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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
€€ - €€€
Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We have just got back from our first visit to The Poet, and it was most certainly worth the 45 minute drive to get there. From the moment we walked through the door we were given a warm welcome by the very attentitive staff, who...More

Thank Dan W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A return visit for Mother’s Day lunch. One of the later sittings but no delays. The meal was excellent with only on negative. More on that later. Atmosphere here is excellent and the staff also very attentive without overwhelming. As for the food: the Amuse...More

Thank alexhL6457QI
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the Poet Food always fresh, well prepared and presented, lots of options. Staff and service excellent. Imaginative chef, will highly recommend.

Thank Maddy51190
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for a Sunday roast for my Birthday and it was stunning! I had the mackerel to start and was cooked to perfection. Genuinely the most amazing fish starter I've ever had. Had roast Lamb for dinner and was so tender, the sides were fantastically...More

Thank jessicahiggins2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Met friends at this little pub which half way between us, otherwise we would probably have never come across it. Our friends were nearly 30 minutes late arriving but the owner (Simon) couldn't have been more polite. We has a nice chat about their extensive...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a tonic to the beast from the east we booked a lunch at the Poet. What a treat. Really great service and even better food. I had the fish cake starter followed by supreme of chicken and then a very large cheeseboard. My wife...More

Thank Andy H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for the 'Taster's Meal' on Wednesday 31st Jan with 4 others. We were welcomed warmly and sat on comfy sofas to have a drink, before being taken to our table. The surroundings were attractive and cosy and our table was in a private...More

Thank Jane C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really fantastic place. Service was immaculate and friendly. We had the very good value chefs tasting menu. It was totally delicious and a lovely experience. We accompanied the wine flight to go with which was priced at £12.50 for 3 100ml glasses of wine and...More

Thank Sarah F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Introduced some friends to the lovely Poet, fantastic meal on a Friday night, good way to start the weekend. As always lovely night out friends loved it, all agreed to return.. Food & Service excellent. We are biased, but think this place is great.

Thank nickp662017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the 3 course set lunch. Starters (pea soup,. salmon with horseradish cream) and mains ( hake with caviar sauce, duck) were outstanding. Dessert of panacotta wasn't as great as reviews said. No wobble in the panacotta. The apple crumble was simply apple slices...More

Thank audL12
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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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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