The Poet at Matfield

4.8
1544 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1544 people are saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MattA
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch at the poet

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RogerB
Kent
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A warm welcome, delicious food, great service. We have been many times and will continue to do so. Thank you to everyone at the Poet.

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Ade1
Kent
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience again. The food was delicious and the service discreet but attentive. Can't wait to return. Highly recommended.

LD
LorraineD
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with fabulous food. Great vibes and outstanding presentation, just perfect for birthday celebration.

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Chromakey
Kent
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to a restaurant after lock down this year, wasn’t sure what to expect, no need to worry. Great food, superb value, very attentive and friendly staff.
If you book a table and can’t make it, have the decency to call and cancel, hospitality industry needs our support!!

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KarenS
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday roast, great value for money.

High standard as always, looking forward to my next visit

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clivec
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience1

When you work in the hospitality industry would like to think a warm welcome would be a good start ? Food was ok a bit warm on a bit on the slim side my pork was average at best not enough jus so asked for more ! Received a very small miniature jug and was billed £6.00 plus vat for it ? Really? Not worth the trip and will not be returning.
My daughter was booked here at the same sitting all but on another table as the could not sit us all together? The did not receive any roast potatoes with there roast dinner, toilet was filthy and the floor was soaking wet as was the ladies my wife was not impressed with her visit to the loos!, and this problem has been addressed in reviews prior,again a simple fix you need a plumber? Try and find a polite Plumber he could greet your customers and fix your toilet? What a treat if he could knock up a couple a gallons of jus ? You could sell it on and that would solve any financial issues you may have.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch. Food was delicious and service great too. Cant fault the Poet. Starters were super tasty and elaborste. The roast itselfs and the trimming absolutely perfect.

One thing we would definitely change and we were a bit disappointed about it is that if you wish to have a little extra gravy/just with your roast they now charge £6.

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UniqueBird
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. I’m vegan and the menu don’t have anything I could eat, I gave them notice and the chef prepared me the most delicious two course meal. My very frail 85 year old Dad loved the food, service and attention to detail from the moment we arrived. Top notch. Thanks !

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AndrewP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, then room quiet for conversation, the whole ambiance peaceful. The wine suggestions were also good.

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Ames
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal out. The staff were excellent and the food amazing. Well worth a visit.

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TimB
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely little find, excellent food and very good service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great dining experience.
Three main courses were wonderful, but the meat in the lamb burger was very dry and unappetising.
The chocolate dessert was too rich.
If one is seated for 2hrs then the seats should be comfortable. I was told they’d refurbed during lockdown. Well sitting in those seats does dampen the pleasing experience.
Good value for money and friendly knowledgeable staff.

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JuanG
Kent
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good location and ambience. Varied and interesting menu for all tastes.
Food beautifully cooked and served. No "cons". All in all, great value.

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PaulA
Kent
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A birthday dinner and it was just right. The food was fabulous as always, cooked to perfection. The staff are excellent; perfectly attentive and pleasant, either happy to leave you alone or chat, depending on where you are in your meal. The drink menu is splendid, with knowledgeable recommendations if you get stuck and the cost is exactly what you think it should be. Not cheap, but excellent value for money for a really lovely evening out. We're so lucky to have this wonderful restaurant just round the corner.

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PeterH
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

food and service excellent as always but prices a little on the high side

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BrendaW
London
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always good food at The Poet although the menu choices were limited this time and very expensive for lunchtime. Especially given the bijou portions. We missed the prix fixe option that was always a good way to try dishes in the past. Staff friendly and helpful.

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JaneD
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time of visiting The Poet and we were as impressed as the first time. Small menu but everything was exquisite. Price tag quite high £125 for lunch for 2, including drinks, but given the quality of the food and service, happy to pay this.

Staff were friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu, without being intrusive. All were happy to be open again and serving customers.

Felt very Covid safe.

Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and incredible service can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a birthday lunch for four of us and it was excellent, simply delicious food and nice staff.

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vipClooney
London
76 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely service and food to die for!!!!
I wish the Poet every success as we wish to continue enjoying it!!

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PaulAston
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, wine and overall experience. Highly recommended !

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
17 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to one of our favourite places to eat for my partner’s birthday and the food was incredible. Service was excellent too. It made a lovely birthday treat and reminded us why it’s one of our favourites!

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Emma
Kent
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Poet is such a gem. Exceptionally delicious and unique food. Service was perfect. We’ve been lucky enough to have eaten at numerous top restaurants (both in London and Kent) in the last couple of weeks due to a series of birthdays and special occasions and The Poet has been the best.

JG
JamesG
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Would highly recommend if you haven't been. We will be back again very soon. My wife and I and our two young daughters had a lovely Sunday afternoon meal there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, lovely staff lovely place

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KathyG
Kent
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They followed all safety rules. All staff make you feel very welcome. Very attentive. Food outstanding.

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ZeNia
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The food was spectacular, the staff very accommodating and nice. 10/10

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JuliaS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and exceptional food.

It was a pleasure to eat there.

CM
CarolineM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service & drinks. Highly recommended. For an establishment so good though, the outside area could do with a bit more love. Inside is beautiful though.

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vipWill83222
London
35 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual. Magnificent food, drinks and service . We just feel so at ease at the Poet; thanks to Andy and the team, as ever.

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SimonL
Kent
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.
Wonderful attention to detail.

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alisonb
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food - tuna tataki and then halibut fillet. Attentive service, and a pretty little pub. A lovely treat.

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Doug
London
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a business lunch, superb food, good atmosphere to speak and top level service

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AndreaC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food, perfect size portions, great atmosphere

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carolB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning food, service and ambience. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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LolaB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, one of the very best restaurants in the area. Lovely, friendly knowledgeable waiting staff,

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eatpudding1st
London
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been three times now and although not the cheapest of places the food is outstanding and served by a very friendly staff. We shall be going again

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Patricia
Kent
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not quiet the experience I had expected. However the food was pleasant.

MD
MarieD
Kent
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, we sat outside the setting fabulous 🤗see you again soon.

FAQs

The Poet at Matfield is rated 4.8 stars by 1544 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 reservations at the moment.