A pub is claiming to be Britain’s most haunted boozer.
Staff at The Ferry House reckon there are at least two ghosts that roam the bar.
One is a friendly girl who has been spotted several times by regulars and who likes to play tricks on the staff.
The other is an aggressive bald old man who lurks on the top floor and terrifies those he appears to.
The pub, on the Isle of Dogs in east London, has been around since Tudor times. Diarist Samuel Pepys was once a regular and tales of spooky happenings have been told for decades.
Bar manager Lisa Riddiough, 53, who has been at the pub for two years, said: “There is a long and interesting history to this pub, and there is no doubt there are some strange goings-on.
"As soon as I came here I felt there was a strange presence. I started noticing things going missing or turning up in odd places.
“Books would mysteriously turn up out of the blue or fly off the shelves on their own. It was only then I learned there were lots of tales about ghosts. It all adds up.”
Lisa says a young girl aged about 10 was seen lurking on the stairs when no children were present in the pub.
Chef Daniel Barberwick, 43, says the girl is playing tricks on him, with utensils disappearing and then reappearing.
He said: “I get the sense that she is a playful girl having fun.
“She often likes to make the lights in the restaurant flicker and my whisk or oven lighter will go missing, only to turn up on the counter.
" I’m the only one in the kitchen so there is no logical explanation of where it disappears to.” But staff reckon there’s a more sinister spectre upstairs.
Lisa said: “I’ve not seen this ghost, but you can definitely feel an eerie and scary presence on the top floor.
“A guy staying in the room up there with his girlfriend, who was working as a barmaid here, said he woke a few times to see a tall, imposing bald man standing at the end of the bed. He was terrified.
“And the former chef said he was chased down the stairs by the mysterious figure.”
Now Lisa wants the pub to become a must-visit destination for those who love a good ghost story. She said: “It’s hard to explain how eerie this place is until you experience it yourself.”
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