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.


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!


  • 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

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

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!