The Cluster is located in the grounds of The Queen at Brandeston. We are situated close to the market town of Framlingham and a short drive will take you to some of Suffolk's best beaches.
Brandeston is a quiet and peaceful little village. There is a play park a short walk down the road as well as a tennis court and petanque court (pass for guests can be collected at the pub).
For a picturesque, rural village, Brandeston has a colourful history. Avoiding the plague which wiped out neighbouring villages in the Middle Ages, Brandeston retains many old houses and stories from the past.
The Black Prince, son of Edward III and a medieval military hero hunted here in the upper reaches of the River Deben with the de la Pole family. A less welcome visitor was Matthew Hopkins, the self-styled Witchfinder General. This 20-something son of a Puritan clergyman was paid by East Anglian magistrates to uncover witchcraft.
Unfortunately John Lowes, the ageing vicar of Brandeston, had a troubled relationship with his parishioners at that time and was accused of being in league with the devil. He was ‘swum' in the moat at Framlingham Castle before being hanged.
In later generations, Brandeston was involved in Suffolk's smuggling trade. On the main route from Sizewell to Hadleigh, famous smugglers who lived in Brandeston include the romantic heroine Margaret Catchpole and the notorious George Crabbe.
More information about Brandeston's history can be found on the village website.
There is a bus stop right outside the pub which is great for exploring the local towns including nearby Framlingham and its delightful castle. However it does not run on Sundays.
Brandeston is signposted from the A1120 at Earl Soham, on the tourist trail which links the A14 to the A12.
Nearby attractions include Easton Farm Park, Framlingham Castle and Cretingham Golf Club which has a pay and play course for non-members.