The Spice Ship
240 Preston Road, Preston
This romantically named pub fills the mind with images of a golden age of tall sailing ships bringing in the treasures of the Orient. It was also the spice of life as referred to by William Cowper (1731-1800) in his poem The Task. “Variety is the very spice of life; that gives it all its flavour [sic].’’ This inn exhibits a number of ghostly manifestations. These include strange noises in the night and the unexpectedly turning on of beer taps. A curious force has pulled proprietors from their beds. The legend is that the ghost is that of a Portuguese sailor who drowned off the coast 200 years ago. Locals took his body to this inn for the inquest. He is now haunting the pub whilst looking for his shipmates who were all lost at sea.