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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EK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and very friendly service. Strongly recommended.

MJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, excellent service and a fine ambience, made the evening a very pleasant one.

P
London
17 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

UE
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and high quality food, very good service and great ambiance

NB
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very happy particularly with the young woman serving us.

AK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was very disappointing. Would not go back. Shame village is very pretty

SS
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Duke gave us a good evening - lovely food, good efficient service and a nice atmosphere. We will certainly eat there again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub, great food! Lovely location and setting- Fab garden and little play area for the kids!

DS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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!

AT
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality service from start to finish. Would definitely go back.

B
London
55 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

PW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Poor experience this time around. Not much care taken in the food or the prep and the usual great atmosphere was not there.

GS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

M
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

EM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great service, lovely room. Warmly recommended!

SK
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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!

KP
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

NS
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

M
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food excellent as always and service was prompt, polite and discreet i.e. not asking how things are every 5 minutes!

CC
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, we had Sunday lunch it was out of this world, and the service was outstanding. Highly recommend

KP
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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!