London & South East Premier Hospitality

Re-opening the Duke William

Duke Williams, Ickham, Canterbury
Written by Roma Publications

Duke Williams, Ickham, Canterbury

Situated on The Street in Ickham, Canterbury, the Duke William is an intimate and friendly, British pub showcasing a great menu, a fantastic selection of drinks, an always popular beer garden and of course, a healthy slice of good old fashioned hospitality.

The pub recently reopened to punters after undergoing a significant refurbishment programme and is now overseen by Mark Sargeant and Josh De Haan, the team behind Rocksalt and The Smokehouse in Folkestone.

The team took over the pub in March 2015 and quickly got to work giving the bar a makeover, before installing a new kitchen and transforming the external areas of the site. The key drive of the pub’s transformation was to improve services whilst ensuring the site retained its status as a classic British public house which could appeal to people from all walks of life.

Duke Williams, Ickham, Canterbury

The pub contains a fabulous central bar, a cosy restaurant, a beautiful conservatory and a large south facing countryside terrace and beer garden. The Duke William also boasts four en-suite guest rooms – situated above the pub – each containing flat screen TVs and Bluetooth DAB radios.

Speaking to Premier Hospitality, Jack Nimmons of the Duke William, said:

“After a detailed and well thought out refurbishment of the interior space, we feel that the look of the pub is like nothing else in the area and beyond. The lighting, colour scheme and furnishing have lifted the feel of the space whilst still staying true to the history of this classic Kentish pub.

“The aim with the Duke William, since the moment we took over, has been to keep it a traditional Kentish pub which serves the local community combined with a strong food offering to create a destination for customers further afield. The pub is also designed to appeal to families with lots to keep the kids entertained.”

Duke Williams, Ickham, Canterbury

Drinks available at the Duke William include a mix of craft beers, real ales and a selection of wines, whilst dishes on offer at the Duke William range from the likes of the Duke William fish pie and lamb neck curry with pilaf rice, to cumin spiced chick pea stew with yoghurt and Kent ham with fried Burford brown egg and dripping chips.

For those with a sweet tooth, the Duke William has a gorgeous offering of puds, from Kentish gypsy tart to lemon posset and Valrhona chocolate pot.

A Sunday menu is also available and includes an extensive selection of starters, mains and desserts.

Duke Williams, Ickham, Canterbury

For more information about the Duke William in Ickham or to make a reservation, please visit: or call 01227 721308.

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