The Duke William Ickham
This is the 3rd year running we have been for lunch on my daughter’s birthday. The service is always great, but this year the food was slightly disappointing. I had mushroom soup and sea bass, both specials and lovely. But the others in our party were slightly underwhelmed. The crab starter lacked crab, The steak was medium, not medium rare, although still got eaten, the lamb shank disappointing with undercooked potatoes, and the fish and chips mediocre! I’m sure we maybe just caught them on a slightly ‘off’ day, and personally I wouldn’t be put off going back and trying it again! Give it a whirl, and if in doubt stick with the daily specials!
Excellent food and very friendly service. Strongly recommended.
Fantastic evening so thankyou. Only downfall was the overpriced steaks; £27 for average quality steak, a bucket of fries, pot of sauce and a handful of lambs lettuce. Would have been better off with a burger, which was actually better value for money!
I sort of don’t want to tell people about this place because I don’t want it to get so busy I can’t get a table but....it’s brilliant. It’s not often I want to order everything on a menu but here I always do. It’s perfect relaxed pub dining. Mark Sargent is a great chef and you can see his influence. The manager and the barman are charming. Been several times and look forward to going again.
Coming from Surrey; and staying at the nearby Broome Park Hotel, we consulted our Good Pub Guide for a venue for lunch, and The Duke William satisfied both our search for somewhere with atmosphere, and good food (pheasant).
If we find ourselves in theis part of Kent again, we will certainly come back to The Duke William.
All the food we ate that's three of us we agreed was delicious.
All different main courses and everyone amazing flavour and taste.
Lovely choice of deserts as well.
Will take family next time.
We have known this pub over 50years so fascinating how times change.
Lovely food for all of us, some of us quite picky.
Thank you for doing vegetarian dishes well!
Great for Sunday lunch, relaxed atmosphere, great service, good beers and wines and great roast!
The menu seemed very limited, no sandwiches or salads even as a side.
A bit too gastro pub for our liking.
Maybe needs a wider choice on the menu.
Lovely family meal. Great service. Lovely setting.
Fantastic service. Cosy atmosphere. Patient tolerance with small children. Altogether a great place to have a family sunday roast in a warm comfortable laid back atmosphere.
very poor meals. surely its not too hard to roast your own potatoes. Gravy - watery , meat tough,
cabbage--sickly sweet, vegetables undercooked ==£17.50 ???
Glazed ham & eggs==any cook worth its salt can crack 2 eggs without breaking the yolk. So to hide the
'mess' covered the eggs with the salad hoping we wouldn't notice ! What a disgrace!
I visited with my sister on Saturday night and we were most impressed. The food was great and we had great service, especially from Hayleigh the manager.
not sure if there was a carpark but found a space in crowded street. my ideal pub: candles/subdued lighting, pine tables, mixed chairs, quirky room layout. service a bit relaxed/casual but friendly and complete satisfaction with menu selection (lamb shank and plaice with almonds) including unusual rice puddings.
Recommended by our hosts in the Pig at Bridge 20 minutes away.
Loved the starter of scotch egg and black pudding. My only complaint was definitely the roast potAtoes. That is not my idea of roasties, not crispy, all the same shape. Apart from that, all was hood
Great atmosphere with a lovely open fireplace the staff was fantastic and we had a wonderful meal
Good food, excellent service and a fine ambience, made the evening a very pleasant one.
We had a lovely time. The room was comfortable, the staff we super welcoming and ready to help at all times and the food was delicious. Would definitely recommend for a romantic night away.
Great and high quality food, very good service and great ambiance
Staff were very pleasant and there was a good atmosphere even for a Monday evening! I was not particularly impressed by my starter - lime cured salmon. The salmon had an unpleasant tough edge and the marinade was not very interesting, just lots of lime and chilli. I enjoyed my main course but the hasselback potatoes were still a bit hard and my friend said the same about her courgette hasselback which she thought was a little undercooked.
Very happy particularly with the young woman serving us.
Food was very disappointing. Would not go back. Shame village is very pretty
The Duke gave us a good evening - lovely food, good efficient service and a nice atmosphere. We will certainly eat there again.
Lovely pub, great food! Lovely location and setting- Fab garden and little play area for the kids!
Ambiance shown as "energetic", I would say "loud!" We were in a party of 4 and were looking forward to a chance to catch up and share recent events, however we found ourselves having to raise our voices just to be heard? This was a shame because the food and the service were very good, definitely do not go here if you want a quiet night out with conversation!
Quality service from start to finish. Would definitely go back.
We had a lovely dinner. Beautiful old building and gorgeously decorated - v charming and cos. the staff were really helpful and attentive and the food was lovely. A couple of niggles - my steak was overcooked and came with what were clearly very ordinary oven chips rather than the advertised frites, which made the £21 price tag steep for what it was. We slo though the desserts were very overpriced. Also, these was a chap at the bar with a noisy dog that was upsetting all of the other dog all evening. I'd have asked the managers to make him take his dogs outside but I got the feeling that he was a local and we were passers-by, so didn't really feel able to challenge. ut the result of that is this review, who may put others off.
Poor experience this time around. Not much care taken in the food or the prep and the usual great atmosphere was not there.
Haven't been to the Duke in a couple of years and although the prices err slightly to the high side, the food, the service and the atmosphere are as good as ever.
Great food, although slightly disappointed with the roast potatoes which came with my roast lunch . Very good service and a lovely place / location for a special meal. Very tasty.
The food was amazing. Tasty and good value. The staff were warm, friendly and very attentive. It was my birthday and they made sure I felt very special. Cannot fault my experience and exceeded my expectations
We are regulars at The Duke William and absolutely love this pub. The staff are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble. The roast dinners are particularly delicious!!
Fabulous food, great service, lovely room. Warmly recommended!
Lovely ambience for a relaxing Sunday lunch.
Roast was delicious and generous. Service was initially excellent and friendly, but fell away gradually and by coffee and dessert hard to catch a waitperson’s eye!
What a lovely place. It was unexpectedly busy the day we went and unfortunately waited over an hour and half for our starters and then another hour for main. Serving staff were very apologetic, however I would think twice about going again.
Lovely village. Surprise package of a great pub with good ambience, great value food compared with rip off so called gastro pubs in the area. Very friendly professional staff. Monday night 'steak nights' with half a bottle of house wine thrown in was exceptional value. Highly rated.
Food excellent as always and service was prompt, polite and discreet i.e. not asking how things are every 5 minutes!
Excellent food, we had Sunday lunch it was out of this world, and the service was outstanding. Highly recommend
Impeccable on every scale when we came for dinner.
Have booked a midweek overnight stay on Thursday 1st August as a special occasion for my daughter and I to spend some quality time there.
It will be a perfect way to end her visit home to England, before she flies back to work in Suzhou China
service is as big a factor as the food and the DW staff are all very helpful, attentive and most of all really friendly and nice!