Our History

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The Swettenham Arms is a delightful 16th Century Inn concealed behind a 13th Century Parish Church.

A former Nunnery, the inn was used as a resting place for weary funeral parties. Whilst relatives and loved–ones stayed overnight, the bodies were taken to the church via an underground tunnel for funeral the following day.

Today, St. Peters Church still towers over the car park, its’ melodious bell chimes occasionally intercepting the peace of the tiny Cheshire village.

Meanwhile, present day visitors to the Swettenham Arms are drawn by the prospect of food and refreshment after a pleasant stroll/bike ride in the surrounding countryside, or from a visit to The Quinta Arboretum next door!

  • Visited as a family to celebration a father and son’s birthdays with other family members. It was a great meal. The host could not have been more welcoming, felt special. Will certainly be back.

    An K via TripAdvisor, December 2018
  • “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
  • 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
  • We had a fabulous Rotary President’s night at the Arms and I would recommend it as a venue for anyone who is considering a special function whether it is for work or a social occasion. We had over 50 diners who were all served promptly with piping hot and delicious food by courteous and friendly staff. All in all it was a great evening and we will certainly be back to run more functions at the Swettenham Arms. 

    markjJ9723EH, via TripAdvisor, November 2018
  • “Very enjoyable meal and very good service, Thanks.”

    Mr Grindrod, Bollington
  • Dear Mark & Team.The meal was excellent and the staff were very efficient, Bill & Brenda Leech

    Bill & Brenda Leech
  • “We discovered The Swettenham Arms through BritStops – what an excellent find! Lovely walk through their gardens – amazing history. Fantastic meal with caring service. Highly recommended. Thank you!”

    Russell M, 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
  • Started with a very friendly welcome and a very good range of cask beers. Quite an extensive menu and the food really was exceptional. This was supported by the friendly staff.

    Alan M, via TripAdvisor, October 2019
  • Called in today and the place is a typical English pub. Beams horse, brasses and a lovely atmosphere. Great place for a pub lunch so try it if you are in the area.

    AMAZO1949, via TripAdvisor, September 2019
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