Brandeston Queen

Brandeston Queen

also traded as Queen's Head, King's Head?

South West, 52.19784,1.28956

Closed: 21st century
Reported on Radio Suffolk as having closed just before xmas 2022,

last owner/operator: Adnams

The St, IP13 7AD

grid reference TM 249 606

The pub can be seen on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)

old OS map

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". Since Cobbold seems reliable when talking about pubs, we can be reasonably confident this was a genuine old name and not an error.





Historical interest

Historical interest




(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)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.