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The Poet at Matfield
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!
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waiting staff wear masks
On balance this was overall the best meal I have had at the Poet. I have been eating there annually for about five years. My party (of three) all had excellent starters and mains. The ambience was excellent as was the bonhommie of the management and waiting staff. Impressive measures had been taken to make customers feel save as far as Covid is concerned. Our only disappointment was one of the desserts which was described as a pistachio panna cotta. This was far removed from being a panna cotta and had been made from pistachio paste. It had the consistency of blancmange. Despite the let down with one of the desserts which appeared to be an aberration this is an excellent establishment that I thoroughly enjoy visiting. It is my 'go to' place when I want a nice meal out and I thoroughly recommend it.
Fantastic place we love it here. Highly recommend
Went for steak night. Was great to visit again after such a long time. Service and quality as good as ever
What a fabulous experience we had on Sunday evening at The Poet at Matfield.!! A warm welcome including our temperatures being taken! My Halibut with a Lobster Bisque was sublime and the Roast Beef and trimmings was by all accounts delicious. My guest was blown away by the carrots and was able to say that in her 88 years she had never tasted anything like them - perfectly al dente, sweet, spiced and the most incredible colour!! Sticky Toffee Pudding with the most beautiful Nutmeg Ice cream to finish. We loved the fact that all wines were recommended for each dish and could be bought by the glass. Superb service giving the restaurant a wonderful relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I will definitely go out of my way to go again!!
Lovely restaurant for a special meal out. Fantastic service and delicious food and wine. Will definitely be back for our next special occasion.
Incredible food, service and a great night all round. I notified the Poet that we were eating there for our anniversary when I made the booking and they gave us 2 complimentary glasses of prosecco when we arrived, which was completely unexpected and a really nice touch. They also gave us a small but very special dessert plate to say happy anniversary as well, on the house. I can't recommend this place enough. The service is impeccable, the food is exceptional and the atmosphere was lively and not stuffy or stuck up.
First time back post-lockdown - absolutely super food (as always) plus great service! So lovely to be back, thanks Petrus and team...!!!
Wonderful food with well matched wine. Thanks for a fantastic meal.
Excellent food with good and reasonably priced wine selection.Staff could not have been more helpful in the circumstances.
Fantastic food and service
Fantastic meal with friendly intelligent service! Food was Delicious and very aware of Covid precautions.
Sensational meal. Quail, rare rib of beef and a wonderful raspberry soufflé. As ever, we were brilliantly looked after by the team. A faultless experience as usual.
As always very good food and service was excellent. They followed all the Covid guidelines.
A beautiful and memorable evening. Thank you for making our first trip out one we will always remember.
We will be back. Xxxx
We enjoyed the experience and elements were very good but my experience was soured by my main course Lamb which was dry tasteless and overcooked
Amazing food! Deffo be coming back again soon ! :)
Excellent restaurant we went for our wedding anniversary and They sent over 2 glasses of bubbles and dessert place for anniversary. The food is outstanding.
Thank you poet
We went to the Poet for our 2nd wedding anniversary and I must say was so impressed with the food. My wife described it as the best roast dinner she had ever had. This was before the staff kindly took her plate back to amend her beef as it was too rare for her liking. The staff were all so professional and friendly. Will certainly be returning and have already recommended to family and friends.
Fabulous as always. This was our first visit to a restaurant since lockdown and we felt totally comfortable that The Poet were sticking to all the guidelines. We had a great lunch and it was so nice to be out. The food and service are always first class. We will be back !
First visit. Excellent food, but decor, ambience and more intrusive Covid restrictions than we have experienced elsewhere a negative. Service fine.
Not cheap, but food worth it.
Would likely come back for the food alone.
Seeing my parents for dinner at our favourite spot, I’ve missed this place!.
As always - and in spite of necessary social distancing constraints - a first class meal, superbly prepared and served.
Good food and careful Covid-19 service, Recommended.
10/10 for food and service. Faultless really. We will return when your tasting menu comes back. The atmosphere was a little strange with the Covid scenario going on but the staff dealt with it excellently. The only problem I found was my chair was wobbly and uncomfortable. I had to swap with my partner.
Lovely evening. Good to be back at the Poet after all these months . They have gone to great effort to make guests feel safe . Great to see that although there are fewer tables than before, they are busy so good atmosphere
Wonderful! We hadn’t been to the Poet since Christmas Eve and it was so great to see Andy and the team again. They have done their best to make the COVID provisions unintrusive and the restaurant feels its usual self. The food was utterly magnificent as ever; we had the sharing beef and it was exceptional - huge, but so flavourful and the sides were very refined and abundant.
As always it met high standards - the food is always excellent as is the service.
We have never been disappointed & would highly recommend it!
Delicious, interesting food with very professional service.
Great service, friendly and attentive staff.
Felt that lemon thyme on carrots was rather strange, and unsatisfying. Potatoes were served cold.
I felt that the braised lamb had been reheated, therefore dried out. Quite disappointed
Great place to eat, Well
Presented food and a good price
Excellent food and service. Tables very well spaced out and all staff wearing either visors or masks. Temperature taken on arrival and contact information taken. Single use menus.
Fantastic service, out of this world food, great atmosphere!
We had our anniversary dinner there on Saturday. We was welcomed with a glass of bubbly and the service was attentive without being overbearing. The food was exceptional and the setting old worldly. Thank you for making our day very very special;)
Has never been less than a great meal on the many occasions we’ve eaten here.
So glad they are coping with these difficult times.
I travel the world and visit many Michelin star restaurants and The poet is on par with the best I’ve visited .
Well run and great food
This is a real gem, to the point where I don’t want to write this and let others know!
We love the Poet at Matfield. The ambience is amazing and the food is outstanding. We even got a complimentary drink for our anniversary. They cater for our dietary requirements when we call n book in advance. They’re very mindful of social distancing and wear appropriate PPE.
Absolutely wonderful 👏
The food was excellent , the staff were polite, friendly and very good at there jobs especially when they were wearing masks on a very hot evening.
We cannot wait to return.
Thank you x
Amazing as always, even with covid precautions.
Good to have the Poet open again. Food as good as ever and felt very safe with all the social distancing precautions.
The Poet at Matfield offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01892 722416.
The Poet at Matfield is rated 4.8 stars by 1111 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.