The Duke William Ickham

4.3
433 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Cosy
  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
Mark Sargeants quintessential Kentish Pub set in the heart of the Garden of England serving beautiful, classic dishes created using the best local and seasonal produce the South of England has to offer. With Real Ales, Craft Beers, beautiful wines, a roaring fire and a beautiful garden in the summer, this is the perfect destination for traditional pub dining.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm; 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Phone number
01227 721308
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Simon Oakley
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Parking Details
Off street parking located to the front of the premises.
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Public Transit
Off street parking located to the front of the premises.
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Entertainment
Live music, comedy, beer tastings and wine dinner evenings all available. Please visit our website for more information.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 433 People Are Saying
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P
Kent
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I phoned in before our evening out and asked for a personalised touch and my desire was meet . Manager came though on what I requested .

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pub. Recently found and now our favorite pub in the area. Dog Friendly should be added to your tick box because Bertie our Golden Retriever is was most welcome on his birthday, with a banner and biscuits on the table for him.
Friendly and accommodating, great service and attention to detail. Oh, yes. The food? Really good!

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PJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

My wife and I booked a late lunch here and although there was a fair wait for our meals nearly one hour the food was wa and nicely presented when it arrived. We sat in the rear extension which was warm and comfortable
We will definitely return

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JO
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was awful, slow and we had to request menus to order our mains and deserts. The food was mediocre and expensive for the quality. Will not be returning.

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S
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Lovely food and a great choice. My wifes chips were under cooked and when we were asked how our food was my wife replied honestly that this was the case. The waitress was great and offered to replace them immediately, but my wife declined as she eats very few anyway, & this did not affect our meal.
We were however placed in a side room which was full and with no soft furnishings to absorb the sound the noise levels were excessive and we struggled to hear each other and the waitress at times. If I were to return I would specify a different table area.
In general though, great food and service.

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R
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined here with my husband for my birthday this weekend as we LOVE Rocksalt in Folkstone (owned by the same chef) but unfortunately that is too far for us to drive without staying over. The food was absolutely delicious, it has a lovely atmosphere, staff were friendly and welcoming and it was warm and comfortable. I have recommended to everyone that has asked me if I had a nice birthday and I've already purchased vouchers for a Christmas present.
It was well worth the 45 minute drive for us to get there, we were not disappointed and we will certainly be back with the rest of the family.

We both had the kedgeree cake to start, then I had the burger and fries and my husband had the rib eye steak which was cooked to perfection.

The Duke William feels more casual than Rocksalt but I enjoyed my meals at both equally. We can't wait to try the rest of Mark Sargeants restaurants!

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JK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food in a warm and inviting pub with friendly service.

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KG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Met with friends for the Steak night on Monday eve. Great food, great service and outstanding value.
Deffo recommendation and will be visiting again soon.

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MF
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I brought both sets of parents to the Duke on Saturday as they had never met and we thought it would be a good place to do the first big meeting! The food was excellent, the atmosphere was lovely and friendly as always and the service was great. The evening went really well and everybody really enjoyed everything about the venue, the Duke works for every type of occasion!

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AT
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Having booked this pub for a birthday lunch it was a shame to walk in and find the fire unlit, despite the day being really cold. This represents in our view a major feature in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the pub so we were a little disappointed. I then established that the seasonal set lunch menu ( one of the reasons why we chose to go there in the first place) was subject to a 48 hours prior notice period so we had to order off the a la carte menu. I should have read the small print on the website ! A real disappointment.
Other than that my partner felt cold and had to use her coat to keep her legs warm, the food was okayish albeit lacking in vegetables ( they were an added extra. I hate that ! ) the service pretty slow and the drinks were expensive.
Altogether a rather underwhelming experience I’m afraid to say.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Went for mid-week lunch. Food was tasty and big potions. Such a lovely feel about the place and staff were nice too. Wish it was my local

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FW
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mum& I had a lovely lunch at this pub in the picturesque village of Ickham. Really tasty food. Nice portion size & friendly ambiance.
Mum had s tasty curry. I had haddock fish cakes & freekah salad - all delicious.
And finished with Kentish ice cream.

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S
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Heard good things about this place, so booked lunch for my wife’s birthday and we wasn’t disappointed. Lovely cosy feel about the place, made very welcome. Food & service was very good. I would certainly recommend

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I
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is our second trip to the duke William for Sunday dinner. On both occasions the platter for 2 was superb. Service a little slow when we initially sat down but very good after that.
This is a lovely lively modern pub with excellent food so don’t expect a quiet sterile restaurant.
We will definitely go back.

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SG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant Sunday lunch seated in the conservatory with a lovely view over patio and garden and big sky beyond. Food was delicious and it was nice to be able to share it with our dog! The roast sharing platter (pork and beef) was excellent and the Turkish Delight ice cream - well - a delight. Service was attentive and friendly. We will definitely return.

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EC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We had a very poor experience at the Duke William last weekend. I booked a table for my husband's birthday lunch. We arrived and were sat at a table which felt like it was placed in a corridor. We waited 15 mins for anyone to take an order (only after we had to ask for a menu). We waited almost 30 minutes for our starter to arrive - again I had to ask. We were only half way through eating our starter when the main course arrived. The waitress offered to take it back but as this was a hot meal with a side salad but this was no solution as it would only be put back in the oven to keep warm. When I went to eat my stuffed butternut squash it was swimming in oil and very unpleasant to eat. My husbands fish was nicely cooked. There was clearly a large birthday party being catered for at the same time as our lunch which clearly put the kitchen staff under pressure but if they cannot cope with the numbers the pub should not take the bookings. Terrible experience and I will not be going back.

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PT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Superb from start to finish. Mussel popcorn to die for. Great service. Recommend to all

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LJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

A good roast was had by all.
Personally didn’t like the flavoured red cabbage. Puddings are a good portion!

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JH
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having not been to the Duke for a long time as it was one of my late father's favourite pubs, mys sister's visit prompted me to book via the OpenTable(TM) app. I was surprised to get a table having heard excellent reports from my accountants and from others on social media. It's a very friendly and welcoming pub, located in the quiet village of Ickham, not far from the main road, and good for walkers and dog owners. I had not been out for a Sunday roast since before my dad passed away, and it was an excellent choice. We were greeted at the bar by a very friendly server, who showed us to our table and confirmed my online reservation, then we were greeted by a very chatty Maître d' who greeted us warmly and showed us to our table, located just off the main bar area.
We were seated and asked for our drink order, which we did and it arrived promptly. My Sister and I ordered Prawn Cocktail, which was my Dad's favourite of old and it made us reminisce about the 1970's and the Berni Inns of that era. My mother and my sister then ordered the Duo of Roasts as a 'sharing board' whilst I plumbed for the Roast Sirloin of beef, that was superb cooked just pink with a rich gravy in a separate jug with a huge Yorkshire pudding, and roast potatoes, swede and a big carrot. I finished with a slice of banoffee pie with two spoons, and a coffee
I hope to return and try out the rest of their menu, in the coming months, thank you to the staff and chef for such a lovely Sunday roast a real treat for the taste-buds and for my family.

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J
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always love the duke, however the noise from the bar of bottles being THROWN into the bin was too much, our friend who has hearing aids said it was really uncomfortable, other diners agreed .we did mention it to our lovely waitress but the bar staff continued to do it. It was a shame as a lovely evening was disrupted every so often by crashing bottles.

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M
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The beef roast was delicious couldn’t fault it but the dairy free/vegan sticky toffee pudding was really not nice just tasted of dates and it was accompanied by a coconut yogurt which as you can imagine did not go.
It was lovely inside and we couldn’t fault the staff, would definitely return.

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ET
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Average roast dinner could have done with abit more seasoning on the potatoes, parsnips and meats.

The potatos could have done with being crisped up abit more again some more seasonings (rosemary, goose fat, salt, pepper etc)

Beef was slightly too rare for my liking, we did not receive an option of cooking time as one would expect.

Starter and Desert was Exceptional.

Staff Friendly and attentive.

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OT
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful atmosphere thanks. Also the best banoffee in have ever had

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MR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with even better food. Our new favourite!

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M
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Good welcome and choice of tables available. Good waitress serving the food. Waited a while for the drinks to be served and had specifically asked for no ice and lemon for one gin and tonic but was served with both. It was a warm day but a roaring fire was going

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CR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a few times and never fails to impress, staff, food and the atmosphere is just perfect.

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A
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I think it's a shame that dogs are allowed in the restaurant. It has put me off going back. Dogs should be left at home or left outside when people are eating .

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CN
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely admosphere, friendly and attentive. Lovely food, very tasty and good sized portions. Loved the haddock and pouched egg starter. Will be back no doubt!

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LT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really excellent meal and personal service. Can be a bit slow in service from time to time but otherwise excellent

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HC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came here last friday 12.10.18 as it had been recommended to us by a very close friend and they were very impressed. With us being a couple that enjoys trying new places to eat and experience new enviroments as we are typical foodies and I have to say it was definetly worth the recommendation as the service was outstanding from staff, very accommodating and friendly. The food was cooked to perfection and portion sizes were just right. The atmosphere was great, not too busy or noisy. All In all we thoroughly enjoyed our meal here and will be recommending it to friends and family and also great pricing too. Big thank you to the staff for making us feel so welcome and comfortable.

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OT
Kent
32 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Shame there was only 1 vegetarian main course option, but I was able to have a starter plus side which was a good substitute.
Always a warm welcome from the staff and it's a cosy traditional pub. A reliable choice for good food and drink.

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TH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The roast dinner took over an hour to be served so we didn’t have time for pudding as have young children. One of the carrots had a worm hole in it and the beef was sliced far to thickly and the waiter said he would bring horseradish sauce and then didn’t bother - not what you expect for £19 for a roast.

There was also very little difference in the size of a child’s and adults roast - we got a adults roast for a 11 old which was the same size as our 8 years old child’s roast but cost £10 more?

It was a beautiful building though but I won’t be going back in a hurry.

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JH
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really attentive service combined with a good menu thoughtfully prepared. Would go back again with a group or for a more special evening!

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W
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went here on the spur of the moment, cosy restaurant area with great gastric pub food and good selection of drinks including gins with a twist. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly and made us feel welcome and marked our anniversary for us. Highly recommended.

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K
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on Sunday for a roast and the pub was great. Really lovely atmosphere and very stylish. The staff were really friendly and accommodating. Would definitely recommend and hope to go back!

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SS
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere and charming location. The staff could not do enough to help with menu insights and the food was brilliant. The iceberg wedge salad was pretty impressive and not something I’d usually order. The homemade burger was phenomenal - returning on Saturday as it was so good (and they allow dogs!)

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

All the staff are amazing and lovel. We have a Sunday roast which looks better than it tastes but overall it wasn’t too bad xxxx

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TG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a lovely family meal here on Sunday 17th September. Gorgeous roast in a lovely little country pub. Will definitely be returning.

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CL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Food was very disappointing , great service and very attentivevto allergies, but vastly overpriced for the standard of food. Do not go for the Sunday Roast , tough , fatty meat and poor vegetables etc. Timing not good either.

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Meat was fantastic. Great wine selection too

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