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Lavender fields at the Swettenham Arms

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  If you’re a regular visitor to the Swettenham Arms, you’ll know that one of the biggest charms of the pub is its lovely rural location. We;re set right by the Quinta Lovell Arboretum, in a network of twisting country lanes and footpaths. Previously, there was also a little grass two-acre field to the side… Read more »

Treat yourself to afternoon tea, a great British tradition

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  Ah, what could be nicer than a proper cup of tea in a relaxing environment? Well, how about adding some dainty sandwiches, and a mouthwatering selection of homemade cakes? Yes, that’s right – afternoon tea is back at the Swettenham Arms. Our teas are so popular that we run them on request all year… Read more »

Classic car Tuesdays return to Swettenham

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    Hooray, it’s (almost) summer! While that always puts a spring in our step, what with the arboretum bursting into life, the woods filled with birdsong and the hedgerows brimming with wild flowers, we’ve got another reason for welcoming the return of the better weather. Every Tuesday from now until when the weather breaks… Read more »

May 1st: the official return of spring

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  It may not seem like it at the moment, but Tuesday 1st May heralds the official return of spring. Each year, the UK Bank Holiday falls on the first Monday of May, so this year we’ll celebrate our ‘May Day’ holiday on 7th May. The origins of our celebration go back to medieval times…. Read more »

Get out and get fit for spring

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    After what seems like months and months of rain, it looks like we’re finally set to see some sun over the next few days. Behind the pub, the arboretum is coming to life with the daffodils well under way, the pussy willow buds forming and the bluebells already pushing their leaves through the… Read more »

Easter around the world

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                With Easter almost upon us, we thought we’d take a look at traditional Easter foods around the world. Many cultures have the equivalent of our simnel cake, sweet desserts made with candied peel and nuts.  In Russia, the seasonal dish is a dessert called ‘pashka’, made from curd… Read more »

Spring comes to Swettenham

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              We’ve hoped, we’ve crossed our fingers, we’ve waited…and now it looks like spring has finally arrived in Swettenham. The daffodils and crocuses are just coming into bloom around the pub and in the Arboretum, and there’s finally a bit of colour in the garden and some buds on… Read more »

Mothers’ Day 2018 – the language of flowers

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                Planning to treat your mother or grandmother this Sunday 11th March? For the perfect day, start off with breakfast in bed followed by a family walk and then lunch or dinner here at the Swettenham Arms. We’ve got a delicious menu all ready, designed to make your recipient… Read more »

Tree-mendous – why you should go down the woods today

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Let’s face it – it’s not the most inspiring time of the year for getting out and about on nature walks. If you make the effort, though, you might be pleasantly rewarded. Behind the pub, the Quinta Lovell Arboretum is slowly coming to life. The snowdrops are looking fantastic, and will replay any visitor by… Read more »

Eating customs around the world

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This blog post was inspired by a customer this week, who was so pleased with his dessert of deep fried ice cream with warm chocolate sauce that he actually licked his plate! Proprietor Fran Cunningham says, “I’ve been in the business for 45 years and that’s a first for me, I don’t remember anyone actually licking… Read more »

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