Posted by Amanda - January 23, 2015
Each year, on the anniversary of Robert Burns' birth, 25 January, people from all over the world come together to celebrate the Scottish poet's life. Burns Night Supper can be traced back to 1801, five years after his death where his friends gathered at Burns Cottage to celebrate his life.
We've convinced the Smiths kitchen to give us their ideas for mouthwatering options - the traditional dishes and a tasty vegetarian take on the night. Or mix and match to create the perfect Burns Night for you!
Posted by Amanda - January 22, 2015
Gretna Green has been a draw for lovestruck young couples for many a year....with distance a mere detail in their plans to marry!
Although times have changed, history and tradition are still alive at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop - couples from all over the world choosing to 'elope' over our beloved anvil!
This week for one couple, Toni and Christopher, there was an extra special twist to their modern day elopement....the presence of a Dutch television crew filming for a weekly history programme called Andere Tijden (Changing Times)! They were busy filming for an episode airing in February, "On the run to Gretna Green", which will be broadcast the week of Valentine's Day....and tells the tale of Dutch couples who ran away to Gretna Green in the 60s!
Posted by Amanda - December 23, 2014
We had a very exciting day last Thursday.....when we welcomed local and national media and a very special artist to a grand unveiling!
Thursday saw the unveiling of the Art Anvil decorated by Glasgow School of Art student Erin Colquhoun in celebration of the Scottish same sex marriage law coming into effect.
Posted by Amanda - November 28, 2014
Looking for something a little different to give for Christmas this year? The kitchen here at Smiths has come up with the perfect recipes for ideal DIY stocking stuffers! Be creative....and head to the kitchen for some truly special Christmas gifts!
Posted by Amanda - November 19, 2014
It's Christmas Time Again......at Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop! We're definitely getting into the festive mood here....trees are up and the carols are playing!
Whether you're a fan (we've all spotted them eagerly awaiting the first decorations in shops!) or dreading the crush of crowds, it's getting to be time to tackle that Christmas shopping!
Struggling to start your Christmas list? Here at Gretna Green we're spoilt for choice...and we thought that we'd share some of our favourite quirky gift ideas! Perfect for that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member we all have....or for sending a wee bit of Scotland overseas! Ideal for stocking stuffers to....
Posted by Amanda - November 07, 2014
FOODIE FRIDAY - SEASONAL DISHES - SALSIFY
Welcome to #November - time for #hearty dishes ideal for #warming even the most dreich night!
But what's in season this time of year?? The kitchen here at Smiths Hotel has heaps of #seasonalveg.....and they've picked one to share ........#Salsify!
Never heard of Salsify? Nope neither had we.....it's a relative of the #parsnip - can be #boiled, #mashed or #fried! Perfect for adding to #stews and #soups! It's in season from October through to January....time to check your local #farmersmarket!
Posted by Amanda - October 31, 2014
You may have noticed several recipes and food-related posts have appeared on our Smiths Hotel facebook page lately.....
The kitchen here at Smiths was looking to get more involved with social media ...so we put our wee noggins together and came up with the idea of #FoodieFriday......which is officially starting today!
Posted by Amanda - October 14, 2014
If you've popped into our wonderful wedding bureau lately, you may have spotted two new faces amongst the team!
Meet Lianne and Teri....who recently joined the team this past August - Lianne from Smiths' reception team and Teri from Hetland Hall where she had been the wedding coordinator.
Posted by Amanda - October 13, 2014
Autumn. Beautiful colours, crisp clear days.......and chilly temperatures! All have arrived at Gretna Green! Perfect time to start digging those jumpers, coats, scarves and more out of the back of your wardrobe!
Does your autumnal/winter wardrobe need a little refreshing? We've gone through some of our #fallfavourites - cosy lambswool and cashmere jumpers, stylish trendy Barbour coats and more - all new in too!
Posted by Amanda - September 12, 2014
It may be hard to believe but Christmas is only just over 3 months away......where has time gone?!?
Regardless of whether you're a fan (we've all spotted them eagerly awaiting the first decorations in shops!) or dreading the crush of crowds, it's getting to be time to tackle that Christmas shopping....or at least, the wish list!