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Restaurant Ghosts, Folklore and Forteana

Former Stationmaster

Location: Torrington (Devon) - Puffing Billy restaurant and B&B (former station)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2016
Further Comments: Both a former stationmaster and his wife are said to haunt this old station, which (at time of writing) is a guest house and restaurant. The female ghost is said to have been heard walking around, moving towards the room where her children once slept.

Actor or Highwayman?

Location: W1 (Greater London) - Sheppeys Restaurant, Shepherd Market
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This tall, dark stranger has often been observed standing in the shadows, his face obscured to make identification impossible, though it is speculated he is either a highwayman or a thespian.

Oliver Cromwell by Samuel Cooper.

Oliver Cromwell

Location: Walton le Dale (Lancashire) - Pinocchio's Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: September 2003
Further Comments: Cromwell's shade is reported to haunt this property and may have appeared in a photograph taken in the restaurant in 2003.

Tudor Man

Location: Watford (Hertfordshire) - Copperfields restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1970s-1980
Further Comments: A local newspaper carried this story after the restaurant owner reported encountering a grey misty old man in Tudor clothing over a period of four years. The ghost would only be encountered in the older part of the building.

Parson Ford

Location: WC2 (Greater London) - The Hummums, Covent Garden (was next door to the New Hummums which is now Tuttons Restaurant)
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: A manservant at these former Turkish baths reported seeing a man he knew on the cellar stairs - it later transpired that the figure had died several days previously.

Female in Grey Crinoline Dress

Location: Weybridge (Surrey) - Oatlands Park Hotel, restaurant and room 1313
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Not known
Further Comments: The ghost is thought to be a maid who jumped from the window of room 1313 and killed herself, after a fight with her boyfriend.


Location: York (Yorkshire) - Drake's Fish and Chip Restaurant
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: April 2021
Further Comments: A phantom woman was reported to haunt the third floor of this building. The local press reported that the ghost was consulted when redevelopment work was carried out on the site in 2021.

Tutor restaurant, York.

Disabled Teenager

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Tutor restaurant, Goodramgate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The upper part of this building is haunted by a seventeen year old disabled teenager who hanged himself many years ago. One witness reported seeing swinging light bulbs and feeling an invisible presence which tried to push them down the stairs.

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