The Cross

Location Kingussie

Postcode PH21 1TC

Telephone (01540) 661166

££££

Why we love it...

Welcoming Highland enclave with award-winning restaurant

The Place

We revisited The Cross in 2018 and came away as enthusiastic as ever.

From the moment you arrive at this Highland oasis, it’s clear that nothing is too much trouble. Despite being early for check-in after a long drive from London, our reporter was shown to her room by friendly staff that offered to collect the luggage from the car. Attention to detail is obvious everywhere: luxury bedding, a cafetière press, a selection of books provided in every room – a genuine home from home experience.

If you can, book a room overlooking the Gynack Burn – these are the most peaceful. Since our last visit, most of the bathrooms have now been equipped with large, powerful walk-in showers.

The two guest sitting rooms are great for reading and relaxing with a cup of tea after a day of local rambling. The staff are attentive without being intrusive – our reporter noticed that they came to switch on the table lamps in the guest room and provided tea refills without being prompted.

The Cross is well known for its award-winning restaurant which continues to thrive, according to our reporter. Chef David Skiggs’ menu is based around the best seasonal produce and local ingredients are used wherever possible. There are two evening menus on offer: a three-course dinner, and a slightly pricier six-course tasting menu. There is also a cheaper alternative at lunchtime. The signature dish is local butcher George Gow’s loin of lamb, served with a cannelloni of its own shoulder, artichoke puree, glazed onions, broccoli, and jus gras.

The centrepiece fire in the restaurant is a glowing focal point and makes each table feel intimate because it divides the space and reduces noise. Everything about The Cross feels something like home. Derek and Celia have adapted the old mill very thoughtfully: it’s neither overdone nor understated.

The Essentials

Price Band ££££
Rooms 8 double and twin, all with bath; all rooms have phone, TV, DVD, hairdryer, tea/coffee
Food breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea (prior booking advised)
Facilities 2 sitting rooms, restaurant; garden and garden terrace
Children welcome
Disabled no special facilities; restaurant is accessible, rooms are not
Pets accepted by arrangement

To Book

Contact Derek and Celia Kitchingman
Call (01540) 661166
Email relax@thecross.co.uk
Website www.thecross.co.uk

Good To Know

Address Tweed Mill Brae, Kingussie PH21 1TC
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The Location

Find this place: in Kingussie just off the A9, 10 miles south of Aviemore. Large car park

What's nearby: Highland Wildlife Park, Aviemore, Cairngorm Mountain Railway