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Haunted 16th-century inn

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Microbrewed ales
Open all year
Garden
Wheelchair access

Concealed from the road by the parish church, this ancient inn stands next door to the renowned Lovell Quinta Arboretum. A comfortable pub full of quiet corners, it draws an appreciative year-round crowd. In the bar is a generous selection of real ales, lagers and ciders and 14 wines by the glass. Diners choosing from a winter menu, for example, can expect to find Cheshire gammon with fried duck egg and hand-cut chips; a choice of puff-pastry pies; braised ox cheek with smoked mash and bordelaise sauce; lamb Madras with rice; and Portobello mushroom, pepper, courgette and aubergine stack with white wine sauce. Many dishes benefit from the inn's home-grown vegetables. Sandwiches and ploughman's are available from noon till 6pm, and there's a children's menu. The building itself is tucked into a former Tudor nunnery and has an intriguing record of ghost-sightings. Maybe you'll meet Sarah, the black-clad nun.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11.30am–close
  • Lunch: all week 12–9
  • Dinner: all week 12–9

Food and drink

  • Microbrewery ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change

Accessibility

  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M6 junction 18 to Holmes Chapel, then A535 towards Jodrell Bank. 3 miles right (Forty Acre Lane) to Swettenham (NB do not use postcode for Sat Nav; enter Swettenham Lane).

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