The Duke William Ickham

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516 reviews
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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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AH
London
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely Sunday lunch for father's Day. Great place and and good food.
Moved our table to cater for extra person last minute, much appreciated. Service was pretty slow though

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Kent
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service!

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LC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a very pleasurable experience and I would love to bring the whole family next time. We where very full and very happy.

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p
Bath
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Lovely location, nice looking place as well. Sadly the food was disappointing and did not align with the description in the menu - there was no spice in my wife's meal, which resulted in it being bland.
There are better places to eat in the area

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DR
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality meat and produce , the service and atmosphere were very welcoming with attention to details.

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SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, local, public house with an interesting and varied menu.
The staff were friendly and accomodating and the food arrived promptly.
Portions sizes were fine for both courses (couldn't manage desserts!!) with clear tastes and well seasoned plates.

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D
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have given food 3 stars as it was okay but didn’t quite live up to the rest of the experience which was fantastic. The food is normal pub fare and a little uninspiring ( the duke burger is really nothing special and all bread and not much burger) .I feel that if the food could be raised a notch, a little more enticing, then this lovely pub would be a 10 out of 10!

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A
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A wonderful venue for an adult meal - welcoming ambience, friendly and helpful staff, good service and excellent food with some unusual menu items. All round an excellent evening.

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JW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service, went for the curry night on a Wednesday, very nice

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MH
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Duke William. The food is excellent and the staff are warm and friendly yet not obtrusive. You could wear a ball gown on shorts and no one would mind.

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AD
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to eat (and drink) at the Duke of William. First time taking my family and they loved the place, the food and the charming service. We'll definitely be back..

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JM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were an hour early but there was no problem and we were seated immediately. Difficult to make a choice as a very good selection on the menu. We all four ended up with roasts,beef and lamb. Cooked just as it should be pink! Generous amount of meat and red cabbage, cabbage, roast potatoes and delicious cauliflower cheese. We were all very full but did manage dessert! Lovely light roulade.
Service pleasant and quick.Only downside was a table with two couples and five young boys who were very noisy sitting near us. The parents did nothing to quieten the children who were even allowed to sing loudly at the table.

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AD
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food alway excellent. Hayley our waitress was very helpful and friendly. We will definitely be coming back

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LG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service as always and such a lovely place for drinks / dinner. Such a friendly, relaxed environment and food was fantastic. Would highly recommend. Looking forward to our next visit.

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d
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Great little gastropub. food much more middle of the road than on our last visit but it was a bank holiday. Great service and dog friendly. Ideal pub for a walk

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MT
Kent
20 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely Sunday Roast at Duke William. The pub/restaurant had such a nice feel, being trendy but relaxed and comfortable. We had a table looking out into the garden, where several children were playing. It was very family friendly which added to the atmosphere. The service was friendly and we came away saying we would definitely return. Overall very good

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RM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely birthday Sunday lunch with the family, ages ranging from 2-69. Great atmosphere, great food and service, lovely staff, kid friendly, spacious and comfortable, beautiful pub and setting. A perfect place for all!

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

With inedible mackerel that was muddy and pappy, roast potatoes underdone in the middle, red cabbage sickly sweet and gravy thin and tasteless, and with prices to suggest one Michelin Star, this place has undeserved notions off grandeur. It was fine before the chef changed.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the service was excellent and staff were most friendly and welcoming. Sunday roast was excellent and my Son loved the ‘make your own ice cream sundae’

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RJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I might recommend it for the food and location but would have to warn about the poor service that we had. For much of the time our waitress seemed to ignore us and it's not as if they were particularly busy. I'm unlikely to return in the near future.

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J
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food and good service. Could do with a few low carb/low calorie/salad/less stodge items on the menu, especially for lunch. Most items come with pastry, batter, chips, bread or breadcrumbs. As a local who has eaten in The Duke 4 times this week, I really would appreciate a healthy option or two.

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j
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice location and ambience in an old pub environment nicely updated. Food however did not live up to expectations of the environment, and was only adequate.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

we came to the duke William back in January and had a fantastic dinner experience. we recently visited for lunch and was extremely disappointed. not only did you not have drinks that would be expected from a pub/restaurant but the lunch time menu was extremely basic, not at all appealing when plated up and extremely over priced for what we got. there are limited choices and many of the options are not available for one reason or another. while I appreciate that this is a lovely place, I didn't appreciate that staff came trundling through with there asda easter shopping not minding people or how loud they were being with people dining there. overall we had a disappointing visit and went home not only thirsty but hungry as well.

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FH
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We recently moved to Canterbury so are trying to get to all the best places for a Sunday Roast in the area. We enjoyed the Duke of William especially the ambience - the Sirloin was very good as were the accompanying veg - the Yorkshire was however quite flat and the gravy a bit thin and not that tasty!!

I understand how it much be to serve 100 plus Sunday Roast's but watery gravy and a flat Yorkshire???

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had booked a table of 4 which I confirmed via the app 24 hours earlier when prompted. My wife and I arrived first and mentioned we had a booking at 1:30 and the waitress, having taken our drinks order directed us to a table that had been set up for 2. At no point were we asked our names. We pointed out it was meant to be for 4 people and we were shown to a table that had not been laid up. During the meal I received an alert from Bookatable telling me that I had not shown up at the restaurant. I would also highlight that the menu that was viewed vis the Bookatable app did not reflect the menu on the day by any stretch of the imagination. The one common item was £10 more in the restaurant than on the Bookatable app, suggesting that you cannot rely on the Bookatable menu information.

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J
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for steak night, which as locals is our favourite last minute Monday meal. Always cooked to perfection and great value.

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W
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to the Duke William in Ickham and it was as delightful as ever. The welcome was generous, the atmosphere warm and there are no complaints from us whatsoever. One tiny, weeny niggle - I'm wondering if it is trendy to have underdone toasted bread?

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R
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very enjoyable lunch with good food, good ambience and great service, just what we were looking for.

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CM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in the door the welcoming environment was wonderful. Our waitress was attentive without being overly so and very knowledgable of the menu. Food was superb, my partner even commented that his skate sing was one of the best he’d had. Everything from booking to arriving and finally the meal was top notch.

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SB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly staff and good food. My friend was disappointed that Gypsy tart wasn't available on this visit as she says it's the best she's ever had

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J
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 of us had Friday lunch. 3 had good old fish and chips and 3 had roast skate. We all enjoyed the food and the service was friendly and efficient.

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TG
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good as always, great service and friendly staff.
If your looking for an awesome roast dinner plus an amazing dessert.. without the washing up.. can’t go wrong

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal hear on Sunday with our children ... everything’s was great except one thing there was a huge dog sitting next to our table as we were having our dinner we could smell it .... it was a bit smelly and it was so big my son had to move his chair because the dog was in the way and the owners didn’t seem to take any notice and carried on there conversation etc .... were not against dogs atall but maybe it would be good not to have them in the eating area

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MN
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice play to eat good service food was nice to would return

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E
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited as a treat with a good friend down from London.
Enjoyed the mussels and chips special with the homemade bread delicious.
Staff were great at accommodating a table with space for a push chair for our young baby and even our small dog was able to join us and snuggle under the table.

Would like to go back in the Summer to enjoy the garden and bbq and hog roast special - yum!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a total pleasure

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good generally . Quality of food excellent.
We both had the Hake which was excellent but from both a value & quantity view point, an accompaniment of fresh vegetables or a side dish would have been reasonable.

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N
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming to our group. There was a lovely log fire and ambiance is excellent.
Food was good but I didn't like my charred trout._ It was too charred. all food beautifully served.
Value was good and house wine very good. Serve was not obstructive but attentive.

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P
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great Sunday lunch. The roast was fantastic - well presented and all with fresh tasty ingredients. The atmosphere was welcoming and very family orientated and we most certainly will return soon with our family.

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EA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We booked it for special ocasion and were happy to pay more money but if I take my family for roast in local pub we would get more for better value. The food was not unpleasant, it was lovely meat but the portions are far too small for £22.

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