formerly Queen's Head, King's Head?
South West, 52.19784,1.28956
The timber lined interior has been extensively refurbished to a high standard. ⅓ pint option is also available.
The pub has a good reputation for food.
Closed Tuesdays in winter months
An on-site shop was opened during the COVID lockdown and this has become a permanent feature.
Renamed in early 2016.
According to A Survey of Suffolk Parish History, the Queen's Head was originally built about 1447, but the current building dates from 1956 after it had to be rebuilt following a fire.
In Richard Cobbold's 1845 novel The History of Margaret Catchpole, which is loosely based on Catchpole's life, he relates an episode where after meeting her in Brandiston(sic), Margaret's lover Will Laund says, "[...] I shall just go into the King's Head, refresh myself, and start again for the coast by daylight"…
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Beer served through handpumps
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Camping or caravan site nearby
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Real fire
- Separate bar
- Smoking area
- Traditional pub games available
- Village shop or similar facility on-site
- WiFi available
Nearest railway station
The pub can be seen on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
James Watling respectfully informs gentlemen and travellers and others, that having obtained a license for the sale of wine, spirituous liquors, ales etc., he has fitted up his house convenient for that purpose. Ipswich Journal, Dec 1810**
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA memers since 1978)