Our favourite Christmas traditions

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, craft fair and lots of other seasonal goodies.

On Christmas Day itself, we’ll be busy dishing up a traditional spread of roast turkey and Christmas pudding to our lovely lunch guests, but we’re going to try and squeeze in a few favourite Christmas activities as well.

winterA country walk

Christmas is traditionally a time of over-indulgence, so if you’re joining us for a meal over the festive period why not take a walk first through the Quinta Arboretum, right next door to the pub, or along the Dane Valley, to make a little room for all the delicious food we’ll be serving?

Christmas services

The ancient church of St. Peter’s is right next door to the pub. Founded in the 13th century, the pretty building boasts a belltower and some medieval stained glass. Attending a service here around Christmas time is bound to get you into the festive spirit – why not come and see us afterwards for coffee? St Peter’s is part of a joint benefice with St Luke’s, Goostrey. You can find more information about services times here.

398px-Christmas_Pudding_with_Flaming_RumChristmas pudding

24th November is Stir Up Sunday, the last Sunday before advent. Traditionally, all members of the family gathered together on this day to give the pudding batter a ceremonial stir, while making a secret wish. The stirring had to be from east to west in honour of the Three Wise Men, and a coin would be hidden in the pudding before cooking, bringing luck and wealth to whoever found it on Christmas Day. Making the pudding so far in advance give the flavours time to mature before Christmas. Here at the Swettenham Arms, we get through dozens of our homemade, matured Christmas puddings over the festive season, and serve them with brandy cream for a traditional pud with a contemporary twist.

Whatever you’re doing over the festive season, we’d love you to come and join in our celebrations. For Christmas menus and party dates, click here.




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