The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 16 March 2012

Ayr Renaissance regeneration work continues to brighten up town centre

Images of the Brig o’ Doon and Turnberry lighthouse and the Ailsa Craig, two of South Ayrshire’s most iconic landmarks, have been placed at the bottom of Ayr High Street by Ayr Renaissance as part of their regeneration work within the town.

Alan Macdonald, Chair of Ayr Renaissance said: “The images are stunning, they really brighten up the street. We have been working in partnership with South Ayrshire Council, local businesses and others who want to help us create a bright future for Ayr. The work we have already carried out in the town centre including newly installed floodlighting at the Auld Brig, overhead lighting in Newmarket Street, painting buildings in the Sandgate, refurbishing street furniture are all making a real difference.

[Pictured: Alan Macdonald, Chairman of Ayr Renaissance and Ayr Racecourse.]

“We will continue to work to improve residential, retail and commercial accommodation within Ayr.”

Speaking about the latest Ayr Renaissance addition to the High Street, Lesley Bloomer, Executive Director Development & Environment and Council representative on Ayr Renaissance for South Ayrshire Council said: “The colourful images have been placed in premises at the bottom of Ayr High Street. This is an area which is heavily frequented by pedestrians and people travelling by bus, so the images will be viewed many.

[Pictured: Lesley Bloomer, Executive Director Development & Environment and Council representative on Ayr Renaissance for South Ayrshire Council.]

“I am positive that local residents and businesses will like the change which brightens up the street and is a showcase for two of our iconic landmarks. The images are so eye-catching that I am sure visitors will stop and enjoy them and hopefully take the time to visit both destinations and others within South Ayrshire.

“We are working with Ayr Renaissance to breathe new life into Ayr town centre and make it a must visit destination for tourists and a place that people aspire to come and live in.”

Plans are being made to place more images in premises in the town centre.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant Minishant prepares special Mother’s Day menus

Celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali has created two special Mother’s Day menus at his haute cuisine Indian Restaurant in Minishant, Ayrshire, Scotland.

As always, Mafiz’s food will be a sheer delight, and the wonderful setting of Ayr Spice Restaurant in the converted Memorial Church in Minishant will provide an ideal setting for what will undoubtedly prove a memorable occasion for all diners next weekend.

You can view the two menus, priced at £14.95 and £19.95 on the Ayr Spice website:


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 enjoyed a particularly busy and successful year in 2011.

He 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 put on successful special menus to celebrate Mother’s Day, the Bangladeshi New Year and the Royal Wedding.

In the Spring of this year Mafiz extended the opening hours of Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant, which is now open from 12 noon 10.30pm every day.

For the Summer he introduced 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.

In the Autumn the newly refurbished upstairs function room seating 100 people was officially opened by South Ayrshire Deputy Provost Mary Kilpatrick, and Mafiz hosted a Halloween Party for the pupils, parents and teachers of Minishant Primary School.

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

A set of photographs recalling some of the highlights of 2011 for Mafiz Ali at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant in Ayrshire, Scotland can be found on Flickr:



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.

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

Tel: 01292 441413


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