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Beetroot and Sumac Labneh. - The Poet at Matfield, Matfield, Kent

The Poet at Matfield

4.8
4.8
2944 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 Head Chef & Director Lee Adams.

In addition to the food, we offer a selection of fine wines, quirky cocktails, and have a collection of over 25 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 General Manager and Director Tom Haacke and his team. We look forward to seeing you!

STEAK NIGHT - The Al a Carte Is still available if you book for Steak Night!

Late cancellations - £20 per person.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, English
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–8:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01892 722416
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Lee Adams
  • Neighborhood
    Tunbridge Wells
  • Parking details
    Please note: we have limited parking and would appreciate our guests respecting our neighbours when parking.There is additional free parking located at Matfield village green, 5 minutes walk from us.Many thanks!
  • Public transit
    Bus stop The Standings Cross: 267 Hawkhurst, 268<br />Hawkhurst, 6 Tunbridge Wells <br />
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Experiences

  • Tuesday Night Steak Night

    Multiple dates available
    At The Poet we use an array of techniques in order to give the best possible flavour and texture to different cuts of beef sourced from all over Britain. Our in-house dry-ageing chamber holds varying cuts of different ages, giving us flexibility with our menus and pricing, to curate an experience well worthy of a visit. Seasonal offerings such as aged wild boar loin or venison haunch, could be sharing a menu with aged Scotch beef sirloin, or smoked hanger steak, all cooked in our 300-degree charcoal oven. The steaks on offer are served alongside seasonal vegetables, local potato preparations and sauces tailor-made to complement the flavours of the steaks available on that day. Prices range from £34.95 - £94.95
  • Casual Tasting Menu # 5

    £65.00 per person

    Aug 1, 2024 only
    We are back with our 5th tasting menu containing 6 courses for just £65! Based on our love for food and wine, come and enjoy 6 courses of creative, innovative & interesting food based on our chef's careers, from England to Hong Kong! Wine pairings will be available and please note, due to the nature of this menu and our ethos here at The Poet, we will not be accommodating allergies or dietary requirements. This is the only menu for the evening.

What 2,944 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Kent

    Best Overall

  • Kent

    Best Food

  • Kent

    Great for fine wines

  • Kent

    British

  • Tunbridge Wells

    Best Overall

  • Tunbridge Wells

    Best Food

  • Tunbridge Wells

    Best Service

  • Tunbridge Wells

    Best Ambiance

  • Tunbridge Wells

    Best Value

  • Tunbridge Wells

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Tunbridge Wells

    Healthy

  • Tunbridge Wells

    Neighborhood gem

  • Tunbridge Wells

    Lively

  • Tunbridge Wells

    Most Booked

2,944 Reviews
  1. LEKent

    London

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Amazing Amazing - dined here several times now and food is faultless - roast on a Sunday is the best roast dinner I have ever eaten in a pub - staff are so polite and attentive - cocktails are amazing and bar staff very knowledgeable- so glad we found the Poet and can’t wait to return!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gentleman very kindly rearranged our table due to one of my party being visually impacted

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, friendly and attentive staff. Great experience for a special sunday lunch

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the nicest meal. food was full of flavour and portions where great The staff where amazing an made it a very enjoyable Evening I can't wait to try the roast

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  5. NicW

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food across the menu and the little extras are wonderful. Tom and his team look after you really well without being intrusive. The pub itself is lovely and and beautiful place to visit.

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  6. Cinders

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Poet never fails to excite our palates with beautiful, tasty dishes that look gorgeous. The wine pairings are equally spot on. What we love is the obvious commitment of the chef and staff, without it every being stuffy. It is friendly without being obtrusive and the set lunch is amazing value. Our favourite restaurant by far and highly recommended!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely environment. Great service from the staff very friendly. The food was excellent but very small portions tiny I would say. I wouldn’t mind paying the prices if you go home feeling you had something substantial to eat. I actually thought my main was a appetiser. It was very tasty at least.

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  8. ChrisB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a top lunch with excellent food beautifully presented. Tom (owner) very knowledgeable and friendly.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole evening from start to finish was absolutely lovely, all of the staff and especially the food and drinks. Many thank to you all

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, excellent cocktails & wine. Lovely celebratory meal with family visiting from South Africa.

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FAQs

The Poet at Matfield is rated 4.8 stars by 2944 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Poet at Matfield

Maidstone Road, Matfield, Kent TN12 7JH

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Tunbridge Wells
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–8:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, English
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Please note: we have limited parking and would appreciate our guests respecting our neighbours when parking.There is additional free parking located at Matfield village green, 5 minutes walk from us.Many thanks!
  • Public transit
    Bus stop The Standings Cross: 267 Hawkhurst, 268Hawkhurst, 6 Tunbridge Wells
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Lee Adams
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
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