Headed to the 2017 Prestige Hotel Awards Finals

January 17th, 2017

Smiths Hotel among Scotland’s favourites! We’ve been hoping to hear about something we entered for a little while and we finally have an update!

If you’ve been following our page for a little while, you may have noticed that we asked for your support with the Prestige Hotel Awards back in 2016.

Well….we’ve got exciting news! Late last week, the finalists were announced after 7000+ votes were left by fans of each nominee…. and ….. we’ve been selected as finalists in three categories: Best Hotel Barista, Wedding Hotel of the Year and Country Hotel of the Year!

The awards will be revealed in February so we’ll be keeping our fingers and toes crossed and working hard to make sure everything is in tip top shape to impress the ‘mystery-shopper’ judges who will be visiting Smiths Hotel between now and the middle of February.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Smiths Hotel – and make sure to follow us on our Facebook and Twitter for the very latest!

Stayed tuned…





Wedding Fayre Extravaganza 2017

January 10th, 2017

Save the Date: Sunday 19th March 2017 from noon – 4pm. Admission is FREE!

It’s that time of year again! Hard to believe but we’re busy putting those final touches on our annual wedding fayre and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever!

If you’re getting married in the area soon, at the early stages of planning your Big Day or even just thinking about getting married, then our Wedding Fayre Extravaganza should definitely have a tick on your ‘must attend’ list…

Combining Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Gretna Hall, Smiths Hotel, Greens at Gretna and the Old Toll Bar, our new wedding fayre format is very exciting – the perfect way to see all the Gretna Green/Gretna has to offer. Come see all our venues and hotels on one day and get some great deals too! Plus you’ll get to spend the afternoon in one of the most romantic spots!

All our lovely wedding co-ordinators will be on hand during the day to help you with any questions you have about our surrounding wedding venues. Not only that, you can also see for yourself our full range of accommodation.

Bring your friends and family – it’s sure to be a great day out!

For the very latest, make sure to keep in touch with our Facebook group!







The 2016 Gretna Green Advent Calendar

November 25th, 2016

It’s nearly December here in Gretna Green which means it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! Finishing touches are going on our party nights at Smiths Hotel and our sister hotel Gretna Hall and Greens at Gretna, our first-ever Gretna Green Christmas decorations are here at Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Santa’s on the way to our Christmas family event at the Blacksmiths Restaurant with plenty of treats for the little ones …. and our festive menus are ready!

But wait, there’s one more thing!

Our 2016 Grenta Green Advent Calendar

We had such a positive response from our first ever Advent Calendar last year that we decided to do it all over again…! We’ve teamed up with the rest of the Gretna Green family (Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Smiths Hotel, Greens at Gretna, Gretna Hall Hotel and Old Toll Bar) this year for some very special treats hidden behind the 24 doors…

Remember to follow us on Facebook for more….each day the door will open at 9am! Don’t forget to like, share and comment on the Advent Calendar video and each day ….

Best of luck – and from us all a merry Christmas and all the best for the festive season!


Christmas Party Nights from Smiths Hotel

September 23rd, 2016

Christmas Nights

Here at Smiths at Gretna Green, we’re excited to start our countdown to Christmas 2016….now that’s it’s officially autumn, that’s exactly what we’re doing!

Available on 3 dates this year’s Christmas parties at Smiths Hotel in Gretna Green are due to be the best ever…

All party nights kick off at 7.00pm with arrival cocktails followed by a 3 course festive dinner and finishing with dancing until midnight.  A perfect way for you and your partner, friends or colleagues to celebrate in style.

Our dates for this years Christmas party nights are:

  • Friday 9th Dec 2016 – Dirty Dancing/Grease Tribute Act
  • Friday 16th Dec 2016 – Freddie Mercury Tribute Act
  • Wednesday 21st Dec 2016 – 70s/80s Night – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

£10 deposit required to confirm your booking.

Smiths at Gretna Green Christmas Party Nights 2016

Looking for a day out with the wee ones? Just across the road from Smiths Hotel, our sister site Blacksmiths Restaurant is hosting their second annual family Christmas event! Following the fabulous response to the first-ever family Christmas last year, we’re doing it all over again! This fun and family-focussed event will be taking place in a winter wonderland on Sunday 18th December 2016 from 4-8pm and includes:

  • Buffet
  • Family disco
  • Children’s Entertainment
  • A visit to Santa with a gift for all children

And last but definitely not least, the Blacksmiths Functions will be getting into the festive spirit with two fantastic Christmas Party Nights

  • Saturday 10 Dec – relive the days of Rat Pack
  • Saturday 17 Dec  – sing your heart out with our Robbie Williams/Michael Buble tribute act.

All tickets will be available for £32.50 and include an arrival drink, delicious carvery and disco.

Interested? Give us a call on 01461 337007 for tickets, availability, information and more…don’t miss out! Tickets are going fast!

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the very latest from Smiths Hotel!

Gretna Green coming to a small screen near you…

August 15th, 2016

We’ve got some exciting news to share….and on a Monday to boot! Time to launch the countdown for #WeddingTown on Channel 4!



Think back to last summer when we had a film crew here at Smiths Hotel and our sister site Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop collecting footage following different weddings, blessings and vow renewals taking place across Gretna Green including the special ambience and tales ….well fast forward to August 2016 and we’re only 7 days away from the very first episode of #WeddingTown!

Definitely feeling real now…. don’t forget to keep an eye on our Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop Facebook page where we’ll be sharing updates and more as Gretna Green arrives on the small screen!

Join us in one week as Wedding Town shines a spotlight on Gretna Green, one of the world’s most famous wedding destinations, on Channel 4 starting at 14.40 (2.40 pm)! We’ll get the popcorn ready…


Smiths Hotel’s Reception Makeover

July 15th, 2016

You may have noticed a few weeks back that we hinted at some changes coming to the reception area in Smiths at Gretna Green hotel. We’d asked for feedback and a few of you had mentioned that our reception area was needing a bit of TLC …. we’ve listened and for the past few weeks have been very busy bees freshening up the Smiths reception to welcome our fabulous guests to a trendy, stylish and fresh space – the perfect welcome!

Looking for the perfect reason to come visit Smiths hotel? We’ve got it – definitely time to come see the BRAND NEW reception for yourself! We’ve changed the wallpaper, added in a few fabulous lights and added in some stylish furniture which ties everything together! We’ve got a few photos and collages on the way as the finishing touches…

We might be slightly biased but we’re so pleased with how the Smiths reception makeover has turned out. Just be careful with the couch – it’s so comfortable once you sit down, you may not get back up! 🙂

Let us know your thoughts!


The new look of Smiths at Gretna Green's reception

The new look of Smiths at Gretna Green’s reception






Savour the Summer – Smiths à la carte menu is changing!

June 2nd, 2016

We’ve got exciting news from the kitchen of Smiths at Gretna Green! Our head chef and his team have been busy grilling away as they brainstormed some exciting new dishes to complement the old favourites….and we’re just about ready to reveal the NEW à la carte menu! This new menu is the perfect excuse to pop back to Smiths and try them all! Why not come tuck into the fresh taste of a Scottish summer at Smiths at Gretna Green – they feature only the finest local produce and are sure to delight all the senses!

We’ll be sharing the entire menu shortly – we’re just putting the final few touches on the menu. More than just a meal – Smiths a la carte menu is the perfect complement for any special occasion – and it will be here just in time for summer!

For now….here’s a wee teaser of what’s to come…

Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel. Eating out. Scallops with sea vegetables and dashi broth. 25th May 2016 JONATHAN BECKER

Scallops with sea vegetables and dashi broth.

Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel. Eating out. Beef and truffels. 25th May 2016 JONATHAN BECKER

Beef and truffels.

Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel. Eating out. Baileys creme brulee served with tonka bean ice cream. 25th May 2016 JONATHAN BECKER

Baileys creme brulee served with tonka bean ice cream.

Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel. Eating out. Knickerbocker Glory, 25th May 2016 JONATHAN BECKER

Knickerbocker Glory


Photos courtesy of Jonathan Becker

A little bit of TLC at Smiths Hotel…

May 5th, 2016

Exciting news here at Smiths Hotel – changes are afoot!

We’re always striving to keep everything tip top shape and we’ve been busy working on areas throughout the hotel ensuring things are in full working order as we head into the summer season. (Yes we are being optimistic – we will get a warm, sunny summer this year!)

You’ve mentioned a few things needed some TLC and we’ve listened….

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18 of our rooms are undergoing refurbishment to freshen them up and get them to their very best! Plans for our reception area just getting underway – if you’ve visited us recently, you may have noticed us busily working away! AND we’ve started changing the windows in our rooms facing the motorway (10 rooms so far) replacing them with triple -pane windows (the same style as you’d find in hotels next to an airport) to help minimise noise from the motorway as much as possible…

We’re very excited to see these changes come to fruition…stay tuned to our Smiths Facebook page for the very latest as the refurbishments come together!

Introducing the winners of our Blacksmiths Wedding Package

April 5th, 2016

You may remember a wee way back that we held a competition through Smiths hotel for one lucky couple to win a Blacksmiths Wedding package … fast forward 2 years and we recently welcomed our lucky winners to Gretna Green for their big day!

Lara and her hubby-to-be arrived with us just before their big day on the 25th March. The competition winners had chosen to make their day in Gretna Green even more special with a few extra special touches, electing to have a piper for their ceremony at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, welcoming their guests to their wedding breakfast in Smiths at Gretna Green with arrival drinks and a stunning 3 course meal then dancing the night away with a disco.

Mr and Mrs Templeton 25.03.16(3) Mr and Mrs Templeton 25.03.16(2) Mr and Mrs Templeton 25.03.16

Lara says, “We were over the moon winning the competition. The day was absolutely brilliant the service in the blacksmiths shop was so personal and you were made to feel so special. Our stay at Smiths was lovely we were in the Rose suite and it was beautiful. All in all we had an amazing wedding day and one we will remember for the rest of our lives.x”

The new Mr and Mrs Templeton are already planning a visit back up to the Famous Blacksmiths Shop to leave a lovelock on the wall of Love…

Congratulations to the happy couple – we’re honoured to have been part of your special day! All the best as you start off on your new adventure!


Exploring Smiths Hotel Stay, Marry & Memory Wedding Package

March 16th, 2016

Wedding planning can be a stressful time with many decisions to make from venue to package to catering and more! The wedding team based in Smiths at Gretna Green Weddings hotel aim to make planning one of the most important days of your life as stress free as possible – with that in mind, we’re making short videos covering each of our fantastic wedding packages – starting with our Stay, Marry & Memory Wedding Package!

Our highly popular Stay, Marry and Memory Wedding Package wedding package which is ideal for couples looking for to ‘run away’ to Gretna Green for a modern-day elopement at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop over the Anvil or who would prefer to celebrate their wedding with a small group of family/friends with a luxurious stay for the couple in the 4* Smiths Hotel and a few precious memories kept safe with professionally taken photographs.

Does this sound perfect? Check out our short video as Vicky, one of the wedding team, walks you through the package from start to finish!

Questions? Just give us a quick call on 01461 336001 and we’ll be happy to help!

Did you choose this package? Leave us a comment with your thoughts!