“Regional Highland dining in pastoral tranquillity” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's View
A converted 19th-century tweed mill standing in four acres of riverside grounds in the Cairngorms National Park, The Cross is a country restaurant with rooms on the human scale, with eight brightly designed bedrooms and a beamed restaurant where a mood of informal tranquillity reigns. The cooking is modern, ingredients-led and matches the pastoral surroundings with locally reared meats a speciality – witness lamb served two ways, roast loin, and cannelloni of the shoulder, together with artichoke, broccoli purée and glazed shallots in jus gras, or roast quail breast with leg meat bonbons, parsnip purée, apple and richly truffled jus. Elsewhere, seared John Dory is nicely matched with roast langoustine, confit sun-blushed tomato, onion purée and shellfish foam, while dessert is a dark chocolate shell filled with an irresistible cinnamon brulée mousse. A six-course taster picks out some of the main menu's highlights, while the three-course lunch deal, with three choices at each stage, delivers stonking value.
Facilities – at a glance
Gluten free menu
- Seats: 26
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 1.30
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 8.30
- Wines under £30: 14
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 8
- Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe.
At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.
The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century.
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