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The King William IV, Heydon - pub details

Address: Chishill Rd, Heydon, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 8PW [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 14741) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Royston (5.2 miles), Great Chesterford (5.2 miles)

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Pheasant, Great Chishill (0.6 miles), Elmdon Dial, Saffron Walden (1.8 miles)


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Went here last night 21 Jan, table booked - going on a recommendation. Arrived and everything was locked up, lights on, fire on, games machine on but no staff, no sign to say they were not opening for any reason, no phone call to say they were not opening for any reason (Possibly the snow although we'd travelled 15 miles to get there) so wont be rushing back - even without snow.
Shame as the garden looked good for the Summer, pub itself looked inviting - through the window. But if the management can't be bothered - nor can I as a customer.
Dinner in the Fox & Hounds down the road was excellent and so was the beer. Woodfordes Nog, Barely Best and another that I cant remember.
Bernie5 - 22 Jan 2013 10:35
We were regular visitors to the King William IV before we had our children 6 years ago and always found the food to be outstanding. So we were really looking forward to returning to celebrate 20 years since our first date – we were somewhat disappointed.

We were virtually sat on the same table as the couple next to us and had quite a loud party sat to the side of us – hardly the romantic setting we were hoping for.

The starters (crab & prawn cocktail and shredded beef) were fine – not outstanding but fine. My main course of pork came with frozen veg (not what I had expected for £14.95) and my hubby’s” Wok Fried Tiger Prawns and Scallops with Stir Fried Vegetables and Noodles with a Caramelised Sweet Chilli Sauce” (again £14.95) seemed to be swimming in a bitter sauce. When I mentioned that I was disappointed that I’d been served frozen veg it was barely acknowledged. The Eton Mess I had for desert still had the stalks left of the strawberries and I was left fishing out bits of greenery from the cream and meringue.

After all that, we were really looking forward to retiring next to the Inglenook Fireplace to have a nightcap before heading home, but found that even on such a cold night, they didn’t feel need to light the fire. I know it’s not the end of the world – but it was so cold and it’s such a beautiful fireplace......

So in the end we paid the bill and headed off home. We’d travelled over 30 miles to get there and the person giving us a lift was shocked that we wanted to go home so early.

It’s such a shame – it was a great place (I even held my hen party there) but we won’t be going back again.

Sheepless - 20 Feb 2010 10:38
Had a very nice meaol, nice to find a pub with such long food serving hours. Plenty of waitresses to make our visit a pleasurable one and a VERY UNIQUE interior. The only thing I can say against it is that the price of food was a little high for me to regularly eat here.
country2010 - 23 Nov 2009 17:24
We had lunch at the King William and enjoyed it. I had the bacon and brie, hubbie the burger, both of which came with mounds of chips. Although the chips were good, they certainly aren't as good as the nearby Pheasant in Great Chishill which are incredibly good.

We went back a few weeks later and had dinner, both ordering the Beef Wellington. Whilst the beef was medium rare as ordered, it wasn't well-flavoured and had a very strange texture. The puff pastry was soggy and there was **far** too much of it. The wine sauce was nothing special, and if it was indeed made with truffles, they weren't evident by sight nor taste. In all, pretty disappointing and definately not worth the price.

The place has lots of interesting bric-a-brac, and is quaint. However, on the night we thought there are far too many tables crammed in there and more than a few times we bumped chairs with the diners behind us. The lighting is quite dim, which was nice, but made reading the menu difficult. The soft jazz playing in the background was nice.

We'd probably go back to give it another go, but wouldn't go out of our way.
Journey - 3 Nov 2009 00:01
My partner & I had been regulars of The King William IV for years, even continuing to visit when we moved out of the area, to London. The fabulous food and unique surroundings justified the journey. We had recommended many of our friends too. Sadly, our last visit was awful.

We had booked ahead as usual. When we arrived we were told the restaurant was full, however we could eat in "The Snug" area of the restaurant, which we didn't have a problem with. We were shown to our table and handed our menu's. We waited some considerable time for our order to be taken, but were happy to wait, chatting over our drinks. We then became aware that we were quite blatantly being talked about by the owner & her waitress, but as my partner plays in a rock band, we thought he may have been recognised - albeit indiscreetly! We were wrong. The owner marched over to our table and bluntly asked why we had not been to the bar to place our food order. We explained that we had no idea we were expected to do so. She told us, none too politely, we were no strangers to the restaurant therefore we should know the procedure for ordering food in The Snug area. We were astonished, not to mention embarassed to be shown up in front of the other diners by her rude manner. Needless to say we have never set foot in the King William IV again. A real shame as the food is excellent and the surroundings charming....which is far more than I can say for the Proprietor.
Harpomarx - 14 Aug 2009 14:57

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