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 weddings@gretnagreen.com 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.

Egg-scape to Gretna Green this Easter

March 26th, 2018

JOIN US FOR A WEEKEND OF FAMILY FUN

Easter at Gretna Green

1)    Find the Easter Bunny

Your little ones will love this free Easter bunny hunt! Find 7 Easter bunnies hidden around our shopping complex to win a lovely goodie bag.

2)    Family Fun in the Sun

We have our fingers crossed that the sun will make an appearance this Easter weekend. If you’re heading to Gretna Green, take in some fresh spring air at our Courtship Maze, Sculpture Garden and Outdoor Play Park – free family fun!

3)    Stock up on Easter Treats

Easter wouldn’t be the same without… CHOCOLATE! Whether you’re a milk, white or dark chocolate fan – we have an impressive selection to choose from at our shopping complex. Looking for a chocolate-free alternative? We also have a range of handpicked gifts from seasonal tea sets to Peter Rabbit merchandise.

4)    Explore Gretna Green and the Solway Coast

Spend some quality time in Gretna Green and the Solway Coast. This short break includes quality accommodation at Greens or Gretna Hall with full Scottish breakfast each morning and an evening meal each night. On the Tuesday explore the Solway Coast across the border and see Gretna Green from the other side of the water. Take advantage of your 10% discount voucher to use within our Famous Blacksmiths Visitor Attraction and shopping complex on the Wednesday. Plus, discover the secrets of Gretna Green at our museum. You might even see a wedding or two! For availability and bookings please call 01461 337621 and quote code ‘SOLWAY.’

5)    Meet the Easter Bunny

We are welcoming a very special guest to the Blacksmiths Restaurant on Easter Sunday between 12 noon and 3pm. The Easter Bunny himself will be here and will be giving out free chocolate eggs to the children. Bring the whole family along for a hearty two course carvery, including a main course of gammon or turkey served with a Yorkshire pudding, fresh seasonal vegetable medley and roast or mash potatoes, followed by a delicious dessert of sticky toffee pudding or fruit crumble. All for £8.99! Call 01461 338365 to book a table.

6)    Easter with a Difference

Fancy trying something different? Gretna Hall has the answer. Make your Good Friday GREAT with Fizz Friday – sparkling cocktails only £5.00 each! Or start a new family tradition at Gretna Hall’s Easter Sunday Indo-Asian Curry Buffet – £18.00 per person for a three course buffet. Call 01461 338257 to book. Plus, experience some fantastic live music from acoustic singer, Jonny Lopez, on Easter Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm.

What do you have planned this Easter? Let us know in the comments below. Happy Easter from all of us at Gretna Green.

5 ways to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

March 16th, 2018

GO GREEN FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY

St Patrick's Day

We’d would like to join our friends from across the Irish Sea and celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Saturday 17th March. Here are our top 5 ways to commemorate St Paddy’s Day with food, drink and gifts from Gretna Green:

 

  • Sample some Irish Whisky  – Our Whisky and Gifts Shop at Gretna Green is home to a range of both famous and unusual blends of malt whiskies. So whether you prefer Scottish or Irish whisky, raise a glass to St Patrick’s Day!

 

  • Go green – go all out with green face paint, green hair dye and green clothing or opt for the more subtle green accessory – we have a range of gorgeous green items to choose from including green tartan, coats, scarves, gloves and bags. Getting married? Why not incorporate an Irish theme into your wedding with one of our stunning Celtic rings.

 

  • Irish food – the only day when green food dye is acceptable is St Patrick’s day! So you can either turn your family meal green or join us at Gretna Hall for a meal that has been given the seal of approval from our Irish friends – traditional leek and potato soup, followed by smoked salmon or steak and finished off with a Bailey’s Irish Cream coffee – delicious! To book a table visit www.gretnahallhotel.com/contact/ or call 01461 338257.

 

  • Throw an Irish themed party – the Irish certainly know how to party so why not join them with an Emerald Isle style party. Think Irish flags, shamrock confetti and fancy dress!

 

 

 

Happy St Patrick’s Day or “La Fheile Padraig” from the team at Gretna Green!

 

Mother’s Day at Gretna Green

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.

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

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: info@smithsgretnagreen.com. 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

Shopping

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: blacksmiths@gretnagreen.com.

Anvil Handfasting at Gretna Green

Where the culinary magic happens

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

Smiths, New, Ultimate Luxury Wedding Package

January 5th, 2018

The next step in luxury Scottish weddings from Gretna Green

We are delighted to announce the newest, all-inclusive, wedding package to the Smiths collection – The Smiths Ultimate Wedding Experience!

Designed for those couples wishing to experience ‘ultimate’ luxury, this new £20,000 wedding package, built with love, romance and true Gretna Green history at its heart allows for up to 75 guests (including the bridal couple) and a dedicated wedding planner to ensure your day runs perfectly through every step.

Key features

  • Exclusive Courtyard Ceremony
  • 4 Star Smiths Hotel Reception
  • Bespoke three-tier Wedding Cake
  • Bespoke Photography
  • 75 Guests (Couple + 73)
  • Gretna Green on your marriage certificate

What does the Smiths Ultimate Experience Package include?

• Marry within the Courtyard Room at Gretna Hall, where the whole courtyard will be exclusively yours for two hours to allow you privacy.

• On the day prior to your wedding, you will be allocated a dedicated wedding planner who will guide you through your day. This planner will be exclusively yours on the day of your wedding and will hand over to your banqueting co-ordinator when you arrive back to Smiths Hotel for your celebrations.

• We will discuss with you your bespoke photography requirements and secure a premier photographer who will arrange and meet with you prior to your wedding. From preparation to your first dance, your day will be captured and from this, you can select 80 images. During your discussion with the photographer, you can choose your album from a collection.

• Your bespoke three-tier wedding cake will be created by our award-winning cake designers who will consult with you. Also included is a cake taster session which can be arranged either at the cake studio or we can organise this at Smiths Hotel.

• Traditional Scottish Piper will escort the Bride to her wedding and then lead the wedding party from the marriage room after the ceremony.

• Choose two cars from a premium collection and agree which members of your party will be escorted to the wedding venue. Each car will be available for two return journeys to and from your wedding venue giving you the flexibility to ensure your wedding party arrives in style at your wedding.

• Exquisite bridal bouquet and Groom’s buttonhole designed for you to enhance your wedding.

• You and your wedding party will have exclusive use of Smiths function area giving you the opportunity to have additional daytime or evening guests (up to 180, additional costs per guest stated below*)

• A DJ will entertain your evening guests who will enjoy your celebrations dancing on our polished pure white LED dance floor.

• Your guests will choose from Menu 3 (pre-order required) which includes three courses, tea, coffee and Scottish tablet.

• Your guests will enjoy our Cocktail Drinks Package which includes an arrival cocktail, a glass of red or white wine with the meal and a glass of champagne for the toast.

• Cocktail Buffet 2 served at your evening celebration.

• The Bride and Groom will spend two nights in a suite of choice including a bottle of champagne, a box of chocolates and full turn-down service.

• For clarity, this packing includes 20 deluxe double bedrooms for the night prior and the night of your wedding inclusive of breakfast and a bottle of wine per room on arrival.

For more information or to book, please call our wedding planner team on 01461 336001 or find out more here

 

How do I book or find out more?

There are lots of ways to find out more about our wedding packages, from our brochure, which you can request here, to talking to our wedding planners on 01461 336001 or visiting the Gretna Green website here: www.gretnagreen.com/weddings; where you will find a full list of all the wedding packages, venues and other options available for a Gretna Green or Gretna wedding. You can also take a look at our Facebook page or email us here: weddings@gretnagreen.com

Other information

  • Additional daytime guests £93.00 per person
  • Additional evening guests £22.50 per person
  • Additional bedrooms £160.00 per room per night
  • Deposit £3,000

Santa Claus is coming to Smiths Hotel, Gretna Green

December 8th, 2017

Santa is coming to Smiths

Come and see Santa Claus at Smiths Hotel this December

We’re getting a very special visitor on Sunday 17th December 2017! Yes, Father Christmas is coming to Smiths hotel!

All families booking Christmas lunch on Sunday 17th will get a free chance to visit Santa Claus, with all children receiving a present from the man in red!

However, if you would just like to come and visit Santa in his Smiths grotto, without dining, there will be a small charge of £5 per child.

To book your meal, please call us on 01461 336001!

Here’s a little letter from Santa…

Dear Boys and Girls, I'm coming to Smiths Hotel on Sunday 17th December to see you all. Make sure that you are being good! Love Santa

Gretna Green Wedding Fayre 2018

December 7th, 2017

Are you ready for our Wedding Extravaganza

What to expect at a Gretna Green Wedding Fayre

Whether you can already hear wedding bells, or if you are still waiting (im)patiently for the question to be popped, our wedding fayre in March is certain to be an excellent day out!

Set over our three hotels and the Famous Blacksmiths Shop visitor attraction, you will have the opportunity, not only to experience all that the North West bridal scene has to offer, but all that Gretna Green have to offer too; from our luxury hotels and wedding venues, to wedding planners, kilt hire and gifts to name a few!

The Grand Tour

You will start your journey at Gretna Hall, the newest Jewel in our crown, with a warm Scottish welcome and registration; moving onwards to Smiths hotel round the corner – our 4-star, luxury, boutique hotel – where you will find all of our exhibitors ready and waiting to share with you their wedding talents and treats! From here, you can make your way, just the short, few steps across the road, to the historic, romantic home of the Famous Blacksmiths Shop! Step through the doors to over 250 years of history, in the footsteps of thousands of runaway couples to reach the famous anvil – not forgetting to touch it for luck in love! Then in the afternoon, make your way to our third and final hotel and the fourth stop on our tour – Greens Hotel – where you can enjoy a range of demonstrations, including ‘the right way to wear a kilt!’

It’s good to talk

You will have the chance to talk with our very experienced weddings team, throughout the day and perhaps even get a chance to rub shoulders with the Houston family themselves in our VIP room; sample dining treats from all of our hotels and take home a wonderful goody bag to remind you of your incredible day out!

It’s got your name on it…

Even better, this year, we are giving you the chance to pre-register to give you even more time to explore and enjoy Gretna Green on the day. If you would like to be the first to hear when pre-registration opens, you can sign up to our wedding fayre newsletter below! **Please note that sign-ups for the wedding fayre are now closed – 25/06/2018*

So… SAVE THE DATE – 18.03.18 and don’t forget to join our Facebook Group too!

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.**