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!

  • Lovely food and steak cooked perfectly. We often go here after a day out in the area as we live some thirty miles away and have never had a bad experience. The grounds and flowers are perfect on a sunny day to sit and relax with friends. Latest visit on a Sunday nearly every table was reserved but without signs on the table- had already purchased drinks and sat down for a good ten minutes with menus before being told this. Enjoyed the food and will return again.

    Reviewer1624, via TripAdvisor, October 2018
  • Big thanks to you and your staff for our Golden Wedding Celebration

    Nothing was too much trouble

    Anne & Bill Owen
  • 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
  • “Such a lovely pub, the food is amazing every time I go. I enjoy that I can take my dogs with me. The staff are very friendly and it is a lovely atmosphere.”

    hannah-clairex, via TripAdvisor, October 2020
  • First visit and def won’t be the last. The staff are friendly and happy. Very clean and the food was amazing, best steak I’ve had in a long time, cooked just how I asked. Hope to return soon, I will be telling everyone about this hidden gem.

    Donma E, via TripAdvisor, July 2018
  • “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
  • “Called in today and the place is a typical English pub. Beams, horse brasses and a lovely atmosphere. I have been before and the place gets really busy at the weekends. Great place for a pub lunch so try it if you are in the area.”

    Amazo1949, via TripAdvisor, September 2019
  • “One can not improve on perfection! Excellent day out.”

    Angela Smith
  • “Arrived for lunch at a lovely outdoor seating area with a great variety of colourful flowers. The menu had lots of great meals which sounded great and had good prices. We had an amazing burger, scampi and fish & chips. Before we took the dogs for a walk we had a look around the back at the lavender meadow, flowered arches and gazebo where weddings take place. Lovely walks around the arboretum then came back for a excellent pot of tea which came in china cups with little shortbread biscuits. A perfect end to our day out. All this following Covid restrictions to the letter.”

    JoanneHolden65, via TripAdvisor, October 2020
  • 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
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