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The Poet

Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“quail” (6 reviews)
Opens in 29 min
European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My partner took me to the Poet for our anniversary, I had high expectations after reading reviews and I was not disappointed. The food was outstanding, very flavoursome and the presentation was outstanding. The restaurant is very comfortable and quaint, with a warming ambience. All...More

Thank dani84m
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Extremely tasty food, presented beautifully. Polite, charming service that neither rushed you or left you waiting for food. Good atmosphere with unobtrusive background music. Will definitely return with family/ friends. It isn’t cheap but you know that when you book, and you come away feeling...More

Thank ripo5
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went for lunch for my mother in laws birthday - 2 couples and our 18 month old daughter. It's a lovely pub / restaurant (is more of a restaurant than a pub), with a relaxed atmosphere. Great food - all of our meals were...More

Thank 456RachW
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Having been recommended it we visited for a Sunday lunch; the menu read very well, the quality & presentation of all courses was excellent, the service level matched this and The Poet itself a lovely character venue. All four of us would love to go...More

Thank Alex J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the most amazing meal this evening. The food was excellent and the service out of this world. Thanks guys it was a loveky evening :-) We'll be back soon ....

Thank Darren M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Poet is my local and as a reasonably frequent visitor, I have omitted to review it simply because it is my local but I feel it needed a review from me after my latest lunch a few days ago. Petrus and his team have...More

Thank Alastair J
Reviewed 1 week ago

First visit since new owners and have to agree with most contributors the food really is top notch. Jumbo quail breast, confit leg as starter was main course portion size. Filet of beouf very well prepared. Tart tatin excellent. Only tiny gripe had to pour...More

Thank gruzzleTonbridge
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great welcome on our entrance where we were offered our table or to have a drink at the bar. I’d recommend the Rhubarb Gin ! Excellent choice on the menu, l chose the beetroot & goats cheese to start, full of flavour, and halibut as...More

Thank Georgie57
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for the first time tonight with 2 other friends. The welcome was efficient and friendly without being over the top.A really varied a la carte menu with another limited choice alternative. Service was prompt, professional and cheerful. The food was excellent - very...More

Thank 65yearold
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Six of us visited for a celebratory lunch on Easter Sunday. What a fantastic meal we had! The food was excellent and the service exemplary. The three course Sunday lunch was high quality and a complete bargain at the price (c. £27). I had the...More

Thank James C
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Christine S
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$33 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, 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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:30
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
  • E-mail
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 Simon Moore. The Poet offers a vast selection of craft gins, handpicked wines and quirky cocktails. Chef Patron Petrus Madutlela and his team tempt customers with an imaginative array of contemporary British food.
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