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Father’s Day at Smiths Hotel, Gretna Green

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Father’s Day at Smiths Hotel

Give something back this Father’s Day with a delicious Sunday Lunch at Smiths’ 2 AA Rosette Restaurant.

Sunday 16th June 2019

To book your Father’s Day Sunday Lunch, call: 0146 337007     

Dining at Smiths Hotel

Make “Dad” smile with a gift you can experience together. We all know how important that father figure in our life is so, to celebrate him, Smiths hotel is hosting a tasty Sunday Lunch this 16th June. Take a seat in our luxurious 2 AA Rosette restaurant and enjoy a succulent roast joint of meat served with tasty seasonal vegetables, all locally sourced.

Reserve your place now before we’re all booked up! Call now: 0146 337007

Visit the Famous Blacksmiths Shop Attractions

Visiting the Famous Blacksmiths Shop Attractions

Discover Gretna Green’s unbelievable runaway history at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop Museum, just a stones-throw away from Smiths hotel! Or perhaps take a stroll around our range of shops, stocking everything from unique and personal gifts to big-name brands and speciality Scottish products. From Harris Tweed hip flasks to English Pewter Company tumblers, Barbour jackets to Joules polo shirts, traditional shortbread to Scottish whisky; Gretna Green has it all!

Experience Something Unique

Whisky Tasting at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop

Maybe you’d like to experience something new during your visit. How about an exclusive Whisky Tasting Experience at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop? Sample a fantastic collection of traditional Scottish whiskies and discover their incredible origins, plus receive 10% off purchases made in Whisky & Gifts, the Foodhall or Gretna Green Since 1754 when you book our “The Blacksmith’s Dram” tasting package for 2*!

Click here to view all our Tasting Experiences

Whichever way you choose to celebrate, we wish all the “Dad”s a very happy Father’s Day!

*Terms and conditions apply. Ask for details.

Curry and cocktail night in Smiths Hotel at Gretna Green

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Cocktails, spice and everything nice

As we all know, the Great British public love a good curry, so much so, it has become a national food in the UK. This autumn the team at Smiths Hotel at Gretna Green wants to heat you up and celebrate some of Britain’s most popular dishes with you and your friends or family.

Join us on the 9th November for a special evening full of flavour and spice.

What kinds of curry do smiths offer?

In Smiths hotel, our chefs, as traditional curry heirs, prepare fresh, organic ingredients to create our own curry recipes to excite your taste buds and warm your heart. Traditionally, Indian housewives would prepare their own curry pastes from scratch instead of using a pre-prepared paste. Curry powder doesn’t exist in India! There are many, many different varieties of curry, so recipe-specific spice mixes are more common. Our team at Smiths have followed the traditional techniques and created their own spice recipes to offer you an authentic flavour.

Why are curry and cocktails a good match?

Whether you are a big fan of Chicken Tikka Masala (we use authentic Punjabi Dhaba chicken to make it) or feeling adventurous for Beef Rendang (Indonesian coconut curry), great cocktails are the perfect partners to complement your journey through these delicious flavours.

Although some people consider a fresh beer as a perfect partner for curry, we believe the right cocktail is better! Our bar team have developed an impressive cocktail list to complement our own exciting curry recipes.

To balance the spice in curry, the cocktails need to be fruity and refreshing. Chambord Fizz and Classic Champagne Cocktails are just sweet enough to cool the taste buds; Larios Strawberry Gin normally mixed with tonic can add a much-needed touch of fruit to the mix; to pep up your party night you could choose one of our classic creations with a modern twist, such as the Long Island Iced Tea, Mango Margarita or Raspberry Martini for a great finish to your special and hopefully spicy night.

Whether you are a ‘Cosmo’ girl with a penchant for Punjab food or an ‘old-fashioned’ guy with a taste of Tikka; Smiths at Gretna Green will make the ideal dinner date for you!

Come join us for a relaxing night and savour the flavour!

Friday 9 November, 7pm till late
To find out or to book, give us a call on: 01461 337 007
Tickets £25per* person, includes cocktail on arrival, dinner and live entertainment*£10 requires on booking

Mother’s Day at Gretna Green

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Treat your Mum this Mother’s Day at Smiths

Mother's Day at Smiths Hotel Gretna Green

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, here at Smiths Hotel we thought we would give you a helping hand in planning a day to spoil your Mum. Here are some ideas that promise to impress on Mother’s Day.


£99 Valentine’s Day Hotel Breaks in Gretna Green, Scotland

Monday, January 29th, 2018

£99 dinner bed and breakfast valentine's day hotel breaks, gretna green smiths

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for £99 this Valentine’s Day at Smiths Hotel

**UPDATE: Now available from Monday 12th February to Sunday 18th February**

If you’re looking for an excuse to get away this February, than why not treat your other half to dinner, bed and breakfast, plus a free cocktail each, at Smiths Gretna Green Hotel.

Sleep comfortably in one our of luxurious double rooms, in a super kingsize bed; dine from either our 2-course tea-time menu, (or enjoy £15 each towards A La Carte) and settle in to your break away perfectly with a complimentary cocktail each on arrival.

Sound fabulous?

How to book

To book this exclusive deal, you need to go direct! So… give us a call on 01461 337007 OR you can email us: Unfortunately this offer isn’t available to book online.

Upgrade your Stay

If you are looking to make your stay even more special, then why not consider upgrading your stay?

Our range of upgrades include:

  • Room upgrades – upgrade your stay to one of our Balcony Rooms, Suites or even the Penthouse (subject to availability).
  • Flowers, Champagne and Chocolates – We can arrange for a gorgeous bunch of flowers and box of chocolates to be in your room waiting for you, or a chilled bottle of Champagne!
  • Flower Petals – for the extra WOW factor, why not arrange for flower petals to be placed in the room?
  • Breakfast in Bed – relax for that little bit longer, in the comfort of your fluffy white pillows and duvet, when you upgrade to breakfast in your room.
  • Private Dining – why not opt to upgrade your inclusive evening meal to dine in one of our private dining areas, including one of our intimate Alcoves?

To upgrade your stay, please call us on 01461 337007 or you can ask for any of the above whilst booking! 

Private Dining at Smiths Hotel

While you are in Gretna Green


All of our guests enjoy exclusive discounts at our Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop Museum and Shopping Village, so you can shop til you drop for less on major brands including Swarovski, Ness, Harris Tweed, Barbour and Joules… as well as a huge range of gifts, hampers and our fantastic Foodhall… full of tasty, Scottish treats!

Love and Romance

How about surprising the one you love with a romantic Anvil Handfasting at Gretna Green. This unique ceremony, performed by one of our Blacksmiths Guides can either be an informal renewal of vows if you are already married or as a romantic gesture of commitment for those still to walk the aisle. You can book our exclusive Valentine’s Day Handfasting Deal, including a FREE LoveLock to commemorate your day, for just £40 by calling us on 01461 337893 or by emailing:

Anvil Handfasting at Gretna Green

Where the culinary magic happens

Monday, January 15th, 2018

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look in to the Smiths Hotel Kitchen

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in a 2 AA Rosette restaurant?

Documentary television gives us a few ideas, but here at Smiths, we’re probably not what you expected!

Smiths Kitchen Prep December 2017

No we don’t have a kitchen as big as our restaurant, in fact, very few hotels and restaurants actually do. You would be amazed at how much more efficient a kitchen can be when it is smaller, well-managed and has a great team inside. A bit like a pocket watch… it may be small in size, but it keeps perfect time! Here at Smiths, we are extremely lucky, to not only have a talented team of chefs and assistants working in our restaurant, but a fantastic groups of head chefs, who continually work, not just to develop our menu and our taste bubs, but to nurture the future talents of their team – with some of our must luxurious menus coming from their culinary genius minds!

Locally sourced meats and fresh produce

So what makes our food taste so good… well that’s simple. We buy locally and try to use as many locally-sourced and grown ingredients as we possibly can! Sure… not everything we make has come from Dumfries and Galloway or bordering Cumbria, but we certainly make sure to use as much produce as possible from as close as possible. Take our meat, for example, mostly this is sourced from nearby butcher’s here in the Borders, but our Head Chef also rears his own premium livestock which he expertly butchers and prepares fresh for Smiths! You can’t get much more locally sourced than that!

Hand-crafted desserts

As well as our meat and veg, we are very lucky to have a talented pastry chef here at Smiths, who along with her assistant chef, creates some beautiful hand-made desserts – from chocolate fondant and croquembouche to cherry sorbets and miniature cakes for our afternoon teas. If you haven’t tried our Afternoon Teas, by the way, then you genuinely don’t know what you are missing!

Smiths Desserts

Community heroes

When our chefs are not working away in the kitchen, making food dreams come true, they are out and about in the community, working with schools and other community outreach organisations to bring basic culinary and advanced cooking skills to everyone. We are exceptionally proud of the work our team do and the effort and passion that they put in to this extra work!

A team effort

We can’t forget the other half of a successful restaurant and kitchen and that’s the lovely team of waitresses and waiters and the organisers, who ensure that you get what you ordered, how you want, while its hot! Without their careful organisation skills and speed, there wouldn’t be the perfect hand-off between chef and diner!

When are you joining us

If all of this has tantalised your taste buds and made your mouth water, then don’t deny your senses… come and join us for some delicious food soon! Throughout January, you can enjoy a tasty 20% off all food, including our Bar Menu, Tea-Time Menu, Sunday lunch and A La Carte. So what are you waiting for… book a table by calling us on 01461 337007 or simply pop in past! Remember to ask your server when you order about the 20% off deal, so it can be applied to your bill.

See you soon, 

Smiths x

Come Dine with Us – Gretna Green Style

Monday, 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.


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

Thursday, 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!


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


  • 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


  • 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

Thursday, 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. 

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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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.