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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Three rosettes crown Turnberry restaurant

The recently launched contemporary dining restaurant at Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort in Ayrshire has been awarded by the AA in their annual release of Rosettes, the highly respected grading programme for UK restaurants.
The James Miller Room (pictured above), an elegant and intimate dining room, has received its third rosette, less than two years since opening at the Luxury Collection Resort on the West Coast of Scotland.

The news places the James Miller Room in the top 10% of restaurants in the UK and comes following a clutch of awards for the culinary team at Turnberry.

Executive chef Justin Galea accepted the honour at a Gala dinner held in London, and commented: “We’ve spent the last year perfecting our menu and approach at the James Miller Room, and believe that we have created a very special place which combines the right ambience with first class food.
“In keeping with our approach across all our restaurants and bars, we are now sourcing upwards of 85% of our produce from within a 40 mile radius of Turnberry. I believe that we’re as local as we can be without compromising on quality, taste and flavour.”

The James Miller Room is named after the Glaswegian architect who designed the original Turnberry Hotel, and presents its diners with a tantalisingly tasty menu, which ranges from locally sourced langoustines, to loin of rabbit from Gigha and beef from the Cairnhill Estate.
The James Miller Room is open Tuesday – Saturday 7pm - 9.30pm. Call 01655 331000 for bookings.
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts
The Luxury Collection® is an ensemble of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations.
Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location, a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent d├ęcor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience.
Originated in 1906 as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of more than 75 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world.
The Luxury Collection includes award-winning properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel’s distinctive heritage and unique character.  All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognised as being among the world’s finest.
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Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

CKD Galbraith offer charming detached Ayrshire country cottage with enchanting terraced gardens

Leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale  Eastcliffe Cottage, a lovely detached cottage situated in a peaceful setting close to the pretty villages of Barr and Pinwherry in the South Ayrshire hills. Offers over £160,000 are being sought.
Situated in a picturesque and tranquil location benefiting from attractive rural views nestled in the Stinchar Valley, the area is a popular destination for those seeking outdoor pursuits. There are a number of excellent designated walking and cycling routes in the area. The River Stinchar is a famous salmon fishery and is renowned for its autumn run.
Eastcliffe has been extended and improved since it was first built in the 1930s to provide a comfortable single storey cottage sitting in a generous plot of 0.61 acres of gardens and wooded grounds.
It is well presented with a lovely south facing living room, fully fitted kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and conservatory with French doors to the garden, and a range of outbuildings including a summer house/office, integral garage (which is currently used as a gym), separate store, potting shed and greenhouse.
The drive leads to a gravelled sweep to the front of the house with ample parking. There is a copse of mixed woodland, and there are charming raised gardens which have been beautifully landscaped with paths and a colourful mix of herbaceous flowers and shrubs, including rhodendrums, ferns and holly.
There is a wonderful summer house/office at the top of the raised garden with beautiful views over the Stinchar Valley with a fabulous decked area.
From the conservatory, there is a sheltered patio area for entertaining, and there is a pond to attract local wildlife into the garden. The gardens are well maintained and offer excellent privacy. Eastcliffe Cottage is a delightful country cottage and will appeal to many buyers.
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.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Mafiz Ali announces second anniversary celebration evening at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant

Tuesday 9 October marks the second anniversary of celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali taking the reins at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in the Old Memorial Church, Minishant in South Ayrshire.
And to celebrate the occasion Mafiz has arranged a special event that evening, when he will offer a three-course meal including a welcoming drink for £9.95. Subsequent drinks will be offered at prices reduced by 10% for the event and a cookery demonstration of his now well-known cuisine will also be a star attraction.
MENU Tuesday 9 October 2012
Papadoms and chutneys
Mixed platter including Onion Bhaji, Aloo Palak, Fish Pakora, and Chicken Tikka.
Main Course:
Blue Elephant on Parade. Chicken or Lamb delicately marinated with authentic spices, glazed and barbecued in the clay oven, garnished with mustard seed, herbs and spices to a mouth-watering sauce. Served with basmati rice and naan bread.
Ice Cream with Gulab Jam.
Mafiz Ali commented: “We hope that as many of our regular customers will join us on Tuesday 9 October for this special celebration event, and that anyone who hasn’t yet sampled our excellent Indian haute cuisine will come along too and try it out for the first time on what will undoubtedly be a most enjoyable and convivial occasion.
Places are limited, and booking is advisable. Telephone 01292 441413.
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
Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant
The Old Minishant Memorial Church
 22 Ayr Road
 KA19 8EX
Tel: 01292 441 413
Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant is a member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

South Ayrshire Provost presents £8,000 to Malcolm Sargent House

Young children with cancer have benefited from a donation of £8,000 from South Ayrshire Council who presented a cheque for that amount to Malcolm Sargent House – a specialist respite care centre for kids with cancer.
[Pictured: Provost Helen Moonie (centre) and Lizzie Linton (left) representing the Council's Bereavement Service, present a cheque for £8,000 to May Gilchrist, Fundraising Manager CLIC Sargent (right).]
The money was raised thanks to the outstanding generosity of dozens of families who had cremated a loved one at Masonhill crematorium and then allowed metal implants or prosthetics to be recycled, raising money for children with cancer.
The Council is a member of the UK Crematoria recycling metals scheme, which, with the knowledge and permission from members of a deceased person’s family, recycles left over metals once a cremation has taken place. The process is undertaken with great respect and fully in line with the wishes of family members.
Accepting the cheque on behalf of the charity, Malcolm Sargent House Fundraising Manager May Gilchrist commented: “I am absolutely delighted the Council has chosen Malcolm Sargent House to receive a donation of £8,000 from their UK Crematoria recycling metals scheme, and the amazing generosity of those families involved cannot be overstated.
“This gift will make such a difference to the work we do here at Prestwick offering families who have a child with cancer a brief respite break.
“Earlier in the year thieves stole lead from the roof over the playroom and it is only in the last few months that we have managed to get the surrounding area back to normal.  This donation is very much appreciated by all the children, families, volunteers and staff at Malcolm Sargent House.”
Presenting the cheque, Provost Helen Moonie said: “I am very glad to present the sum of £8,000 to Malcolm Sargent House to help with the fantastic work they do for young people with cancer.
"Every day, 10 families are told their child has cancer, and the staff at Malcolm Sargent house offer those children and families a well earned break, helping them to come to terms with what is happening.
“It is a wonderful place where kids with cancer and their families can come and have a holiday by the sea. It costs half a million pounds to run every year and, since it was opened in 1994, it has hosted almost 8,000 families – some tens of thousands of people.”
Provost Moonie concluded: “In making the presentation, I am also mindful of those families and relatives whose kind-hearted generosity made this donation possible.
“I’d like to thank them sincerely for their remarkable strength and courage in thinking about others at what must have been a very difficult and sad time in their own lives.
“It is some small comfort that the money raised by such noble and selfless acts of human kindness will directly benefit very sick young children who urgently need the support and respite care offered by the staff at Malcolm Sargent House.”
South Ayrshire Council is a member of the UK Crematoria recycling metals scheme.
The metals used for implants are special medical grade stainless steel, titanium and cobalt chrome all produced from non-renewable resources.
The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) identified a means of collecting metals from participating crematoria throughout the UK, including Masonhill and recycling them, raising thousands of pounds for good causes.
South Ayrshire Council only recycles metals with the express consent and full knowledge of family and if this is not obtained these are returned to families or left in the cremated remains.
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.