The Grenadier Pub – Cedric’s haunt
The Grenadier Pub is another one to add to London’s delightful haunted history. The Grenadier Pub is said to be haunted by a young grenadier called Cedric and thanks to Cedric, this pub tucked away in quiet suburbia attracts a great variety of visitors!
It all started in 1656 with the First Royal Regiment of Foot Guards. These brave men fought brave and true at the battle of Waterloo against the French Grenadiers and were rewarded with a name change – First Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards!
This regiment was the only regiment in the British Army to be named for one of its battle honours.
The Grenadier Pub was built in 1720 as the home of these great men and was famously known as the Duke of Wellington’s Officers Mess.
The mess was then opened to the public in 1818 as The Guardsman and was subsequently renamed in honour of the Grenadier Guards’ actions in the Battle of Waterloo.
Cedric the Ghost
Our Mr Cedric the ghost enters the pub quite a while after all the above. His unfortunate story is that his comrades savagely beat him to death as a punishment for cheating at cards!
An exact date as to when this happened is unknown, but it is presumed that the fateful night was in the month of September, as this is the time of year that The Grenadier receives an onslaught of supernatural and spooky activity.
Past visitors of the pub have attempted to pay off Cedric’s debt by attaching money to the ceiling which makes for a very interesting view itself!
Cedric is rather playful. Objects seem to either disappear or move without explanation. Tables and chairs rattle inexplicably, and he can even create an icy chill in the Grenadier Pub that lasts for days.
Footsteps in empty rooms, and every so often, low sighing moans are heard from the depths of the cellar.
On one occasion, it was reported that whilst the Chief Superintendent from New Scotland Yard was enjoying a drink in the pub, smoke began to waft around him. As he reached towards the smoke, it’s said that an invisible cigarette burnt his hand.
Thanks to ‘Cedric’, The Grenadier is often regarded as one of the country’s most haunted pubs. The Grenadier pub itself abounds with character and provides a superb variety of hand pumped ales including Courage Best, Morland Old Speckled Hen and Marston’s Pedigree.
Being secluded in a wealthy district of London, it was frequented in the past by the Duke of Wellington and King George IV, and continues to attract an elite clientele such as Madonna and Prince William.