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Friday, 17 October 2008

Fouters Restaurant in Ayr is awarded its second AA rosette

FOR more than 30 years a jewel in Ayrshire’s culinary crown, Fouters Restaurant in Ayr has now gained further well deserved recognition with the award of its second rosette from the Automobile Association (AA).

According to the AA’s website, this means that Fouters has been upgraded from “excellent restaurant that stands out in its local area. The food is prepared with care, understanding and skill, using good-quality ingredients” to one of “the best local restaurants, offering higher standards and better consistency. Greater precision is apparent in the cooking, and there is obvious attention to the quality and selection of ingredients.”

The proprietor of Fouters Restaurant is Ayr businessman Barry Rooney, who commented this week: “Our second AA rosette acknowledges the excellence of our hardworking kitchen and front of house team. Together we will continue to strive to improve still further the fine dining experience of our discerning clientele.”

Fouters Restaurant is a landmark in Ayr, an idiosyncratically romantic downstairs restaurant on a side street just off Sandgate. Set in the vaulted cellars of an 18th century bank, one of Ayr’s oldest buildings, the dining rooms retain the natural stone walls and slated floors from the past as well as the historic bank counter as the bar, all brightened with vibrant art works and the warmth of the atmosphere.

Originally established in 1977 and long renowned for quality food, since November 2006 Fouters’ award winning food has been prepared with care and attention by Barry Rooney’s small, very professional kitchen team, with a real passion for quality food. Their culinary skills, complemented by the team’s professional expertise and knowledge of food and wine, present the best of good food in Ayr with a philosophy of keeping flavours clean and simple to allow quality ingredients to shine.

Fouters’ next door neighbour for many decades was the famous wine merchant Whighams of Ayr – spearheaded by Ian Cumming – now the Ayrshire home of leading international fine wine merchants Corney and Barrow – ensuring a continuous supply of top quality wines at the restaurant, carefully and expertly chosen, ready for drinking, from all over the world.

Barry Rooney concludes: “We passionately believe in our food at Fouters. We also know that food alone is not the only reason why people enjoy a memorable dining experience so it's important to us that everything is done right and to the best of our ability. You need to feel good to enjoy a great dining experience to the full and we are sure that our delightful, informal, stylish yet easy friendly atmosphere and ambience will help make your whole dining experience complete.

“We believe in our classic Scottish culinary product – complex twists and novelties too often distract from the final dish so we tend to avoid them.

“And our restaurant is all about making people welcome, comfortable and feeling at ease.”

Fouters Restaurant
2A Academy Street
Ayr KA7 1HS

Tel: (01292) 261391


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Thursday, 16 October 2008

Save the Children annual tournament at Brunston Castle Golf Club

By: Murdoch MacDonald

THE Maybole & District branch of Save the Children held their annual golf tournament recently at Brunston Castle Golf Club in Ayrshire.

[Pictured: John Scott MSP for Ayr, on the right, presents the trophy to the tournament winners Ian, Nicholas and Kyle Faulds. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

The event has been running for over 10 years and has always been a great fundraiser for Save the Children. This year was no exception, and a grand total of £2000 was raised by the event.

[Pictured: John Scott congratulates the Charity Scott trophy winners Johnny and Fiona Warrender with Joe Fergusson.]

The Save the Children golf tournament comprises between 50 to 70 players in teams of three, playing a Texas Scramble.

[Pictured: John Scott with “potential improvers” Gordon Fleming, Iain Wilson and Tom Clarke.]

Save the Children branch chair Rebecca Cadie said: “Our annual golf tournament is a most enjoyable event, which once again this year raised a worthwhile amount for Save the Children.

“I would like to thank everybody who took part, including our by now regular players as well as the new teams and sponsors who joined us for the first time this year, and particularly John Scott MSP for his continued and much valued support for our cause.”

[Save the Children Maybole & District branch chair Rebecca Cadie with the runners up John Foster, John Broadfoot and Colin McCubbin.]

John Scott MSP for Ayr concluded: “The Maybole Branch of Save the Children, with which I have been delighted to have had a long association, does excellent work locally raising funds for this very worthwhile charity, and it was a real pleasure to be asked to present the winners’ trophies this year and to see such a magnificent sum raised on the day.”


Rebecca Cadie
ARP Lorimer & Associates
Architects and Quantity Surveyors
11 Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1EN

Tel: 01292 289777
Fax: 01292 288896


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Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Prime retail and office accommodation available in Ayr Town Centre

AYR and Glasgow based Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors and joint agents Winton Faith have recently been appointed by to market a four-storey retail and office building (pictured below) in Ayr Town Centre.

The building, which until recently was occupied by NHS Ayrshire & Arran, is in a very central location just off High Street close to Kyle Centre and High Street shops, car parks, the bus terminus and Ayr railway station. The building is offered To Let/For Sale, with a 3,200 sq ft ground floor unit suitable for retail, office or licensed use and a further 14,000 sq ft of modern, open plan offices with suites from 2,154 sq ft. There is parking for up to 18 cars.

Anthony Zdanowicz, Associate Director of Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors said: "The building is in an excellent location close to all amenities, and our clients can provide affordable and flexible accommodation to suit most requirements. We expect good demand for the suites, which provide potential SIPP opportunities in a town where offices of this size and quality are rarely available for purchase."

For further information contact Allison Lightbody Waddell on 01292 430313, visit or contact their joint agents Winton Faith on 0141 332 6392 or

Allison Lightbody Waddell
Chartered Surveyors
12 Barns Street
Ayr KA7 1XA

Contact: Anthony Zdanowicz
Tel: 01292 430313


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Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Horseracing legend Lester Piggott will be guest at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

HORSERACING legend Lester Piggott will be in attendance at Ayr Racecourse on Friday 24 October as a guest of sponsors Victor Chandler.

Eleven times champion jockey Lester is returning to the course 23 years after riding his last winner at the track - Vienna Belle, for trainer John Dunlop on 20 September 1985.

Lester missed out on riding an Ayr Gold Cup winner and his most notable victory at the course was for Henry Cecil on the Lord Howard de Walden owned Sabre Dance in the Land o’ Burns Stakes on 9 July 1982.

He rode his first winners at Ayr on 18 September 1963 when he scored on Snow Vista for Ernie Weymes and completed a double on Wrangle for Sam Hall in the featured Royal Caledonian Hunt Handicap.

Lester commented: “It has been a long time since I visited Ayr, but I am really looking forward to the day. I went up to Musselburgh a few years ago when Victor Chandler sponsored the Scottish Sprint Cup, and I always enjoy my trips to Scotland.”

Victor Chandler, who are sponsoring the nursery handicap, have arranged a number of promotions including a competition when race-goers can meet their hero.

Neal Wilkins from Victor Chandler commented: “We decided to sponsor at Ayr to give some of our loyal Scottish clients a chance to enjoy a great day out and spend some time in the company of one of racing’s greatest figures.”

Ayr Racecourse General Manager William Gorol (pictured above) commented: “We are looking forward immensely to having Lester Piggott back at Ayr Racecourse. He truly is a legend of horseracing, and I’m sure he will receive a warm welcome from the crowd.”

The course is operating a single enclosure day for 24 October with entry costing £14. For more information go online at or call 0870-8505666.

The first race, the European Breeders’ Fund Maiden Stakes is due off at 2.10pm.


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Wallacetoun and Newton in Ayr attract regeneration funding boost

A BIG first step has been taken this week towards the development of plans that could see a new community training and health facility being built in the heart of Ayr’s Wallacetoun and Newton area.

The Wallacetoun and Newton Regeneration Forum (WNRF) have been awarded £117,000 Big Lottery funding, and this will allow them to further develop the exciting plans, proposals and ideas for a Positive Impact Centre in the area.

Councillor Hugh Hunter, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: "This award really is terrific news for the local area, and represents a major step forward to creating a fuller bid aimed at securing a 'Positive Impact Centre'.

“I am delighted that, for three weeks in a row, I can warmly welcome new funding and investment in South Ayrshire, and I heartily congratulate the members of the WNRF and Council Officers for all the hard work they have put into making this bid such a success.

“I am also pleased that we could play a key part in the bid’s success by agreeing, in principle, to the transfer of the land where the Centre might be located.”

Joe Lafferty, Chair of the WNRF said: “I cannot underestimate the potential we have here, and I really want to get local people excited and energised about what could happen in the local area.

“Even the biggest journey starts with a first step, and if the Centre goes ahead, it will be a flagship community training and health centre in an area that has suffered its share of deprivation. On behalf of the Forum, I’d like to thank the Big Lottery, South Ayrshire Council and Community Enterprise in Scotland who all helped get the bid to this stage.”

Jim Whiston, Director at Ayrshire Housing said: “We’re very pleased to be working in partnership with local people and our colleagues at South Ayrshire Council, and we’re fully committed to supporting the development of the Centre proposal.”

His comments were echoed by John Reid, manager of Access to Employment, who added: “I was very pleased to learn of this news. It is a fantastic chance for the development of a significant community resource, and would give local groups more opportunities to work in partnership together, as well as helping local people to get back into employment."

The new Centre, likely to be sited on land at Russell Street, would create a platform for local people to develop a range of new skills, knowledge and confidence as a means of tackling unemployment and the problems associated with this as well as offering social and recreational facilities.

A Company Limited by Guarantee made up from the WNRF, Access To Employment and Ayrshire Housing, with majority control residing with Community Directors, will now be created to take the project forward.

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