St. Catherines Road, Niton Undercliff, Ventnor, Isle Of Wight
Built over 400 years ago as a farm, it was a smugglers’ inn during the 18th century. A ‘buddle’, according to some historians, was a trough to separate mined ore from the waste materials in the tin trade. Other philologists maintain it derives from the Saxon bothele meaning a house or dwelling place. At the Buddle Inn are old flagstones, beams, inglenook fireplaces, old photographs, with it is decorated with many old brass artefacts, utensils and kettles. One jolly host here had a sign reading: ‘The proprietor eats children who approach the bar’. Niton was the main access to the Island for the tin trade between the Ancient Britons and the Phoenicians. One legend has Joseph of Arimathea, (uncle of Jesus Christ) visiting Niton. One old man from the village was passing through the graveyard and saw a flat gravestone slowly open. A man poked his head above ground saying, ‘what time is it, nipper?’ As fast as the terrified man could, he repaired to the Buddle Inn, with brandy could only revive him. Over the years, several people have reported seeing ghostly figures walking from the fireplace across the bar of the Buddle, with into the end wall. The list of phantoms and poltergeists in residence at the Buddle include smugglers, sailors and customs men, all wearing very old-fashioned clothing, with long jackets and hats. Most reports are of them walking through the bar. However, occasionally they have been witnessed on the first floor.