The Marsden Grotto

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If you are staying with us this Halloween weekend then you might want to visit one of the many haunted places in North East England, we’re often asked by guests who stay with us over Halloween for suggestions of places to go so we have made a series of blog posts with all the haunted venues in the North East region that you might like to visit…

Haunted Places In North East England – Marsden Grotto

The Marsden Grotto South Shields NE34 7BS Exterior

The Marsden Grotto, known locally as just the Grotto is the closest haunted location to our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields. It can be found less then ten minutes drive from us in Marsden on the Coast Road heading towards Whitburn, NE34 7BS.

The Grotto is a public house and restaurant. It is one of the very few ‘cave bars’ in Europe, it is partly dug into the limestone cliff face. Access is via a lift or a zig zag staircase on the cliff at the side of the building. The Grotto has a long history dating back to 1782 with a reputation for smuggling activities. There are several tales of hauntings at The Grotto, mainly relating to a smuggler named John the Jibber who was reputedly murdered by his fellow criminals after selling information to HM Customs. It is said that he was hung in a barrel in a cave close to the present lift shaft and left to starve. A popular story is that a former landlord of the pub would leave out a special tankard of ale each night after closing and in the morning it would be empty. Local DJ and TV presenter Alan Robson drank from the tankard during one of his live Metro Radio shows, allegedly sparking off a series of supernatural phenomena that eventually forced the then landlord to quit. This included flying ashtrays smashing against the wall and flooding in the cellar after all the beer taps were inexplicably turned on. You can read more about The Marsden Grotto here.

You can see a short British Pathé video filmed inside The Marsden Grotto here…

Several local paranormal investigation teams have held vigils at The Grotto and continue to do so, you can visit their websites here (links open in a new window) if you’d like to take part in a group ghost hunt to the pub…

Haunted Rooms
Ghost North East
Ghost Team
Spirit Seekers

If you are visiting the pub you can see their bar menu here…

The Marsden Grotto South Shields NE34 7BS Bar Menu

For more South Shields related blog posts click here: South Shields.

For more places to eat and drink in South Shields check out Places To Eat & Drink.

More ideas of places to visit while staying with us can be found here: Places To Visit.


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Mouth Of The Tyne Festival 2015

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North Tyneside’s Mouth of the Tyne festival takes place on Friday 10th July, Saturday 11th July and Sunday 12th July 2015 live at Tynemouth Priory.

The line-up for this years event includes Motown legends Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, 80’s chart regulars The Christians, Acid Jazz funksters James Taylor Quartet, Ben Ottewell from Gomez plus North East new-folk pop group Kosoti and Whitley Bay singer songwriter Olivia Devine.

Mouth Of The Tyne Festival 2015 Flyer

A full copy of the festival program can be viewed or downloaded below…

The festival features Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott with special guests I Am Kloot on Friday 10th July 2015. Performing together again Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott will bring songs from their new Top 3 album What Have We Become and a massive back catalogue of Beautiful South and Housemartins tunes.

Manchester band I Am Kloot are Mercury Prize nominees and have 7 studio albums to their name since forming in 1999. With a new live album released in April and a new recording on the horizon for 2016.

You can see Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott performing live at the Glastonbury festival here…

On Saturday 11th July 2015 The Specials with very special guest Roots Manuva will be performing. The Specials transformed British pop in the late Seventies and early Eighties, mixing ska with punk and humour. Since reforming in 2008, the band has enjoyed sell-out tours all over the world and remain one of the most distinctive British bands performing today with infectious energy and an amazing following.

British hip hop artist Roots Manuva has been announced as very special guest of The Specials for their Mouth of the Tyne Festival show. The South London rapper is a MOBO Award Winner and Mercury Music Prize nominee and is considered one of the most exciting, multi-faceted lyricists and musicians working in the UK today.

You can see a video of The Specials performing live here…

On Wednesday 8th July Rufus Wainwright, the internationally-renowned singer, who Sir Elton John calls ‘the greatest songwriter on the planet’ will be performing at the Whitley Bay Playhouse.

On Thursday 9th July 2015 Whitley Bay’s own Lisbon play a homecoming show at the Whitley Bay Playhouse hot on the heels of a fantastic 2014 that saw them make the Radio 1 playlist with their song Blue Love.

On Friday 10th July 2015 Italian-English singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti will be performing at the Whitley Bay Playhouse. His unique raspy vocals and memorable melodies make him one of the hottest tickets around. Support comes from Gizmo Varillas.

You can buy your tickets online here or by telephoning 0191 200 5895.


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Orangegrass Thai Restaurant In South Shields

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Orangegrass Thai Restaurant In South Shields Interior

If you are staying at our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields this week and are looking for somewhere to go for your evening meal then you might like to try the Orangegrass Thai and Oriental restaurant which is five minutes walk from our guest house at 7 Mount Terrace, South Shields, NE33 1PN. They are open seven days a week for lunch from 12 noon until 2.30pm then for dinner from 5pm until 11pm. You can call them to book a table or to order take-away food on 0191 455 8555. Their website can be found here (opens in a new window).

Monday to Sunday this week the restaurant has a special offer…

Orangegrass Thai Restaurant In South Shields Special Offer

You can see their à la carte, standard and take-away menus here…

You can see a couple of videos about the restaurant here…

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Rugby World Cup At St James’ Park

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In anticipation of the Rugby World Cup later this year Visit England have produced two promotional videos, you can take a look at them here, both the UK and international videos open with scenes of Newcastle upon Tyne (one of the host cities) and Hadrian’s Wall in neighbouring Northumberland

For more Newcastle upon Tyne posts on our blog click here: Newcastle upon Tyne. For more St James’ Park posts on our blog click here: St James’ Park. For more videos on our blog click here: videos. Or you can check out our YouTube channel here: YouTube.


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Food Allergy Training Certificate

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Food Allergy Training Certificate

We’ve been busy today completing the Food Standards Agency’s allergy training and we’re pleased to tell you that we passed! Click to read more about our 5* food hygiene rating and Full English Breakfast menu.

More information about food allergy can be seen in this Food Standards Agency video…


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