Situated within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Queens Head is a beautiful historical building in the heart of the idyllic village of Sedlescombe. Dating back to the 14th Century (possibly even earlier) the pub was used by the notorious Hawkhurst Gang and the smugglers tunnel can still be seen from the cellar.
The Queens Head exudes character and charm with its exposed beams and large open fireplaces.
The main bar is centredaround a huge inglenook fireplace with large dining areas either side and a further room round the back with comfortable seating and sofas. Summertime can be enjoyed in the large and luxurious beer garden with tables that overlook the village green. With the River Brede, the Powder mill Reservoir and the many vineyards that surround the village, the area offers many picturesque walks.
You are always welcome at The Queens Head where we serve good food and real ales in a warm and friendly atmosphere!
The Pub's name
Pub signs became commonly used by the 12th century and were hung outside drinking establishments and inns to attract the attention of passing travellers. Paintings depicting the name of the pub were added to enable the many illiterate folk of the time to see the name of the pub.
In 1393, King Richard II passed an act which made it compulsory for pubs and inns to have a sign in order to identify them to the official Ale Taster. Ever since then, pub names and signs have reflected British life at the time.
The Queens Head name was associated during the time with various queens e.g. Anne Boleyn, Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I etc. Royal names have always been popular and it demonstrated the landlord's loyalty to authority (whether he was a loyal subject or not).
Elizabeth I was the subject of many early signs, but this royal lady was not at all pleased at the way amateur sign-painters had represented her. Signs that offended her were knocked down and burnt and by royal proclamation in 1563, future signs were forbidden unless they followed an approved example.
Our sign is a the finest and most compelling portrait of Elizabeth I before her accession, she was about 13.
The portrait is thought to have been painted between 1546 and 1547, and was formally attributed to William Scots.