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.

  • First visit and def won’t be the last. The staff are friendly and happy. Very clean and the food was amazing, best steak I’ve had in a long time, cooked just how I asked. Hope to return soon, I will be telling everyone about this hidden gem.

    Donma E, via TripAdvisor, July 2018
  • 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
  • Big thanks to you and your staff for our Golden Wedding Celebration

    Nothing was too much trouble

    Anne & Bill Owen
  • “To all the staff at the Swettenham Arms. thank you so much for making our wedding day so special.  All our guests commented on how amazing the food, service and venue was.  It was perfect, we could not be happier with how our day went. Lee and Kimberley Thompson.”

     

    Kimberley and Lee Thompson, 20th August 2016
  • “Very welcoming and totally enjoyable.”

    Adrian A. Coast
  • “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
  • 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
  • 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
  • What a delightful pub/restaurant. The menu was extensive and the food was absolutely delicious. It is a bit remote, but well worth the trouble getting there.

    Mavis1955 via TripAdvisor, January 2019
  • “We know we can recommend to friends and never be disappointed.”

    Mrs S Brown, Holmes Chapel
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