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  1. Distance: 18.48mi
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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 18.48mi
  2. Distance: 21.40mi
  3. Distance: 32.50mi
  4. Distance: 36.25mi
  1. Distance: 18.48mi
  2. Distance: 21.40mi
  3. Distance: 32.50mi
  4. Distance: 36.25mi

About The Poet at Matfield

We believe that your dining experience with us starts the moment you walk through the door. A friendly greeting from our front of house team, led by co-owner Andy Urbanek and manager Katy Cruickshank.
The Poet offers a vast election of craft gins, handpicked wines and quirky cocktails. Chef Patron Petrus Madutlela and his team, endeavours to temp 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."

Maidstone Road
Matfield, Kent TN12 7JH
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
British, English

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 21:00
Friday: 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 21:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 16:00

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£25 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01892 722416

Website:
http://www.thepoetatmatfield.co.uk/

Public Transport:
Bus stop The Standings Cross: 267 Hawkhurst, 268
Hawkhurst, 6 Tunbridge Wells

Executive Chef:
Petrus Madutlela

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

The Poet at Matfield Ratings and Reviews

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Overall rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (89)
Worth the Drive (81)
Fit for Foodies (71)
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Good for Anniversaries (71)
Lunch (68)
Creative Cuisine (65)
Cosy (62)
Good for a Date (62)
Sunday Lunch (57)
Good for Birthdays (54)
Romance (54)
Local Ingredients (47)
Quiet Conversation (44)
Neighbourhood Gem (39)
Authentic (34)
Notable Wine List (33)
Seasonal (31)
Casual (28)
Business Meals (27)
Group Bookings (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Tasting Menu (14)
Outdoor Eating (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Healthy (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Great Beer (10)
Fun (9)
Bar Seating (6)
Outstanding Value (6)
Brunch (5)
Child Friendly (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Organic (2)
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 (London)·Dined 6 days ago

Certainly up there with one of the best pub meals I have ever had- would love o return and many thanks again

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·Dined 6 days ago

Now been for lunch and also evening meal to introduce the Poet to friends. Excellent all round, can't understand why they have not got a michelin star, we have eaten in many Michelin star restaurants and the Poet is up there with them.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot
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·Dined on 16 November 2017

We returned to the Poet to impress our friends and all chose the 6 course taster menu with wine pairing. Started with a lovely amuse bouche and then stepped through some very well prepared and tasty dishes, thoroughly enjoyable and relaxed evening, great food, great staff and nice old pub, we will be back and so will our friends,

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 (Kent)·Dined on 10 November 2017

Birthday lunch for my my Mother and as always, everything was wonderful. Favourite dining location.

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·Dined on 10 November 2017

Our meals were delicious and the service was outstanding.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on 7 November 2017

Birthday celebration lunch today, with great menu choice in set 2 or 3 course selection, a la Carte and Specials board. Service was excellent being attentive and personalised throughout. Highly recommended and we will be back :-)

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·Dined on 5 November 2017

Excellent, food,staff,service as per usual. During week for lunch/dinner or for a wonderful Sunday Lunch. So good we would go for Christmas Lunch.
The gins are amazing as are the many cocktails. Nothing not to like. Very cozy and wonderful ambience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined on 5 November 2017

I took my family for eldest daughter's 17th birthday treat Sunday lunch. The food tasted mazing and was a creative twist on classic Sunday lunch. The service was fast and friendly and the ambiance was cosy. A perfect November Sunday lunch.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on 2 November 2017

Our latest visit to this gastronomic paradise was just exceptional. It was our first experience of the tasting menu and it was magnificent. The service was as impeccable and the wine delicious.
A special place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Kent)·Dined on 29 October 2017

This HAS TO BE the best restaurant for Sunday Lunch!! SOoooo tasty and the staff are second to none

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on 28 October 2017

Had a very enjoyable evening, good food good friends and nice wine ... what more could you want.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 28 October 2017

From the moment we walked in until the moment we walked out we experienced excellent service. The food was absolutely delicious and we all felt we could have chosen anything on the menu. For starters we had the crab, the mackerel and the ravioli...all were delicious. The steaks were cooked to perfection and the hake was delicious. We are so pleased to have found somewhere that serves exceptional food. Can't wait to return!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Kent)·Dined on 27 October 2017

Visited the Poet after hearing good things which are well deserved - very friendly and the food was tremendous. We will be back and highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 27 October 2017

Fantastic food complimented with great service! We will be back very soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Cozy
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·Dined on 26 October 2017

Amazing venue, lovely and cosy! Food was amazing and the service was too! Felt at home made the evening very pleasant.

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·Dined on 25 October 2017

Excellent service & food. Would definitely recommend

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on 18 October 2017

Cannot fault The Poet. Always wonderful friendly personal service. Good value. The tasting menu is exceptional.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (East Sussex)·Dined on 15 October 2017

Excellence in food, service and ambience.

A very relaxing Sunday lunch.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (London)·Dined on 15 October 2017

excellent food ,superb service ,our first visit most impressed ,will recomend & return again ,well worth the hours drive

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 14 October 2017

Amazing, I’m so glad we found this place as it’s definitely the new favourite! Food was totally delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 13 October 2017

This kitchen's buzzing! We have just had another wonderful dinner at this special place.

The ambience, the service, the wine and food all contrive to make The Poet what it is - brilliant!!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 12 October 2017

A warm welcome, with excellent service throughout, all of our food was totally delicious. The tables are not too close together, the atmosphere relaxed and friendly, we can not recommend this place too highly. A very special place to eat all round, we will all be going back there soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 12 October 2017

I have dined at the Poet in Matfield on several occasions, the food is always excellent and the variety acceptable but not extensive. My only criticism is the price and size of the sweets which a small in quantity and at £7 or £8 each, rather expensive. The cheese board in particularly parsimonious.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 11 October 2017

Friend and I had tasting menu and was fantastic. Decided to have accompanying wines and they were lovely and sensibly sized for 6 courses. Will be doing it again.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 7 October 2017

This was our first visit to the Poet and we were not disappointed. The meal was a 'thank you' to friends for some work done on our house and it was suitably 'special', just right for the occasion. We shared two starters - risotto and quail and between us sampled three mains - lamb, pork belly and chicken. None of these disappointed. Each had a variety of different and interesting ingredients and flavours and the portions were not ungenerous. While prices are not exceedingly cheap, they represent excellent value for money. We shall be back.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on 6 October 2017

Had a wonderful meal at The Poet on Friday night. Beef Carpaccio was outstanding followed by the Hake which was very flavorsome and Tart Tartan for sweet which was cooked perfectly. Highlight of the evening was being made special Gin and Tonics by a very nice waiter who was very passionate about the drink and made a very big effort to ensure our drinks were perfect and explained to us the combinations of Gin and ingredients he put into them. Very impressive.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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·Dined on 5 October 2017

Very well attended too with excellent food .all in all a lovely evening

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 (London)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Fabulous Sunday Lunch we could not fault anything. The welcome.staff, food, ambiance. We will definitely return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (Kent)·Dined on 29 September 2017

Always a pleasure. Good service. Good food and the enigmatic and charming Petrus at the pass.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined on 28 September 2017

We went mid week for the Table d'ote menu (£19.95 for 2 courses). Choice of 2 dishes. Both very nice, great service. Great selection of Gins at the bar! Going back for the tasting menu in a couple of weeks time !

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Berkshire)·Dined on 27 September 2017

A thoroughly enjoyable dinner at the Poet. Every course was well presented, beautifully cooked and delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 26 September 2017

Warm, friendly welcome. Quickly seated & drinks order taken. We hadn't known it was steak night beforehand but decided on this from an interesting range of meals available. Our choice of starters were quickly delivered after being provided with Aimee bouche to tickle our palates. The steaks and accompanying vegetables were spot on. All delicious. Panna Cota was chosen for dessert. It wasn't like you see on Masterchef, all wobbly but it was a bit like a fruit cocktail. It was very tasty. Overall, this an upmarket pub/restaurant with prices to match and very worthy of a visit for somewhere special.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on 24 September 2017

We were there for Sunday lunch. Including grandparents - 6 of us.

As always the staff were as always really charming, welcoming, attentive and professional. Great pre-lunch drinks - the cocktails and artisan gin selection are particularly notable. Fabulous food to suit all possible tastes of people who genuinely like proper food! I had a lovely beetroot and feta starter - very pretty, tasty and light, followed by a lovely piece of hake - perfectly cooked in a lightly curried sauce with chorizo. Great tarte tatin dessert with nutmeg spiced ice cream - to die for. Great espresso martinis and a nice Pecorino white wine and an even better red for Ribera del Duero.

Particularly good value on sunday with a choice of 2 or three courses at a fixed price and includes very good roasts (beef, pork and chicken on our day) and plety of other options inc vegetarian.

Very good value and overall excellent, as always

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Great Beer
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 (Kent)·Dined on 17 September 2017

I have been wanting to bring my friends here for a while after a fantastic Christmas Day meal a few years ago. My memory of fabulous food and service wasn't tarnished. Cannot fault the presentation,the food tastes as great as it looks. Lovely atmosphere and great service. We all had roast beef that was cooked to perfection, my only fault would be that there was an unequal amount of roast potatoes meaning one of us only had two whilst the others had 3. Very small fault that definitely won't stop any of us returning. My friend is already planning on bringing her partner to test out the normal menu.

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·Dined on 3 September 2017

We couldn't have asked for a better place to celebrate my daughter's birthday! We had been there a few times before and, as expected, the menu choices were amazing and the food was absolutely delicious. This was a Sunday lunch and we all had beautifully presented tasty, colourful and interesting starters followed by stunning main courses (tender beef, succulent chicken and a vegetarian grilled halloumi choice - tasty to boot!). The four side dishes were equally wonderful and so nicely served in attractive covered casserole-style dishes. The vegetarian options for the starter and main were impressive and so nice to see (as so often in restaurants this can be a big let down). The desserts were just as wonderful and picture perfect with a light and tangy lemon posset, pistachio panna cotta and more. What a treat for all of us.
The service was outstanding from start to finish. We were welcomed into the dining area all five of us with a 4 month old baby (who slept right through to the dessert!) and the staff were so professional, cordial and well informed about the menu and drink choices. Everything was presented so effortlessly and without delay. Lastly, the 'gin of the week' and the hosts informed choice led to the best G&T we've had in a very long time! Thank you to the staff, chef and kitchen support who made this a terrific experience and great occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (London)·Dined on 30 August 2017

Food was beautiful and different. The chef is very inventive. Service was attentive but not overwhelming.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (London)·Dined on 28 August 2017

Excellent country pub with high end food. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. Creative and well put together. The wine we had was also absolutely superb, so at a guess the rest is decent too.
The interior is also very charming, if a tad dark but not much they can do given the age of the building (low ceilings).

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Seasonal, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 27 August 2017

Marvellous Sunday Birthday lunch. Way above usual pub food. Beautifully presented .... delicious fresh ingredients and friendly service .... first class. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 27 August 2017

This was my first visit. I had a personal recommendation. I was not disappointed. The food was excellent and so was the service. Highly recommended

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on 26 August 2017

Excellent food and service would definitely go back, definitely recommend

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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