The Queen at Brandeston
Nestled in the heart of Suffolk, not far from Framlingham, The Queen at Brandeston is a family- run pub that celebrates seasonal food, a standard recognised in The Good Food Guide.
‘The Queen’s Head’ was originally built in 1447, but the current building dates from the 19th century after it had to be rebuilt following a fire. The Aitchison family opened The Queen (formerly known as ‘The Queen’s Head Inn’) in July 2015.
We were kindly invited along for Sunday lunch – heres what we thought…
“With many of the vegetables being provided by their own kitchen garden, roast dinners at The Queen exceed expectations of your traditional offerings.
As a vegetarian roast dinners out of my own home are usually a disappointment, but finally I have found somewhere that’s had me raving about my meal since I visited.
Have you ever had roasted pumpkin in a Yorkshire pudding? Well, neither had I, but I will get to that part in a moment.
First of all lets talk about the warm greeting by front of house manage Mark. I don’t know about you, but I still feel a bit anxious about going into a pub, mainly because of the rules of keeping everyone safe – making sure I don’t forget to wash or sanitise my hands or wear a mask, but the rules here are very clear before you go in and Mark certainly helped to make us feel at ease.
The menu is full of fresh seasonal dishes, on this particular autumnal rainy day, the kind of food yearning for.
We started off by sharing a vegetable mezze platter. Its vibrant colours caught my attention from the other side of the room and perfectly seasoned components left me wanting more, there was even a plate for little Leo who tucked into the pitta and houmous!
Then a short wait and onto the main event, my pumpkin roast. The most ideal autumn dish that simply looked too good to eat. First I cut into one of the fluffy roast potatoes and felt a tiny bit of envy that I have never made potatoes that good, perfectly crisp with an over golden colour.
You won’t find your usual peas and carrots combo on this plate either! Roasted root vegetables of beetroot, red onion and parsnips frame the jewel in the crown, that pumpkin stuffed Yorkshire pudding. With a crunchy batter and soft sweet pumpkin resting on top, the two make the ideal plated partners. All of this was then dressed with dark green broccoli and fresh seasonal leaves not forgetting the separate dish of creamy cauliflower cheese straight from the oven.
Finally, I always leave a little room for dessert and what better way to finish a roast dinner than with a warm apple crumble. This portion was big enough to split three ways. There is something really lovely about sharing food at your table and it really added to the warm family vibe that was already clearly present in the pub.
Its very apparent that a lot of thought, energy and love had gone into The Queen, over lockdown they also have a coffee shop and take away service along with a little shop. There is also a glamping site out back and a large beer garden.
I live about 40 minutes away, but I wish this was my local! I will certainly be visiting again soon.”
The St, Brandeston, Woodbridge IP13 7AD