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Sustainability at Gretna Green

How we put the Green, in Gretna Green

As well as producing the best customer experience, for our brides and shoppers, we at Gretna Green care passionately for our planet. We have therefore taken small, but important steps in ensuring we are doing everything we can to be a sustainable brand. After all, how can we be the Home of Romance without giving a little love back to our planet? 

Paper Bubble Wrap

To ensure your product is safely packaged but also environmentally friendly we have opted for paper bubble wrap when we can, meaning that our bubble wrap can be recycled and or composted. Plastic bubble wrap takes up huge amounts of space in landfills, and can take hundreds of years to disintegrate! So we try to limit this wherever we can. This is especially important to us over the Christmas period when we see a massive increase in gifting products.

Recycling From our Suppliers

Using paper bubble wrap is not the only step we take to ensure we are delivering parcels in the most environmentally friendly way. We also shred all unwanted boxes from our suppliers and shred all cardboard in our own warehouse to fill our parcels. This way we can reuse our own cardboard as well as take advantage of the additional boxes we get from our suppliers. This makes sure that your product is delivered in the best way possible as well as being kind to our planet. 

Local Suppliers

We take pride in our geography, and as a result, try to take advantage of our amazing local suppliers from both sides of the borders. Not only does this limit our carbon footprint but it also helps us support local communities around us. 

Our Green space

Here at Gretna Green, we are blessed to have a vast amount of fields surrounding our attractions. This means we have plenty of space for our wildlife to flourish and create our own little ecosystem supporting bees and pollination across Gretna Green village. This also means we have plenty of walks so our customers and colleagues can fill their lungs with fresh air. 

Biomass Boilers

Over at our Famous Blacksmith Shop, Smiths Hotel and Old Toll Bar cafe we also use biomass boilers. These are extremely beneficial in limiting our carbon footprint, as biomass is classed as carbon-neutral and is a 100% renewable energy source. We also use solar panelling at our Famous Blacksmith Shop, again decreasing our overall carbon footprint and doing our bit to provide sustainable, quality customer service.  

Biodegradable Confetti 

Of course, we cannot forget to make our weddings as eco-friendly as possible. That’s why we only sell and allow the use of biodegradable confetti in our wedding venues.

Introducing Joma Jewellery at Gretna Green

We are absolutely delighted to announce the arrival of JOMA JEWELLERY at Gretna Green.

Available to buy online, in-store at our Gretna Green since 1754 shop - DG16 5EA - and some selected lines in our hotels too!

 

Part of the Katie Loxton family which we were pleased to welcome in May this year, Joma Jewellery offer beautifully designed jewellery with gifting in mind, focusing on quality and sentiment, whilst remaining accessible.

 Founded in 2008, Joma Jewellery;

 "...believe in making beautiful pieces that have their own story to tell, so whether you keep them or gift them, our special sparkles will always have a precious meaning". 

 Joma has developed a selection of gifting categories to make the design you choose even more special, personal and unique to your loved ones.

Joma Jewellery for Weddings

Of course, at the Home of Romance itself, we have brought in Joma’s gorgeous wedding range. Not only do we sell a stunning ‘Bride’ bracelet, which is the ideal gift for an elegant bride-to-be, but we also have a range of wedding party pieces, including the ‘Mother of the Bride’ and ‘Bridesmaid’, the perfect way to gift your friends and family for helping you tie the knot. Why not treat a beautiful bride to A Little ‘Something Blue’

Joma Jewellery for Family

Family is everything at Gretna Green, and that is why we have selected Joma Jewellery’s stunning range of gifting items for all the family. From the traditional ‘Wonderful Mum’ bracelet to our ‘Mother in Law’’ and ‘Sister in Law’ products. We also have a stunning line of earrings which include ‘Amazing Auntie’ and ‘Marvelous Mum ’. 

Joma Jewellery for Occasions

We also have an exciting range of Occasion items, gorgeous Birthday wishes including ‘A Little Birthday Bubble’ and extra special birthdays such as ‘Sweet Sixteen’ and ‘Super Sixty’ AND much more. As well as birthdays, we also have a selection of ‘You’ve Passed’ and ‘Proud of You’ the perfect wee gift to celebrate whatever the occasion may be.

Joma 'Life's A Charm' Range

Our stunning ‘Life’s a Charm’ range is the perfect excuse to give a loved one a gift for no particular reason other than to spread some love. One of our favourites in this line is our ‘Love You to the Moon and Back’ bracelet, which we believe can be given to any of your loved ones, for any reason. This range also includes ‘One in Million’ bracelets and ‘With Love’. All are beautifully designed to be both stylish and meaningful. 

Joma Jewellery for Kids

Joma also caters for all the family and has created stunning, smaller pieces for your little ones. From friendship bracelets to Birthday gifts, Joma’s children's line is the ideal gift made to fit those smaller wrists. 

Joma 'Thinking of You' Jewellery

Joma also acknowledges that sometimes life isn’t always easy, and has carefully selected a range for those going through hard times. From our range of A Little ‘Get Well Soon’ to our sentimental items which include ‘Feather’s are Near When Loved Ones Appear’ and ‘Strength’; the perfect item to gift someone to let them know you care when they need it the most. 

Here at the home of romance, we can't think of anything better than jewellery with meaning. So whether you're looking for a treat for yourself, the perfect gift for friends or family or jewellery for a special occasion, check out our hand-picked selection for both adults and little ones too! Shop NOW.



 

All New Gretna Green Products

We are excited to release our new range of Gretna Green gifts, homeware, food, drink, and jewellery. 

Fill your home with scents from the Home of Romance itself, with our new Gretna Green Candles. We have crafted three original scents, including, ‘The Unbreakable Bond’, ‘The Anvil’, and ‘Famous Blacksmith Shop’. The perfect gift to take home after your special day or available online now as a memento.

We also have designed a brand-new range of exclusive glassware, including champagne flutes, beer tankards, tumblers and whisky glasses. Our GG whisky glasses are the ideal gifting pairing with our new Gretna Green crafted whisky. Prefer gin? We have also been working hard on producing a crisp Gretna Green own gin which is now available in-store and online, with worldwide shipping! Going out? Don’t forget to buy one of our GG hipflasks.

Shop our gorgeous range of GG earrings, necklaces, and brooches. The flawless pairings of items make for the ideal gifting experience or a little treat for yourself. We also have a range of cufflinks, pocket watches, and tie pins ideal for wedding season. 

Summer is coming, however, there is no hiding from those mid-summer evening chills. Why not shop our range of Gretna Green cashmere, the perfect little cover-ups for those cooler summer nights. 

Got a sweet tooth? Look no further than our range of Gretna Green sweet selections! From traditional Scottish shortbread to our uniquely baked Gretna Green fruit cakes. You are sure to find a sweet treat that suits you. Why not add a little bag of Gretna Green sweeties to your gifting? With our hand-wrapped bags, they make the perfect add-on to any gift. 

Love locks, what is more, romantic than purchasing one of our Gretna Green lovelocks. Uniquely designed to go on our Love Wall. Order online now, and bring them with you next time you’re planning to come down and place it at the Home of Romance, Gretna Green.

All New Drinking and Dining at Gretna Hall

Afternoon Trees anyone? 

Boozy brunch season has commenced and we are loving it! What better place to make those cocktails and sides plans than our Gretna Hall Hotel…

We have curated the perfect selection of cocktails, including our Gretna Green Iced Tea, Limoncello Gin Fizz, and of course an array of classics including those served on our gorgeous cocktail tree. Are you a Pornstar Martini or Strawberry Daquiri fan? Or trust our Bartender to make his special? Whatever you are after, the cocktail tree is the most fabulous way to start your day out! 

 

 

We wholly believe that eating is not cheating, and our Head Chef has come up with the perfect ‘drinks and nibbles’ share boards. Why not feast on our Charcuterie Board, which includes a variety of meats, cheese, and crackers. Our boards are designed for two people so why not mix and match? Our seafood board includes Scottish smoked salmon, smoked haddock fish cakes, and king prawns. 

No need to book, just grab your besties and head down to our Gretna Hall hotel now!

 

Date Night

Looking for a romantic place for a summer evening date night? Look no further than Gretna Hall hotel.

With a history of love and romance, it is no surprise that Gretna Hall is the perfect place to have your date night. But our hotel is much more than romance, we also serve food and drink that is sure to have you head-over-heels too!

We have created the perfect selection of starters, mains, and desserts, all including traditional favourites as well as our own chef's specials. 

Starters

Our starters range from traditional Scottish Cullen Skink soup to chicken liver parfait toasted brioche. Or opt for our sharing boards, designed for two people, perfect as a starter, or two boards for a main. 

Main

For two? Tuck into our Duo of Lamb, Gretna Hall Shepherds Pie or a whole rack of lamb for just $82.50. Scented with rosemary and garlic this dish is our chef's most recommended dish and is the perfect option for two. Veggie? Don’t worry, we have you covered. You can enjoy our Beatroot Wellington, served with truffle oil mash, grilled tomato, greens and drizzled in red wine sauce. 

Dessert

Finish your meal off nicely with one of our carefully selected desserts. From our Galloway Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding, served with clotted cream. To our traditional Sticky Toffee Pudding… 

Wines

Chablis, Lambin & Fils, grown in the Chablis area of Burgundy this elegant white wine makes for the perfect date night treat. Perfectly paired with chicken or seafood, or due to its vanilla scents, it can be a delightful dessert wine. If you prefer red, our Chateau Lamonthe-Cissac,Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc produced in the Haut-Médoc area of Bordeaux is a vegetarian wine, but is perfectly paired with red meat and Lamb - the ideal pairing with our Gretna Hall Shepherds Pie and Whole Rack of Lamb

We’re open daily for food and drinks from 11 am - 9 pm for food and 11 am-11 pm for drinks. We are now also offering a traditional Sunday lunch.

Pre-booking is not required but can be booked here if you prefer: https://r1.dotdigital-pages.com/p/4QQ3-3ZV/book-a-table-at-gretna-hall




Pride at Gretna Green

What is Pride Month?

Pride Month is celebrated every year in June to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York which took place from 28th June to 3rd July 1969. These demonstrations came about by members of the LGBTQ+ community as a response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar at the time. Although these events happened in America, the Stonewall Riots became a significant turning point in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights across the globe, including in the UK.

So much so, that in 1969, the Committee for Homosexual Equality (CHE) reforms, and begins to gain support from medical professionals and the church. This was a small but important step in LGBTQ+ rights during this year in the UK.

Pride at Gretna Green 

During the 60’s Gretna Green had developed a profile of being a somewhat ‘love conquers all’ place. On the 22nd of June 1969, just six days before the stonewall riots, having known that Gretna Green was a place that forged together hearts no matter the ‘scandal’, a gay German man wrote to the ‘mayor’ of Gretna Green, although the village did not have it’s own mayor at the time so the letter was received by the Famous Blacksmiths Shop in the in hope of same-sex marriage.

It states,

“I have recently been informed that it is possible for two people of the same sex to get married at Gretna Green” And goes on to ask for information.

 

After the Irregular Marriages Act was passed in 1940, marriages conducted at the Famous Blacksmith Shop were no longer legally valid. However, that didn’t stop couples flocking to the Blacksmith’s for an Anvil Blessing after a register office ceremony. And so, although it was not until 45 years later in 2014 that same-sex marriage was legal in Scotland, Gretna Green is proud to be an inclusive wedding venue, joining hearts from far and wide for decades, and prior to the change in the act have conducted many civil partnerships.

Art Anvil

To celebrate the change in Martial Law in Scotland we ran a competition to redesign one of our Anvils. Which Erin Colquhoun from Glasgow School of Art won. You can find out more about our Art Anvil here and visit the Anvil itself in our new Famous Blacksmith Experience.

We believe that no matter what, love conquers all. 

Motherís Day Afternoon Tea at Gretna Green

Treat the 'Mum' your life this Mother’s Day with our scrumptious Afternoon Tea at Smiths Hotel

Enjoy an array of cakes, including the classic Victoria sponge and chocolate fudge cake, as well as our mouth-watering homemade fruit and plain buttermilk scones served with Cornish clotted cream and jam. For the savoury element enjoy a varied selection of sandwiches, including egg mayonnaise and smoked salmon. Enjoy with a selection of teas and coffees or add that extra treat by upgrading to a mini bottle of Bottega.

View Menu Here

 

Email us to find out more and book on: [email protected]

With mini bottle of Bottega - $35.50

Without bottle of Bottega - $29.10

 

If you’re looking to treat your ‘mum’ later in the evening you can enjoy our special new Mother’s Day 2022 menu. Enjoy three courses for $34.90 or two for $31.70 you can view our special Mother’s Day menu here.

Exclusive Valentine's Dinner, Bed and Breakfast offer at Gretna Green

RUNAWAY THIS VALENTINE'S DAY

Runaway with the love of your life, to the Home of Romance itself, Gretna Green. Book either Smiths Hotel or Gretna Hall Hotel and treat you and your loved one to our exclusive Valentine’s Day Menu, a romantic night's stay in one of our hotel’s deluxe double rooms, and wake up to a full Scottish breakfast the following morning.

 

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR EXCLUSIVE VALENTINE'S DAY MENUS

For the Smiths Menu, click here

For the Gretna Hall Menu, click here

 

Email us to find out more and book on: [email protected]

Dates: 11th-14th February 

Price: $184.00

While you're here...

Spoil your partner with our wide range of Valentines’ gifts and treats at our Since 1754 shop. We have a fantastic selection of famous brands including Barbour, Joules and Radley as well as speciality Scottish delicacies such as fudge, jams, whisky and don’t forget our gin selection available! 

Exclusive Valentine's Dinner for 2 at Gretna Green

Celebrating Valentine’s day at Gretna Green

This year celebrate a very romantic Valentine’s day at the original Home of Romance. We have carefully created a variety of enticing deals including both our hotel accommodation and F&B offers. Treat yourself and your loved ones this Valentines’ period at Gretna Green. We all know love is for a lifetime not just a day, however, Valentine's day is all about showing that special person you care and letting them know they matter most. At Gretna Green, we believe in celebrating love and romance all year round, that’s why we have created special offers and menus just for you.

Not only can you and your favourite person enjoy a romantic experience over the Valentines’ period, but you will also be looked after by our team at our beautiful hotels and enjoy food at our award-winning restaurants.

Take a look at our exclusive Valentine's Day Menus

For the Smiths Menu, click here

For the Gretna Hall Menu, click here

Email us to find out more and book on: [email protected]

Dates: 11th - 14th February (inclusive)

Time: 6pm - 9pm daily

Price: $44.40 per person

Smiths at Gretna Green Wins 2 Awards at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2020

Smiths Hotel is Awarded Wedding Hotel of the Year & Cocktail Bar National Winner 2020

We are ecstatic to announce that Smiths at Gretna Green Hotel has taken home two fantastic wins from the Scottish Hotel Awards 2020 for Cocktail Bar and Wedding Hotel of the Year.

In such unprecedented times, it’s so wonderful to celebrate something positive, and we are incredibly proud of our fantastic hotel team for all their hard work and dedication.

Easter Gifts for Him, Her & Kids from Gretna Green, Scotland

‘Chick’ Out Our Full Range of Easter Chocolate, Toys, Kidswear & More! 

Easter Gifts at Gretna Green

This Easter, show your nearest and dearest how much you care with a special gift, direct from the home of love, Gretna Green! Our online store has an egg-cellent selection of unique keepsakes, toys, kidswear and - of course - chocolate! Our wee team of Easter bunnies have made sure that, even if you can’t catch up with your friends and family face-to-face, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect products to help celebrate this Easter.

SHOP EASTER GIFTS

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