Ayr Restaurant Listing

Those marked with an * have been attracting particularly favourable mentions on the Tripadvisor forums and review section recently

Tam O'Shanter thatched pub 

Pubs and Hotels that serve food: 

The Balgarth Pines pub and restaurant, Dunure Rd, Doonfoot - Completely revamped and re-opened under new ownership in 2012. Serves modern pub cuisine. Is also a popular spot for morning coffees and afternoon teas with fresh baking.  Large garden, plenty of parking. 

*Chestnuts Hotel and Restaurant, Racecourse Road, Ayr. The hearty menu is impressing the crowds. Meals can be taken in the bar with crackling fire, or in the restaurant.  There is also a garden and children's play area outside. It's just a few minutes walk from the beach. 

The Dome Bar and Restaurant, Main St, Prestwick - Re-opened summer 2008. It is european in style and serves a selection of continental ales. Be careful if ordering cider to specify the size of glass you require as they are in the habit of serving up a full pint as default which won't be so good for drivers. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

Failford Inn, Failford, Ayrshire - CAMRA Scottish pub of the year 2006, this is a real ale pub with a difference. Not only does it host many great guest beers, but also has its own brewery on-site.  It also has a delightful garden terrace which goes down to the river Ayr. Changed hands in 2010 and may no longer be brewing ale on site http://www.failfordinn.co.uk/

The Fairfield House Hotel - Martin's Bar and Grill - two rosettes from the AA. A downloadable menu can be found on the website:  http://www.fairfieldhotel.co.uk/resta...

*The Carrick Lodge Hotel, Ayr - highly recommended hotel restaurant a few minutes walk south down the road from the town centre .Well presented meals, though they have a tendency to keep the log fires lit even on warm days, so you might be in for a roasting!  http://www.carricklodgehotel.co.uk/di...

Brig O'Doon Hotel, Alloway - Premium prices here, though diners regularly compete for attention with guests in the function room, so meals can be a bit hit and miss at busy times.  Fabulous views of the Doon river and gardens. Popular for large events and weddings, so check availability before you go.

The Malt Cross (in administration November 2013) bottom of Sandgate and High Street - this 'cheap and cheerful' pub is popular with shoppers and families during the day, and is a bit of a pre-nightclub meeting place in the evenings. Food is on a par with Wetherspoons pubs.

* Saffy's Brasserie, Opposite Mercure/Ramada Hotel, Ayr - Very popular bistro for casual dining. Regularly top of the popularity list in Ayr Saffy's also has an extensive choice for vegetarians.

*Souter Johnnies Inn, Kirkoswald - south of Ayr on the A77 - Extensively damaged in a fire but owners Costleys advise (Nov 2013) that it has been rebuilt  re-open soon with a new name: Souters.

The Sorn Inn , Sorn, Ayrshire - award winning Gastro pub  - nice food, half hour's drive through the Ayrshire countryside. The Sorn Inn also features in the Michelin Red Guide and won the Bib Gourmand Award. Fine dining is offered in the restaurant, while less formal dining can be had in the bar area, where their freshly battered fish and chips wows the customers.   http://www.sorninn.com

The Stage Door Cafe, Gaiety Theatre, Ayr  - Casual bistro style eaterie getting reave reviews, Lunchtime meal deals.

Tam O'Shanter Pub  and Restaurant, High St, Ayr - menu (seventies style pub grub) includes the illusive Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. The restaurant is split from the pub by a small alley, and does not serve alcohol. The quaint thatched and whitewashed old building offers the perfect photo opportunity.

*The Treehouse, pub and eatery on The Sandgate near the bus station. Food highly rated by locals and visitors.Fajitas, paninis, burger and chips feature on the menu. Small beer garden, youthful vibe, stylish decor and reasonably priced if rather modest sized portions.


 Hollybush Inn , by Ayr (A713 towards Patna)  well prepared & nicely presented pub food, friendly waiting staff.  Vegetarian options available. Large car park. 

The West Kirk, the Sandgate, Ayr -  featured in CAMRA (Good Beer Guide) and regular winner of their awards for well kept ales. Cheap everyday pub grub and decent drink selection - keenly priced, well restored old church complete with pulpit  where Ian Hislop's grandfather (Have I Got News For You)  once preached!  Can accomodate large numbers. 

*Western House Hotel's Jockey Club Restaurant at Ayr Racecourse - superb dining for those who can afford it - scrumptious cuisine with a wow factor - award winning wedding venue, and regular host to the rich and famous due to its position at Ayr Racecourse and great reputation. Excellent hospitality. http://www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk/hotel...

Turnberry Hotel Resort and Spa, Turnberry -  afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the new Grand Tea Lounge if you can afford around 21gbp per person. Stunning location and views. Try the coffee shop for something a little cheaper, or pop down to the golf clubhouse for freshly baked scones at a fraction of the price in their Tappie Toorie Lounge.

*Wildings Hotel and Restaurant, Maidens Harbour by Turnberry -  Locals and visitors beat a path to Wildings. Fresh seafood is a speciality at this harbourside restaurant, but there is plenty for meat-eaters on the menu and a special menu for vegetarians. If you're thirsty you may wish to avoid the coke which arrives in tiny bottles, though they do serve iced water at the table. The lunchtime set menu is excellent value for money, but if you are heading to Wildings it's always worth booking a table if possible, even for lunch!  http://wildingshotel.com/restaurant.php

The Loans Inn by Troon - popular with locals, visitors and the golfing crowd.  http://www.oldloansinn.co.uk/?gclid=C...


 Italian/French Influenced Restaurants and Cafes 

Royal Cafe/Mancinis Ice Cream & Filippo's Bistro, Ayr - Just north of the New Bridge; traditional Italian cafe serving world famous award-winning Italian ice-cream.  Mancinis ice-cream is also available from kiosks and other outlets in the town, especially during the summer months.

Frankie and Benny's restaurant chain, Whitletts Roundabout/A77, Heathfield, Ayr. Had some mixed reviews and offers inconsistent service, though it might be your lucky day. Background music is often at a level that makes it difficult to converse, or for the waiting staff to hear your order correctly.  http://www.frankieandbennys.com/index...

*Vito's, Burns Statue Square (opposite Odeon cinema), Ayr  Vito's is a family owned Italian/Pasta/Pizza restaurant for informal dining, which is proving rather popular with holidaymakers and locals, and those eating out on a budget. They have some early supper deals listed on their online menu. http://www.vitosayr.co.uk/Menu.htm

Cecchinis Italian Bistro, Wellington Square, Ayr - pleasant, informal and welcoming family run restaurant with hearty Italian food including pasta and pizza and some very nice desserts.  www.cecchinis.com

*Saffy's  Bistro,  Dalblair Rd opposite Ramada hotel - Saffy's informal bistro has a good name for itself and recently received a positive review for the food in Tam Cowan's Daily Record column. They offer an additional extensive menu for vegetarians: http://www.saffys-ayr.com/


Cafe Nero , Ayr - (Wifi available - chargeable), Lovely staff, great coffee and croissants.http://www.caffenero.com/StoreLocator...

Pizza Hut, Heathfield Retail Park near Whitletts/A77 roundabout on the Ayr/Prestwick border. Well known chain that has retained its main core of friendly staff for many years. Definitely  a good sign. 2009 saw a complete revamp and the restaurant, which is now looking fresh, clean and stylish

 *MacCallums Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant, Harbour, Troon. Very well thought of locally. Has a traditional chippie The Wee Hurrie alongside for those that like their fish and chips wrapped in paper to take away. Customers queue at the door each evening. Herald Review: http://www.theherald.co.uk/goingout/f...


Indian/Chinese Restaurants 

Papadoms Indian Cafe CLOSED SEPTEMBER 2013 Tams Brig, North Ayr - funky modern cafe restaurant serving tapas/tiffin sized portions. Diners can eat in traditional three course style or tapas style. Reasonably priced, friendly service, bottled beers, wines etc. large car park alongside restaurant.

Ayr Spice Indian, Minishant, (between Ayr and Maybole on the A77) -  occupies a red sandstone Church alongside the A77 just as you enter the village of Minishant from Ayr. Mixed reviews.

Ayr India (at Ayr beach south end) - good home cooking Indian style (excellent naan bread but give the onion bhajiis a miss), service par excellence and a friendly ambience. The building may look uninspiring from the outside, but once upstairs you appreciate its location advantage..... stunning Arran sunset views!

 *Ayr India, by Wellington Square, Ayr - smart sophisticated sister to the above restaurant, opened spring 2009. Stylish and funky decor, the food is traditional Indian with a youthful vibe. Great value and quality banquet and early dining offers.  http://www.ayrindia.com/

*Balbirs at Route 77, Indian cuisine, refurbished/reopened 2008, superb homestyle banquet - on the southbound A77 just north of Prestwick/Monkton. The sister restaurant on Church Street in Glasgow is frequently cited as possibly the best Indian in Glasgow. Here's a link to a review when they were in a different, larger premises just across the road - same good food, though instead of a buffet they serve a banquet to the table  http://balbirsrestaurants.co.uk/    review:  http://icscotland.icnetwork.co.uk/eat...

Rupee Room,
wellington Sq, Ayr - Special early bird offers and lunch deals.Very popular and reasonably priced. NB One onion bhaji portion is easily enough for two hungry adults!

Ruby 7 Days Cantonese Restaurant, The Sandgate, Ayr - a family friendly and welcoming restaurant, much  in need of a complete refurb and deep clean. Bargain lunchtime specials ensure a full house.

Other types of restaurants/cafes/casual eateries

The Secret Garden - overlooking Doon River on the Dunure Road at Doonfoot. Popular cafe locally with good home cooking and friendly efficient staff.  Super children's menu.  Newly built decking area is lovely to sit out on and watch the river.  Very small car park to the rear.

Poets Corner Bistro, Alloway Village, Ayr - right opposite Robert Burns thatched cottage birthplace, this has recently opened and become a popular stop on the Burns trail.

Beanscene Cafe, off Wellington Square, Ayr Free Wifi - not greatest service, but nice place to relax and catch some live music in the evening.  Teenagers are made unwelcome here after 7pm, so if you are under eighteen or even just over eighteen but with no ID they will often show you the door.  You have been warned! Refurbished after major fire damage in 2012.

* Elliotts Sports Bar and Restaurant, Main Road, Prestwick - very stylish and modern interior, revamped and relaunched Nov 2013. Attracts the locals at lunchtime and a young trendy crowd in the evenings.Modest sized parking area at the rear and excellent food in the bar and restaurant.   http://www.elliots-prestwick.com/welc...

The information was taken from various restaurant related threads on the Ayr and South Ayrshire forums including: