This restaurant with rooms is pleasantly-set amid woods, next to a tumbling burn, and if weather permits, it's a delight to eat on the overlooking terrace. The building was once a water-powered tweed mill, but the interior has been given a homely, yet contemporary feel. The set dinner offers three courses plus coffee, and the cooking is carried out with great aplomb, but without complication - allowing the top-quality, mainly local, ingredients to shine through. When the owner was once an AA inspector, you'd expect professionalism, and that's what you get.
Food follows the seasons, but for starters, expect the likes of 'Seafood Salad'; 'Seared Mackerel with Rhubarb Salsa'; 'Venison Boudin with Beetroot and Apple Chutney, Puy Lentil and Rocket Salad' or 'Home-smoked Gressingham Duck with Spiced Mango Chutney'.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Pan-fried Beef with Mushrooms and Madeira'; 'John Dory with Cardamom-flavoured Tomatoes and braised Chicory'; 'Baked Fillet of Brill with Chanterelle Velouté, Samphire & Yukon Gold Potato Purée' or 'Rump of salt-marsh Lamb with Aubergine and Dauphinoise'.
Desserts maintain the high standard, 'Lemon Tart with Raspberries' and 'Hot Chocolate Fondant with Chili Ice Cream' being typical.
No mobile phones in dining room. If you have the foresight, it's a very comfortable place in which to stay.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Closed
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-20.30 (20.45 Sat); set D £50 (3 courses)
- Seats: 24
- Wine: a carefully-chosen wine list, has offering from around the world, bottles starting around £26
- Children's portions: No, and no children under 10.
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Kingussie
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page - or turn right from the traffic lights centre at the centre of Kingussie, into Ardbroilach Road, find The Cross in 300 metres.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: L all week; Christmas, 2nd Jan to mid-Feb
- Outside eating
- Rooms available