Plans are afoot to create a vibrant new café in Ayr.

22 Sandgate has up until now been hosting art exhibitions, but it will be converted into a café after South Ayrshire council planning chiefs approved an application from the owners.

Father and daughter artist team Robert and Saskia Singer are the duo behind Narture, who run the bakery across the road on Cathcart Street.

Planning permission has now been granted to change 22 Sandgate into to artisan café and a re-fit is currently underway.

It will soon be open for their slow-naturally-fermented bread and other handcrafted sourdough products. The sit in café will open in mid-June and will sell hand-cut sandwiches, ‘innovative oven to table dishes’ and a salad bar of ethical fresh produce, craft-roasted coffees, loose leaf teas, homemade kombucha, kefir drinks and fresh squeezed juices, to generate income to nurture the arts.

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Robert Singer, company director said: “The enterprise has moved through incremental steps towards delivering our unique vision that combines gastronomy, arts and science to revive vacant shops in the historic quarter of Ayr, to enliven the town with arts and culture for a post-pandemic, post-retail future!

“The whole vision has been informed by our public consultations; finding out what local people truly want from their town centre.”

And the work doesn’t stop there for Narture, who’re in talks with the owner of a Newmarket Street shop about developing a ‘People’s Art School’.