If you're looking to encounter a friendly ghost while sipping on a pint in the South East, then you should visit one of these haunted public houses that are the most haunted.
The Fleur De Lys is the oldest pub in the New Forest and is said to be plagued by paranormal activity, which includes dark shadows moving through the bar, sudden and extreme drops in temperature, seats mysteriously shaking and unexplained noises. The pub is said to be haunted by the spirit of a female, given the nickname the Grey Lady. Despite the pub's poltergeist activity, the Grey Lady is said to be a friendly and benevolent spirit.
An 18th century inn in Finchampstead near Wokingham, with unsettling stories of plenty of resident ghosts. The paranormal activity includes seeing dark shadowy figures, loud unexplained banging sounds, objects being thrown and glasses smashing mysteriously.
The owners have also reported being touched at the bar, the ghost of a female has been blamed for this. It's said she was a regular at the pub who lived locally and liked the pub so much that she still visits after her death.
A historic pub in Winchester, which was originally a row of cottages built in the 17th century. It has over 400 years of history, tragedy and hauntings. The building has been used as a court house, a hospital for soldiers, an ironmonger's and of course, a pub. A former landlady and her daughter died in the pub, adding to the misery and emotion attached to it.
There's been a public house on the site for over 1,000 years, so it's no wonder its got a few stories to tell. The pub is said to be haunted by dark shadows moving across the room, objects inexplicably moving and strange light anomalies have been seen. It's also believed that Edward the Confessor spent part of his early years at the building, in fact its name comes from its English Civil War connections.
According to Rachel Aplin, who bought the pub in 2011, the spirits of these past occupants have never left. After moving in, she experienced a string of paranormal activity and began to open the pub up for ghost tours, allowing local paranormal investigation groups in.
She believes the pub is haunted by Jack Stevens and his family. Jack was a former landlord, who lived in the pub in the 1800s with his sister, Mary, and daughter, Elizabeth.
With such a dark past, it's no wonder that The Ostrich Inn in Colnbrook is said to be haunted. The pub has said to have been the site of no less that 60 murders, the most famous being those committed by a former landlord known as Jarman and his wife in the 17th century.
The couple were said to have made a tidy profit from their grim hobby and even had a trapdoor built into the floor of one of the guest rooms. With a specially hinged bed they would simply tip their sleeping victim into a vat of boiling water below.
The Mermaid Inn is a Grade II listed inn in Rye, it dates back to 1420 and has 16th-century additions in the Tudor style.
Guests have reported waking to find their clothes wet, others have seen the ghost of a man walking through a wall. There's also been reports of light anomalies, bottles and glasses have fallen and smashed of their own accord, and the ghost of a maid is said to haunt the pub. She was the girlfriend of a member of smuggling gang who used the pub's cellar, she was killed by the gang as they feared she knew too much and would expose them.
There's also the ghost of a lady who's been spotted wearing white while sitting in a chair next to a fireplace, the spirit of a man in period clothing, and the ghost of a man who died during a duel with another man in the building.