New Summer Menu at Urban Reef

Urban Reef sign

We have been fans of Urban Reef restaurant since it opened although we seem to pop in for a cheeky lunch date when the kids are at school, rather than visit for an evening meal these days.

Urban Reef describes itself as an ‘informal bar, deli, cafe and restaurant’ located next to the beach on Boscombe Promenade and we love it because it gives us the chance to go for a bracing walk along the beach with a special hot chocolate, coupled with Kay’s amazing cakes, treat in the winter, or a cooling tipple in the summer.

Urban Reef

Downstairs offers seating right on the promenade, with the deli, cafe area and bar whereas upstairs is a more formal dining area, with a new extended balcony where you can sit and take in the commanding views over Bournemouth Bay from the Isle of Wight to the Purbeck Hills.

Urban Reef Night

We arrived at the restaurant on a warm May evening and as the weather was so good, we opted to sit outside on the balcony upstairs so we could watch the sun set.

English Country Garden

We started the evening with some drinks whilst we deliberated over the delicious menu.

Annings Cider

Where Urban Reef (and its sister restaurants) really shine, is the food. Now I am not averse to the old meal in a restaurant chain, however, the team at Urban Guild source all their produce locally and even own their OWN farm in the New Forest, so the food on offer is always fresh and always seasonal and they have the perfect mix of surf and turf offerings.

Urban Reef Balcony

Hubby opted to have a starter, but knowing my limits I decided to wait until the main course so I could fit in dessert at the end of the evening, but the ribs did look amazing.

Ribs Starter

For my main course I treated myself to the Griddled 10oz Pork Chop which came with a Glazed Braeburn apple, shallot & sage pan jus, green beans, hasselback potato with smoked Dorset Red cheese.

Urban Reef Pork

Hubby opted for the 10oz Sirloin Steak with roasted vine tomato, buttery garlic mushroom, fat chips, watercress, choice of red wine or béarnaise sauce.

Steak Urban Reef

Both meals were beautifully presented and absolutely delicious with the meat literally melting in our mouths. I would not necessarily put the flavours together, especially with my dish but it came together perfectly.

Urban Reef Meal

I normally try to avoid ordering the same as Hubby, but we were both drawn to the Mango and Passionfruit Meringue with a refreshing sorbet.

Dessert Urban Reef

Eating outside was a real treat, but with it being May and with the sun almost set, it was getting chilly so we headed inside to warm up with a nice hot coffee to finish the evening.

Urban Guild

Urban Reef doesn’t have any airs and graces about it. The staff are dressed casually but you are welcomed with open arms whether you are walking in windswept after a day on the beach, or dressed for a rare evening out and the decor is the perfect combination of comfort and seaside kitsch.

Urban Reef Inside

In the summer months the huge floor to ceiling windows are opened to make the most of the views and in the winter, a roaring fire is lit to add plenty of warmth to the restaurant.

If you are after something more lively, they also have event nights which includes local live music and a quiz night which is sure to get the brain cells functioning.

Disclaimer: We were guests at Urban Reef for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own

 

 

 

 

 

16 thoughts on “New Summer Menu at Urban Reef

  1. Danielle says:

    ooh, I hardly ever see hassleback potatoes on a menu. Everything looks delicious!

  2. Kizzy says:

    The food looks amazing as does the view. WIsh we lived nearer to the sea.
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  3. All the food at Urban Reef looks amazing especially the steak as well as the Mango and Passionfruit Meringue and what a view as well. How relaxing.

  4. What a gorgeous place to eat. The food looks absolutely delicious. Kaz
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  5. Anosa says:

    Not heard of Urban Reef before but the meals looks absolutely yummy
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  6. The beach setting looks brilliant and the food looks great. The atmosphere sounds relaxed to make diners comfortable

  7. Alice Megan says:

    I’ve never heard of this place but the food looks delicious!

  8. Ooh, I’ve not heard of Urban Reef before but I used to go to Bournemouth quite a bit. It looks like it boasts a beautiful view there too!
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  9. Wow what an absolutely stunning place to go and eat! The food looks absolutely delicious.

  10. Kira says:

    My hubby use to go Bournemouth every year as a child so we are taking the girls in the summer and this place is on my breakfast list! 🙂
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  11. It actually looks like you guys are on holiday! We haven’t been to Boscombe Promenade for ages but definitely going to swing by and check out this place on our next visit x
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  12. Alison Rost says:

    I’ve never tried dining at Urban Reef before! It sounds like an awesome place with good food and plenty of entertainment. It’s the perfect place to go to for dinner after a day at the beach!
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  13. Hannah says:

    All looks delicious! Especially that pork chop. Sounds like a great place 🙂
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  14. natalie says:

    This place looks amazing and those views are stunning. Although a little too far for us to visit!

  15. Oo this all looks so delicious and to eat with that view must be so lovely! I love it when restaurants cater for the different seasons 🙂
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  16. Jon says:

    What an amazing place! The food looks great and as someone who grew up living by the coast I miss eating with those views!!

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