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The Poet

) #1 of 4 Restaurants in Matfield €€ - €€€ European, British,
Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Lunch for 4 today was faultless! Excellent service without being overbearing 3 generations of us eating today, we had the chicken, pork and beef and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food We will definitely be returning!

Thank MLB195
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

So named after the WW I poet Seigfried Sassoon who lived in the village. The Poet has a great menu and is not expensive. There are 20+ guns to choose from. The service was friendly. I highly recommend this country pub. I look forward to...More

Thank TunbridgeWellsTrevor
Reviewed 6 days ago

Pleasant greeting on arrival. Excellent service from two waiters who served our table. I asked a waitress to please turn down the intrusive background music. She grudgingly agreed to do this, but made a point of saying that she would have to turn it up...More

Thank Rose455
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Until I arrived in Matfield I had no idea there were three pubs in the village. Quite unusual these days. If the Poet has a downside it is the parking. It is very limited and the other two pubs seem to have loads more. That...More

Thank ErictheRed56
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are many pretty pubs in the Tunbridge Wells area and we were recommended to this one for good food. This old pub is in the pretty village of Matfield which is typically olde English with village green, duckpond, geese etc and has its own...More

Thank pastyfaceCornwall
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To eat at the Poet at Matfield is not simply a meal out, it is a feast of culinary pleasure, a veritable celebration of the good life. What with chef Petrus Madutlela and his staff cooking up a storm the equal of whom one will...More

2  Thank ronelvz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch today for my son's 18th birthday. Simply beautiful food, really good choice of drinks and such welcoming staff. We're going back for Sunday roast (again) next week. Well done to the whole team!

1  Thank jamesdene
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't disagree more with a previous review of the South African Braai on Bank Holiday Monday! The atmosphere was fantastic, the food was fabulous, with loads of different flavours to tantalise the tastebuds, and, as it was "eat as much as you like" I can't...More

1  Thank Michelle P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We tried the Poet for Sunday lunch at the start of June. It was so good we returned 2 weeks later. The food is sublime and the staff are excellent. Best Sunday lunch in Kent, i promise you, you won't regret going!

Thank Wayiman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our first time visit to The Poet was with 3 of my family members and my boyfriend for my birthday dinner on a Saturday evening. Tomato gazpacho had a heavy taste of onion and garlic that lingered a bit too long. As a pre to...More

Thank georgina j
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Christine S
What gluten free options do you have especially on a Sunday? Thank you
20 January 2017|
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Response from MandLKent | Reviewed this property |
I'd call and ask Andy the proprietor - he's always very helpful and with sufficient notice would accommodate your request I'm sure. It's fabulous food in a lovely country setting - you'll not be disappointed. Lindsay.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$29 - US$44
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
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
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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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