Our Ghost

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Given the nature of the history of our Inn, it may not be too surprising for customers to hear then that have been a number of ghost sightings in the area, including one at the inn itself!

On 15th November 2005 a customer was enjoying a meal in the dining room. During the meal, a ghostly apparition appeared at the fireplace

The ghost appeared to be the figure of a nun dressed in black. She spoke to the customer and said “My name is Sarah”. She revealed that she was 35 years old and seemed very sad in her demeanour. She was floating on stairs. The customer was quite agitated about the experience and left the pub very quickly, leaving her husband wondering what had happened to cause the upset.

The customer subsequently went to see the local vicar of St. Peters Church (opposite); Chris Kemp who confirmed the ghost had been seen on previous occasions.

Since then, we have been informed that in 1952 the rectory was exorcized by the local vicar to release troubled spirits. In January 2006, The Congleton Paranormal Society conducted a vigil at the pub during the night. The findings of which were published in the local press. More vigils are planned. Paranormal magazine ‘Ghost Voices’ also produced an article on the Swettenham Arms in May 2009. 

  • “Have visited many times before, and the food, service and hospitality remains at its highest! Always extensive choice on the menu and something for everyone. Good quality, home cooked , wholsesome food, perfect for any occasion…coupled with nice, friendly service! Great also to mingle with the locals and their dogs, which makes it home from home and even more welcoming…!”

    Summerdazeandnights, via TripAdvisor, October 2019
  • Enjoyed a walk followed by Sunday lunch at the pub. Ordered a small roast which was delicious and a reasonable size portion. A busy pub so be prepared for a short wait. 

    Solitair, via TripAdvisor, January 2019
  • Mothering Sunday lunch. Excellent choices all served by a very pleasant waiting staff of young ladies . We dined in the Lovell Suite , what a super light room. The meal was superb, and the place was busy.

    Pryce W, via Tripadvisor, March 2019
  • “Had a meal with friends, the food was lovely, the staff were great and although we had to sit outside the heaters and the canopy kept us warm and dry. Will definitely be returning again.”

    Terri Shelmerdine, via Google reviews, April 2021
  • “One can not improve on perfection! Excellent day out.”

    Angela Smith
  • What a delightful pub/restaurant. The menu was extensive and the food was absolutely delicious. It is a bit remote, but well worth the trouble getting there.

    Mavis1955 via TripAdvisor, January 2019
  • All decorated for festive season, warm and welcoming. All staff were attentive and efficient. Food beautifully prepared and served.
    We had a lovely evening, enjoyed everything. Bonus of half price food too, ends at the end of November but hurray, back on for January and February 2020.

    Qts15, via TripAdvisor, November 2019
  • We stumbled upon this beautiful pub whilst out and about on a bike ride. We’re glad we did because it was a very welcoming place. We found a cosy corner table and enjoyed an evening meal here. Good ales on too. Service friendly and very efficient. Couldn’t fault our experience here. Would definitely revisit if in the area again and would recommend without hesitation.

    coulby_69, February 2018, via TripAdvisor
  • “We hadn’t booked for lunch but they very very kindly found us a table, there were quite a few things not available on the menu as they are in the process of changing it. This didn’t bother us as we had gone for a traditional Sunday lunch and we were not disappointed. Plenty of piping hot food a good selection of vegetables and three good slices of roast pork .”

    Angela020, via TripAdvisor, January 2020
  • What a great place to eat. Friendly staff offering great service and the food is excellent at very reasonable prices. Will happily make the hour’s journey again, highly recommend.

    Grifferoad, via TripAdvisor, November 2019
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