The Duke William Ickham

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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.
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JH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The experience was enjoyed by all six diners, not our first visit. The cheesecake was somewhat stodgy and under flavoured, but elsewise all was much appreciated. One could eat at a leisurely pace.

P
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been here a few times always a good choice for Sunday lunch.

CM
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service as always.

FS
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Was expecting the Sunday Roast to be slightly more special than it was being a) more expensive than other restaurants and b) a Mark Seargant Restaurant.

SH
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First visit, lovely cosy pub style atmosphere - great service. Quality food and drink. Will return.

c
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

we had a pleasant table the service was good the only disappointment was my main course which consisted of a bed of tasty mash on which was laid a miserable little sliver of haddock pretty poor value
for £17

MK
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love it here, one of our regulars even though it’s a bit of a drive.
Today was busy so had to wait a while but it’s worth waiting for. Food is great!

HJ
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

I would recommend the Duke to friends to go for a drink and enjoy the atmosphere. However, we feel the food has completely gone down hill. We have always loved eating at the Duke but it was very disappointing particulary as we’d treated my mother-In-law and children- the food needs to match the price and it certainly did not in this occasion.
The lettuce wedge looked like it had been thrown together in seconds, the organic chicken was extremely bland and the steak which was £27 was dry with no offering of sauce.
We had a great time dancing to the band but I hope their standards rise again.

R
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not the pubs fault, but there was a table of really noisy young lads in their that ruined it. Food was lovely

S
London
22 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A mixed experience. Nice ambience, friendly service (but slow). Food was half good, half not so good. Soup was tasteless and the cheese scone was underbaked. The hummus was awful. But, the bubble and squeak and burger were good. Would go back for one more try.

JV
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit here and couldn’t be better service food ambiance all first class.
Happy to recommend this venue

MK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Food and service were good but it was far too hot and we had to swop tables and get a window opened!

RM
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Beautiful pub, good service but rather disappointing food. Far too many options on the mains menu with egg as a big feature

JK
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My friends and I chose the Christmas menu, which was very good in parts - but others, especially the dessert, needed work.

Service was pleasant and friendly but rather slow considering they weren't very busy.

We will come back, but might try the regular menu next time!

b
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was a lovely pub, and cosy by the Fire & Bar.

The Service in the Conservatory was very very slow, and cold no atmosphere. Would probably be better in the summer over looking the large garden.

l
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Gorgeous gastro-pub. Very welcoming, great drinks selection and lovely roast

H
Essex
43 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute lunch booking
What a lovely surprising place.
It looks quite small, but is a bit of a tardis when you get inside.
Lots of dining areas that had Christmas decorations up but nicely done ones.
Staff are very friendly and helpful.
We had had a late lunch so has to forego starters.
I ordered the three meat roast but had extra beef rather than pork belly.
The quality of the meat was very good, cooked to perfection, the potatoes were superb the cabbage superbly cooked and red cabbage unusually sweet but a perfect match. The yorkshire was nice if slightly limp (minor complaint). Mg partner loved her lamb too.
For dessert I had a chocolate orange Eton mess, a tiny bit too creamy and sweet even for me, but was delicious, after s large main quite filling.
Toilets beautifully clean
Hayley (I think) the senior was lovely and clearly is very passionate about her job. Was it worth the 2 hour round trip....absolutely.

D
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I have always loved the Duke William and have been a loyal and frequent customer over the past year or two. However on this occasion, the menu was lacklustre and uninspiring and our party found it difficult to find anything of interest. My baked fish dish was dry and tasteless and the 3 in my party who had the 'curly wurly' novelty sausage plonked on a squidgy mass of green mashed potato left half of it. In short, food quality was bland at best and poor quality at worst. To travel quite a way into the country, the pub should be offering food that is both of high quality and well, fresh and interesting!

I sincerely hope that they take notice of my constructive comments and also note that my views are shared by quite a few others in the community.

CW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I drove all the way from Essex to have a Sunday roast and was not disappointed, absolutely fantastic from service to the food , cosy with a real fire, amazing

MM
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Whilst the food was very good (superb steak) the chips portion was a little small. But unfortunately the service was a little lacking. Whilst not bad, the staff we dealt with did not seem familiar with the menu, we were given drinks for another table, and the soup was not accompanied by a spoon. Granted these issues were sorted quickly, but it did tarnish the experience a little

LB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really super lunch at The Duke William. The decor and atmosphere are lovely, relaxed and cosy. The service was great, so friendly and helpful. My partner and I commented on how great the menu was for a cosy, country pub (we wanted to try everything!) and the food really was great. We had our 2 dogs with us and even they were served with their own water and dog biscuits and made a fuss of. Overall we loved it and will be going back - lots!

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch for my wife - warm reception, great ambience, service and food that was enjoyable with every mouthful you tried.

p
London
82 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Super gorgeous pub, friendly efficient staff, however the wine is extremely pricey, ie a bottle of £9.00 wine sold in Waitrose was £22, which is some hefty mark up. The food was ok, (we had the mussels) which were fresh and plenty of but we requested no cream and they lacked a lot of flavour ie garlic/seasoning. However we will return to give the food another go because as we think they can do better.

KC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have become regulars for Sunday lunch at the Duke William. Such a good meal, good wine to accompany it, great service and a lovely warm and welcoming atmosphere.

EK
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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!

JL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and very friendly service. Strongly recommended.

MJ
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!

HA
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

HH
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

D
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely food for all of us, some of us quite picky.
Thank you for doing vegetarian dishes well!

NG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for Sunday lunch, relaxed atmosphere, great service, good beers and wines and great roast!

IJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely family meal. Great service. Lovely setting.

G
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

GR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

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!

g
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

j
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

ML
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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

OT
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere with a lovely open fireplace the staff was fantastic and we had a wonderful meal