a new chapter - The King William IV

Now under new management, our passionate, professional team here at the King William IV, Heydon looks forward to welcoming you. Whether you’re popping in for a drink, dining with us or staying with us, we want you to enjoy every little detail.


a new chapter



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.



Set in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside, the world is our oyster when it comes to top quality local growers and suppliers. Our chefs love to cook with the freshest, in-season produce, to create dishes that burst with flavour.

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Allergies & dietary requirements

Please let us know if you have any allergies or specific dietary requirements and we will do everything we can to ensure you enjoy a delicious meal to suit you. And don’t hesitate to ask us if you’d like us to explain any of our dishes.


As a free house we’re free to choose what how we stock our bar, which means you’re more likely to find a more interesting selection of beers, ales and wines at The King William IV. And did we mention we do cocktails too?



a table

Please call us on 01763 838773 to book a table to dine with us, or email your enquiry using the link below.

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opening times



12:00 – 15:00 & 17:00 – 23:00


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12:00 – 23:00


12:00 – 18:00



12:00 – 14:00 & 18:00 – 20:00


12:00 – 14:00 & 18:00 – 20.30


12:00 – 20:00


12:00 – 18:00