6 to try: haunted pubs in Cornwall

Crow's Nest Inn

This Halloween leave the trick-or-treating to the kids and get yourself down to one of Cornwall's spooky pubs if you're brave enough...

Jamaica Inn - Bodmin Moor
Cornwall's most famous smugglers inn made world-famous by Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn novel. Full of legend, mystery, romance and even, according to folklore, the odd friendly spirit, the Inn continues to welcome guests to its 20 en suite bedrooms, award-winning restaurant, ‘olde worlde’ bars with great local ales and wines, its souvenir shop and the fascinating Smugglers’ Museum where tales of wreckers, murderers and villains are brought wonderfully to life. 

Join their highly skilled in-house Paranormal Team with Mediums, to encourage the resident spirits/ghosts to communicate.

The Crow’s Nest - Darite
The Crow’s Nest has had no less than four different ghosts sighted at the pub on the edge of Bodmin Moor, including a spirit called ‘Eddie’ – believed to be former landlord Edward Charles Murch, who had been in charge in the early 1900’s and died behind the bar at the age of 72. New landlady Jenny Heard discovered the ghostly goings on at the pub on only her second day, when a pint of ale flew off the bar and onto the floor without any human intervention. The Crow’s Nest is also known for its spooky clock, which always runs 10 minutes fast.

The Crown Inn - St Ewe
The Crown’s ghost, believed to be former landlord Norman Jeffery, has never been directly sighted but has made his presence known in other ways – a sudden drop in temperature at the table nearest the fireplace, or by the rising of the hackles along the back of landlords Ernie Heather and Ros Truesdale’s Labrador, Buster. However, Norman has been detected on cameras and mobile phones, even apparently feeding the ghostly outline of a dog in one instance.

The Ship Inn - Mevagissey
The 400-year-old Ship Inn has a guardian angel in the ghost of former landlady Lil Barron. A photograph of Lil had taken pride of place above the bar for as long as locals could remember, but when it mysteriously vanished in 2012 the Ship began to be flooded regularly, earning it the title of ‘Britain’s Most Flooded Pub’.

After tenants Lee and Diane Young discovered the photograph of Lil discarded in a back room and reinstated it above the bar, the pub has avoided three potential disasters where the rest of the village has flooded but the Ship has remained unscathed.

Dolphin Tavern - Penzance
The Dolphin has not one but three regular ghosts in residence. An old seasalt in a tri-cornered hat known as George, who plods the upstairs floorboards; a lady, perhaps of questionable virtue who flits across the bar, and a young man who often sits at the foot of guests’ beds are all reflections of the long and colourful maritime past of this famous seaside local.

St Austell Brewery - St Austell
St Austell Brewery itself is said to be haunted by the ghost of its founder, Walter Hicks, who makes his presence known with a waft of cigar smoke that occasionally drifts down from the brew house late at night, accompanied by footsteps coming down the stairs. Visitors to the Brewery can drink in the Hicks Bar, named after Walter, and take a tour of the Brewery itself, so you can see if you can sense his presence yourself…

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