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The Poet

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Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
12:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 18:00 - 21:15
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just had a fantastic visit to The Poet. Food was delicious and so beautifully presented. Staff were very friendly and gave great recommendations. It was my partner's birthday and he left feeling very spoilt so thank you very much!

Thank Sarah F
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I booked the Poet after reading good reviews, for my daughters 21st Birthday and what a good choice. There are so many adjectives I could use to describe our evening and would probably run out of characters allowed (if that's possible) before I would run out of words! But to try and sum it up in one new word, It... More 

Thank Paul R
London, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked at the poet based on the reviews in this site and we were not disappointed! A surprise chef's compliment pulled pork ball followed by a wonderful 3 course meal. We spent just under £100 for 2 for all food and drinks. The portion sizes are perfect. Not too big, not too small. One to remember!

Thank dutchbunny
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been to this fabulous restuarant a number of times now and have not been disappointed on any course I have eaten!! Amazing food combinations, awesome presentation and perfect quantities. The staff are a pleasure and a credit to this warm, friendly place. I've eaten in many Michelin Starred restaurants and this should have one!!

Thank Steve F
West Malling, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As gastro pubs go, this one takes some beating. Our waitress was bright and charming - and the gin of the day was delicious! The food was both exquisitely presented and tasty with unusual and interesting flavour combinations. One of my companions was seriously contemplating having the tuna starter again for dessert, she enjoyed it so much. A cheese plate... More 

Thank Jo Z
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place needs to make up its mind whether it's a pub or a restaurant. We came here for a birthday treat expecting a fine restaurant. We walked in to six men sitting at the bar plus a few others so it was difficult to get to the bar to announce our arrival. We were then served and took our... More 

1 Thank pilgrim48968
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

The Poet in Matfield has changed hands and the new owners are doing a fabulous job. The Chef and part owner of the business is a real cut above the rest and is serving really delicious, interesting food at a very reasonable price. His attention to detail is great and you can tell that he really cares that his customers... More 

Thank georgina s
London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Lovely atmpshere with friendly staff and the food is excellent. A great place to meet old frriends, or for business meetings or just plain old family time! Loved it.

Thank Sue M
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had Sunday lunch at The Poet. The service was impeccable and the food was AMAZING!! We will be returning...often! A lovely ambience and decor also. Thanks.

Thank Beth S
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Was looking through Trip Advisor. Found this and booked for lunch. What a surprise and pleasure! The food was so beautifully presented at each course and a pleasure to eat. The wine list was excellent and the gin selection was amazing. We had the Rock Rose gin. The service was impeccable - the waitresses were knowledgable and after the meal... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$29 - US$44
European, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Royal Tunbridge Wells  >  Matfield
  • Phone Number: +44 1892 722416
We believe that your dining experience with us starts the moment you walk through our door. A friendly greeting from our front of house team, lead by co-owner Andy Urbanek and Manager Katy Cruickshank. The Poet offers a vast selection of craft gins, handpicked wines and quirky cocktails. Chef Patron Petrus Madutlela and his team, endevours to tempt our customers with an imaginative array of contemporary British food cooked to order, sourced from the freshest, local produce. Our celebrity chef competed on Masterchef: The Professionals and was Judge of South African TV show "The Ultimate Braai Master."

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?