also traded as King's Head
North East, 52.0333,0.71574
closed March 2020
53 Ballingdon St, CO10 2BZ
grid reference TL 863 406
The King's Head is shown on this OS town plan from 1881 (larger map).
The pub's website told us that it will be closed until 2022. However the site was allowed to expire at the end of 2021, suggesting that this plan may have been cancelled.
The building dates from early in the 17th century.
Reopened in January 2018 as a cyclist and rambler friendly pub after major refurbishment and renaming. Now a free house. There is a secure bike lock-up and a basic toolkit is available if needed (there's also a good bike shop nearby).
They aim to provide a warm, cosy environment and specialise in local ales. Coffee, wine, tea and simple food are also available.
The Cyclist is totally cash-free. So you will need a card to pay for food and drinks. Food Available Monday to Friday lunch time and Sunday lunch.
Beers sold on draught (in rotation) - they currently are from:
Green Jack Brewery
Earl Soham Brewery
Cliff Quay Brewery
May also be listed at 33 Ballingdon Street; it has also been listed in Bulmer Road.
February 16th 1825
Mr Pettit the landlord of the King's Head at Sudbury was robbed of a valuable mare on Saturday night by the artifice of three villians, a man called for the hostler to hold his horse while he refreshed himself at the house, while thus employed, two men enterd the house and took the landlord's horse from the stable on which they rode off while the other took his horse from the hostler.Bury & Norwich Post, in 1825*
Died on the 7th August 1855, at the King's Head, Ballingdon, Mr James M Parson, aged 45.Ipswich Journal, August 1855**
An opening tea was held at the King’s Head Inn, Ballingdon, on the 16th May 1870, which has become newly occupied by Mr R C Brown, when about 20 gentlemen sat down t…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(* report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.