The Kings Head
117 High Street, Hythe, Kent
An old coaching inn, it is a large single bar with a number of eating areas. An old-fashioned cooking range, beautifully black-leaded, is a feature in the restaurant. It has been an inn since 1513, it locals knew it as the George in 1584, the Sun by 1714 and later the King’s Head. On occasions, doors burst open although they had previously been locked and bolted. A specialist in the supernatural was invited to investigate these phenomena by an anxious licensee. That investigator reported that it was the ghost of a woman called Catherine Scothers. Through the medium, she explained that she had been a cleaner at the Kings Head and died in 1897 and buried at St Leonards. Since she has been given an identity, her manifestations have become more frequent.