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. 

  • “We would just like to thank you and the staff at the Swettenham Arms for the really splendid 80th birthday celebration we had on Sunday afternoon, 7th February. The banqueting room looked magnificent and the meal was out of this world – our guests all remarked on the quality. Glyn organised the proceedings very well so everything ran very smoothly. Compliments to the chef and the kitchen staff and the ladies waiting on table were just lovely. Thank you Fran for suggesting Roy Peters he was just great with the music during the meal and throughout the afternoon. It was a really memorable day for us and thank you all very much for making it so. We will have to visit you in the summer when the sunflowers and lavenders are out!”

    80th birthday party, February 2016
  • We went in February on a Thursday night, when the offer was on, very busy but no undue wait. Good selection of beers, wines on menu and excellent food. Even on full price the menu is good value for money and would definitely go back, so one to add to your list to explore

    dwilson39, via TripAdvisor, February 2019
  • Lovely place. Food is beautiful and the decor is wonderful. Prices are quite high but the portions and quality make it entirely worth it. Staff are excellent. Lavender worth seeing during summer also – so beautiful!

    Greg C via TripAdvisor, August 2018
  • Very busy on this visit as part of a large group. Staff welcoming. We had a longer than usual wait but the food was excellent when it arrived.

    supergran1950, via Tripadvisor, March 2019
  • We have been going for years but having moved away we came back and had a super lunch on a sunny day outside .The staff and food were excellent highly recommended.

    Aidan 1645, via Tripadvisor, June 2018
  • “The fresh flowers were an absolute delight.”

    Mr & Mrs Liversage, Oxon
  • “Popped in here for refreshments what out walking. Lovely setting, two nice beer gardens. Decent beer and choice. Wedding on when we were here but plenty of room to find a table outside. On summer’s day this place is perfect for a beer and a chat. Nice walk to the rear in the Lovell gardens.”

    Kraufdinner, via TripAdvisor, August 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
  • Stopped here for lunch on our way for a few days’ break in the Peak District, beautiful location, lovely gardens and internal decor, plus dog friendly which is why we stopped here. Good menu choice and polite efficient staff.

    Jacqueline S via TripAdvisor, May 2018
  • 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
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