Smiths hotel springs into a NEW à la carte menu

February 19th, 2015

There’s been a hive of activity lately in the Smiths at Gretna Green kitchen! Our talented team of chefs have been busy putting the finishing touches on the new spring à la carte menu – and it’s all locally sourced with Dumfries and Galloway!

Hands up if you enjoy a night out of the kitchen? Yes, we thought so! Here’s the perfect excuse to come back to Smiths for tea very soon….made from locally sourced ingredients, this delicious menu features a mix of old favourites and new exciting dishes from hot smoked salmon starters to fun, unique takes on fish dishes such as our new John Dory and light-hearted takes on classic desserts  like the stunning Cherry Bakewell Tart!

We were lucky to be in the right place last week when this fabulous new menu was presented for tasting….we do love getting tasty tidbits. Better get those forks and spoons in quickly!

     Tomate and Mozzarella Salad  Tasting-Menu

But that’s not all! Our menus are getting a fresh new look too….watch this space for more!
For now, here’s a wee teaser!

Hot Smoked Salmon  John Dory  Peanut, Chocolate and Banana

Go on….treat yourself and try the new menu! Remember to share your favourites with us on facebook and twitter!

Planning Your Gretna Green Wedding?

January 30th, 2015

Planning your Gretna Green wedding? Our intrepid and wonderful wedding team are hitting the road and could be coming to a wedding fair near you very soon! We’ll be bringing a wee bit of our beloved Gretna Green with us ….so grab your wedding party and pop down!

Sunday 1st February – Enchanted Wedding Fair, Sands Centre, Carlisle

If you’re near to us but busy on the 8th Feb, why not come meet us at Enchanted? Our wedding planners are keen to chat about everything Gretna Green and planning your Gretna Green wedding……and we’d LOVE to meet some of our local brides and grooms-to-be!

Sunday 8th February – Smiths at Gretna Green wedding fayre

With over 30 local vendors, this is the perfect place to plan your special day in one stop! You’ll also have the opportunity to visit venues including Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Smiths hotel, and the soon-to-be Greens at Gretna (formerly Garden House Hotel). If you’re planning on get married in Gretna Green, this is a must-attend day!

27th Feb-1 March – National Wedding Show – Birmingham NEC

We had such a lovely time at the National Wedding Show at the Birmingham NEC last year, we’ve decided to go again! We’ll have our Gretna Green wedding venues and packages on feature – come explore the living history of Gretna Green weddings!

The North West Wedding and Venue Exhibition

Live in the south? Meet us halfway! Sunday 29th March we’re bringing a wee bit of Gretna Green to the North West Wedding and Venue Exhibition ready to answer any and all questions.

Smiths’ Wedding Fayre 2015

January 23rd, 2015

Hands up if you got engaged over the festive period? Excited? Always dreamt of a romantic Gretna Green wedding? Perfect timing! We’ve got the well-known annual Smiths Wedding Fayre right around the corner….on Sunday 8th February!


This fabulous event is the perfect time to come visit the venues in Gretna Green – from the Famous Blacksmiths Shop to nearby venues such as Anvil Hall or Gretna Old Parish Church! Plus you can tour both Smiths at Gretna Green hotel and our new sister hotel, the soon-to-be Greens at Gretna hotel!

From photographers to pipers, dresses to table dressings, our in-house wedding team has gathered only the very best in local vendors – plan your wedding in one stop! Plus a number of appointments with the fantastic Smiths’ wedding team are available on the day allowing you to book your special day whilst visiting us!

There’s not long left now until we throw open the doors and welcome everyone again but in the meanwhile, here’s a few photos of last year’s fayre to keep you in the wedding planning spirit!

Ideal wedding/shower gifts!

Ideal wedding/shower gifts!

A tasty treat for your guests...

A tasty treat for your guests…

A sample table dressing...

A sample table dressing…

Why not have a disco after your wedding breakfast?

Why not have a disco after your wedding breakfast?

Welcoming visitors to the 2014 fayre...

Welcoming visitors to the 2014 fayre…

Needing inspiration for your theme? Look no further!

Needing inspiration for your theme? Look no further!

Smiths Hotel’s Famous Afternoon Tea

January 23rd, 2015

Afternoon Tea at Smiths has been a huge hit… For some people the lure of freshly baked cakes and delicious homemade scones is simply too much to resist! While Smiths has a host of yummy lunch dishes on offer, the ‘quaint yet quirky’ afternoon tea is fast becoming its most sought after lunchtime treat… for this scrumptious offering of tea, coffee, finger sandwiches, macaroons, banana bread, chocolate and more has been flying out the doors since it was added to the Smiths menu partway towards the end of last year…

Afternoon Tea....ready to enjoy!

Afternoon Tea….ready to enjoy!

Should you be visiting us to get married, attend a wedding or blessing or that you’re simply stopping off on your way north or south of the border then you simply must sample the wares! Plus it also makes the perfect treat for a baby shower, special birthday, long overdue catch-up with friends or even an informal work get-together!

Presented with a blanket draped over your table and descend into a picnic of the senses with our delightful crockery and picnic basket all adding to the charm of the Smiths afternoon tea experience, Smiths Afternoon Tea is a firm favourite with all who have tried it!

Keep an eye on here….and on our Facebook pages…the chefs do like to have fun with the Afternoon Tea – we had a festive version over the Christmas period….who knows – there may even be an Easter themed one?!

Festive Afternoon Tea at Smiths (December 2014)

Festive Afternoon Tea at Smiths

Need more info? Why not head over to Smiths website