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 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
  • 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
  • Can’t praise highly enough. From the warm greeting of the manager, to the lovely waitress who got some cushions for my friend’s leg (recently broken) to the fabulous food it was all superb. The Lovell suite is an ideal setting for a summer event as with the French doors open the smell of the lavender meadow wafts in. Thank you all for a brilliant evening!

    Ruthe30 via TripAdvisor, August 2018
  • “The cafe menu had a good range on offer. Good place to end or start a walk or even midway. We tried the sandwiches that were excellent. Currently only takeaway.”

    Ashok Sinha, via Google reviews, March 2021
  • “The food quality here dipped a few years ago but is now consistently good. The menu could be considered old-fashioned, but to many of us that is a plus point! The staff are friendly and helpful, the food is freshly cooked and good quality.”

    Catsjimjams, via TripAdvisor, January 2020
  • 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
  • “On behalf of the members of the Cloud Group of Women’s Institutes, I wish to thank you and your staff for providing us with a superb day on July 1st, helping us to celebrate 100 years of the WI. The lunch was most enjoyable and the weather was perfect, in fact a little too perfect,- being the hottest day of the year!!  Your staff were wonderful and very attentive and members thank them for the endless jugs of iced water they supplied to them. We all had a great day, and many thanks again to yourself and the team for their total efficiency.  It is wonderful to have a great team who take pride in the work they do.”

     

    Sue Clark, secretary, Cloud Group WI
  • “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, May 2021
  • We haven’t been for a year but as the weather was super today and it’s a lovely drive we headed out into the country. There was a classic motor bike meeting and some fantastic cars from local people, we both ordered the scampi which is one of the best that we have had .

    Aidan 1645, via TripAdvisor, June 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
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