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Queen's Head

The Queen’s Head Inn


The Street, Brandeston, IP13 7AD

Phone 01728 685307

E-Mail: thequeenshead@brandeston.net


Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8:00 am to 11:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 11:30 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am to 11:30 pm:

Sunday: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm


Closed on Tuesdays




The Queen At Brandeston

Brandeston’s Queen’s Head has changed hands several times this century – eight occasions in the last 15 years compared with 16 in the previous 190 years. We are all hoping for a period of relative stability and the new hosts, Alexander Aitchison and Lillie Fulford (pictured left) could be the ones to provide it. Alexander and Lillie took over in July 2015 and they have made many changes to the place with more planned for the New Year. The look and feel of our village pub will be quite different and more in keeping with modern pubs.

Chef Alexander spends most of his time in the kitchen, frequently  venturing into the bar to meet his customers, while the front of house is run by Lillie ably assisted by their new team.

One of Alexander’s previous jobs was Chef de Partie in Cafe St Honore in Edinburgh which is renowned locally for its French food and he brings a lot of the skills that he learnt there to the Queen including baking his own bread daily. In the short time since it reopened, Alexander, Lillie and team have already established the Queen as a serious eating establishment.

The menu offered in the Queen will be built around locally sourced ingredients but more than this, Alexander and Lillie have plans to grow their own fruit and vegetables in the field behind the pub. Horticulturist Arthur Cole (right) is charged with developing the land over the next few months with the first crops due next summer. The plan is that vegetables will go from plot to pot in thirty minutes. Arthur is also seen buzzing around inside and outside the Queen greeting, serving and making sure that customers are happy.

There is an interesting wine list with reasonable prices along with beers at the time of writing from Adnams, Woodfordes and Timothy Taylor

Some of the team are pictured below and include Chris, Sophie and Maddie with Lillie and Alexander. The Queen’s new web site can be seen here where up-to-date opening times, sample menus and other information can be found.

More images from The Queen


Sample Menus

See a sample menu here.

Landlords at the Queen

Alexander Aitchison and Lillie Fulford

From 14 July 2015

Tim Johnson and Anna Cornford

15 October 2013 to 12 July 2015

The Queen’s Head was sold to Cretingham Golf Club with Neil Jackson and Trevor Coe as the new owners. The pub is now a Free House

Carl and Lynne

 6 September 2013 - 13 October 2013

Ollie Coote

4 January 2012 to 29 August 2013

Alan Randall

October 2006 - 3 January 2012

Jeff and Nina Chamberlain

January 2006 to October 2006

Egil and Sue Stenseth

2002 - 2006

Eric and Vikki Falla

2001 - 2002

Paul and Doreen Horne

2000 - 2001

Tony and Doreen Smith

1991 - 2000

Ray and Myra Bumpstead

1976 - 1991

Donny and  Jill Calver

1971 - 1976

Albert and Minnie Hill

1959 - 1971

Sidney and Elsie Frosdick

1954 - 1959

Frank and Emily Ablet

1931 - 1954

Wallace and Eva Fox (nee Bowgen)

1930 - 1931

Bertram and Silverton Fox

1914 - 1930

Herman Kemp

1912 - 1914

James Lee Rix

1903 - 1912

Samuel and Elizabeth Bedwell (nee Boon)

1853 - 1902

Charles and Mary Ann Stream

1848 - 1853

Edgar and Matilda Scutton (nee Pettit)

1846 - 1848

James and Matilda Cook (nee Watling)

1836 - 1846

James and Catherine Watling (nee Kemp)

1811 - 1836

James Watling granted a licence to open a Public House in Brandeston


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