The apparent haunting of the Apsley House bar in Southsea, Hampshire, is unusual. The building, which was once a Victorian girls school and then offices uses by the city council, appears to be haunted by a ghostly bar tender that re-fills pints.
Janice McCormack told press, “I know it sounds very strange. But it happens when customers pop to the toilet or put their pint down for a second or two, and when they turn around there is an extra inch of beer.”
Although the idea of “magically” re-filling pints may sound attractive Mrs McCormack is now planning to bring in an exorcist to get rid of the ghostly barman. “We are getting more people through the door but it seems to be people expecting a cheap, never-ending pint.” she told the Daily Mail.
The spirit has been nicknamed “Reedy” after the famous actor and drinker Oliver Reed.
Apsley House (not to be confused with the famous Apsley House) is just off a side road from Clarence Parade in old Portsmouth’s seafront. The building is described as attractive in pub reviews but the very same reviewers go on to mention that the inside can be dark and grubby.
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What do you think? Is the landlady making a mistake by trying to get rid of this ghostly attraction? What would you do?
I think that the land lady should charge an extra amount for the inch of beer that reedy is topping up.
This is quite an 'extraordinary event' and it will certainly attract more customers, more revenue, if this happens quite often or even regularly. Other pub events, quiz evenings, bands, etc will profit from this occurence.
I drink in this pub and the really wierd thing is that every time my pint gets topped up, I seem to have less money in my pocket!