The Poet at Matfield

4.8
759 reviews
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  • Fit for Foodies
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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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife & I had a very nice evening very good food , service first class very clean tidy establishment would go again well done

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DG
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First rate, one of the best places around. A special place for me

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting venue being more of a restaurant than a pub. Service was first class, friendly and professional. Wine list failed to excite as most were middle of the road “safe” wines.

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AG
Kent
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love love love this place & it never disappoints. For real foodies only, this is a very special experience. Each plate is not just beautiful & delicious but shows true passion in fine dining. This restaurant really nails it every time. Have eaten here for a romantic meal, a friend’s birthday and a cheeky lunch with the in-laws, I just can’t fault it!!

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JW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd visit and we opted for a La Carte. It was our anniversary and we were greeted with complimentary fizz which was a lovely touch. The food was stunning - I had the duck and my wife the hake - it can only be a matter of time before a Michelin star heads their way. The prices are exceptionally good - 2 courses, 2 people, drinks all for about £80. They finished the evening with some chocolates and jellies on a Happy Anniversary chocolate plate. Staff are exceptional too - brilliant place.

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D
London
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We celebrated my Mum's 78th birthday last night at The Poet and it was delightful! We had a 'gin of the week' in the garden when we arrived, and were treated like real ladies by a charming gentleman. The set menu was truly delicious, the mushroom veloute was to die for!

The service at table was 'Michelin star' equality and all the waitresses just delightful! I would highly recommend and will return.

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SH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Food was outstanding and I found it difficult to eat my dessert as it looked like a work of art.

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C
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal in the garden. Service as good as when we've eaten in the main restaurant.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic Sunday lunch. Good choice of food which is excellent. The staff are very welcoming and provide an excellent service.We couldn't fault any of the dishes we ordered. A must visit if you enjoy a quality Sunday roast. Highly recommend.

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TD
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every visit to The Poet has been very enjoyable. The food is amazing, staff are very attentive and can’t do enough for you. Highly recommend a visit.

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BD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is now our third time for Sunday lunch at The Poet and we are going there again at the end of July. It is my favourite Sunday lunch venue as it is so brilliant. Must try doing the evening menu at some time.

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D
London
28 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious, service was attentive and helpful, wine was very good value, great ambience, highly recommended

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IO
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening started well at the well stocked bar, shown to our table we were supplied with an amuse bouche that heightened our expectations. These were met with a delicious meal served by courteous and well informed staff. I particularly liked the menu with its wine suggestions which we accepted with our starters. The whole experience was a pleasure and we will certainly be going again.

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NT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time we've been on a Saturday night before, usually have Sunday lunch or weekday dinner. As always the food was great. My only complaint is we all thought it was quite expensive. The mains were reasonably priced but the starters and in particular the cheese and biscuits which at £14 were overpriced. Enjoyable evening and would go back.

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VB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner for two was a lovely experience! Staff were friendly and attentive, food was delicious, as were thr drinks. We sat outside for drinks before dinner which was very pleasant, and then inside for dinner. Low beams and dark furniture inside, would be cosy in the winter! We took our coffees outside afterwards to enjoy the warm evening, and they brought my fiance a happy birthday plate and candle! Enjoyed!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Boyfriends Birthday. Even though it was a roasting hot day (and v hot inside) the staff where faultless. Professional and friendly. The food was amazing and we really enjoyed our meal. We will be back.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is beautifully presented but, as with all restaurants the wine is a bit expensive

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MD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and amazing food. Great team. A must visit.

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d
Kent
51 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb all round great food relaxed setting and excellent service

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MD
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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M
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service and attention to detail. Highly recommended

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j
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A good meal reasonably priced. The only negative was that they were not happy to accept Open Table dining cheques - even though they are not on the opt-out list on the Open Table website

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RM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cuisine at a reasonable price, particularly the set menu.

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W
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally the perfect place for a date night. Couldn’t fault anything.

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LR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Starter menu limited and menu overall fish-based and meat options not extensive.
Lamb option described as braised shoulder of lamb and rump but a cutlet was substituted for the rump. Despite that food beautifully presented and staff very attentive but in a laid back way. Raspberry soufflé perfect. Overall excellent and we will certainly return.

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W
London
16 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wines, service, attention to detail, as usual.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, best food I tried in this area. Made us feel very welcomed , we enjoyed our experience

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W
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

could not fault every single mouthful ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS

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D
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended and worth it despite the lack of parking.

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P
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal attentive service but not rushed. Nice atmosphere

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LY
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, great service and welcoming atmosphere. We have had an evening meal here and also Sunday lunch, both excellent!

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LJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had The Poet recommended to us and would certainly recommend to friends (and already have). Superb birthday meal for my daughter. The food was outstanding.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We'd never been before, only recently having heard of The Poet. A real treat and good to know there are more and more great places for food in Kent to eat at. Excellent service, delicious food and nice ambience.

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JT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us had lunch one Saturday to celebrate my wife's birthday. We all had three courses and everything we had was excellent - served without fuss - and the set menu particularly was very good value. It was all rounded off with proper mint tea - a delight. We have been out for a number of celebratory meals recently but one at The Poet has been the best by far. Highly recommended.

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Why go to London when you can have food this good in Matfield?

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DO
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, well presented and served by staff with very good inter-personal skills. Booking will avoid disappointment as it is popular.

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JM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great variety, loved the venue, service was friendly and knowledgeable. Will defiantly be going back

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TD
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, friendly, welcoming and attentive staff.
The best place to go for a Sunday roast... outstanding

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KR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely fabulous. Lovely roast. The only thing that spoilt it was there was a very loud family with screaming children in an adjacent table. Obviously this is not the fault of the restaurant but the family concerned! The poet never fails to please. The food is excellent. The service second to none.

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nothing to fault. The welcome is always excellent, food is great and lovely location. Really do look after you well!

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