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“Perfect stay” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Restaurant at The Cross

The Restaurant at The Cross
Tweed Mill Brae | Ardbroilach Road, Kingussie PH21 1LB, Scotland
01540661166
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Ranked #3 of 12 Restaurants in Kingussie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $83 - $99
Cuisines: French, British, Contemporary, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Perfect stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We facied a visit to the Sottish Wildlife Centre on our way uo to the far north and had heard that this was a good place to stop for the night - we were not disappointed. It calls its self a "restaurant with rooms" and we booked dinner, B&B. On arrival we were made to feel very welcome and shown to a lovely large airy room overlooking the river. One criticism is that the rooms could be better soundproofed as the rather noisy couple next door never shut up until about 1 am!!. Dinner was everything we had been lead to believe - a superb menu with all dishes presented with flare and attention. Taste was superb and our only problem was that the wine list was 30 pages long!! - in the end we gave up and asked that they chose one for us - good idea as it was fantastic! Breakfast was the usual "scottish everything on a plate" so nothing exceptional - except perhaps the black pudding which was better than most we have had. All in all highly recommended - especially for the food and service.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Insch
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Very disappointing food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Had a very disappointing 2nd trip to The Cross. Ownership has changed in the last few weeks and this was not mentioned when we booked. Last time we stayed, the food was absolutely fantastic, but it was very poor this time round. Starters consisted of 2 cold terrines each night which were underwhelming and most of the food was underseasoned and overcooked. Breakfast was truly uninspiring and the dining room smelled strongly of smoked haddock. I wish we had complained at the time, but we left in a hurry because we had to endure 2 nights of snoring from the room below us. Because guests are all accomodated on the first floor, I can only assume it was the live-in chef! On a positive note, the staff and owners were delightful, but this would not draw us back ever. Sorry to be scathing lovely owners, but you simply can't charge those prices for mediocre food. Those aa rosettes on your sign are undeserved.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Carrbridge, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Our first choice for a special meal out.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

We live reasonably locally and are lucky to have several good restaurants in the area. However whenever we want a "special" night out for a really top class meal - The Cross is always our first choice. The smiles are genuine, the mood is friendly, the staff are excellent, the food choice is superb and the wine selection second to none. Couple that with perfect lighting throughout to add to the atmosphere and a very genuine knowledge - from all - about the dishes and a detailed knowledge of the wines - if needed - from Katie. A special evening out - every time. Thanks to all.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Aviemore, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Food Great WIne Great Company”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

We went along to a special evening with Gerard Basset OBE (and his wife), the world's number 1 Sommelier (amongst other accolades) . The evening commenced with an introduction to the wines to be served that evening and a brief resume of Gerard's fascinating career. Following a meal of some fantastic local produce cooked with Davids usual flair and imagination, complimented by wines specially selected by Monsieur Basset, that included some incredible wines from Alsace and the Pau region in the south of France as well as a biodynamique wine from the Rhone region, we then had a greater insight into the background to the World Sommellier championships and the rigour that the contestants were tested with, all leavened with a wry sense of humour by Gerard.
This is our second time at special events at the Cross and we would reccommend it anyone with a love of outsdtanding food and service.
Thank you David and Kate and the rest of your team

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“One of the best, no doubt about it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

Just had our fifth visit to The Cross in as many years - fantastic experience every time. Beginning to feel like we're one of the family because of the welcome that's extended to us. Really love Becca's cooking - exceptional quality - and think the commitment to local produce is one of the things that keeps this on our tour 'must-do' list.

This time the seafood was out of this world, very subtle flavours - a deceptively simple list of ingredients for such a wonderful result. The venison was the usual amazing standard too - I don't think you can beat this dish, particularly when you're eating it almost literally in the backyard where the meat was sourced. And Becca's desserts... where do you start?

The atmosphere was a bit quieter than usual - not so many in dining - but I think that's because of the time of year - we haven't seen that many folk out on our travels at the local folk museum and the animal centre up near Aviemore.

Worth mentioning Dave's wines too - great list, although he told us he's still looking to bring in more for the rest of the season - that might tempt us back later this year! It's not a huge list compared with some we've come across but there's still a lot of choice and we have never been let down in terms of quality (and Dave's advice has always been really good whenever we've asked). Same with the 'drams' - whisky's not my usual tipple, but it always is here after the meal. Again, I've found it helpful to get a bit of advice from Dave to avoid some of the more 'acquired' tastes.

Already thinking about plans for next year's tour - and The Cross is bound to feature again. Really can't recommend too highly. One of the best!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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