The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Mafiz Ali’s Royal Wedding Menu at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant

Celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali is preparing a sumptuous feast at his Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant South Ayrshire for customers old and new to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton next week.

It will be a banquet fit for a future King and Queen.

Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant, Minishant, South Ayrshire, Scotland

Royal Wedding Menu

Available Friday and Saturday 29/30 April 2011

£24.95 including welcome drink!

Choice of drink and papadoms with chutneys on arrival


Royal Mixed Platter - Mixed dishes

Royal Vegetarian Platter- Mixed vegetarian dishes


Tiger by the River

Succulent whole king prawns cooked in a pan with a variety of spices in a medium, thick sauce with aromatic flavours and a splash of red wine.

Hati Meresati on Parade (Elephants on parade)

Chicken or lamb tikka delicately marinated with authentic spices and barbecued and glazed in a clay oven with master-seeds, herbs and spices to produce a mouth-watering sauce.

Sunset Salmon

Succulent salmon fillet pan-fried with fresh onions, peppers and tomatoes in a rich sauce topped with an ultimately rich blend of house yoghurt and coriander.


Bengal fresh dried vegetable


Lemon rice
Special rice
Plain Basmati-rice
Choice of naan bread (plain naan, peshawari naan or garlic naan)


Kulfi (Bangladeshi ice-cream)

Menu price (including welcome drink £24.95)

There will also be a barbecue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 29 and 30 April and 1 May from 12noon until 10.30pm price £9.95. Food served outside weather permitting!


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Mafiz Ali has enjoyed a busy and successful start to 2011.

He has made two guest appearances on STV’s popular early evening television programme “The Hour” with regular hosts Stephen Jardine and Michelle McManus.

The previous month, Mafiz Ali hosted a very successful luncheon meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, which further enhanced his already growing reputation amongst discerning diners in the local business community.

He has also already this year put on successful special menus to celebrate Mother’s Day and the Bangladeshi New Year.

And finally, Mafiz has extended the opening hours of Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant, which is now open from 12 noon 10.30pm every day.

And he has also introduced a Tandoori Barbeque, at which customers can dine al fresco (weather permitting!) in a family-friendly atmosphere with a treehouse for the kids and ample parking.

There will be further exciting developments to be announced during the course of the rest of the year which will cement Ayr Spice’s place as one of the top fine dining experiences in South West Scotland.


Mafiz climbed the ladder to fame when he won a chef of the year award in 1998 and, almost immediately, added one for exceptional hygiene and cleanliness. Newly crowned at Westminster, he was commissioned by the then prime minister, John Major to supply a banquet for his 50th birthday at Number 10 Downing Street.

A replica banquet was then ordered by one of the distinguished guests and sent to New York city. Since then he has sent food elsewhere in the USA and to Japan and Australia in what must be an almost uniquely international takeaway service! He has also catered for numerous celebrities from the world of entertainment and some have vowed to come to his restaurant while they are in Scotland on tour.

It is not widely known that 92% of all “Indian” restaurants in the UK are in fact Bangladeshi, and it was to promote such eating houses and reward young chefs by recognising their talents, that Mafiz founded the “British Bangladeshi National Curry awards” at the Houses of Parliament at Westminster, also in 1998.

Mafiz Ali has been closely associated with charities, notably when he entered the Guinness Book of Records with 4.5 tons of chicken korma, which was then eaten at a charity event. Because of the enormous quantities involved he had to seek the advice of a professional engineer for the technical realisation of the project. His other charitable activities have included the Essex Air Ambulance Service and several children’s charities.

No stranger to TV, Mafiz has been invited to return to STV for further programmes in the future. Channel 4, Big Breakfast TV and several others including Bangladeshi TV on which he has his own programme, number among the other stations for whom he has appeared, and he has made double that number of radio broadcasts, as well as contributing to many publications including the Times and Daily Mirror.

Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant
The Old Minishant Memorial Church
22 Ayr Road
KA19 8EX

Tel: 01292 441413

Sunday, 17 April 2011

CKD Galbraith offer fine extended cottage in outstanding rural location

Scotland’s leading independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is marketing a lovely rural property occupying an outstanding elevated rural setting on the Lanfine Estate, overlooking the rolling Irvine Valley in East Ayrshire.

The nearby town of Darvel, once known as “The Lace Town”, was historically the centre of this local industry and well known for its exports throughout the world. The town is also recognised as the birthplace of Sir Alexander Fleming. Nearby, and visible from the house, is Loudon Hill, famous for King Robert the Bruce’s defeat of the English.

About ¾ mile from the town, with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside, is Whiteside Cottage, formerly a settlement of two farm worker’s cottages dating to the 1750s. These were latterly fully renovated and connected to create one property which forms the basis of the existing house.

Whiteside Cottage offers an eclectic mixture of original features, such as natural wood and stone, mixed with modern interior designs and fittings. The outstanding feature of the house is the 37ft living room, created from one of the original cottages which has been retained in its entirety.

There is a stunning modern kitchen with high specification fittings and an adjoining breakfast room, both offering panoramic views over the Valley. There is a well appointed master bedroom and bathroom, and potential to create three further bedrooms. In addition is a lovely garden studio, providing a quiet retreat, or separate en-suite guest accommodation.

The house sits quietly within landscaped garden grounds. There is the potential to purchase up to an additional 10 acres of grazing ground.

This is a rare opportunity to purchase a delightful country home in this quiet and picturesque part of Ayrshire. Offers Over £325,000 are being sought.

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About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 180 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles.

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.


CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland
Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS

Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.