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Sing a song of spring

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              Hands up who’s getting a bit fed up with this weather? If it’s not raining, it’s freezing. If it’s not freezing, it’s windy. If it’s not windy, it’s snowing. Sometimes this winter, it seems like we’ve had everything all at once. Well, the good news is that although… Read more »

Top tips for the perfect winter walk

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                    With the days so short and the weather so changeable, it’s more important than ever to get outside as much as possible. You really might not feel like it, but a walk in the fresh air will boost serotonin levels, improve mood and burn calories… Read more »

And the winner is…..

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Posh frocks and red carpets at the ready – we’ve been nominated for a ‘Rural Oscar’ in the 2017 Country Alliance Awards.  The awards are now in their 13th year and are the Country Alliance’s platform for celebrating rural businesses, produce and communities.  The awards are public-nomination led, meaning that we have been nominated by one or… Read more »

NEW! Free baby bowl for tiny diners

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We’re now offering a free baby bowl for tiny babies, a dish of creamy mash with veggies mixed together with a little white sauce. It’s been going down very well with younger customers!

‘Puddin’ on the Ritz’ at the Swettenham Arms

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                          The last Sunday before Advent (this year the 26th November) is known as ‘stir-up Sunday’. The nickname is taken from the Book of Common Prayer, where the Collect for that particular day reads: “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy… Read more »

It’s official – we’re one of Cheshire’s cosiest pubs

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              With the Quinta Lovell Arboretum right behind us, two beer gardens and our lavender field to the side, the Swettenham is certainly the place to be in the summer. If you’ve only ever visited when the weather’s balmy, though, you’re missing out on a lot of what we’ve… Read more »

Spooky wildlife in the Arboretum

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                      Coming on our Hallowe’en walk on Tuesday 31st October? We can promise great food and drink and fun a-plenty – but if you’re very lucky, you might see some unexpected guests as well! The Arboretum is home to a wide variety of wildlife, some… Read more »

Great Bonfire Night traditions

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  Did you know that the tradition of bonfires on 5th November actually goes back over 4oo years? The famous Gunpowder Plot, where the hapless Guy Fawkes was arrested while trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament, took place during the night of the 4th to 5th November 1605. The very next day, the… Read more »

Top Hallowe’en traditions

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  Have you ever wondered why we associate pumpkins with Hallowe’en? The legend originates in Ireland, but really gained in popularity in America and we inherited it back again. The original story features turnips, but Irish settlers in the USA used pumpkins instead as they’re much easier to carve!   Carved turnips or pumpkins with… Read more »

Autumn comes to the Arboretum

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  Immediately behind the pub, we’re lucky enough to have the Lovell Quinta Arboretum, a 28-acre site planted in the 1950s by Sir Bernard Lovell of Jodrell Bank fame. It contains around 2,500 trees and shrubs, some very rare, including national collections of pine and ash. If you’re interested in gardening, there is also a… Read more »

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