The Poet at Matfield

4.8
1938 reviews
£26 to £40
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1938 People Are Saying
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DouglasF
Kent
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First Class. Amazing food, friendly staff. Everyone should go.

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Lalalovefood
London
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful lunch , good service, Loved the venison carpaccio ( amazing!).
Can’t wait to have a repeat visit.
Thank you.

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helenelisa
Kent
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful pub where the food is exquisitely presented. The service was impecable and the waiters friendly. The only negatives were that our table was in an awkward corner and it was tricky to access, and we were served a side of "elastic" cabbage that was impossible to cut and quite chewy. However, the complementary bread, amuse-bouches and sweet treats were absolutely gorgeous. Will certainly go back.

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AngieT
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit and will definitely be back. Food and service just outstanding. Highly recommend.

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WendyO
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food. Very expensive but worth every penny

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KarenS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing food, lovely atmosphere and fantastic service . I can't rate this high enough.

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Teresa
Kent
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Drove there on a very cold foggy evening, was worth the drive ! Exceeded expectations

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Alex
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place we have ever been to, well worth the journey

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StuartK
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and such considerate service from the team. Definitely one of the best roasts we have ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and lovely food. Very impressive.

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SHARONB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit The Poet for special occasions with special friends.
The cuisine is worth its Michelin star. Andy & his team are superb too.
Tip....choose the paired wine with the meal course you have chosen. They haven't disappointed yet.
See you again.

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Reni
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The customer service was excellent. And the food — exquisite! I’d highly recommend for a special occasion

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vipWill83222
London
45 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding meal, as usual. We enjoyed the touches of the bread and the amuse bouche and the quality of the fish - both mackerel and bream was outstanding. Always lovely to be at the Poet .

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Anita
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat fairly regularly in this pub/restaurant, which we are lucky enough to have in our village.
We have never been disappointed in the food or the service and thoroughly recommend it .

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ECuk
London
17 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The post was fantastic! The food felt so special, very much a fine dining experience. The service and environment were also fantastic! We will definitely be back!!

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KevinS
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service just right, I was very impressed

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pk123
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service.
Thoroughly enjoyable .

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marshwillow
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday lunch was outstanding.

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MikeW
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Can't wait to go back again
The Sunday roast was to die for!

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GaryP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely traditional pub, imaginative menu, great food. This is a treat, Sunday roasts were excellent. It is pricey when you add on all the extras but it is definitely worth it. Excellent drink and wine options, lovely chilled ambiance

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GrantR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again the Poet at Matfield delivers on every level.

The Sunday Roast is sublime and worth very modest cost.

Whilst the "roast" is always excellently cooked I am a great advocate of the way the accompanying vegetables are prepared and taste. Every aspect of the dish is perfect and it is clear to see that the chef only uses the best quality ingredients.

Whilst neither of us was in the mood for a bottle of wine on this occasion the wine list is quite extensive and contains some very excellent wines for all tastes.

The Poet is ideal for relaxed dining. There is nothing pretentious about the restaurant or service experience. The staff warmly greet all diners and the resultant service is attentive and efficient.

Its all about the quality of the food.

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wonners
London
9 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience2

My husband & I both love eating in highly regarded restaurants.
However we unfortunately were disappointed with the food atThe Poet
on Sunday.
We found all the courses far too fussy.
In fact I felt quite sick when I left the
restaurant !
My husband was disappointed in the
small amount of Sirloinn that was on his plate !
I absolutely love fish but for me the Hake was ruined by all the numerous other flavours additionally on the plate !!Sorry, we won’t be back anytime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife & I had a brilliant time at the poet. The food was amazing, staff were fantastic and we’ll definitely be going back.

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vipAndrewP
London
24 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a very special wedding anniversary at The Poet! Yet again, another amazing meal - the food is absolutely subliminal, an experience of carefully balanced flavours to be savoured… And service is always top notch. A real gem of a restaurant in a small Kent village!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the poet. Great and easy going service. The “chef compliments” nibbles were very well received and tasty too. I’d highly recommend to others.

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Cubitt
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime food, lovely ambience, and fantastic service. A memorable meal.

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JohnK
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely place to visit for Sunday lunch , , food is excellent , including staff and owners

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NicolaK
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!
This is our go to restaurant when we fancy a treat….as it’s not on our doorstep , we travel about an hour to get here, but it’s soooo worth it. Sundays especially! The whole experience is amazing but I’d just order a wheelbarrow of cauliflower cheese if I could…never tasted one like it..it’s incredible! Everything is executed with precision from the welcome at the door, to the attentive waiting staff and of course the food! Superb!

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PhilipW
6 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of a very few excellent quality restaurants in West Kent

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JudithL
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic.
Felt very respected as customers.

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KeithE
London
11 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the New Years Eve 6 course Tasting Menu and were very impressed. The star of the show was the first course, a tomato, cashew nut and chimchurri dish that had layer upon layer of flavours. The other courses did not disappoint. The Poet has an excellent choice of wines at all prices. A visit is highly recommended

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WilliamM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Disappointing meal laden with salt .Not one course out of eight was tasty.
Way overpriced at £105 per head plus wine. Wine priced at average restaurant prices. Not sure how The Poet has achieved all it’s accolades. Would certainly not be on my recommendations list.
I am not a ‘moaning minnie’ and do not mind paying over the top for good food.

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JHowland
London
22 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding!!! Best restaurant in the entire south east!

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LLww
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on all counts. We couldn't find fault and will be back soon!

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cocopele
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reunion for the family. Great food and fantastic service

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit, just sensational. Truly delicious food. Flavours and presentation spot on. Excellent service

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DavidF
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive service, friendly staff and great food. What’s not to like? Keep meaning to go more often and will make it one of my 2022 musts!

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Emjay
London
21 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

With the reduction in reservations due to covid cancellations, there was a shortage of diners at the later time. However everything else was as excellent as we have become to expect from the staff the service and of course the food

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vipWill83222
London
45 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant, as ever; thanks to Andy et al for accommodating for our late booking change.

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goodfoodenthusiast
Hertfordshire
21 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very special time, delicious food, very comfortable surroundings and lovely friendly staff. Super!

FAQs

The Poet at Matfield is rated 4.8 stars by 1938 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.