Media Release: Mafiz Ali introduces Tandoori Barbecue at Ayr Spice Indian restaurant


CELEBRITY TV chef, Mafiz Ali, is introducing a new daily Tandoori Barbecue at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, South Ayrshire.

It will be available seven days a week during Ayr Spice opening hours of 12noon – 10.30pm.

And of course the popular all-the-year-round Ayr Spice menu will also continue to be available at all times.

Mafiz Ali commented: “We have a spacious outdoor deck area with a pleasant view over the surrounding South Ayrshire countryside, and the possibility to eat indoors in inclement weather.

“There is also a tree-house for the children. Customers can come and enjoy a delicious meal and a refreshing drink with the whole family in a friendly and carefree environment.

“They can choose between lamb, chicken, kebabs or fish. And watch out for occasional specials. There will be burgers for kids. All barbecue portions will be garnished with vegetables or chips. For larger groups prior booking essential.”

Prices from £7.95 per portion (children £4.95).

OAPs will receive a 20 per cent discount on all restaurant products.

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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, the Bangladeshi New Year and the Royal Wedding.

Recently, 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.


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 per cent 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

Issued by the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. Member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chair of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor, Murdoch MacDonald.

Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:

South Ayrshire Council
Clydesdale Bank
Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort
Ayr Racecourse
Western House Hotel
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants
Frazer Coogans Solicitors
Accident & Injury Claims Centre
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers
Donald Ross Estate Agents:
Westgale Ltd Building Contractors
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants
Paligap Creative Agency
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects
JB Management – Training Providers
Brunston Castle Golf Club
Fouters Restaurant
Christie Financial Planning Ltd
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors
Kestrel Press
Fame Publicity Services Public Relations Consultancy
West Sound Radio
Easton Property
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail


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