The Poet at Matfield

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954 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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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R
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely surroundings, attentive and friendly staff and fantastic food. We had the tasting menu which was very reasonably priced and of a high standard.

Would recommend highly.

MB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was outstanding. Attentive but not overdoing it. She knew all about the food and named all the cheeses 🧀 and there were lots of them ! Her name is Jess.

DJ
Kent
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an absolute pleasure it was to dine at The Poet, it ticks all the boxes if you are looking for a top class dining experience. Faultless, friendly service, outstanding food wonderfully presented, excellent wine list and a cosy relaxed atmosphere. Well done, we will be back.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Sunday roast to celebrate one's anniversary. Incredible food, outstanding service and a pleasant atmosphere. We shall be returning.

P
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food, service and decor.
Food possibly a little over seasoned (could just be my palette).
Wasn’t told table was need back by 3:00pm (we booked for 1:00pm).
Still a lovely lunch and will def use again.

MN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sunday lunch; whenever we have a special occasion, The Poet is the go-to place! We were particularly impressed with the fruit and berry crumble which we hadn’t had for pudding before.

M
Kent
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The quality and good nature of the staff was an added bonus .

The one and only complaint is the comfort of the seating.

You have a collection of well worn chairs. Perhaps we were unlucky but they were past their best and uncomfortable.

Sorry but there you are!!

OT
East Sussex
6 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here twice now with my girlfriend for date night. Both times, the food has been exquisite with incredible service. Not cheap, but I’ve paid far more for far worse. An incredible experience both times. Thank you all for two incredible evenings.

LS
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, service etc. We both had sea bass which was delicious but the portion was very small. It was beautifully cooked and presented but 4 mouthfuls and it was gone

SJ
Kent
18 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing is the only word required.
It applies to all aspects( except parking when very busy).

B
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning lunch from start to finish, staff very good and extremely helpful regarding food allergies and food exceptional. We enjoyed our afternoon very much - thank you

AP
London
17 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another excellent meal at this firm favourite - this time for New Years Eve. The food was stunning, a masterclass in taste and balance from chef Petrus! The service from Andrew, Simon, George and the rest of the crew was warm and hospitable as always. Looking forward to our next visit...!

S
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seamless service with just the right balance of attentiveness combined with the chef’s obvious passion for creating superb dishes meant that this was, once again, an exceedingly enjoyable evening. TVM to all.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It felt like trying to hard to sell us more food and drinks...
The chef did not allow my 5 year old son to take away his left over food, which is annoying and such a waste of food and money.
Not great experience overall.

RB
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Been here a few times and recommended it to many. As always the food and service did not disappoint!

JH
Aberdeen
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful meal and great service. We will definitely return when we can

S
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our first visit to The Poet and it certainly won’t be our last would thoroughly recommend

E
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food and service excellent. Relaxed way to spend Boxing Day lunch.

c
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boxing Day lunch

KG
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive service and excellent wine recommendations. Thoroughly recommended for that special occasion

W
London
23 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience , as per usual. The welcome we received from Andy and the team was great - we had our usual aperitifs and then a wonderful three course meal .

There is a personal touch that very rarely occurs in other restaurants - we had a magnificent Christmas Eve.

DG
London
15 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came for lunch on Monday 23rd December. My partner was concerned as the sign outside suggested it was closed on Mondays! However all was well when the open sign was flipped over and we were warmly welcomed (seated near the fireplace near the bar with a few drinks) despite being a little early. Service was not pretentious, but nor was it too informal - it was what I would describe as “professional, with a smile”. If you are not a regular and expect more then you may need to be more forward/extroverted.
The Poet is a narrow, small gastropub with a bar at the front and the dining area just behind the bar which is long and narrow - 2 tables either side of a walkway. Rustic feel with exposed beams - nice setting for a wintry meal.
Starters were tasty , couldn’t fault them at all. The beetroot dish was excellent and the fishcake with fried egg was very well cooked and delicately spiced.
Mains were very good too. I remember the sides more however - the dauphinoise potatoes were excellent and the triple cooked chips were chunky and fluffy as you’d expect.
The venison dish was good but didn’t blow me away, though the vegetables were well cooked. The fillet steak was very good but couldn’t say it was something which I was wowed by.
Desserts were excellent- both of us had the raspberry soufflé, which was executed perfectly . Couldn’t be faulted at all , except that the lemon sorbet made it a bit too sweet - would have preferred something as simple as a vanilla ice cream scoop to balance the sweetness of the soufflé and raspberry coulis which accompanied it.
The bill was settled promptly with some “arms length pleasantries” with the (assumed) owner. Not cheap but didn’t feel short changed - it was a high quality affair.
Recommended

L
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently had our work Christmas meal at The Poet and we all agreed it was the best place we’ve ever eaten. The food was phenomenal and the service was outstanding. It made our festive meal so special and perfect. We will all definitely be returning!

SZ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really flavoursome food that tastes as good as it looks. Excellent menu with a lot of options.

r
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Have been before and was equally pleased with this visit. The food is interesting, creative and really tasty. One appetiser came with some spicy dressing that was not expected but this was changed very quickly with a non spicy dressing. Hot raspberry souffle for dessert was the highlight. Lovely!!

AB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, with service to match! Will definitely return!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love The Poet. Wonderful food, service and ambiance as always.

The evening was made all the better because the local choir was singing carols in the bar.

Thank you Andy, Simon, George and all in the kitchen (who we’ve never met!)

Happy Christmas to all

Andrew & Sue

TN
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A great meal with good service thankfully brief Christmas musak was short lived.

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give more stars for Food and Service I would. It definitely was one of the best Sunday roast we ever had. The ambience was perfect and relaxed and the service next to none. This definitely will become our regular place for a lazy Sunday roast.

L
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to have persevered and finally got a table at the Poet! They truly deserve their popularity - fabulous, discreet service and food was absolutely stunningly delicious. Top notch & wonderful. Highly recommend and cannot wait to return. Thank-you.

AM
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was by far one of the best meals we’ve had and the recommendation from where we stayed certainly paid off! Even after a long day the vibe and cosy atmosphere were a perfect way to unwind and we felt welcomed and valued as customers. We enjoyed two courses each and the venison and halibut were to die for! So succulent and superb quality! The Poet even served our favourite beer Pilsner Urquell! We will definitely be returning. Many thanks.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delicious meal we both had. The Poet is somewhere you visit for that something extra - where the food is exquisite and the service outstanding.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pure quality

RB
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening dining experience with Michelin starred quality food.
Access for wheelchair users is restricted with steps up to entrance and no disabled toilet facilities.

AB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Christmas catch up with friends. Excellent all round. Love the slick and friendly service and delicious food. Friends impressed!

PJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our group of four enjoyed a very good lunch from the a la carte menu including seasonal venison and duck main courses. Our first choice wine was not available but the alternative proved quite satisfactory.

AR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food! So deserving of excellent reviews. Have been coming for years and it never disappoints. Recommend wholeheartedly.

K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sunday lunch. Service was great. Not intrusive but there to answer any questions. We have already re booked.

MT
Kent
21 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Poet is our go to restaurant and we are never disappointed after eating here. We went for a celebration family Sunday lunch on this occasion which is fabulous value for the quality of food. Ambience, service and food all fab!

LK
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Worth every penny. We were celebrating our second wedding anniversary and couldn’t fault the food or service. The food was to a high standard and was delicious, can’t wait to return.