Would you dare to stay a night in a 300 year old pub, in one of it’s most haunted bedrooms? Sound like fun? I wasn’t 100% convinced, but that’s what Mrs Platinum Al and I decided to do recently.
You’re familiar with Most Haunted, right? Where Yvette Fielding and her intrepid group of paranormal investigators visit aged buildings to discover what ghostly goings on they can find? Well Ye Olde Kings Head in Chester, was featured on the programme not too long ago. We watched the programme and were intrigued by the various strange occurrences the team observed.
So Mrs Platinum Al decided she wanted to stay the night there. In the room that was supposedly the most active with things that go bump in the night…
Not like that, you smutty lot!
Ye Olde Kings Head is a wonderful looking building in the Tudor style – dark wooden beams highlighting the architecture. Inside, the pub also has a real Olde Worlde, traditional style with plenty more wooden beams, comfy chairs and an open fire. It is indeed very charming – you would swear you’re on a film set if you didn’t know better. There’s also a well stocked bar, live music and a friendly welcome.
We were staying in Room 1 – supposedly the most active in the paranormal activity stakes. The room featured an enormous four poster bed and antique looking furniture. There were yet more old wooden beams visible, these ones a bit lower – OK for any headless spirits. An excellent spacious bathroom completed the impressive amenities. All very cosy and not at all spooky, I wasn’t nervous at all.
Now I’m not necessarily a believer in the supernatural. There’s usually a plausible real world explanation for most weird events. However I’m not a total nay-sayer either; I’m certainly interested, and if something truly bizarre occurred I’d accept it. But it would have to be pretty out of this world and happen right in front of my eyes.
After a few drinks and a top notch evening meal, we retired to our room to begin our own paranormal investigations. With a glass of wine (or two) for Dutch courage, we waited to see if anything would happen. We closely observed everything in the room to see if any objects had moved.
In true Derek Acorah style, we attempted some “calling out”. You know, all that “Is there anybody there?” malarkey. No, I can’t believe I did that either. I assured our ghostly hosts – if they were there – that we meant no harm and were only curious if they would like to make contact.
Unfortunately, nothing happened. No otherworldly voices, no items moving of their own inexplicable accord.
Although just as we were falling asleep, the television switched itself on.
Now that occurrence might be explainable in many ways: a faulty TV for one. But the fact that the same thing had happened on the Most Haunted episode had us intrigued. I’m not saying I was convinced, but it was an interesting coincidence.
I then fell asleep in the giant four poster, easily the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. Happily I slept right the way through; my main concern of this visit was having to go for a wee, in the dark, in the middle of the night.
In the morning we had a great full English breakfast and were ready for a new day.
Our investigation at Ye Olde Kings Head didn’t deliver much in the way of ghostly goings on, but we definitely had a brilliant time. We were well looked after, with the food and drinks being excellent. Both the pub and the room we stayed in were really warm with an almost magical ambience.
We’ll definitely visit again, and attempt some further paranormal investigations. Perhaps it was a little disappointing that we didn’t experience anything strange. But we both had a relaxing break in a really good pub, and that’s good enough for me.
The website for Ye Olde Kings Head is here.
The Facebook page for Ye Olde Kings Head is here.
Ye Olde Kings Head, 48-50 Lower Bridge Street, Chester CH1 1RS
Tel: 01244 324855