Thursday, 10 May 2012
We sat in a room with incredibly thick walls and the landlord identified the one between us and the bar as being the reputed 'resting place' of a seventeenth century barmaid. Mary Brown, so the story goes, was seduced and subsequently murdered by the landlord of her day before being buried in the wall!
Her ghost, it seems, only ever shows itself to women (maybe because she was treated so appallingly by a man?) and over the years the figure of a tall, dark-haired woman has frequently been seen by various people - standing at the bar and gliding through to the kitchen, where the chef and waiting staff grew quite used to seeing her.
Disappointingly, we didn't see Mary - but we did enjoy our delicious meal!