Set on one of the highest points in Cambridgeshire, our historic country pub was first built as a local beerhouse back in the 1600s. Records show it was occupied by various trades around that time, including a shoe mender and a tailor before it became an alehouse. It was a popular gathering place for the ‘meet’ in hunting season during Autumn and Winter. Hundreds of men, women, children, ponies and hounds would come together here for a community day and watch the huntsmen set off.
Interestingly, we didn’t gain our current name until after the passing of the beerhouse act in 1830, which liberalised the brewing and selling of beer. It was passed by none other than the man himself, King William IV and in celebration of the act and in recognition of the fact that his majesty made it all possible during his reign, many pubs up and down the land took on his name.
Today, he’s still the most popular monarch among pub names across the country. At our King William IV in Heydon, we rejoice in our 17th century beginnings; hundreds of years of rustic charm enhanced with quirky antiquities.
Being elevated at around 120m above sea level, Heydon became known as ‘the village of the winds’ according to the history book ‘The Yeoman of England’. You’ll certainly get lungfuls of fresh, country air around here! Walking is very popular in the area, especially along The Icknield Way, ‘the oldest road in Britain’, which passes through the village on its 110 mile journey from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk. Its prehistoric pathways are dotted with archaeological remains, making it a perfect route for hikers, with The King William IV the perfect stop off. Maybe just for a drink or a meal, or why not stay the night with us to make a real adventure of your trip?
The pub has changed hands through recent years, with mixed results for some previous occupants not faring well with poor reviews. As the new landlords we’re on a mission to bring it back to its former glory as a popular village hostelry serving delicious, home-cooked food and a discerning array of beers and wines. Our talented kitchen team and our dedicated front of house staff can’t wait to welcome you.