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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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European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited here last night after reading previous fantastic reviews, and as expected, we were not disappointed. The food and service were exceptional and way superior to other local places that we’ve also tried. The atmosphere in this quaint little pub was excellent, and we’ll be...More

Thank Lloyd7687
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited The Poet for dinner on a weekend away. The food was good but something was missing, expected to be blown away based on the prices. The staff were all very polite and friendly however we booked for 7 and left just before 10...More

Thank Dominic C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went to The poet on Saturday night with friends after a some good local buzz about it. The atmosphere is lovely while the staff are great. Informed and pleasant. The food is terrific too. I had a very tasty risotto followed by hake in a...More

Thank Greg S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Excellent Food, good beer & wine. We have eaten here a few times now & have never had a bad meal. Set in an oak beamed pub, absolutely perfect

Thank OldKJ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Poet is a great restaurant - The food was excellent, and portions were reasonable, which is often an issue for me in similar “haute cuisine” restaurants as portions tend to be too small for me! The service was very attentive and friendly. Slightly on...More

Thank Bluslide
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s not often you eat somewhere and they get everything just right. “The Poet” in Matfield is just stunning however and hits every mark. The service is so friendly, the decor is outstanding and the food delicious and very reasonably priced. I can’t wait to...More

Thank Kar43
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been there before and we were underwhelmed. After several recommendations from friends, the views of whom we trust, we decided to give it one more go. And glad we are we did. Thursday is the taster menu and it is excellent. On time,...More

Thank KentPaul
Reviewed 1 week ago

ate here with three mates and had a lovely evening. the Harveys on tap was excellent but could have been a degree or two cooler. Not expensive at under £4.00 we all had the set three course menu at £22.95 and were not disappointed. the...More

Thank alexandmaggie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's been awhile since my other half and I have been out for a proper wine and dine meal! Seeing as my career as a chef started at the poet a couple of years ago I deemed it to be a fitting choice in where...More

Thank Ellis O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our friends won a dinner for two and we joined them and paid for an excellent service, a delicious set menu and recommended drinks. All served with charm and explanation if asked. Looking forward to trying the tasting menue.

Thank Janice B
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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$32 - US$49
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, 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 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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