Swan & Chequers16 Hightown
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Large, wood-panelled, town centre pub-partly open-plan. Was once a Kay's Atlas Brewery Ltd of Ardwick, Manchester pub, taken over by Robinson's in 1929. Some of the artifacts may be seen in the brickwork. Formerly a corn exchange it was rebuilt as the Swan Hotel by Kay's Brewery in 1893. The frontage has a terracotta plaque showing a beast holding a key in its mouth. In the terracotta tympanums above first floor windows are 'K' and 'beast and key' images; there are also several examples of the 'beast and key' in painted glass in both ground floor and first floor windows. It is believed that the 'beast and key' was an emblem of the Kay family. Today the Swan and Chequers is a spacious busy town centre Robinson's public house. Although partially open plan it reflects its original multi room origins and has a busy daytime trade of locals and shoppers visiting the town, especially on Thursdays when the nearby Town Market attracts a lot of visitors to Sandbach. Opening hours advertised are subject to change. Please consider telephoning if planning to visit.