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!

  • “I felt I had to write and thank you for the lovely evening we enjoyed on Friday, 30th Jan for an 80th birthday party. The setting outside and in was lovely and the food extremely good, as was the service. A special thank you to Glyn and staff.  I was very pleased with everything and had most favourable comments from all the guests, I would have no hesitation in recommending the Swettenham Arms to anyone.” 

    Mr and Mrs Poole
  • 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
  • “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
  • I had a very enjoyable visit, the food was delectable and the staff were very warm and inviting. I would strongly recommend a visit.

    Maddie A via TripAdvisor, July 2018
  • “Thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful day for our wedding reception.  The food was spectacular – with lots of people commenting on the high standard.  The staff were great and Glyn was helpful and attentive the entire day.  It was a beautiful day in a wonderful venue, so thank you.”

     

    Amy and Dom Papineau
  • “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
  • 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
  • “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
  • 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
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