A real-life escape-the-room game, it is Crystal Maze mixed with dark humour.
Walking into the Black Lion pub in The Lanes, my colleagues and I didn’t know what to expect from “Lady Chastity’s Reserve”. All we knew is we would be taking part in an interactive murder mystery game....
Gabriel explains the rules of the game, and tells you the intriguing back-story of Lady Chastity and her vineyard, her fabled and famous aphrodisiac wine, and how it all came to a grizzly end.
He handed us a wind-up torch each, and led us into a dark room - Lady Chastity’s home - where you have to solve riddles, find clues around the room, and unlock the secrets of Lady Chastity’s “aphrodisiac” wine.
The room, cleverly set out, makes you feel as though you are walking into an old manor house, abandoned for years, with trinkets strewn around, portraits on the walls, old books left behind.
You have 60 minutes to solve the puzzles that the corpse of Lady Chastity sets you, and she is not a patient woman (or ghost?).
Untangling the secrets of Lady Chastity’s wine, you will find yourself searching desperately for clues, looking for secret hiding places, jumping out of your skin (Gabriel has a knack of silently creeping in when you’re least expecting it), and laughing out loud.
It is not a game for the faint hearted - there’s lots of twists and turns, and Gabriel and Lady Chastity will make sure you are never quite comfortable.
I don’t want to give too much away about what to expect when you get inside - but it is not easy. Some of the puzzles really tested my colleagues and I, which made it all the more hilarious when we were desperately trying to figure it out, but were clearly going in the wrong direction. A lot of thought has gone into this game, and it shows. Luckily, if you get really stuck you can call Gabriel to give you a clue - something we took advantage of more than once.
After 60 minutes of the most bizarre, hilarious, and brilliant experience, it was all over.
Frustratingly, we were stuck on the very last puzzle before we were “timed out”, meaning we didn’t take home a bottle of Lady Chastity’s wine - the prize for beating the clock.
After an excellent evening at the Black Lion, I would thoroughly recommend visiting Lady Chastity’s Reserve for a night out with friends, or an ice-breaker with work colleagues.
It is cleverly thought out and something really different. A real-life escape-the-room game, it is Crystal Maze mixed with dark humour.
Lady Chastity’s Reserve is run by Handmade Mysteries from the Black Lion pub in Black Lion Street.
Do you think you can beat Lady Chastity? Give it a try. But hurry, she doesn’t suffer idiots gladly. Sessions are £19 per person at peak times, or £15.50 off peak. The game is for up to six players, and a bottle of fabled aphrodisiac wine is the prize for winning teams.
To book a session or find out more, contact Gabriel@handmademysteries.com, or visit the website at www.handmademysteries.com