CONTEMPORARY beach-side Urban Reef is an eclectic, modern venue. With a new summer menu, new Head Chef and the summer season in full flow, now is the time to go, especially if you haven’t yet paid a visit.

Situated on Boscombe promenade, this glass fronted restaurant is a popular, relaxed eatery, filled with diners keen to soak up the beautiful uninterrupted seafront views from its restaurant, terrace and balcony – and lest we forget the scrumptious grub.

Local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients are the words we all want to hear when choosing from a menu – and Urban Reef’s new summer bill of fare does not disappoint.

Customers tucking into fresh local produce is something new Head Chef Wayne Joyce, 37, gets a real buzz from, which is why he has meticulously created a stunning menu for summer.

Some of the seasonal vegetables he uses have been home grown at Urban Reef’s own farm in the New Forest - delivered direct to Wayne within an hour of being hand-picked.

Dorset, born and bred, Wayne finds inspiration in his menu choices from local produce and enjoys supporting local brands to give customers a true taste of Dorset and Hampshire.

Conker Gin and Dorset Tea appear in some of his favourite dishes including; Dorset Dry Conker Gin and beetroot cured salmon with compressed cucumber, shallot, celeriac remoulade and samphire; and lightly curried yogurt and sustainable hake fritters with a cucumber and mint relish, mixed seasonal salad.

Other Dorset and Hampshire inspired dishes include: Lymington crab; New Forest Marque wild mushroom and Old Winchester risotto, Dorset rock oysters from Poole Harbour, and Nachos with mature cheddar and Dorset sour cream.

All these dishes can be washed down by Urban Reef’s new exclusive craft ales themed around local smugglers Tregonwell and Gulliver.

Behind the kitchen pass, Head Chef Wayne leads a team of dedicated chefs. Since joining Urban Reef in March, 2017, he has built a strong new team around him including sous chefs Gvido Jankevics and Nicole Lanning, who all worked together during Wayne’s nine year stint at Sandbanks Hotel.

Summer dining doesn’t get much better than this – the perfect spot to enjoy a suitable Dorset ‘hit’ of local fresh food and a seaside tipple to top it all off.

• Urban Reef Restaurant, The Overstrand, Undercliff Drive, Boscombe BH5 1BN / 01202 443960 / /