The manager of haunted pub worries staff may be left too scared to come into work, over the venue’s resident ghost ‘Lady Lansdowne.
Hayley Budd, who has worked at The Lansdowne Pub in Cardiff for eight years, says she’s become accustomed to strange things happening throughout the years, from chairs randomly moving to chalkboards swinging.
“There’s a long-term rumour among the regulars about a woman haunting the pub and people who live in the flats above the pub say there’s strange goings on up there,” the 33-year-old explained.
“When I close the pub and there’s no customers, I’ll go into the cellar to do paperwork or change a barrel and it sounds like there’s furniture moving upstairs but when I go up, everything is as I left it.”
During the most recent encounter, Hayley was taking a break from serving thirsty customers at around 7.30pm on 26th July, when the presence appeared to make herself known.
CCTV footage captured the moment the mum-of-three looked up from her phone as a chair mysteriously tucked itself under the table – but no one else was around.
“I wasn’t looking at the chair, I was looking at my phone but I saw it out of the corner of my eye. I heard it as well so I asked a customer if they had seen anything and they’d also heard the noise,” Hayley recalled.
“I always try to find the most logical explanation so in the video you can see me looking to see if it was something in my bag that had moved then I was trying to tell myself that maybe it was the wind. I’ve tried to recreate it so many times but there’s no logical explanation.”
She decided to check the CCTV to see if she could get any confirmation for what she’d heard, and that’s when she spotted the chair moving on its own.
“I wasn’t frightened enough to quit my job and run out of there but I was really shocked. I wasn’t expecting to see that at all. I don’t frighten easily so I still sit at that table on my breaks,” Hayley added.
But, while Hayley isn’t frightened off by the unusual encounters, she fears the string of bizarre incidents could prove a little too much for her staff.
She explained: “One girl who works here thought she’d bumped into another member of staff but when she turned around, he wasn’t there.