The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Chef Mafiz Ali plans children’s Halloween party at Ayr Spice

This week at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, South Ayrshire, celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali and his staff have been busy planning a Halloween party for pupils, parents and teachers from nearby Minishant Primary School.

This will take place between 6-8pm next Tuesday 1 November.


Children and adults will all have a delicious meal in the restaurant, and there will be a party for the children in the function room upstairs.

Mafiz Ali commented: “We’re all looking forward to what should be a really fun event, as we feel that it is important that a good restaurant should actively participate in the social life of the community, and not just be only a place to eat.

“We’re also busy taking bookings for Christmas and New Year.”

Mafiz Ali has prepared a sumptuous festive menu, which can be viewed CLICK HERE

Bookings are available throughout December and the first few days of January, both for office and business celebrations (the upstairs function room at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant can accommodate up to 100 people) or for family dining.

Chef Mafiz Ali concluded: “And between now and then I will, as always, be looking forward to welcoming customers old and new to Ayr Spice (open everyday 12 noon -10.30pm) to sample the excellent Indian cuisine lovingly prepared by myself and my loyal team.”


Ayr Spice Indian Cuisine can be found in the fine old red sandstone Memorial church at the entrance to the picturesque village of Minishant, 5 miles south of Ayr on the A77. The church was erected by the thread magnate Sir Peter Coats of nearby Auchendrane, in loving memory of his wife Glorianna, who died in 1877.

Mafiz Ali has enjoyed a busy and successful 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, the Bangladeshi New Year and the Royal Wedding.

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 now he is introducing a Tandoori Barbecue, at which customers can dine al fresco (weather permitting!) in a family-friendly atmosphere with a tree-house 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.

ABOUT MAFIZ ALI

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.

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.

Enquiries:

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

Tel: 01292 441413
Web: www.ayrspice.info

CKD Galbraith offer country cottage in attractive rural Ayrshire location

CKD Galbraith are marketing Brig O Doon Cottage, a substantial attached cottage forming part of a sympathetic conversion of an original farm steading, set in a pocket of untouched countryside on the outskirts of Ayr.


The original farm at Cloncaird dates from around the early 19th century, and has been recently converted to form a settlement of five individual properties. Set well back from the road and approached via its own private driveway, Brig O Doon Cottage sits at the western end of the communal courtyard, overlooking its private garden and a ½ acre paddock.


The house has the flexibility of layout to be able to use many of the rooms for a variety of purposes.


There is a light and airy kitchen/dining room with stable style door to the rear. Adjoining this is the formal lounge, which has an attractive open plan staircase to the first floor, and French windows leading to the garden.


There are four double sized bedrooms and an additional study/bedroom five, including a lovely first floor master bedroom suite with a window looking southwest over the surrounding countryside. Two of the bedrooms are usefully located on the ground floor. There is a family bathroom on each floor, and an en-suite shower room within the master bedroom.

Brig O Doon Cottage is well appointed, with care and attention to detail taken in the specification and finishes. The kitchen has a porcelain tiled floor, range cooker and integrated appliances. The bathrooms have ceramic tiling and heated towel rails. All the bedrooms have TV points and there are telephone points and 5 amp plugs in the ground floor rooms. There are smoke detectors and a burglar alarm, and the house also has double glazing throughout.

This is a delightful and well designed family home, benefiting from a lovely country setting, just a short distance from Ayr.

Offers over £189,000 are being sought for Brig O Doon Cottage.

PDFs available on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

Contact Bob Cherry on 01292 268181, or email: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 200 people in offices in Edinburgh, Perth, Stirling, 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’s Ayr office:

CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300
E-mail: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk
Web: www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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

Final Flat Racing Action of 2011 at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

Ayr Racecourse stages its final flat meeting of the 2011 season this Saturday 29 October with a seven race card scheduled.


One of the highlights of the afternoon will be the awards for the top jockey, trainer and owner for the flat campaign at Ayr with Paul Hanagan, Richard Fahey and Ken McGarrity leading their respective championships.

Hanagan, on course for his second successive British Champion Jockeys title, is likely to be in action along with other leading riders including Tom Eaves, Phillip Makin and PJ McDonald.

The racing is due to come under starter's orders at 2.10pm with the Miss Ellie British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing E.B.F. Maiden Stakes and the feature race of the afternoon is the John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap due off at 4.25pm.

There is a good mix of races including two sprints, several middle distant contests and a one mile seven furlong marathon.

Gates open at 12.10pm, first race is 2.10pm and the last race, the Best Odds Guaranteed At Victorchandler.com Handicap is off at 5.30pm.

Change of track at Ayr Racecourse

Ayr Racecourse’s final flat meeting of the season - John Smith’s Raceday on Saturday 29 October - will now be run on the hurdles track, and as a result there will be no races below the distance of nine furlongs.

The British Horseracing Authority took the decision to transfer the fixture to the hurdle course following heavy rainfall over the last three weeks.

Ayr Clerk of the Course Emma Marley commented: “The heavy rainfall onto a frequently raced-on surface has meant the flat course has become unraceable with waterlogging creating false patches of ground.

“Due to an inclement weather forecast, the Managing Executive and BHA Inspectorate consider it necessary to switch flat racing to the hurdle course in order to provide fresh ground and a raceable surface for Saturday 29 October.

“Races on the day have therefore been altered to accommodate racing on this course, and will be run over one mile, one furlong to one mile, seven furlongs. There will be a maximum of 12 runners per race.

“During the past three weeks we have recorded our highest amount of monthly rainfall for the year, with 187mm or 7.4 inches of rain falling on the track, which is well above our October monthly average of 112.5 mm.”

One of the highlights of the afternoon will be the awards for the top jockey, trainer and owner for the flat campaign at Ayr with Paul Hanagan, Richard Fahey and Ken McGarrity leading their respective championships.

Hanagan, on course for his second successive British Champion Jockeys title, is likely to be in action along with other leading riders including Tom Eaves, Phillip Makin and PJ McDonald.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

CKD Galbraith offer exceptional barn conversion in beautiful Ayrshire situation

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is marketing Kilmore Heights, an exceptional barn conversion completed to a high standard in September 2010. South facing with fine views over unspoilt rolling countryside, Kilmore Heights is quietly situated between Hollybush and Dalrymple in South Ayrshire, overlooking the River Doon.


Designed and finished under architect supervision, the house has spacious and extensive accommodation with light rooms, under floor heating and all the insulation benefits of a new house built to modern building standards. Much use has been made of oak to floors, doors, skirtings and other fittings, including an attractive bespoke oak and glass staircase in the main hall.


A large house with over 3000 square feet of accommodation, Kilmore Heights is ideal for family use. There is a stunning open plan living room, leading to an impressive kitchen/dining room with separate utility room. A formal lounge and study or bedroom 4 completes the ground floor reception space. The master bedroom with en-suite shower room is conveniently located on the ground floor.


On the first floor there are two lovely bedroom suites each with large bedroom, en-suite bathrooms and individual sitting rooms with south facing views.


In addition to the two acres of landscaped lawns and grounds, there is an excellent general purpose building with potential for a variety of uses. Up to 10 acres of further land adjacent to the house is also available for sale or rent by separate negotiation if required.


Kilmore Heights is an exceptional new family house in a lovely situation. The house is within the South Ayrshire school catchment areas.

Offers over £475,000 are being sought for Kilmore Heights.

PDFs available on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

Contact Bob Cherry on 01292 268181, or email: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk

About CKD Galbraith


CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 200 people in offices in Edinburgh, Perth, Stirling, 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’s Ayr office:

CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300
E-mail: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk
Web: www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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

Delighted Debbie picks up prize new car at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

DELIGHTED Debbie Grogan officially took ownership of a fabulous Vauxhall Corsa LimIted Edition – the star prize in this year’s William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Ladies Day at Ayr Racecourse.

Debbie, from Sheffield, won the car when Coolminx crossed the line in front in the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup last month, and travelled to Ayr on Friday to pick up her prize and drive it home.


She received the fantastic prize from William Smith of Kerr & Smith who sponsor the Ladies Day first prize and was still coming to terms with her big win.

She said: “I had a fabulous day last month when I won the car – I still can’t believe it and on the day I thought my horse had only finished second. The photo finish photograph now has pride of my place in my house – it proves I won William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Ladies Day Final at Ayr!

“Now I can’t wait to show the car off to all my friends and family back home in Sheffield – its a real stunner and I'm so proud.”

The William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Ladies Day is unique among ladies competitions at racecourses with ladies winning bronze coins at various race meetings over the season which then entitles them to a place in the final where they draw the name of a horse running in the Bronze Cup. The lady who has the winning horse drives off in the car.

This was the fourth year the prize was sponsored by Kerr & Smith who have garages in Cumnock, Ayr and Glasgow.

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 07795-565691.

Monday, 24 October 2011

CKD Galbraith offer classical mansion, farmland and woodland in Ayrshire

Oswald Hall in Ayrshire, an outstanding classical mansion with superb Robert Adam interiors, is on the market for offers over £1 million through leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith, together with Knight Frank.


The mansion is the main house of the Auchincruive Estate which is situated in wooded countryside on the River Ayr, on the outskirts of the county town of Ayr. It has been owned by the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) since 1927. SAC have relocated elements of its teaching to the new Riverside Campus in Ayr, and are in the process of consolidating other activities at the Auchincruive Estate over the next few years and Oswald Hall is surplus to their requirements, as is Mount Loudoun Farmland and Woodland, also offered for sale and detailed below.


An important Grade A listed building which has been well maintained by SAC, it has been used in recent years as a conference centre and wedding venue. It has some spectacular principal rooms designed by Robert Adam and a floor area of about 36,000 square feet. The largest room can easily accommodate 90 delegates.


Being highly accessible from the M77 and A77, Glasgow and Prestwick Airports, it has huge potential for a wide variety of uses – as a private residence with offices, a hotel, headquarters building, research or conversion to residential apartments.

Oswald Hall was built in 1767 by Richard Oswald. Wings were added and other additions made in the 19th century. An impressive and important building, it has superb plasterwork in the main rooms and there are dramatic hanging gardens on the slopes between the mansion and the River Ayr.

Standing in its own grounds of about 38 acres, there is also the prospect of acquiring further land and property within the Auchincruive Estate.

SAC and AWG Property Limited have conceived a Masterplan for the future development of the surplus elements of the Estate with a new village of up to 495 homes, 60,000 square feet of business and research floor space, a golf course and equestrian centre.

Oswald Hall is a wonderful opportunity; an historic house in a magnificent position which over time will become the centrepiece of a new village in an accessible situation on the Ayrshire Coast.

Offers over £1,000,000 are being sought for Oswald Hall.

For further information on the sale of Oswald Hall please visit www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk or contact Bob Cherry on 01292 268181or email: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk

Mount Loudoun Farmland and Woodland

A highly productive block of farmland and woodland at Auchincruive on the outskirts of Ayr is being marketed for sale through leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith.


Mount Loudoun farmland and woodland, extending to some 144 acres, is presently owned by the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) and has been managed as part of the Ayr College farm since 1927. SAC have relocated elements of its teaching to the new Riverside Campus in Ayr, and are in the process of consolidating other activities at the Auchincruive Estate over the next few years, and this land is surplus to their requirements.

SAC and AWG Property Ltd have conceived a Masterplan for the future development of the surplus elements of Auchincruive which includes a new village of up to 495 houses, 60,000 square feet of business and research space, a wedding and conference centre, a golf course and equestrian centre.

The Mount Loudoun farmland is on the opposite side of the River Ayr from the site of this major initiative.

Being marketed through CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, offers over £300,000 are being sought for Mount Loudoun farmland and woodland.

For further information on the sale of Mount Loudoun Farmland and Woodland please visit www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk or contact Bob Cherry on 01292 268181 or email: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 200 people in offices in Edinburgh, Perth, Stirling, 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’s in-house AMC (Agricultural Mortgage Corporation) agents assist in securing loans for a range of farming purposes with the specialist team offering a competitive service to assist clients with applications for IACS, SRDP, Rural Stewardship Schemes, SNH Natural Care Scheme and SSSI Agreements.