Poltergeists and pints – inside Britain’s most haunted pubs ‘full of ghosts’

Britain is well known for its love of pubs, with many drinking establishments across the country dating back hundreds of years.

Millions of people are rightly proud of their local watering holes, which serve an important function in the fabric of our daily lives.

But while the UK’s finest taverns each have a rich and varied history, this can also include a spookier side – with many said to be haunted by ghosts which stalk the buildings.

From poltergeists to doors made of human skin, each haunted pub has a fascinating tale which stretch back for centuries.

Of course, this is part of the appeal for many customers, as local legend becomes an ingrained part of the character of our favourite boozers.

For those with a love of pints and the paranormal, here’s where to go…

Red Lion Inn, Avebury, Wiltshire

Several ghosts are believed to have made the 17th century Red Lion Inn in Avebury, Wiltshire their home.

The spirits of a mum and her two children are said to haunt one guest room, while a phantom carriage occasionally turns up on its cobbled courtyard.

But its most infamous is reported to be Florrie, who had her throat slit by her husband after he returned from the English Civil War to find her being unfaithful.

Her body was chucked down a well – which has been glassed over and now serves as a table in the bar.

The Hatchet, Bristol

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The Hatchet in Bristol, which dates back to 1606, is believed to be the oldest pub in the city.

But it is surrounded by grisly rumours that its door is made from layers of human skin.

According to folklore, it came from the skin of executed criminals – although it has never been proven and is covered in black paint.

The Slaughter House, Liverpool

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Liverpool is home to the Slaughter House, which has been a boozer since the early 1800s and is believed to be haunted.

The history of the 17th century building is said to include the tale of a young child killed in the basement.

A shadowy figure called Albert, who may have been pushed down the stairs, is said to lurk in the pub.

Paula Harrington, owner of Laughterhouse Comedy which puts on events, told the Liverpool Echo: “We've also heard laughing and whistling when no one has been there.”

Ye Olde Salutation Inn, Nottingham

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Ye Olde Salutation Inn in Nottingham, which is built over a system of caves dating back hundreds of years, has been named as one of the UK’s most spooky pubs.

The watering hole is said to be haunted by three ghosts, including a highwayman and a young flower seller called Rosie who scratches punters.

According to legend, she was accidentally struck by a carriage in the courtyard when she was around four-years-old.

Customers soon afterwards started to complain about being scratched – which only stopped when the landlord left a doll down in the cave for her.

Since then, people have continued to take dolls and teddy bears down to the cave as presents, according to NottinghamshireLive.

Skirrid Inn, Monmouthshire

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Legend has it that the Skirrid Inn in Monmouthshire, Wales is home to at least five spirits.

The boozer, which dates back 900 years, was once the site of a court room, where more than 180 criminals were hanged.

The oak beam used in the executions can still be seen in the boozer today – with a noose still swinging from it.

Pilchard Inn, Burgh Island, Devon

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A poltergeist which smashes pint glasses on the floor overnight is said to cause chaos at the Pilchard Inn on Burgh Island, just off the Devon coast.

It is rumoured to be Tom Crocker, a 19-year-old smuggler who was gunned down by a customs official in the bar in 1759, and now haunts the inn.

The barman told CountryFile: “Oh yes, people have seen things levitating in here. And there have been pint glasses that have smashed themselves on the floor overnight.”

Pub-goers are being urged to nominate their favourite drinking establishment for the Daily Star's Great British Booze Off.

The competition aims to identify the best boozers in 10 categories.

Fans can nominate their favourite establishment in the form below.

Entries close on May 31, with shortlists following a week later.

Voting opens on June 7 and closes on June 30, with the winners announced the week beginning July 12.

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