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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Modern Scottish cooking in an old mill

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Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

Originally a 19th-century tweed mill alongside the Gynack Burn, The Cross is surrounded by four acres of woodland and garden within the Cairngorm National Park. It’s a soul-soothing and uplifting spot; on a balmy day there's a terrace beside the river where you can bask in the serenity of the setting – and, if you're lucky, spot a red squirrel or roe deer. Expect stylish public rooms, eight pretty bedrooms and a smart, traditional restaurant with dark wood ceilings, whitewashed stone walls, and a snazzy yellow and black carpet. The owners Derek and Celia Kitchingman take a hands-on approach front of house, while at the stoves, David Skiggs delivers creative modern food via a three-course fixed-price menu or a tasting version with optional matching wines, all driven by seasonal and local ingredients. Proceedings might start with a pairing of seared John Dory and crisp pork belly partnered with spinach, baby onions and sauce épice, followed by a muscular teaming of venison loin and braised oxtail with creamed cabbage, pickled beets, celeriac, and red wine jus. A fish option might be roast halibut with Parmesan gnocchi, cauliflower, wild mushrooms, samphire and fish velouté. For dessert, perhaps an invigorating duo of raspberry soufflé and lemon sorbet.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas and January (excluding New Year)
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 8.30


  • Chef(s): David Skiggs

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 29
  • Wines over £30: 95
  • Wines by the glass: 6

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 26
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 26

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From lights in Kingussie centre along Ardbroilach Road, 300 yards left onto Tweed Mill Brae

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