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Date
Tue, 5/22
Time
7:00 PM

The Duke William Ickham

4.3
356 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Lunch
  • Cosy
  • Worth the Drive
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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01227 721308
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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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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 356 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

The Duke William is a favorite with us and are quite happy to drive hour and half for this great country pub - have stayed before and will again. We love it. Ickham and surrounding areas are stunning - well worth a visit.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Had a lovely meal ok Friday night, we came over Christmas for a meal win the family and had to come back again as the food and service is amazing.

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4.0Dined on 7 May 2018

Great garden
Excellent staff
Meals are a little pricey
Roast potatoes were dry and spoilt the meal

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5.0Dined on 7 May 2018

A spontaneous booking (2 adults and 2 children). Food was good, decent portion sizes - we were stuffed with our roast platter. Good choice for children and nice to see it’s not all chips (though the choice is there if you want it). Friendly, attentive service. We chose to sit inside but nice outside area with plenty of space and entertainment for kids. We would recommend and return.

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Delightful ‘stall’ in shade but wonderfully sunlit lunch in the garden. Very friendly & helpful service. Really good starters, delicious hog roast & excellent vegetables (roast spuds not quite as...). No hassle to move and let the next customers in - very relaxed all through. Only flaw was when our cheerful peace was SHATTERED by the necessity to tip bins of bottles into skip right behind us. My growl was pleasantly and apologetically taken. Will come again for sure though.

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5.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Dog friendly pub with great food. We went on Tuesday - pie and a pint for £10! Great pub in a beautiful location and friendly staff too.

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5.0Dined on 30 April 2018

Excellent food and drink in a relaxing atmosphere with very friendly service.
Definitely one to revisit.

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3.0Dined on 30 April 2018

Thought the food was O.K. My husband said the batter on the fish was a bit too thick.
My toad in the hole was just that, a few strips of greens under the sausages and a few
onions, it needed a few veg with it not just for taste but for colour as well. Expensive
for what it was.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Stayed before,
We was in the area so went for Sunday lunch the beef sirloin was lovely all be it two slices.
The cabbage was not great nor the roast potatoes.
Have had Better at a Toby unfortunately

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4.0Dined on 25 April 2018

We had fish and chips. The fish was very over cooked. The batter was dark brown. It shouldn’t have been served. The fish inside was mush.

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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Lovely garden, friendly bar staff and great food in the lovely setting of a beautiful village.

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1.0Dined on 21 April 2018

We did enjoy coming to the pub for meal and came last saturday night and it was the worst meal we have had out in ages
3 draught beers - no only one timothy taylors other two not available
the menu limited choice and had no imagination
we ordered drinks and they arrived but unfortunately they were not ours and the waitress took them away and replaced them.
Starters arrived and were good
main course arrived looked good but again unfortunately they were not ours and the waitress took them away again - our main course arrive and was ok
then the dessert arrived which was pannacotta which i did not realise you could make so badly
After this the waitress came with the bill as as you can imagine it was not our bill eventually she returned with the correct bill and we said we would split the bill in two. " you need to work this out as i dont do maths" apparently although she was the waitress we had to work it out. However she kindly pointed out that there was no service charge and we should add this to the bill. As you can imagine an experience like this you cant put a price on.

A shame such a good place has slipped so far

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5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

We have visited The Duke William on a few occasions , great food and atmosphere also not to mention service.
My daughter loves the outside play area and bands when they are on so she can have a sing an dance.
Family friendly , Dog Friendly all round great place .

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1.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Having heard good reviews about this pub we booked to go for Sunday dinner. Unfortunately we did not enjoy our experience there! The service was awful. You couldn’t hear yourself think for dogs barking and fighting scaring little children. The food, well.... the meat that was inedible it was accompanied by 2 roast potatoes, one carrot, a cabbage leaf, parsnip and Yorkshire pudding that was rock hard for £18. It was one of the worst dinners I have eaten

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2.0Dined on 14 April 2018

This was my second visit to this venue. Having previously had a very pleasant lunch experience a few months ago, booked it for a family get together. We waited 1.5 plus hours for the main course and when I queried it I was told it was a very busy night... not a good excuse in my view. I have eaten in better and worse restaurants and not had to endure such a long wait. An apology from the staff at least would have been welcome. Very disappointing and I probably won’t be rushing back.

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4.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Nice meal but wasn’t as good as previous visit

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4.0Dined on 14 April 2018

A brilliant pub. The layout inside and out is great and the bar and waiting staff were really friendly and helpful. The main courses we had weren't amazing but the dessert was and I'm sure if I tried different things on the menu they would have lived up to the standards we generally enjoyed.

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1.0Dined on 14 April 2018

After a bad Christmas dinner thought would give benefit of the doubt and try again for lunch the prawn cocktail looked like it had been thrown together potted shrimp tasted of nothing as did the pork belly and tomato and bean sauce was not offered free drink that came with pie and mash in short an awful lunch

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4.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Great atmosphere, attentive staff and a great choice of food

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Love this place, our favourite! Food is great and very nice friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Lovely setting, authentic country pub atmosphere with mixture of locals, walkers and people celebrating birthdays as we were. Have previously been for lunch and just casual drinks at Christmas and never been disappointed. Given how busy the place was, the food was superb quality and nice and hot (where appropriate of course). The Pork belly was heaven. All locally sourced as you would expect from a restaurant of this quality. We sat in the conservatory overlooking the garden which was as I’d requested. Will definitely be going again. The waiting team were also very efficient. We look forward to visiting again. We enjoy going to Rocksalt and the Duke William didn’t disappoint.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Everything a village pub should be. Great food and friendly service.

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2.0Dined on 1 April 2018

I ordered fish and chips, it was cooked in old oil, which meant the fish was swimming in oil. I could only eat the fish out the middle. My chips were , frozen chips, which looked as though they had been recooked. For the price and type of restaurant, you would except homemade chunky chips. My salad was made with iceberg lettuce. My son order a £17 lamb roast, he had so much fat on the lamb he left most he’s meat. They served him the stalk from the cabbage, which was his whole cabbage portion, obviously this was inedible. The dinner was no way worth £17. My daughter order sausage and mash, the sausage was bland and undercooked. This is our 3rd visit to The Duke, and now our last. On the other 2 occasions was with friends, and honestly I feel for the money it’s not up to standard and we eat out twice a week in the best restaurants.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience here, myself and the party I was with found it to be a fairly formal but relaxing experience. The waitresses were friendly and helpful and the food was simple but tasty. Hoping to visit again soon.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

The pub is lovely and the staff exceptionally helpful. Little disappointed with the food from the main menu, the fish pie was small, the beer battered cod needed something else, it was a bit bland. However, children’s meal was wonderful, a real treat.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

We visited the area for a week and had a couple of great meals here! Great atmosphere and deintely cosy.

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3.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Quite traditional pub grub but at high prices. Nothing to complain about but not as good as it has been. Service was slow (kitchen rather than waiting staff).

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4.0Dined on 19 March 2018

We have been to The Duke William a few times and have yet to come away with a less than pleasant experience. The staff are kind and attentive, the food is lovely and the atmosphere good. On cold days there is a roaring log fire. On the Monday night we went it was steak night, good value if you have a meal in multiples of two. A choice of a good steak and how each is cooked (perfectly as asked for) with fries, watercress, a sauce or garlic and herb butter and a side plus a bottle of wine all for £17.50 is not bad in my book.
The starters and puddings are good too, and we ate very well.

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4.0Dined on 12 March 2018

Charming pub with above average food and excellent cheerful service. The English pub and its modern best.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Great meal at Duke William in Ickham evening of Mother's Day - friendly pub with gastro atmosphere, very nice staff and great atmosphere even when it had obviously been a very busy day - the food was still great at 7 o'clock in the evening and they had only run out of one dish. Good selection not massive just right - great time overall would thoroughly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

We took our mum here for mother’s day, have eaten at Rock Salt previously so was expecting great things. Didn’t disappoint,food was amazing reasonably priced. Service was a little slow however it was very busy when we arrived.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Wonderful place really enjoyed it many thanks jackie holmes x

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Went to The Duke on Mother’s Day! Everything from the team, food, and surroundings was top class. Very friendly and professional team, excellent roast lamb, banoffee pie with a twist(ginger base would have preferred plain ourselves, but still good). Thank you to all who work in the kitchen and front of house for making our experience a memorable one!

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2.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Lovely interior but prices were steep and the children’s menus were not served with any veg or accompaniment so I thought £9 was very steep

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Great meal, service and ambience - as ever! Will be back very soon.

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5.0Dined on 7 March 2018

A birthday lunch with a special friend. The Duke is always the perfect place for such an occasion. Excellent well presented food and amazing staff. Always happy to return and not just for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on 4 March 2018

Took my mum for a Sunday roast as a birthday celebration, 10/10 for the whole experience. Food was perfect, staff were exceptional.
All in all mum felt well and truly spoilt and I would recommend it to everyone.

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Fantastic dinner - proper pub grub done really really well with top notch service. Atmospheric with a combination of those staying (as we were), those who have travelled to eat, and the locals just there to enjoy the great drinks selection.

Food selections all looked and sounded appealing - be warned though, these are pub portions, not restaurant ones, so expect thick slices of ham (on the ham egg and chips) massive pieces of fish for fish and chips, and generous starter sizes. We made the error, or not, of having pre-starters from the bar snack menu, delicious mussel popcorn and pork crackling, followed by potted shrimp, and an odd sounding wedge of iceburg lettuce with sieved egg. Don't be put off, it was amazing! The other half had Stone Bass, beautifully cooked and I had the ham, egg and chips, which i was ashamed not to be able to finish! Everything was cooked to perfection.

Finally the staff - it's noticeable these days how service often lets down a lot of venues, but not here. All the staff were friendly, welcoming and attentive. From suggestions at the bar, to general chit chat, the staff make you feel like you're a regular. Working in this industry, you can tell they are a well oiled professional team who take great pride in their work - they're a real credit to the Duke.

Overall, well worth going, even if just to eat, but if you can stay over, the breakfast is also top notch. Naturally the full English was generously sized with everything really tasty. We'll be back!

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4.0Dined on 25 February 2018

Very pleasant Sunday lunch, with a decent menu and a well-kept pint.

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5.0Dined on 25 February 2018

Friendly and helpful staff. Food excellent. Comfortable seating and happy atmosphere

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