Other wise known as ‘the city of 1,000 ghosts,’ York has on numerous occasions been proclaimed the most haunted city Europe, and the ‘ultimate’ ghost town.
Within the ancient walls of this medieval-like city you can find countless ghost walks, ghost hunts, attractions such as York dungeon and of course not forgetting the famously haunted pubs and breweries!
If you happen to be strolling around the town of ghosts itself this evening be sure to check out one of these three notoriously haunted watering holes for a bite to eat and drink.
1. The Golden Fleece
Built in 1503, The Golden Fleece is allegedly York’s most haunted pub. Situated in the heart of York overlooking the medieval shops of The Shambles, this quaint and traditional pub is truly one of a kind. It’s also thought to be haunted by Lady Alice Peckett and up to fourteen other entities.
The two bars at the hotel both offer a wide range of local beers and ales, spirits, mixers and cocktails, as well as an extensive wine menu — so you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat then you’ll be offered a number of choices including soups, pate, nachos, burgers, luxury burgers, hot and cold baguettes and the iconic giant Yorkshire pudding served with your choice of topping.
2. The Lamb and Lion Inn
Ravaged by fire in the 17th century and subsequently rebuilt, the Lamb & Lion Inn has ever since fed and watered weary travellers visiting the ancient city of York.
A recent ghostly sighting at the The lamb and Lion Inn caused quite the stir as it made the news just two days ago— showing a spooky silhouette on CCTV footage of a figure that appears to be a little girl in a dress.
When it’s not entertaining ghosts, The Lamb and Lion Inn focuses on providing guests with authentic, satisfying British pub food and simple but hearty soups and sandwiches that go perfectly with a pint of real ale.
3. The Black Swan Hotel
Dating from the 15th century, this half-timbered pub has an alleged number of ghosts, both in the public area and in the landlord’s accommodation.
One of the ‘regulars’ is thought to be a workman in a bowler hat who fidgets and tuts, giving the impression he is waiting for someone. He then gradually fades away, while he is being watched, or walks from room to room appearing to look for somebody.
Another ghost has been reported seen sitting staring into the fire in the bar. It is the ghost of a particularly beautiful young woman thought to be a jilted bride. It is rumoured that should a man stare into her face, he will die in ecstasy.
Just a ten minute walk from York Castle, The Black Swan boasts a wood panelled restaurant with coffered ceilings and an open fireplace where home-cooked food is served daily, as well as two beer gardens.