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Mulled wine

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Mulled wine is as essential to a traditional British Christmas as mince pies or Christmas pudding, and most of us don’t drink it at any other time of year. The word ‘mulled’ just means ‘heated and spiced’, and you can mull other drinks such as fruit juice, cider and mead. Heated wine has a history… Read more »

Christmas gingerbread

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                  If you’re making your own gifts this year, or fancy a more natural approach to Christmas, why not try making our Christmas gingerbread? The recipe’s simple enough for children to make (with a little supervision), and you can use these spicy, crunchy biscuits to decorate the tree or… Read more »

Our favourite Christmas traditions

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We love this time of year, with cold, frosty mornings; roaring log fires; wrapping up warmly for wintery walks – we know we’re lucky to be in such a beautiful country location. We’re getting ready for Christmas now, a very busy time in any pub’s calendar, and we’re planning our Christmas party nights, Boxing Day lunch,… Read more »

Guy Fawkes night traditions

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Remember, remember the 5th of November Gunpowder, treason and plot We see no reason Why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot. We all know the rhyme, but just why should we remember the 5th November? How it all began In 1603, English Catholics who were tired of being persecuted under Queen Elizabeth I, were hoping for… Read more »

All about Hallowe’en

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With October 31st fast approaching, we take a look at the history and traditions of Hallowe’en. What’s it all about? Hallowe’en is the date on which witches and other supernatural beings are thought to be at their most active, and the festival has a number of different origins. All Hallows’ Eve The day after Hallowe’en,… Read more »

The bees and the butterflies of Swettenham

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Here at the Swettenham Arms, we know our stunning sunflower and lavender meadow is a big hit with pub customers. Dozens and dozens of brides have also had their photos taken in these beautiful, colourful surroundings. Did you know, though, that we’re also doing our bit for the environment? British insects have been having a… Read more »

Sir Bernard Lovell book signing

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Last year, the nation was saddened to learn of the death of Sir Bernard Lovell, the great astronomer and scientific visionary. As many of you know, Sir Bernard lived next door to the Swettenham Arms for many years, and 31st August 2013 would have been his 100th birthday. The 76-metre Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank,… Read more »

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