Sudbury King's Head

Sudbury King's Head

also traded as Cyclist

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).

old OS map

The building dates from early in the 17th century.

For most of its history, this pub traded as the King's Head, but this closed some time between 2011 and 2013.

Reopened in January 2018 as a cyclist and rambler friendly pub after major refurbishment and renaming. This was a free house. There was a secure bike lock-up and a basic toolkit is available if needed (there was also a good bike shop nearby).

They aimed to provide a warm, cosy environment and specialised in local ales. Coffee, wine, tea and simple food were also available.

The Cyclist never reopened after the Covid lockdowns, though it seems that for a couple of years there were hopes to reopen it. This came to nothing and in November 2021 plans were lodged to convert the building to a mix of retail and residential use.





Historical interest

Historical interest




(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of

(* 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.