Friendly pub with character rooms, good food and ales and seats in pretty garden; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Set on the east bank of the River Stour, this attractive pub is nestled in a pretty village with thatched cottages and an 18th-c church. The spreading bar has huge oak beams and stripped joists, seats that range from brightly coloured bar stools and country kitchen style to cushioned settles with animal-skin throws, all manner of tables on stripped wooden floors and a log fire with a low barrel table in front of it. Friendly staff serve three rapidly changing ales from breweries such as Old Dairy, Wantsum and Whitstable on handpump, eight wines by the glass and a good choice of gins and whiskies. The low-ceilinged dining room is similarly furnished and a conservatory looks over the garden and the fields beyond. Throughout, paintwork is contemporary, tables are set with fresh flowers and candles in stone bottles and there are interesting paintings, prints and china plates on the walls; background music and board games. Modern seats and tables are set under parasols on the partly covered terrace, with picnic-sets and a children's play area on grass. The four bedrooms (named after the owner's culinary heroes) are attractively and simply furnished, and breakfasts are generous.
The good pub guide food review
Food is good, comes in generous portions and includes roasted red pepper hummus with sourdough, smoked chicken terrine with lardons and leek mayonnaise, fried plaice and tartare sauce bap, honey and mustard glazed ham with triple-cooked chips, roast chicken breast with caesar salad and poached egg, chargrilled pork cutlet with gnocchi and mushroom and tomato ragoût, and puddings such as rhubarb baked alaska and vanilla cheesecake with strawberries.
Duke William, The Street, Ickham, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1QP
Weekdays: 11-11 Weds, Thurs