The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant prepares special Easter menu

Celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali is looking forward to welcoming discerning diners to his haute cuisine Indian Restaurant in Minishant, Ayrshire, Scotland this weekend, and has concocted a delicious special Easter menu in anticipation.

Reasonably priced at £12.95, the special Easter menu will be available from Good Friday 6 April until Tuesday 10 April inclusive.

In addition, the popular Ayr Spice regular menu, containing many of Mafiz’s signature dishes, will also be available at all times.

To view the menu CLICK HERE

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 this weekend.

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: CLICK HERE


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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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

CKD Galbraith offer extended farmhouse with wind turbine and lovely countryside views

Leading independent Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale a superb extended farmhouse with energy-efficient wind turbine and lovely countryside views.

In a fabulous elevated position with spectacular countryside views, Blackside Farm is an attractive extended and improved attached farmhouse with adjoining outbuildings and 8.91 acres land. In rolling countryside about 2 miles from the picturesque village of Sorn, situated on the River Ayr with a primary school, post office, shop and a well regarded Inn.

Blackside Farm is currently divided into 2 living areas, which with minimal adaptation is an attractive substantial country property, or it could be occupied as a main residence with a granny flat.

There is an impressive galleried reception hall/living room with exposed oak beams and natural stone wall. This area has a lovely brick fireplace with woodburning stove, and a striking stained glass window. Steps lead to the sunny dining kitchen with a range of shaker style effect fitted units and Rangemaster 110 oven. There is a useful utility and shower room. On the first floor, there is a open landing/study area, and master bedroom suite. The lounge, has a beautiful fireplace with log burning stove, original old oak beams and French doors leading to decking and garden. From the lounge this part of the house also has a sitting room, 3 bedrooms (one en- suite), a family bathroom and a second kitchen.

Extending to about 8.91 acres, with useful paddocks, lovely gardens and a large decked area overlooking the pond. Adjoining the house, is a substantial workshop and store with huge potential for extending the Farmhouse. The adjoining general purpose building has 4 stables. In addition, there is a polytunnel and pig ark. There is 0.58 acres delightful woodland providing a good supply of firewood for the two woodburning stoves.

A wind turbine supplements the mains electricity supply to the house which generates a significant regular annual income. Both energy bills for the house and its carbon footprint are thus greatly reduced.

Set in a sought after position, Blackside Farm is a superb family home of character with equestrian facilities and a spectacular rural outlook, it is being marketed at Offers Over £350,000.

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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 200 people in offices in Edinburgh, Stirling, 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.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle meeting to welcome Chinese business delegation

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle MEETING POSTPONED

Regrettably, the Chinese business delegation have been unable to obtain UK visas in time, and will therefore not be travelling to Scotland this weekend as planned. We are therefore postponing until next month the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle meeting planned for 10am on Tuesday 24 April 2012 at the Clydesdale Bank in Ayr. A time and date for the rescheduled meeting with the Chinese business delegation (probably in the third week of May) will be published as soon as possible.
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Ayrshire business people are cordially invited to attend the next meeting of Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, which will take place at the Clydesdale Bank in Ayr at 10am on Tuesday 24 April.

The purpose of the meeting is to welcome the members of a top-level business delegation from China, all of whom are anxious to seek out opportunities to do business with companies in Ayrshire.

[Pictured: Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes (left) and Elite Ayrshire Business Circle managing director Murdoch MacDonald.]

Further opportunities to meet the Chinese delegation in an informal setting will occur at the Scottish Grand National on Saturday 21 April, which will also be attended by the Chinese Consul General in Scotland and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, and thereafter at an early evening reception at Dumfries House.

If you wish to take advantage of any or all of the above opportunities, please notify the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle as soon as possible, and how many places you require.

There is no cost involved, except for the Scottish Grand National, for which normal Ayr Racecourse entrance charges apply.


Murdoch MacDonald
The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle
Telephone: 01292 281498
Mobile: 07833 667322


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Monday, 2 April 2012

Channel 4 to cover Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

RACING’S leading television pundits and presenters are heading to Ayr for the Coral Scottish Grand National on Saturday 21 April, with Channel 4 giving Scotland’s richest meeting star billing.

Alastair Down, Alice Plunkett, Nick Luck, Simon Holt and Tom Lee will be at Scotland’s premier racecourse to present both the Morning Line and Channel 4 Racing, which features three races from Ayr including the Coral Scottish Grand National at 3.25pm.

[Pictured: Channel 4's Alice Plunkett and Alistair Down.]

Channel 4 has broadcast horse racing for 28-years, and earlier this month secured the entire UK horseracing terrestrial rights for 2013 – 2016. This sees Aintree’s three-day John Smith’s Grand National meeting, the Investec Derby Festival from Epsom Downs, Royal Ascot and the QIPCO British Champions Day from Ascot come to the Channel. They will sit alongside long-established coverage of Cheltenham Festival, Newbury, York, Chester, Glorious Goodwood racecourses and the Flat Season QIPCO British Champions Series through a partnership that will deliver around 90 days a year of terrestrial coverage of horseracing on Channel 4.

Jamie Aitchison, Channel 4’s Sports Editor commenting on the increased Ayr coverage said: “There are 60 British racecourses, and part of Channel 4’s remit is to make sure the best are celebrated. The Coral Scottish Grand National is steeped in history with heaps of editorial stories, and we very much look forward to delivering this big event to our viewers, and to meeting Scottish racing fans that form a key part of our audience.”

Welcoming Channel 4’s decision to make Ayr the principal meeting on 21 April, Alan Macdonald (pictured above), Chairman of Ayr Racecourse said: “Channel 4 have been broadcasting from Ayr for many years and are always welcome visitors here.

“I am delighted Jamie and his team have awarded us the principal meeting status for Coral Scottish Grand National Day, and like everyone connected with the track I am looking forward to the increased coverage this will bring.

“We are particularly happy that Nick Luck will be presenting The Morning Line live from here and it all adds to the status of this great race.”

Saturday, April 21

• The Morning Line hosted by Nick Luck 7.55am

• Channel 4 Racing 1.55 – 3.55pm

• Ayr: 2.20 2.50 3.25

• Newbury: 2.05 2.40 3.10 3.45

For further information:

Ayr Racecourse: Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691

Channel 4: Hannah Walker on 07971 598287

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