The Poet at Matfield

4.8
1420 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 1420 people are saying
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TonyW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obviously an outdoor meal but never the less absolutely excellent.

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BeckyF
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was exceptional - wow I’ve missed eating like this! Scallops to start were amazing and my husband said his tuna melted in his mouth.

We have eaten at a lot of “fine dining” establishments and the food here was top tier, AND the portions were plentiful! We were both so full by the end of our mains but couldn’t skip on pudding.

We will be back when indoors service resumes too!

Thank you :)

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ClairP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb from start to finish, great food attention to detail & amazing flavours. A truly memorable anniversary meal

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RebeccaS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great food and drinks.

Lovely service and great to see heaters outside.

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Glovebox
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, loved the outdoor experience and staff were extremely attentive

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LindaP
Iceland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Poet for my daughter’s 21st birthday meal. Although we obviously had to eat outside, they had made the area as warm and appealing as possible. The food and service was impeccable and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anybody. Thank you to The Poet for making my daughter’s 21st memorable.

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TimF
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as ever despite the challenging weather!

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SamB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The only drawback was not enjoying the usual wonderful ambiance of this superb pub/restaurant due to eating outside in a marquee, in high winds. However, even the wind couldn’t spoil our delicious meal and delightful experience.

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AdamL
London
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food is always good here and new outdoor area really nice. Only downside was that they have started charging for extra gravy with the roast lunch. Wouldn’t mind paying a small supplement but they are charging £6! That’s more than the supplement for the lobster as a starter! Ridiculous.

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DavidL
Kent
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is excellent and reasonably priced. Service extremely good. Would highly recommend this establishment.

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Daisyz
Kent
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t fault it, absolutely amazing all round! Thank you so much.

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DanT
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Myself and my girlfriend came to the Poet for her birthday meal and were so pleased with our evening!

Before we got there, I rang to arrange a birthday cake/surprise for after her meal and they told me that they had seen my note and already organised a Petit Fours plate for her!

The service was professional, fast but super friendly! Especially Pasquale who chatted and told us stories of the pub!

The food was unbelievable- everything was so tasty and perfectly cooked!

10/10 - Highly Recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every dish was truly delicious. Pity we live all the way in London as we’d definitely visit again!

JH
JanenH
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff with amazing food and cocktails. Variety in wines and heated patio area, al this made for a lovely and memorable family meal. I highly recommend the poet.

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KateS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

They've done a wonderful job considering COVID restrictions. I can't wait to come back and eat indoors.

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Jic2go
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here on many occasions. This was the first time in eight years for our friends and they were suitably impressed.

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LisaH
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner on Monday for my husband's 60th birthday....ok it was chilly but I took a blanket and the heaters helped a bit. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent. We have never been disappointed with The Poet and will be back again as soon as possible. Thank you.

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EllaW
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious and presented beautifully. The staff were so kind and attentive and really made our lunch special. Thank you

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AmberC
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Food always amazing can’t fault it but as we were sitting outdoors it was freezing, food went cold quickly. Unnecessary to have marquee fully open no shelter from the cold wind at all.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food & friendly staff

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CaitlinL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Poet had done a great job of making an outside area which is comfortable and safe. The food and service was really good. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked at The Poet for a post lockdown birthday meal for my brother. We had been booked in last year and had to cancel because of Covid 19.

Although we had to eat outside, due to covid restrictions, it was brilliantly set up, marquees, heaters and plenty of space and fresh air.

The staff were amazing and checked that we were ok regularly throughout the experience.

We went for the 3 course Sunday lunch. Staff had no problem explaining the menu to us. The food was sublime. It came out presented beautifully, and hot (which couldn’t have been easy as we were outside and it was windy)!

We will be going back for certain, and I am looking forward to that already!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal from start to finish.

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Holly
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant dinner at the Poet, being outside didn't affect the usual high standards of food, presentation or service. Tables very spaced out and plenty of room. Heaters helped keep you warm towards the end of the evening.

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DanielleL
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, more central London restaurant quality than your average pub fare.

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CatherineW
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and really helpful, lovely staff. Thank you.

JR
JRoRo
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wine, london quality in beautiful setting with helpful and friendly staff. Will be back

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JoanneC
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was impeccable as always. Always feels like personal service and they seem to remember if you have been in before. Looking forward to being able to sit inside and for the themed nights to start again.

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Cameron
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely evening! Food was to a high standard and service was brilliant. The beef was a bit cold when it came out, but chef came out and apologised and gave us a round of drinks free.
Overall, I’d go back!

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AlannaG
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food as always. A little chilly but with the heaters it was fine. I love this place

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michaelH
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We all enjoyed the visit. The benches could have had cushions -- seats a bit hard. Everyone enjoyed their meal, mine 'the lamb' had a little too much gristle but otherwise was tasty. Others thought their entire meal was very good. The service was very good. we shall come again which is important.

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SamanthaW
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being in the garden didn't detract form having the best time. Quality, Taste and presentation hasn't changed during lockdown times. Staff very engaging and polite and efficient. Excellent meal

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SueF
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good to be back at the Poet and to see Andy and his crew. Delicious food as always

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DaphneKing
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Brilliant adventurous food. Good service and good value. A bit noisy sitting outside but needs must.. all in all a lovely birthday lunch

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AmyS
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous birthday lunch in the sun. Top quality food and really special treat. Really warm, friendly, attentive but relaxed service. Varied and interesting menu as well as some classics. Can’t wait to return.

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RuthA
London
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic food as always. Well worth the wait. We’ll be back soon !

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vipBigAlV
Kent
46 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We just loved the opportunity to dine out following the deprivation of lockdown.
It was a cold evening but the outside heaters worked hard to keep us warm. However the temperature didn't matter in the least because the food was delicious and the service excellent and, while we can't wait to reacquaint ourselves with the ambiance of the restaurant later in May, we will very happily enjoy the outdoor dining in the meantime.
Congratulations to The Poet!

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Pete
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service.
Good COVID precautions.
Will definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. A little on the expensive side but worth it for our special occasion.

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Finediner
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at The Poet. Top notch service and food, plus the outdoor seating worked very well. Only disappointment was no set menu at lunchtime as advertised on the website. Only a la carte.

FAQs

The Poet at Matfield is rated 4.8 stars by 1420 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.