A day out in the country

The Quinta Aboretum

The Quinta Arboretum Wildlife and Nature Reserve was the lifelong project of Sir Bernard Lovell. The Arboretum offers wonderful walks amongst beautiful trees and extends for around 30 acres, accessible through our picnic area at the side of the pub.

The perfect place for children to let their imaginations run free and use natural country surroundings with wide open spaces. There are wooded areas, ponds and a lake for all the family to enjoy, as well as 5000 species of trees and a variety of wild animals including rare butterflies, hares, squirrels and rabbits.

And after a healthy walk in the peaceful Arboretum why not treat yourselves to hearty home-cooked food. We are a family friendly pub and children are always welcome.

We ask that all visitors to the Arboretum keep dogs on leads and generally respect the area. Visitors will find an honesty box at the gate and are asked to pay a contribution of £2.50 which helps towards the upkeep of the area and protection of the wildlife. The Arboretum is managed today by the Tatton Garden Society.

Dane Valley Walks

The Dane Valley, an area designated as of special scientific interest (SSSI) is one of the hidden gems of Cheshire. The River Dane was acknowledged in l994 under the Wildlife & Countryside Act l98l as a SSSI site notified for its fluvial geomorphology cutting a course though the soft sand and gravels of the Cheshire Plain over many thousands of years to create a scenic wooded valley.

This is rich dairy country, with prime grazing for the county’s famous cattle. Swettenham Meadows above the brook are full of wildflowers all summer long, and today are managed as a nature reserve by Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

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Click here to view an interactive map of local walking, cycling and horse riding routes.

  • Just to say we had an excellent day and really enjoyed a lovely meal, beautifully served.  The service was wonderful and everyone made us feel welcome.  We were particularly appreciative of the high level of efficiency and professionalism amongst such young staff and are mindful of the fact that a lot goes on in the background to make the day go smoothly and for our enjoyment which we do not see. We are not regular customers but as trueborn Swettenham folk really enjoy coming home and it being so worthwhile.  We will see you next year.

     

     

    Chris Edwards, December 2017
  • Enjoyed a walk followed by Sunday lunch at the pub. Ordered a small roast which was delicious and a reasonable size portion. A busy pub so be prepared for a short wait. 

    Solitair, via TripAdvisor, January 2019
  • Excellent standard, in the heart of Cheshire great food very friendly service idyllic location. Highly recommended!!! It should be on the gastronomical map in the North West of England.

    Gabor B, via Tripadvisor, June 2018
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our evening meal in this hidden gem. We had the Swettenham Arms recommended to us as we were staying nearby. We hadn’t booked as being a Thursday night we thought it would be fairly quiet, but it was almost full. The friendly manager found us a table and informed us that they still had a half price meal deal on… which greatly surprised us! The dining room was pleasant and cosy, and our drinks and food arrived and we certainly weren’t disappointed. All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We will definitely return very soon….and hopefully the half price offer will still be on!

    DelLancashire, March 2018, via TripAdvisor
  • “Very enjoyable meal and very good service, Thanks.”

    Mr Grindrod, Bollington
  • Very busy on this visit as part of a large group. Staff welcoming. We had a longer than usual wait but the food was excellent when it arrived.

    supergran1950, via Tripadvisor, March 2019
  • 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
  • “Thanks to Glyn and the team for a lovely evening at our Ruby Wedding party on 14th August, 2015.  The food was lovely and the service perfect.  Thank all your staff for us.  All our family and friends thought the Swettenham Arms was a lovely venue. Thank you once more for all your help on the night and before.” Mike and Christine Oswell, 14th August 2015.

    Mike and Christine Oswell
  • 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
  •  “Just to thank Glyn and the team for making Louise’s wedding reception such a successful and enjoyable event.  We have had a number of guests commenting on the quality of the food and the excellent service.” 

    The Green family
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