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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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Regional Highland dining in pastoral tranquillity

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

Formed from an old tweed mill that stood on the crossroads of the Highland village of Kingussie, The Cross is now a country hotel on the human scale, with eight brightly designed bedrooms and a beamed restaurant with undressed tables and landscape prints. The mood is one of informal tranquillity, and the kitchen matches the pastoral surroundings with locally reared meats a speciality. Lamb is served two ways, as the roast loin and cannelloni of the shoulder, with violet artichoke and glazed shallots in jus gras, while venison makes up a double-act with braised oxtail, alongside a delicately fashioned beetroot tart and creamed cabbage in red wine sauce. Prior to those, there may be confit salmon sharply dressed with horseradish cream and orange, anointed with splashes of fine olive oil, while the covetable dessert is a complex construction of chocolate and Grand Marnier millefeuille with marmalade ice cream, clementines and toasted almonds. A tasting menu picks out some of the main menu's highlights, complete with appetiser and pre-dessert, while the three-course lunch menu, with three choices at each stage, represents exemplary value.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas and January (excluding New Year)
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • 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: 18
  • Wines over £30: 95
  • Wines by the glass: 6

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £30
  • 2-course dinner from: £55
  • 3-course dinner from: £55
  • Tasting menu from: £65
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 26
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

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

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