It’s hard to believe we’re nearly at the end of August already! It’s been a stunning summer, but has been a struggle to maintain the gardens, with the poor plants already thinking it’s much later in the season than it really is, due to the incredible heat we’ve had! Steve has done an incredible job of keeping the gardens looking vibrant, for which we’re very grateful. We’re busily working on the final touches to our Autumn menus, which will launch later this week, and we’re excited about our new Wednesday event nights launching on Wednesday 12th September, kicking off with Steak Night (read more about our event nights on our News page, just here) The chimney sweep is booked, the logs are soon to be ordered and we’re thinking ahead to all things Autumnal – think fuzzy scarves, hearty comfort dishes, mulled wine…and festive parties! Our Christmas menu is out now and you can view it here
At The Bar…
Our gin collection seems to grow larger by the day, and we’re delighted to welcome the splendid Boadicea Gin to the bar as a permanent fixture. This wonderful gin from Norfolk has an extract of nettle infused in a nod to the first Warrior Queen of Iceni, Boadicea, and we’re loving it with a slice of fresh orange, some fresh thyme and an Elderflower Fever Tree tonic. It’s the perfect gin for the pub, as The Queen’s Head in question belongs to Queen Boadicea!
Staying on the bar, we’re pleased to now offer three real ales all year round, almost always from East Anglian brewers. In addition, the epic Giggler Dry Cider joins us also on handpull. Giggler is made right here in Bramfield village by Tim with lots and love (and quite a few apples!) We also now stock the Red Label slightly sweeter variant in bottles at 6.5% abv.
Kate’s Been On The Pull…
In other news, I’d like to extend a massive THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored me recently for my Lorry Pull. On Sunday 19th August, I drove to the Top Gear test track (Dunsfold Park in Surrey) to help raise funds for The Lucy Rayner Foundation. The challenge was to pull HGV’s and lorries for 20 metres. I pulled a 10.5 tonne dumper truck, followed by a 22.5 tonne articulated HGV (you can view the video here), and then attempted TWO HGV’s in tandem – an astonishing 45 tonnes in weight. The day raised over £7,000 for the foundation and everyone gave their everything, a wonderful testament to community spirit and determination.
Kate here on the right pulling 22.5 tonnes of articulated lorry. As you do…
Finally, both Kev and I would like to say a hearty THANK YOU to everyone who’s joined us since opening 3 weeks ago – we can see already that Bramfield and its residents are wonderful people – thank you for making us feel so welcome and for supporting your village pub; here’s to many happy years in Bramfield!