Come Dine with Us – Gretna Green Style

October 30th, 2017

Coming to Gretna Green or Gretna soon? Don’t miss out on the tasty treats which await you; as nothing beats the smell of homemade cooking – especially when you don’t have to do any of the work! And we’ve got just the thing – or should that be things – to satisfy that appetite! The only thing you’ll need to do is choose where to start!

Greens Sunday Carvery

Our sister hotel Greens at Gretna loves providing our guests with delicious, wholesome, meals just like the ones served at home! Come relax with them every Sunday from 12noon-4pm and enjoy a slow-cooked, irresistible Sunday Roast Carvery available from only £9.50!

Indulge in fall-off-the-fork roasts, roasted potatoes and vegetables, Yorkshire Puddings and more with our delicious Sunday roasts…

Still have room? Why not add in a starter or perhaps even a pudding?

Smiths Hotel – Traditional Afternoon Tea

Tuck into banana bread with caramel icing, macaroons*, Pimms & Strawberry trifle, fondant fancies, éclairs, Victoria sponge, marshmallow*, chocolate tart with Chantilly cream, popping candy & honeycomb, scones, gin & tonic sorbet, delectable finger sandwiches and soup all accompanied by a lovely pot of tea or coffee?

Even better, our macaroons and marshmallows are made with different flavours so you can come back again and again!

Interested? Well, just simply give us a call on 01461 337007. Afternoon tea is now available Monday – Sunday from 2pm – 4.30pm.

Sunday Roast

Each dish served is an individual whole joint slow cooked to perfection –  choose from beef, chicken, lamb or pork – and dressed with seasonal roast veg, a fresh veg medley, bubble & squeak, braised red cabbage, cauliflower cheese and a tasty jus! A vegetarian and fish dish will also be available each week.

À la carte

Our chefs have carefully selected only the finest seasonal and local ingredients to put together a range of dishes sure to delight your sense in our à la carte menu made with only the best seasonal and local produce and ingredients. Bursting with flavour, there’s something here for everyone … all with a unique Smiths twist of course!

Gretna Hall – High Tea

High Tea (tea or meat tea) is one name for the early evening meal. It is associated with the working class and is typically eaten between 5 pm and 7 pm. High tea typically consists of a hot dish, followed by cakes and bread, butter and jam. Occasionally there would be cold cuts of meat, such as ham. The term was first used around 1825, and “high” is used in the sense of well-advanced (like high noon) to signify that it was taken later in the day than afternoon tea.

Treat yourself to high tea at Gretna Hall from 3-6pm daily – choose from a selection of soups, hot dishes, scones and of course tea or coffee to finish.

Picnics

Fancy something a little lighter? Why not try the new picnic menu at Gretna Hall? Sit looking down over the green fields over the village out towards the Solway and even the Lake District on a super clear day!  Set underneath the canopy of the majestic trees which line the drive, your picnic will be set up on the lawn for you with a picnic blanket and a wicker basket full of goodies for you to enjoy.

Curious what’s inside that wicker basket? Of course you are! You’ll get:

  • A bottle of red or white wine
  • A selection of finger sandwiches
  • Mini pasties and quiche
  • Scones with jam and clotted cream
  • Mini desserts
  • A flask of tea or coffee

Available daily from 12noon to 3pm – rain or shine! Although we’ve got fingers and toes crossed for a sunny summer, if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, we’ll whisk everything inside and your picnic will be waiting for you in our cosy lounge!

Fancy trying a high tea or picnic (or even both)? Simply give us a call on 01461 338257 and our team be happy to get you booked in!

Old Toll Bar – Afternoon Tea

Selection of sandwiches, cakes, traybakes, scones, & unlimited tea or coffee … celebrating? We can add an extra special touch with a bottle of prosecco … just ask! Simply give the Old Toll Bar a call on 01461 338461 a day (24 hours) in advance and we’ll have a tasty treat awaiting your arrival the next day …

Blacksmiths Restaurant – Dining, Cakes, Conservatory, Take-away & Carvery

Last but not least, we have our fabulous Blacksmiths Restaurant. Situated amongst all the excitement and atmosphere of the Famous Blacksmiths Shop Attraction and Shopping. Whether you are looking for a sit-down meal in our lovely licensed dining room, coming with a group, a quick cake and a coffee in the main restaurant or our gorgeous conservatory overlooking our main square; or you are looking for a quick take-away snack from our take-away area or outdoor trailer – we have something for everyone! Even better you can enjoy a warming carvery dinner for just £8.99 on selected days. To book group dining or for more information on our carvery, call us on 01461 338365

Blacksmiths Restaurant

Phew! And that’s not all … our hotels and cafés/restaurants also have regular menus running daily! There’s so much choice you may just need to return for another weekend to sample all that’s on offer! See you soon – don’t forget to share your favourite meals with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

 

**Prices and descriptions accurate at time of writing. Subject to change. Last updated October 2017.**

Motown Night Menu

July 27th, 2017

Our Motown Night isn’t far off now! Our menu for this fantastic evening is now available … here’s a sneak peek!

Starter

  • Roasted butternut squash soup with crusty roll (v)
  • Twice baked cheese soufflé & creamed spinach
  • Chicken & mushroom terrine with pickled vegetables

 Main

  • Supreme of chicken, fondant potato, seasonal vegetables & cream sauce
  • Roast fillet of sea bream, fondant potato, green vegetables & salsa verde
  • Vegetable risotto, poached hen’s egg

 Dessert

  • Sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream
  • Baked cheesecake with cherry compote
  • Fresh fruit salad

 

Please advise us of any allergies or dietary restrictions when ordering

Questions? Our team is always happy to help – give us a call on 01461 337007!

Christmas Party Night Menu

July 27th, 2017

Available on 2 dates this year’s Christmas parties at Smiths Hotel in Gretna Green Scotland are sure to get you in the festive spirit…

Smiths Hotel Christmas party nights 2017:

Saturday 9th Dec 2017 – Dolly Parton Tribute
Friday 15th Dec 2017
– Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Party Nights Menu 2017

Starting time 7pm with arrival cocktails – finishing at midnight. 

Starters
  • Roasted butternut squash soup served with a crusty roll (v)
  • Twice baked cheese soufflé with creamed spinach
  • Chicken & wild mushroom terrine with pickled vegetables
 Main
  •  Roast crown of turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing, fondant potato, seasonal vegetables & gravy
  • Roast fillet of sea bream, fondant potato, green vegetables & salsa verde
  • Jerusalem artichoke & chestnut risotto served with a poached hen’s egg
 Dessert
  •  Christmas pudding with brandy sauce
  • Baked cheesecake with cherry compote
  • Winter berry pavlova

 

Please advise us of any allergies or dietary restrictions when ordering

Any questions? Please contact our team on 01461 337007!

The very best Afternoon Tea at Smiths Hotel

May 11th, 2017

Love afternoon tea? You’ll definitely want to book in for the brand new afternoon tea at Smiths Hotel which is starting Friday, 12th May!

Why not sink into the deliciousness that is afternoon tea here at Smiths? How can you possibly resist our fine selection of macaroons, Pimms & strawberry trifle, fondant fancies, éclairs, banana bread with caramel icing, Victoria Sponge, marshmallows, chocolate tart with Chantilly cream, popping candy & honeycomb, scones, gin & tonic sorbet, plus delectable finger sandwiches and soup all accompanied by tea or coffee to your heart’s desire? Hmm…we can just taste it!

Here at Smiths we don’t do things by halves and our afternoon tea is a perfect example. Let us spoil you  – sink into one of our cosy seats and let us treat to you the finest spread of deliciousness! You’ll love our vintage-style crockery too… it all adds to the ambience!

Sounds divine doesn’t it? How can I book we hear you say…? Well, just simply give us a call on 01461 337007. Afternoon tea is now available Monday – Sunday from 2pm – 4.30pm all for only £17.50 per person. Now the only choice is where to start …

Don’t forget to share your Smiths Hotel afternoon tea experience with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

 

 

Visit Smiths Hotel this Summer 2017

April 25th, 2017

Hard to believe it but with Easter (holidays) been and gone, summer is just around the corner. While the weather may be leaving something to be desired at the moment, things are definitely beginning to heat up here in Gretna Green!

Looking for the perfect reason to stop by  Smiths Hotel this summer? Here are some of our favourites…

Smiths Hotel Sunday Roast

Love roast dinners? You’ll love this …. each dinner is an individual whole joint slow cooked to perfection and dressed with seasonal roast veg, a fresh veg medley, bubble & squeak (serves 2), braised red cabbage and cauliflower & cheese served with a tasty jus ..

A fish dish & vegetarian option will also be available each week… Enjoy 1 course for £18, 2 courses for £20 or 3 courses for £24.

Father’s Day – Sunday 18th June

Join us to say thank you to Dad … every Dad will receive 10% off their food bill!

Smiths’ £5.00 Cocktails

It’s back! You loved them so much we brought them back….our famous signature Smiths cocktails will be available for only £5.00 from 1st April – 31st May … you did say you were thinking of coming by for a visit didn’t you?

Future Dates for your Diary

Motown Night – Saturday 9th September 2017 from 7pm. Enjoy a stunning three course dinner before dancing and singing the evening away to those Motown classics!

  • Tickets £32.50 per person

Christmas parties at Smiths Hotel are sure to get you in the festive spirit!

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.

  • Saturday 9th Dec 2017 – Dolly Parton Tribute
  • Friday 15th Dec 2017 – Christmas Wonderland

Don’t forget to check out the latest What’s On guide for all that’s going on in Gretna Green/Gretna including events and special dates at our sister hotels Greens at Gretna and Gretna Hall, our café Old Toll Bar and Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop!

Ts&Cs apply. Subject to availability. Please call 01461 337007 for more details or to book. £10 per person non-refundable deposit is required to confirm any booking. Updated 25th April 2017. Prices correct at time of writing.

 

 

Seeing stars at Smiths Hotel…

April 5th, 2017

It’s celebration time here at Smiths Hotel! We’ve just learned that we have been awarded a fresh set of awards recognising customer service and the quality of our hotel and restaurant!

How exciting!

Our Chainmail Restaurant has, for the fifth year running, retained its 2 AA Rosettes for food excellence ….  and Smiths Hotel itself retained its 4 star AA Hotel status which is the most widely recognised quality standard award for hotels! (We’re especially pleased as we’ve now been awarded our 4 star status from both the AA and VisitScotland for 11 consecutive years!)

Our good luck with awards this year doesn’t end there! We’re excited to announce that we’ve also been awarded a string of customer service awards….all of which come from the reviews from you, our highly valued guests! Through various online booking sites (TripAdvisor, Expedia, Laterooms…), the feedback Smiths Hotel has received through reviews has meant we’ve received the Booking.com customer service award and the Classic British Customer Experience Excellence Award! There was also a surprise in the post for us just last week in the form of an award certificate from Chief Executive at Classic British Hotels consortium with the congratulatory message: “Congratulations to all the team at Smiths for their dedication and commitment to the guest experience, which has led to consistently excellent guest feedback”!

We’re absolutely delighted to receive these awards … they’re a great testament to our Smiths Hotel team who work with passion to maintain these standards! We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all the wonderful reviews and feedback that you, our guests, have left for us – we wouldn’t have these awards without you!

We would love to invite you all to come visit us soon to enjoy the Smiths Hotel experience for yourself! Why not stop by for an overnight stay, or a weekend away …. Or perhaps come try our new season menu or new Sunday Roast which are now available!

Don’t forget to share your Smiths Hotel experience with us – pop us a comment on Facebook or Twitter and share your photos with us on Instagram!

 

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Dinnertime! Introducing the new Sunday Roast at Smiths Hotel!

March 8th, 2017

Exciting news, exciting news!! We’ve got a yummy brand new Sunday Roast at Smiths Hotel!

Love roast dinners? You’ll LOVE this….each dinner is an individual whole joint slow cooked to perfection and dressed with seasonal roast veg, a fresh veg medley, bubble & squeak (serves 2), braised red cabbage and cauliflower & cheese served with a tasty jus ..

A fish dish & vegetarian option will also be available each week…

Enjoy 1 course for £18, 2 courses for £20 or 3 courses for £24. Why not treat yourself …. see you Sunday ! Give us a call on 01461 337007 to book. And don’t forget to share your dining experience with us! Leave us a comment on Facebook, Twitter or share with us on Instagram!

Get Ready! The “Best Wedding Fayre Ever” is coming soon to Gretna Green!

March 8th, 2017

Gretna Green is holding it’s largest wedding fayre ever! Maybe the largest wedding fayre in the world. On Sunday 19th March 2017 from 12 noon – 4pm Gretna Green will be welcoming prospective brides and grooms from all over the country to discover what this romantic destination can offer to make a couple’s wedding dreams come true.

Couples will register for the event at Gretna Hall Hotel, where they will be entered into a free prize draw for an exciting mystery prize, which will be announced at Greens at Gretna following a bridal fashion show presented by Carol Roberts Couture Bridal and Genevieve of Carlisle.

During the day visitors will be invited to view the historic marriage rooms at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop and the marriage rooms at Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House plus the Old Toll Bar, Greens at Gretna Hotel and Smiths at Gretna Green. Gretna Hall will host the largest number of wedding suppliers to ever attend this event, with over 35 exhibitors; from bespoke invitation designs to unique entertainment and unusual party ideas.

All venues will have banqueting rooms set up to view how stunning your wedding celebrations could look and at Smiths, visitors will be able to sample culinary treats that couples can enjoy on their wedding day.

Michelle Hall, Wedding Manager, Gretna Green, and her team have been planning the Wedding Fayre Extravaganza for months and are excited to meet everyone who comes along. “This is something special. A wedding extravaganza like no other, showcasing one little village in the south of Scotland that has the largest romantic heart in the world! As a special treat we are also offering 20% discount on selected packages so if you fancy saying ‘I do’, Gretna Green Wedding Fayre Extravaganza needs to be a date in your diary.”

Planning on coming along? Make sure to join our Gretna Green Wedding Fayre Extravaganza Facebook group for a list of exhibitors, our suggested plan to make the most of your day here and much, much more!

 

Wedding photo courtesy of Colin Carpenter Photography.

A Fresh Take on Smiths Hotel A La Carte Menu

February 21st, 2017

If you love dining at Smiths Hotel, you’ll love this bit of news! Our à la carte menu has been updated – a sure sign that spring must be on the way! Make sure to check out the new offerings then come let us do the cooking one evening!

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 featuring fun, unique Smiths signature touches – of course, remember to leave room for our classic desserts!

Stopping by? Make sure to call ahead to book your table on 01461 337007. And don’t forget to share your dining experience with us! Leave us a comment on Facebook, Twitter or share with us on Instagram!

Love is the air! Celebrating Valentine’s at Smiths…

February 1st, 2017

Are you feeling the love this Valentine’s?

It’s time to wave good-bye to January and welcome February with open arms! Whilst it may be the shortest month, February certainly isn’t short on love, romance and happiness!

You may have noticed that Valentine’s Day 2017 is just around the corner – certainly a fitting time to pull out all the stops when it comes to sweeping that someone special off their feet….

The perfect Valentine’s gift awaits at Gretna Green…

Looking for the perfect excuse to come back to Gretna/Gretna Green? Not only do we have the perfect unique gift for your Valentine this year, we’ve pulled together a few other Valentine’s ideas full of romantic gestures are sure to be appreciated!

Show the love! Join the tradition of romance here at Gretna GreenFamous Blacksmiths Shop with one of our handfastings – go on, be spontaneous! Or come add a lovelock to our Wall of Love and stop by to touch the Famous Anvil after a blessing by one of our Blacksmiths Guides….after all, legend has it that doing so will bring you good fortune in affairs of the heart!

Share the love …

We’re sure Smiths Hotel is the perfect destination for a romantic evening away…. Remember that visit/trip back you’ve been planning for ages….now’s the perfect time!

Enjoy an overnight stay with a stunning meal for two (we’ll even make breakfast!) for only £99! Or how about that perfect romantic dinner for two? Let us do the cooking! Our talented chefs have whipped up some delightful treats sure to be loved by all who enjoy them! From tempting starters to mouth-watering puddings, our Valentine’s menus are perfect for sharing…(just sayin’)

Why not take a sneak peek at our special Valentines’ Day menu

We do believe that we’re lucky enough to be in a very special place where love and romance fill the air year-round….why not stop by Smiths Hotel this Valentine’s and see for yourself?

PS…We’d love to hear your favourite stories of romance – both here in Gretna Green and further afield! Share them with us on our Facebook or Twitter