The Lion & Swan

“Check out live music and comedy in the cellar bar.” - AA Inspector



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The Lion and Swan is a celebration of old heritage and charm combined with modern chic and style. The lovingly restored original black and white building dating back to the 17th Century and the sympathetic modern extension which creates modern chic by the clever use of glass adding light and bringing the outdoors into the building even in colder months. Modern crystal chandeliers, olive trees and vibrant animal themed paintings by local artist Paul Bembow create a luxurious and vibrant atmosphere throughout. The Lion and Swan Lounge is both stylish and relaxing. Radley’s the cellar bar has a modern vibe perfect for live music and comedy events which are proving popular. Leonne the Award- Winning AA 1 Rosette Restaurant with The Terrace is a vibrant, bright yet stylish atmosphere which appeals to all ages. Modern crystal chandeliers, vibrant tropical prints and vibrant paintings by local artist Paul Bembow set the scene. Head chef Lukasz Borkowski has created an exciting award winning AA 1 Rosette seasonal menu using the freshest local ingredients. Screening has enabled the creation of an outdoor terrace with herbs and planters creating a modern garden feel in the heart of town. The position in the market town of Congleton, Cheshire is a great strength here; close to Little Moreton Hall, Daneside Theatre and Clonter Opera Theatre, within easy reach of Manchester and Stoke -on-Trent’s famous potteries and many other attractions, no doubt so much appreciated by guests.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

AA 5 Star Inn
1-Rosette restaurant
The Lion & Swan


  • Rooms 21
Opening times
  • Open all year

About the area

Discover Cheshire

Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.

While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.

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