cake and biscotti bags to name just a few) as well as house baked breads and thirst quenching homemade lemonades.

Our brother hotel, Urban Beach, will also be a part of all the festival fun. Three members of the experienced crew, Chris Warwick, Adam Haines and Christian Bell will be in the town centre from 5.30pm till 6pm on Friday 29th showcasing some of their classic Urban cocktails. They’ll be demoing the delectable delights and there will also be a bit of audience participation – thats got to be worth popping down for ;)

So there you have it, you can read more about the festival via: And if you fancy a chilled out weekend, come down to Urban Reef, sit on our balcony, look out to sea, enjoy a glass of vino and relax.



Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival 2011

“To a New Yorker like you, a hero is some kind of weird sandwich…” Oddball, ‘Kelly’s Heroes’ 1970

May 10th, 2012 by admin

The Great British Sandwich!

The 12th – 19th May is ‘British Sandwich Week’, a week to mark all things to do with the sandwich! And being food providers and food lovers, we thought we’d have a little look into the sandwich and its origins. We’ve even found some amazing and some slightly bizarre facts about what is considered by many people to be their favourite food!

It is said that the sandwich originated over two thousand years ago with various combinations placed on bread or in pastry. However, it wasn’t until 1762 when the 4th Earl of Sandwich (yes you’re reading this right, ‘sandwich’ is a historic town and civil parish on the River Stour in Dover!) that the ‘sandwich’ became official. The 4th Earl John Montagu, a British statesman, got hungry during a marathon poker match. He decided he wanted a hearty meal, but he didn’t want to put his cards down! So John asked his cook to get him something to eat that wouldn’t interfere with the game. The cook took a couple of slices of roast beef and put them between two pieces of toast. It meant that John could enjoy some good grub, while carrying on with his card game! And all of his friends started asking for “the same as Sandwich” too.

We should probably define exactly what a sandwich is, just so we’re all singing from the same hymn sheet. We got this little definition from the ‘British Sandwich Association’ or BSA, the voice of the British sandwich industry:  “Any form of bread with a filling, generally assembled cold – to include traditional wedge sandwiches, as well as filled rolls, baguettes, pita bloomers, wraps, bagels and the like, but not burgers and other products assembled and consumed hot. Hot eating sandwiches are also included.”

So onto some sandwich facts:

-          The Sandwich is now 250 years old!

-          The Earl, John Montagu, who also so happened to be the First Lord of the Admiralty, funded Captain Cook’s exploration of the Pacific and was rewarded when Cook named the first land he discovered as the ‘Sandwich Islands’. You may know it better as Hawaii!

-          Nearly 11 billion sandwiches are consumed in the UK every single year…

-          If you live in London, you’re looking at spending on average an extra 17p on every sandwich you buy, £1.83 compared to the national average of £1.66. Outrageous!

-          The record for creating the most expensive sandwich ever made was claimed by chef, Tom Bridge. His ‘Lancaster cheese sandwich’ was sold on eBay in 2006 for a whopping £345! The giant creation included white Umbrian truffles which are sold at £1,700 per kilo (wowzers!)

-          Over half of the population buy a sandwich at least once a year, 62% to be precise!

-          In one year this is what is used in the UK’s sandwiches: 20,550 tonnes of chicken, 17,400 tonnes of fish, 13,500 tonnes of cheese, 11,100 tonnes of ham, 8,700 tonnes of bacon, 6,000 tonnes or egg and 2,600 tonnes of sausages. Looks like chicken is a winner then!

There you have it, looks like we’re a nation of sarnie lovers. We’ve had a little look at this website: and think it’s worth a little peruse when you get 5mins.

Happy 250th Birthday to the sandwich and here’s to the next 250 years. X


All set for the Christchurch Food Festival!

May 3rd, 2012 by admin

Deli stand at the Bournemouth Food Festival!

Each and every year in the month of May, Christchurch evolves into a bustling hub of activity as the high street is turned into an international food market. On Saturday May 12th and Sunday May 13th over 100 stalls will grace the street all selling a selection of delicious and delectable food treats. Well this year, we’re proud to say we’re going to be a part of it!

Our Urban stand will feature a selection of tempting cocktails made with the finest house pour spirits and ingredients which come fresh from the Urban farm – our very own piece of land out in Sopley, the New Forest, where we grow our very own fresh fruit and veg.

Representatives from the Urban bar will be on hand to offer their booze knowledge and to chat about the Urban farm. The Urban Reef team will also be there selling a host of scrumptious baked goodies, courtesy of Kay the baker.

You’ll be able to tuck into a selection of cakes including: carrot cake, choc fudge cake, lemon drizzle cake and Origin coffee cake. There will also be a range of biscuits, cookies and house baked breads available for purchasing too!

For further information on what’s going on at the Christchurch Food Festival

Look forward to seeing you there!

Love the Urban team. Xx


A story about Kay’s cake

April 4th, 2012 by admin

For those of you taking your lunch break, we thought we’d give you a little story to enjoy. Hopefully we’ll get your mouth watering and your taste buds tingling, and you’ll want to pop in for a coffee and a big chunk of cake (or perhaps two pieces!) You can always grab a slice to takeaway if you’re too busy to stay, we don’t mind.

Berry frangipane cupcakes


“Kay is our beautiful baker who gets up super early to bake lots of tempting treats which you will fi­nd in our deli.

Kay's carrot cake



You can’t be a baker unless you like cake, it’s the law, and Kay told us she’s rather partial to a wedge of carrot cake – apparently it helps her to see in the dark ;)




Selection of Kay's cakes




Kay is kept especially busy every day baking lots of cookies, millionaire’s shortbread & chocolate fudge cake. Her brownies are also bestsellers, but for those who prefer white chocolate, Kay makes white choccy blondies too!

The end.”