5 OF THE BEST HAUNTED RESTAURANTS | FOOD FEATURE
Struggling for a date this Halloween? Not to worry! Dine at one of these haunted restaurants and you won’t be alone. Chris Williams rounds up the best haunts for a bite to eat.
Yes, the Baskerville Hall (allegedly) is in Clyro Court near Hay on Wye. The White Lady is regularly spotted in the Rose Garden and an unknown male apparition can be seen on the main staircase. The restaurant offers group set menus (including vegetarian), bar meals, and mains including local lamb and Welsh faggots. They use local produce wherever possible.
Baskerville Hall, Clyro Court, Hay on Wye. Info: 014 9782 0033 / www.baskervillehall.co.uk
THE SKIRRID MOUNTAIN INN
Over 900 years old and said to have inspired Shakespeare, it’s one of Britain’s most haunted pubs. Previously a courtroom presided over by ‘The Hanging Judge’ Jeffreys and an execution place with its own oak hanging beam, the inn is also said to have stood during the Norman Conquest. As well as ghosts, it boasts a friendly welcome (assumedly by the living) with good beer and hearty meals.
Llanvihangel Crucorney, Abergavenny. Info: 018 7389 0258 / www.skirridmountaininn.co.uk
This 1840s Gothic castle has some high-profile ghosts, including former owner, the opera prima donna Adelina Patti and her second husband, French tenor Ernesto Nicolini. Disembodied children’s giggling, who tragically didn’t survive while the castle was a hospital, have also been heard. Offers fresh, locally sourced food, with a bar menu that changes from day to day.
Brecon Road, Pen-y-Cae, Swansea. Info: 016 3973 0725 / www.craigynoscastle.com
PRINCE OF WALES INN
This 15th century inn overlooks the buried city of Kenfig – where you can possibly still hear the church bell ringing. Previously a school, law court and a temporary mortuary – the inn’s upstairs room is still used today as a community meeting place. In the 1980s organ music was heard coming from the empty room. Sources local produce wherever possible – including family butchers – the Prince has been awarded Pub is the Hub Status.
Ton Kenfig, Maudlam, Bridgend. Info: 016 5674 0356 / www.princekenfig.co.uk
MISKIN MANOR RESTAURANT
The manor’s resident ghost is that of a lady who appears most nights, between midnight and 1am in the bar area. The Oak Room is reported to be the building’s most haunted room. The award winning restaurant serves locally sourced Welsh produce and bakes their own bread, cakes and after dinner petit fours on site.
Pendoylan Road, Groesfaen, Pontyclun. Info: 014 4322 4204 / www.miskin-manor.co.uk