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The Black Country pub 'haunted' by the ghost of a beggar turned away one cold night

As pubs battle the cost of living crisis, the Express & Star continues its Love Your Local series which celebrates our local inns.

The Starving Rascal

The Starving Rascal in Amblecote, Stourbridge, is said to be one of the spookiest places to have a pint, with many stories of ghosts roaming around the premises.

The pub has a rich history dating back over 200 hundred years, and an old folklore story is one that locals believe made the place haunted.

Originally known as The Dudley Arms, the legend goes that it became haunted through tragedy. A local beggar is said to have asked the landlord at the time for food and water on a freezing cold night, only to be refused.

The man is then believed to have laid down in the pub doorway for the night, only to then be found dead in the same spot the next morning, and the story is that the ghost of the beggar now roams around the establishment, especially in the underground bar.

The Starving Rascal, on Brettell Lane, is run by Ryan Mushing, who also runs the Black Boy in Bridgnorth.

Originally from Rugby, Ryan moved to Bridgnorth where he was running two pubs, but gave one up and now runs The Black Boy and The Starving Rascal.

Landlord Ryan Mushing