Landlord of haunted pub creeped out as ‘ghost of drowned teen’ pushes pint off table
A landlord of a “haunted” pub has been left feeling unsettled after he watched a pint glass get pushed off a table and smash without anyone touching it – which paranormal investigators believe is the work of a teenage ghost. Scott Dawson caught the “creepy” footage on his CCTV camera at the Ring O Bells pub in Kendal, Cumbria, just before 8:30 pm on June 29, and claimed it isn’t the first spooky incident to have taken place in the pub.
The bizarre footage shows a punter ordering two pints at the bar and placing one on a table while he takes his dog outside. Once no one is looking, the pint glass seems to move towards the edge on its own, before startling customers as it smashes on a chair.
Scott, who became landlord of the pub in December 2021, insisted the weird scenes aren’t the only “unexplained” thing to have happened in the pub either, as numerous pints have moved on their own and the cellar has developed a reputation for being “creepy”.
The 43-year-old believes there’s a “good chance” the establishment is haunted, and has even had paranormal investigators take a look at the area – who have claimed there’s a ghost of a 17-year-old boy named Edward who hangs out in the cellar because he died after drowning in a well on the property.
Scott, who is originally from Manchester, said: “I live here and for the first couple of weeks I could hardly sleep – it was very creepy. There’s a lot of strange goings-on – my view is there’s definitely a good chance this place is haunted.
“The glass was sat on the table for a good while before it moved. There was nothing to trigger the movement – it’s as if there’s a presence there.
“There’s been other occasions in that corner where we’ve had pints moving on the table and tipping over. I’ve even swapped the table round and it still seems to happen – so it’s not the table itself but it’s definitely in that spot.
“Normally the guy’s one of these people that can explain away something like that, but he watched the footage back and was flabbergasted. He didn’t believe in anything strange or paranormal, but he does now.”
The landlord also said the pub, which was established in 1741, has been a hotspot for mediums and paranormal investigators for years, with many of them drawn to the cellar room downstairs.
He added: “One of the creepiest parts of this pub is that we have a cellar, and there’s a big square section that looks like a room but it’s filled in. There’s space at the front and back but this big square is filled in – it just seems really strange.
“The mediums that visited us reckon there’s a well in there, and they said one of the entities who walks around the pub – a young lad called Edward – was pushed down a well.
“If you believe the mediums and there is a young lad called Edward here, then it would make sense that a 17-year-old boy might find it quite funny to wind people up and have a bit of fun.
“It is creepy, but there’s nothing nasty in here – I think he’s just playful.”
And while some might be put off by the idea of drinking a pint next to a teenage ghost, Scott has said he’s actually gained patrons thanks to the “ghost nights” he holds and the extra tourism he gets from visitors with a taste for the supernatural.
He explained: “People absolutely love it. We get loads of people coming in just to try and experience something.
“We’ve done three ghost nights so far and each one we’ve done has been a success. Every time we do table-tipping in here the table goes mental. We did one session with our pub tables that are designed not to fall over, and it was rocking so violently it was bobbing around the room.
“Every time we’ve had lots of activity and lots of strange things happening. We’ve got four people who’ve been on every single one because they can’t get enough of it.
“I’m always worried when we do them that nothing will happen, but I’ve not been let down once.”