Serves meat, veg options available. Old world pub and restaurant with pots and pans hanging from the walls. Menu includes a section of 7 vegetarian dishes, though it is advised for vegetarians and vegans to ask and specify. Garden seating available in summer time. Very close to Heathlands Animal Sanctuary. Price: Moderate more-less
Ovo, Lacto, Italian, Western, Beer/Wine, Non-veg
Chishill Rd, Heydon, Royston, Hertfordshire
Royston, England SG8 8PW

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First Review by Pippin
  • vegan

Better than the usual

4 Posted on 02 / 18 / 2014

I have been to the King Will a few times, once to eat for lunch- I wasn't extremely impressed with the vegan choice, but they were very accommodating. The second time was had drinks to celebrate my engagement- which was lovely and the staff were so wonderful.
Recently I went for a family wedding. My dinner was really lovely and unexpected- I assumed the usual risotto and fruit salad to be served- but they really made an effort to ensure my food was just as exciting as everyone else's. There was so much of it as well that I was actually thankful that they only gave me fruit for dessert! Really something special and they should put the dishes they made me in the main menu as they were lovely.

Pros: friendly staff , accommodating to needs
Cons: not much on standard menu for vegans
  • vegan

This pub is amazing

4 Posted on 11 / 15 / 2013

Amazing traditional old-world pub with an open fire, chunky tables on chains and lots of brass. Such a perfect atmosphere. They have three menus including a vegetarian one with eight options, three of which are vegan including asparagus, chesnut and sun-blushed tomato strudel with sautéed potatoes and pesto, wild mushroom and cashew nut stroganoff with infused rice, tomato and red onion salad and chickpea, aubergine and spinach dhansak with scented basmati rice, mango chutney and poppadoms.

The fact that it isn't a strict vegetarian restaurant will probably put some people off, but they are professional and knowledgeable about different diets. It provides a great option to dine out with non-vegetarian friends/family.

None of the desserts are vegan but they are very friendly and helpful and I'm sure would put something together for you. They are happy for you to take outside birthday cakes in and they even present it on a slate with fruit for you. Excellent place in the middle of the countryside 15 minutes outside of Cambridge.

Pros: Variety for all, Atmosphere, Staff
Cons: Expensive (but worth it)
  • vegan

Not much for vegans

2 Posted on 05 / 16 / 2012

Only one vegan option on the menu which was quite tasty. 5-7 vegetarian options but one had parmesan in it (can ask to remove). Has Aspall cyder which is vegan. If you can get over the decorative stuffed birds and fox :-( then it can be a nice place to have a meal.

Pros: Good food, Nice countryside location, vegan cyder
Cons: Only one vegan option, stuffed birds & fox in decoration
  • vegan

Some vegan dishes

3 Posted on 05 / 25 / 2009

My first visit - and not expecting much from a traditional countryside pub. But pleasantly surprised to find a wide variety of vegetarian dishes - and staff who knew what veganism is! Though only 3 dishes were vegan this gave us enough choice. One dish brought with cheese was immediately replaced with apologies. I don't think we would have found anywhere else in the area would could have given us more than chips and salad. The staff were cheerful and friendly.

Pros: Friendly, Helpful, Knew about veganism
Cons: Could have more vegan dishes
  • vegetarian

Not very vegie

2 Posted on 12 / 28 / 2007

Unusually, King Edward IV's menu has a whole page of vegie mains, but aside from a great soup of the day, that's as good as it gets.
My vegie main was £12 (compared to £17 for a good steak) and was a *tiny*, flavourless potato-filled pastry- not even a bit of cheese in it to perk up the taste/ingredient cost. Plus, it was clear they'd quickly baked off the vegie dishes and brought them to table without co-ordination with the rest of the kitchen; our plates sat going frigid for another 10 minutes while the grills and pastas were brought out. (and pastry should be oven-hot- an already flavourless dish was overwhelmed by the taste & texture of grease)

And the staff- they appeared quite nice but repeatedly ignored questions about the vegie-friendliness of entrees & desserts, and were definitely not pro-active- I'd turned down buying a chocolate ganache because they couldn't work out if it was vegie, so when my second choice of chocolate torte turned out to actually be a mousse which merely reversed the colours of the ganache, they should have picked that up. And despite not eating that second-choice dessert, I was still charged a very hefty £7 for it. (which is fine for a proper dessert, but not when all they've done is taken it out of a packet).

Don't go here specifically, and if you get dragged along, stick to the soup (assuming it's vegie!).

Pros: soup du jour, olde worlde pub
Cons: expensive, not vegie-friendly, apathetic staff


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