September 4th, 2019



Gretna Green Winter Wedding Open Day 2019

Thinking about planning your big day? Find your wedding inspiration at Gretna Green, Scotland.

Join us on Sunday 17 November 2019 for our Winter Wedding Open Day across our family-owned venues; including The Famous Blacksmiths Shop, Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel, Gretna Hall Hotel and Historic Marriage House and Greens at Gretna Hotel.

Chat with our wedding planners, take a look around our venues, view our suites and discover our local suppliers.

Open from 10 am to 4 pm.

Click Here to Register

Introducing… The Twisted Devil Cocktail

July 26th, 2019


Twisted Devil CocktailSink your taste-buds into our new, homemade cocktail flavour! With special thanks to the award-winning team at Smiths Hotel Bar.

This fiery, fruity alcoholic concoction was specifically invented for you by our experienced bartenders and staff at Smiths Hotel… and, to thank you for being a part of the Smiths family, we’re giving you secret access to the recipe to try at home! Why not invite a few friends and family round, and show them your alcohol alchemy skills with a dangerously delicious Twisted Devil of their own?

Find our complete ingredients list and tutorial below, and test your cocktail-mixing DIY abilities this summer.


What you will need:

  • 1 Gin Globe or other large glass
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Measuring cup
  • 35ml of Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin
  • 35ml Passoã Passionfruit Liqueur
  • 15ml Martini Fiero
  • 125ml Tonic Water
  • Ice
  • Strawberry ice-pop


  1. Fill the blender with a scoop of ice or a few ice cubes (the more you add, the thicker your drink will be).
  2. Using the measuring cup, pour 35ml of Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin, 35ml of Passoã Passionfruit Liqueur, 15ml Martini Fiero and 125ml Tonic Water into the blender.
  3. Blend for 30-45 seconds or until the mixture becomes slushy. If your drink appears too thin for your liking then just add a little more ice and blend again.
  4. Pour the mixture into your Gin Globe or alternative large glass.
  5. Garnish with a strawberry ice-pop of your choice.

Et voila! You’re finished! Now take a seat and enjoy your exclusive Twisted Devil drink – you’ve earned it. Be sure to show us your devilish drink-making skills on social media with the hashtag #twisteddeviltail or even share the recipe with your Facebook friends so they can give it a try!

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WIN a Stay for 2 at Smiths Hotel in Gretna Green

June 14th, 2019

WIN a 1-Night Stay for 2 at Smiths Hotel

Grab yourself a chance to win a 1-night stay with breakfast, for two people, at Smiths Hotel in Gretna Green

Win a 1-night stay competition at smiths hotel

For your chance to WIN 1-night stay for 2 in a double room, with full Scottish breakfast, at Smiths Hotel, simply enter your details in the form below. Competition closes at 11.59 pm on Friday 12th July and you can find our full terms and conditions below.


Terms and Conditions:  The winner will be chosen at random from all entrants and announced no later than Friday 12th July 2019. Prize includes 1-night stay for 2 people with full Scottish breakfast, at Smiths Hotel, in a standard double room. Stay must be booked in advance, subject to availability and exclusions apply. Entrants must be 18 or over. Prize Subject to availability.

Father’s Day at Smiths Hotel, Gretna Green

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.

WIN a Meal for 2 at Smiths Hotel Restaurant in Gretna Green

April 1st, 2019

WIN a Meal for 2 at Smiths Hotel

Grab yourself a chance to win a meal for 2 at our Chainmail Restaurant at the Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel


For your chance to WIN a meal for 2, from our 2 AA Rosette restaurant at Smiths Hotel, simply enter your details in the form below. Competition closes at 11.59 pm on Wednesday 10th July and you can find our full terms and conditions below.


Unfortunately this competition has now closed.

Terms and Conditions:  The winner will be chosen at random from all entrants and announced no later than Friday 10th July 2019. Prize includes a meal for two people from the A La Carte menu, excludes beverages. must be booked in advance. Supplements on some menu items may apply, ask your server for details. Entrants must be 18 or over. Prize Subject to availability. View the A La Carte Menu

Things to do on Easter weekend 2019 in Gretna Green

March 18th, 2019

Are you thinking to yourself; “what can I do this Easter weekend?”  If so, we have the answer!

This year celebrate Easter with us at Gretna Green where we’ll be hosting fun activities for the kids and delicious dining for all the family. From Famous brand shopping, to bespoke experiences, we’ve got it covered!

Easter Sunday Lunch at Smiths 

Smiths Hotel has carefully prepared the Easter Sunday Lunch for everyone. Enjoy a quality meal and Individual roast joints, using locally-sourced produce with seasonal vegetables.

  • 1 Course-£18
  • 2 Course-£21
  • 3 Course-£24

All prices per person.

Easter Hamper 

Are you looking for a unique Easter gift for your family and friends, or a tasty treat for yourself?

Our team have pulled together a whole host of themed hampers, perfect for gifting, sharing with friends or for enjoying all by yourself.

Take a look at our hand-picked selection. From our locally sourced organic food hamper and indulgent Chocoholic Hamper, to our Kids inspired Sweet-Treat Hamper and our grown-ups only Gin Essentials Hamper, we have them all. If you want to make it extra special, you can even build your own exclusive Easter hamper with the help of our amazing Foodhall Team. For more info call 01461338601.

Egg Hunt

Oh dear! Mr Rabbit & Miss Bunny have lost their wedding guests and need your help to find them and the rest of their family before the wedding! Can you follow the clues, find the guests and help the soon-to-be Mr & Mrs Rabbit in time!?

Join the magic of our Easter Egg Hunt and get set to discover what Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop Attractions has to offer.  Following the clues, find the guests and win a prize!

With ample free and unrestricted car parking, you can spend the day enjoying everything Gretna Green has to offer.

For a fantastic day out this Easter weekend, visit Gretna Green.  We look forward to welcoming you soon!


Mother’s Day at Smiths Hotel, Gretna Green

February 11th, 2019

Treat your mum to an exclusive afternoon tea at Smiths, Gretna Green

£17.50pp (includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival)

Sunday 31st March 2019

To book your Mother’s Day Afternoon tea, call: 0146 337 007

In our little corner of Scotland, we’re all about love and family and celebrate it every day. Whether its love for a partner, sibling or parent, here at Smiths, Gretna Green, we believe that love is universal and lasts forever. That’s why this Mother’s Day, we’re hosting a special Prosecco Afternoon Tea.

Our pastry chef has been working hard to design a delicious selection of expertly made cakes, scones and sweet treats along with the classic sandwiches, all complemented by a glass of chilled Prosecco and selection of tea or coffee.

Enjoy a classic experience with a contemporary twist only at Smiths, Gretna Green.  Relax in the cool abidance of our lounge before a spot of retail therapy courtesy of our stores at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop Attractions.

Shop top brands including Swarovski, Joules, Barbour and Radley, or indulge in specially selected products from our Foodhall. From niche Gins, locally produced chocolates and sweet treats to famous brand merchandise, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for mum, or yourself!

If you’re looking for something extra special to show our mum how much she means to you, treat her to a family handfasting and make this Mother’s Day one to remember!



Spring Wedding Open Day

February 4th, 2019

Our Spring Wedding day is on Sunday, the 10th of March 2019, 10-4pm.

Calling all those who’re thinking about tying the knot this year! If you’ve recently got engaged, or have been for a while but haven’t found the right place to say your vows, or even if you’re just thinking about marrying, come along to our special Spring Wedding Open Day.

We invite you to visit our stunning venues and experience Gretna Green first hand. This wedding open day will allow you to see our entire suite of wedding venues and also meet and chat with our dedicated team of experienced wedding planners. They’d love to talk you through the many different and varied options Gretna Green has to offer and make your special day as unique and memorable as possible.

From the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, the original home of romance, where the legend of the Gretna Green Anvil Wedding began, the historic Gretna Hall, to the cool contemporary environment of Smiths Hotel (link), and, finally to the gorgeous Water Gardens at Greens at Gretna. Come along and visit our uniquely historic and entrancing venues. We are here to make your dream wedding come true!

With dramatic settings, beautiful countryside and iconic backdrops to set the scene for your wedding pictures, Gretna Green has it all.  Become part of our living history when you marry at Gretna Green and join the unbroken thread of romantic history that is woven through this little Scottish village.

Register your interest or book an appointment with one of our team today and receive a guided tour of your preferred venue. It is a great chance to explore, enjoy and gather heaps of wedding inspiration and find out all you’ll need to know to create your perfect day.

Can’t make it on that day?

If you can’t make it on this time and date, you can always book an appointment with one of our wedding planners to chat about your specific questions, you can call us on 0333 300 4803 or email via

Don’t forget our amazing new fully 3D virtual hotels tour links here.

Smiths Hotel tour link

Smiths Hotel Penthouse Suite tour link

Gretna Hall Hotel tour link

Greens at Gretna Hotel tour link














Curry and cocktail night in Smiths Hotel at Gretna Green

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

St George’s Themed Weddings

April 17th, 2018

Add an English twist to your big day

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Planning on marrying in Scotland but want to add an English twist to your big day?  The team here at Gretna Green have come up with a few ideas to help you plan a St George’s themed wedding.

St George’s Day celebrates the life of St George (patron saint of England) who by all accounts was quite the romantic. According to legend, St George bravely fought and slayed a dragon to save a princess.

If you’re a groom, don’t worry, we don’t suggest tackling a mythical beast to impress your bride to be. We suggest choosing a special gift and luckily, here at Gretna Green, we have loads to choose from. As well as our range of Scottish products, we stock a great range of ‘made in England’ gifts at our Gretna Green Visitor Centre from clothing and accessories to beautifully handcrafted jewellery. Keeping with the English twist, treat your new bride to a chic Grafea bag which are lovingly created in Manchester.

For a wedding fit for a knight and his princess, the theme has to be planned to perfection. Think about love and weddings. What colours spring to mind? For us, it has to be red and white. Red is the colour of passion and white symbolises purity and of course wonderful wedding dresses. And these colours aren’t just for brides and grooms wanting to add an English twist to their wedding, but also for those who want to inject colour and make a bold statement on their big day.

Red and white wedding table

Now for the flowers, and the most popular wedding flower of all time – the rose. It’s no surprise that this flower has become a firm favourite amongst brides with it being a symbol of love, as well as the national flower of England. Red roses are a classic bridal accessory and if you really want to run with the rose theme our Rose Suite at Smiths Hotel is the perfect choice, complete with a four poster bed, this luxurious room is fit for a princess.

What to drink on your St Georges’ themed wedding day? It has to be Miami Vice! Don’t be fooled with the tropical sounding name, this cocktail is perfect for your red and white wedding theme and is a fruity combination of Strawberry Daiquiri and Pina Colada. Call Smiths Hotel on 01461 337007 to pre-order your cocktails and toast St George’s Day in style on your wedding day.

If you’re heading to a wedding and want to treat the bride and groom to a special ‘made in England’ wedding gift we have a great range to choose from at our Gretna Green Visitor Centre. Alongside our impressive collection of Scottish gifts, we recommend our Dartington Crystal glasses. We particularly love the stunning prosecco glasses in this range, which can be engraved with a personal message for the bride and groom and are timeless keepsakes.

At Gretna Green our Wedding Team are here to help you personalise your special day, no matter what theme you chose! If you would like to discuss your wedding ideas with a friendly member of our Wedding Team, you can email or call 01461 336001.

Getting married on St George’s Day? We’d love to hear how you celebrated your big day so please leave a comment below. The team at Gretna Green would like to wish our neighbours a very happy St. George’s Day.