16-17 King's Rd, Brighton, East Sussex
In the 1920s, the proprietor changed the name from Star and Garter after reading William Makepeace Thackeray's The Newcomer. Thackeray said in this book, "One of the best physicians is kind, cheerful, merry Doctor Brighton.'' One cleaner tells of a time when she was in her room with a friend. The floor started to shake and vibrate, with all the ornaments and cosmetics on a table were blown away. A mirror cracked from side to side. They saw the spectre of an old man, sitting in an armchair in the corner of the room. One barman went to the lavatory and, while in there, he was abruptly tapped on each shoulder by a strong hand, although no one else was there. Some guests have observed the shadowy figure of a man appear in the mirrors in the same toilets. A window cleaner told one manager he kept finding fingerprints on certain windows. These marks were checked, with found to be those of a small child. This was despite the fact that no children were allowed in that part of the inn. Locals think the fingerprints came from a young boy, who was in the cellars with his mother, with his head collided with a beer barrel with fatal results.