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A quintessential Kentish pub with superb food and stylish rooms.

What could be better than hunkering down in a cosy pub and enjoying a lazy meal, before retiring to a comfy room upstairs? That's exactly what you get at The Duke William. Located in the heart of the Kentish countryside, just ten minutes' east of Canterbury and close to the quaint village of Wingham, it's a perfect weekend getaway.

Owned by Mark Sargeant, former head chef at Claridges, the inn has four super comfortable rooms that are named after some of his culinary heroes – the likes of Ramsay and Floyd – and decorated in calming shades of grey, with flashes of colour on cushions and prints. There's an en-suite shower room and a decently sized bed, plus a helpful welcome pack in each bedroom, with info on local walks (Route 86 is a good option) and attractions (Wingham Wildlife Park makes for a great day out). Stay in Stein and make the most of the sun terrace and spectacular views out to rolling fields.

The pub is a lovely spot for a drink or two – sup on an Aspall, or if beer's your thing, try a Racing Tiger, an offering from local brewery Angels and Demons. Sit in front of the roaring fire (board games and puzzles optional) or head out to the well-kept sun-terrace and garden, complete with children's play area. Peckish? Snack on scotch eggs with caper mayo, sausage rolls with Branston pickle or mussel popcorn for the slightly more adventurous. If you fancy something more substantial, the main menu features dishes such as smoked haddock kedgeree balls with cucumber and mint yoghurt, or slow-cooked pork belly with chorizo and cannellini beans. Eat in the light and airy conservatory, the restaurant area or the pub. The Duke is one of three Kent places under the Mark Sargeant umbrella, with Rocksalt in Folkestone and The Wife of Bath in Wye also well worth a look.


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