If you’re 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, 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…
If you’re looking for somewhere nearby to have a drink and a meal whilst staying with us then the New Crown pub on Mowbray Road, South Shields, NE33 3NG is approximately 15 minutes walk from our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields.
The voucher is valid for six months after your sign up and entities you to one free drink at the New Crown pub in South Shields either a pint of cask ale (excluding Guinness), a pint of Fosters, a 175ml glass of house win, a bottle of J20 or a 14oz glass of Pepsi or lemonade. You need to sign up before hand and present the voucher code to the barmaid when you order your drink(s).
The New Crown pub is about 200 yards from Sandhaven beach in South Shields and they host a general knowledge quiz night every Sunday night at 9pm; a sports quiz at 9pm every Tuesday and a poker night at 7.30pm every Thursday. On Wednesday nights they have a curry and a drink offer for £5.95. They serve food until 9pm seven days a week.
If you’re looking for hotel accommodation near Mowbray Road in South Shields our bed and breakfast availability is here: online booking. Room information including photographs can be found on the bedrooms page of our website.
No 28 Bar & Bistro on 27-29 Nelson Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5AN was voted North East bar of the year 2013 and they have a Sunday lunch special offer available at the moment – Sunday lunch for two people including a glass of wine or bottle of Efes beer each for just £12. A saving of 55% off the normal price of £26.70.
We know that you love your pub grub – so, this Easter, we have decided to give you 50% off food, all weekend. That way, you can participate in some serious celebrations, without breaking the bank.
So, whether it’s a cheese & bacon burger to help you to aid your hangover recovery, a light bite over a few drinks with friends or a hearty evening meal (psst, we recommend our delicious chicken & mushroom pie), you can enjoy it all at a fabulous 50% off.
There is no voucher required, so no fuss – just come and see us and we will take it directly off your food bill.
So, come and join us this coming bank holiday weekend – and let us take care of the food, while you concentrate on spending quality time with your friends and family!
(Terms and conditions: 50% off food valid 29th March – 1st April 2013 only; does not apply to breakfast items, coffee or dessert; cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Management reserves the right to refuse custom and/or withdraw/change offers (without notice), at any time. Subject to availability).