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.

  • We went in February on a Thursday night, when the offer was on, very busy but no undue wait. Good selection of beers, wines on menu and excellent food. Even on full price the menu is good value for money and would definitely go back, so one to add to your list to explore

    dwilson39, via TripAdvisor, February 2019
  • We had a small private function in the Lovell Suite at the Swettenham Arms last week, comprised of afternoon tea for approximately 20 people. Everything was extremely well organised and our waitress was very attentive.

    JuneL1957, via TripAdvisor, June 2019
  • Dear Mark & Team.The meal was excellent and the staff were very efficient, Bill & Brenda Leech

    Bill & Brenda Leech
  • The local surroundings are lovely and set in Cheshire countryside, greeted at door immediately on entering and shown to our table, drinks order promptly taken, and furnished with menus. Quick but not rushed service we are off to a good start. The only disappointment was my duck was cooked right through and I would much preferred it to be much pinker. This made what otherwise would have been a superb dish only a good one. But still a good one. Desserts were lovely, service fantastic, so very very nearly a five star rating I look forward to returning.

    Barry J, April 2018, via TripAdvisor
  • 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
  • Called for lunch , sat outside in the lovely sunshine. Food was really nice and didn’t have to wait long even though busy. All staff very good and pleasant. Enjoyed a nice walk in the arboretem.

    Lynn O, April 2018, on TripAdvisor
  • “Delightful setting and atmosphere.”

    A. Sutton
  • 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
  • “A lovely sunny evening. Warm welcome. Dog friendly. A really enjoyable meal of duck breast and tasty red cabbage. Staff and locals very welcoming and helpful.”

    Eric P, Via TripAdvisor, April 2019
  • “Very welcoming and totally enjoyable.”

    Adrian A. Coast
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