The Cross at Kingussie

Kingussie, Highland

By a bubbling burn in the Cairngorms national park, Joe and Sarah Jouhal have recently taken over this former Victorian tweed mill which attracts high praise for David Skiggs’ nightly three-course and six course tasting menus. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

By a bubbling burn in the Cairngorms national park, Joe and Sarah Jouhal have recently taken over this former Victorian tweed mill which attracts high praise for David Skiggs’ nightly three-course and six course tasting menus catering for all tastes, including vegetarians and pescatarians. ‘We are foodies and this is some of the best we have ever eaten.’ ‘We have stayed many times and it has never let us down.’ In the beamed, stone-walled dining room, David Skiggs’s nightly three-course menu includes dishes such as venison, creamed cabbage, braised oxtail, pickled beets, celeriac, accompanied by a ‘very good and reasonable wine list’. After dinner, retire to one of the larger rooms which overlook the burn as it rushes by. ‘The only noise was the wind in the trees and the shimmer of running water.’ All the bedrooms have a cottagey feel, soft-hued decor, and now a large walk-in power shower. There are cosy lounges with books and a terrace by the burn, frequented by herons, red squirrel and roe deer. Or head out to work off those calories with a hike in the national park – after an amazing breakfast, of course. (Peter Scott, CB, JH)

Hotel details

Address

Ardbroilach Road
Kingussie
Highland
PH21 1LB
Scotland

Telephone

01540 661166

Bedrooms

8.

Open

Tues–Sat, Feb–early Jan, closed Christmas but open for New Year.

Facilities

2 lounges, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), 4-acre grounds (terraced garden, woodland), restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

D,B&B doubles from £200 (B&B sometimes available by arrangement). Fixed-price 3-course dinner £55, 6-course tasting menu £65.

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Comments about The Cross at Kingussie

We have stayed at the Cross many times and it has never let us down. Celia and Derek are excellent hosts and make one feel very much at home. The food is outstanding. The food at the Cross is some of the best we have ever eaten. Derek has compiled a good and reasonable wine list. The service is easy and efficient but one can linger over the meal. An excellent place to relax and de-stress. - Peter Scott - August 2020
A lovely hotel and just about the best meal we have had for over a year. The quaint old tweed mill is off the main street in a quiet wooded river valley. In the modern attic room, the bed was comfortable, the shower excellent, the towels were high quality. Dinner, presided over by the owners who were friendly, knowledgeable but pleasantly relaxed, was sensational - as was the wine list. Breakfast wasn't quite in the same league but was very good; excellent coffee . - Colin Bradshaw - September 2019
The best hotel we stayed in during a tour of the Highlands this summer. Our room with a small balcony overlooked the fast flowing Gynack Burn; we could lie in bed with the doors open to the world beyond listening to the soothing rush of water. Food, served in a pretty ground-floor dining room was excellent. Derek was especially knowledgeable about wine, and justly proud of his espresso coffee machine. The spacious lounge has ample books and games for inclement weather. There are some beautiful walks from the back of the hotel - John Holland t Kingus - July 2019
A hidden gem. Delicious and innovative menu. Very comfortable accommodation. - Carol and Robin Fulton - May 2019

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide