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Haunted 16th-century inn

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Kids play area
Dog friendly

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 12 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 (Closed Monday to Friday 3.30-6 winter)
  • Lunch: all week 12-close
  • Dinner: all week 12-close

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Timothy Taylor Landlord, Sharp's Doom Bar, Bollington Best, Courage Directors, Moorhouse's Pride of Pendle, Slater's Top Totty, Black Sheep, Beartown, Bombardier, Fuller's London Pride, Tatton, Marston's Wainwright
  • Real ciders: Addlestones, Westons Old Rosie

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available


  • 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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