Chef's choice: Ross Sutherland on Alvie Gardens’ soft fruit

The Cross' head chef shares his love for locally-produced raspberries, blackberries and strawberries

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Chef's choice: Ross Sutherland on Alvie Gardens’ soft fruit

We always look forward to June when Alvie Gardens by Aviemore, provide us with their soft fruit.

Strawberries are large and juicy, Glen Ample raspberries delicious and blackberries are large and sweet. John Christie picks fruit to order and delivers it twice weekly to us.

It’s lovely to get high-quality produce from so close. We use their freshly picked fruit for our breakfasts, desserts and as accompaniments to savoury courses. Last year the fruit was very popular with guests, especially our Alvie hot berry soufflé and a dish of local grouse with blackberries.

The fruit continues throughout the summer, but last year’s mild autumn meant we had fruit until mid-October. The Cross prides itself on using local produce, and our menus always state provenance.

Ross Sutherland is head chef at The Cross, Kingussie

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