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Queen's Head, Bramfield, opens new bar area

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Launch party

The Queen's Head Launch Party, February 2013Wednesday 27th February 2013 marked the official opening of a new bar area at The Queen's Head in Bramfield. Around 50 guests were invited to have a look at the refurbished "Long Bar" and adjoining lounge area while enjoying a pint or two of Adnams beer and a home-cooked buffet.

New landlords

Stewart Jackson-Cox and his wife Philippa took over the pub in July 2012 and immediately began working on plans to open up and refurbish the rear of the building. Although the back of the pub was previously used, it was felt that the rooms were cut-off from the rest of the pub and not readily accessible.

Two refurbished rooms

As a Grade II Listed Building, The Queen's Head has seen quite a few changes in its 300-year history and has retained its traditional Suffolk character. Whilst the front of the pub is barn-like in proportion with a glorious vaulted ceiling and large open fireplace, the rear of the pub is more intimate. The two refurbished rooms are beamed throughout, with brick-lined open fires and cosy, low ceilings. The Long Bar, named in memory of local resident Pete Long (who apparently undertook the last round of refurbishments back in the 1980s) is situated immediately behind the front bar, and is laid out with small, scrubbed pine, dining tables. A real fire keeps diners and drinkers warm in the winter, whilst the windows overlooking the rear garden flood the room with light in the summer. Next door is a smaller lounge area, again with a real fire, with a soft leather sofa and chairs - the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine and a good book.

Locally-sourced food

Stewart and his wife were regulars at the pub before they took it over, and knew that the food, drink and menu was already first-class. They have kept on all the staff, and are rightly proud of their home-cooked, locally-sourced food. Adnams' Tied Estate Manager Teresa Holman commented, "I'm delighted with the refurbishments which bring much more of a flow to the pub. It has created three distinct areas in this beautiful old building, already full of character, where customers can either choose to relax over a pint, or enjoy a top-quality home-cooked meal." You can view a selection of photos from the launch evening on Flickr. <set_id="72157632876592245">


Sarah Groves