The Poet at Matfield

4.8
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1028 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
The Poet offers an informal yet refined dining experience in the heart of the Kent countryside. Set in a charismatic 16th century building, diners can expect food of the highest standards, made using the finest local and seasonal produce and lovingly prepared by a small team of chefs led by co-owner Petrus Madutlela.

In addition to the food, we offer a selection of fine wines, quirky cocktails, and have a collection of over 70 craft gins available.

World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon lived in Matfield and is the inspiration behind our name. Sassoon was awarded the Military Cross for "conspicuous gallantry" and later won acclaim for his writing. We're pretty sure he would have loved our food too!

A warm welcome awaits diners from front of house manager and co-owner Andy Urbanek and his team. We look forward to seeing you!
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Happydiner
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to The Poet to celebrate a special birthday. This is our fourth visit and as usual the food and service were outstanding. The staff were very welcoming considering the present circumstances and the place was very clean with plenty of hand sanitisers available! We will be back

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Bryn
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A brilliant restaurant with the best food in Kent. The service was as usual, at the highest level and nothing was too much for them. Superb Sunday lunch...still talking about it now!
Bryn Page

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
68 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food here is incredible, the best Sunday lunch I’ve had!

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vipAmyP
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were blown away by the delicious food, fabulous ambience and outstanding attention to detail. A thoroughly wonderful experience.

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vipJackh1
Kent
27 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding.

The Food is innovative, interesting and ultimately absolutely delicious.

The menu is enticing and I always struggle to decide what to eat, I can’t say I’ve ever been disappointed. The pork, this time around, was executed perfectly and the classic combinations perfectly balanced. Beautiful.

Service is spot on, attentive, yet unobtrusive.

Couldn’t recommend enough.

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ChrisL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a late lunch with friends and the quality of food, the menu choice, the drinks, the service (all staff) was EXCEPTIONAL! Quite the best culinary experience we have all enjoyed for a very long time and beyond many top quality restaurants. Simply a wonderful experience - service with a smile, knowledge, professional … all added to an outstanding lunch. WE WILL RETURN!

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JohanS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Well worth the impromptu lunch! Service was great and catered well for a child.

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Buds
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good! Pricy but food cannot be faulted. Good selection of wines.

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JudiI
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely special evening having been once for Sunday lunch. Exquisite presentation and gorgeous tasty meal - a very special place

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Permilie
London
12 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food in a lovely posh pub style setting - highly recommend

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Woody123
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not fault anything it was my birthday and I enjoyed every single morsel. EXCELLENT in every way would HIGHLY RECOMMEND. It was my third visit and each one as enjoyable as the one before.

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Ade1
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an enjoyable experience. Very welcoming and attentive staff topped off with wonderful food. Will certainly be going back. Loved it.

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RogerB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food,impeccable service and a great ambience, we could not fault it. If only there were more places like the Poet locally.

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LorraineD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, always guaranteed good food with excellent service and ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, atmosphere and friends.

Great selection of wines, and OMG, the cheeseboard is so underrated!

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Holly
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic dinner at our favourite restaurant. This time with relatives from London who now understand why we don’t need to travel more than a mile or two for a high quality fine dining experience. The Japanese tuna starter was sheer perfection.

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SimonB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

An unusually high quality of food for a country pub. The service was great and the setting delightful. The menu is varied and interesting. Our only reservation is that some of the dishes are over-complicated leading to a confusion of taste. On the brink of too fussy.

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vipErikaF
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Very good service and the food was delicious.

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richardh
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FIRST CLASS IN EVERY WAY A LOVELY EVENING HAD BY ALL

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DeanP
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal and the staff were great with just the right level of attentiveness. Would recommend to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Return visit every bit as good as previous

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PollyH
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my absolute favourite place to socialise - the quality of the food is unbelievably good, the staff are so warm and efficient, the surroundings comfortable and stylish - I always come away feeling happy in my stomach (not always the case when eating out these days) and looking forward to my next visit. Perfect.

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vipGlen
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fabulous restaurant - as always. Ultra friendly staff, loads of great guns, excellent wine list and the food is wonderful.

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artyjo
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time here and look forward to the next. An excellent place for a treat with superb food and staff

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vipBigAlV
Kent
44 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening we had - magnificent welcome, superb and delicious fine dining complimented by efficient yet unobtrusive service, and excellent wine - what more could anybody want!

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JulieW
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic meal. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes. However if you are a vegan you must let the chef know beforehand as there are no vegan meals on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Brilliantly done

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Sally
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with the girls. The food was absolutely delicious. I was on a no grain, no sugar diet and they couldn't have been more accommodating! And the service was impeccable. There must be a great chef lurking in the kitchen there. thank you.

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HP69lovefood
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not really everyday dining. As always The Poet provides Michelin star food, with exemplary service an a setting with character.
Not too many tables and with staff not only on hand but monitoring the needs of customers. The taster menu available midweek is incredible value for money. We will return

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CharlotteJP2018
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely place, excellent food, great service! The only one criticism I would say is that it was quite hot and could have done with air flow/ open window and a bit more of an atmosphere, perhaps with jazz music playing in the background or something to enhance the ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food around - superb!

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Nell
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit and even better than the first. Excellent restaurant. Recommend highly.

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MiaD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience at The Poet for Sunday lunch. The staff were very knowledgeable of the menu and could tell us everything that could be made gluten free (which was pretty much everything). The food was delicious and was a nice twist from your day to day roast. Would definitely recommend!

JR
JoanneR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant. The food was exceptional as was the service. The ambiance was warm and welcoming and there was a good buzz all evening. Only wish I had been before and will certainly be making regular visits from now on. Thank you for a wonderful evening

JB
JosephineB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the poet a few times now and always have a fantastic meal. Will be back soon.

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Charlotte
Essex
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Food was delicious but we were very rushed into choosing and ambience was not nice ... I would not recommend

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MICHAELU
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You have it right..we enjoyed the experience, very tasty food. I would surly come back and pass the experience on to all.

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GillianK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food beautifully presented. Very friendly service.

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Nic66
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & great food, we went on the Tuesday steak nights & couldn’t fault anything, we even parked right outside which isn’t always the case!

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GWD1
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as usual. Food was great as was the service. We will be going back soon.