Spooky village pub opens up

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One of the most haunted pubs in Derbyshire is welcoming in punters once again after being restored to its former glory.

One of the most haunted pubs in Derbyshire is welcoming in punters once again after being restored to its former glory.

The Yew tree Inn on Manor Road, South Wingfield, may look like a quaint village venue, but if personal accounts are to be believed - the spirits aren’t just behind the bar.

Owner Martin Barnaville has spent £7,000 restoring the original oak beams at the premises - which some suggest has existed in the village site the 15th Century

He said: “This is such an historical pub and very popular with the villagers and we have spent weeks restoring it to its original condition or, as I say, out with the new and in with the old!”

Landlord and landlady Martin, 61, and wife Sarah, 41, have operated the pub since 2006, but decided to lease it out to tenants in September 2012. When those tenants left in March this year, the couple felt it was time to take over the reigns once again.

Martin said: “The pub is well used by villagers and tourists alike and we are pleased to be back in business doing what we do best – selling great beer and fantastic food.”

The former hostelry is classed as one of the most haunted in the county, and is a regular haunt for ghost hunters to conduct overnight investigations.

Martin says he and members of the staff have seen ‘spirit orbs’ and ‘strange blue lights’ while regulars attending the pub quiz have caught sight of unexplained shadows behind the bar - when no-one was serving.

“It’s definitely haunted,” Martin said. “But some people are more affected by it than others.”