The Poet at Matfield

4.8
1361 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 1361 people are saying
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vipWill83222
London
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see Andy and the team again. The new outdoor area is really well appointed- warm, good atmosphere and accessible. Food quality is of its usual standard - we fully recommend the sharing beef . Lovely touches as ever like Andy picking gins that he knew we’d like . Wonderful to see them back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor table space with heaters. Tables not too close together. Pleasant and attentive service. Food was very good.

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SusanB
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food was very good but it was very cold - not your fault!! But I am wondering if you could have 1 or 2 of the sides down until the weather is warmer.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the wonderful food. Staff were so friendly and professional. Our first visit out of lockdown and we had a great time. Hope to return again soon.

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juliet
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent as always. Harder to enjoy fine dining whilst in a garden setting. Although you are covered and there is heating it is going to be cold outside at this time of year. Dress appropriately and enjoy the food in the new environment! :)

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SophG
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and brilliant service. They offered delicious vegetarian options.

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Glovebox
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional as always. Had the tuna and the steak, both delicious. Great choice of wines and a perfect pint of Harveys to kick things off. Service, as always, very attentive and no delays between courses. Birthday cake on the houseSensible Covid arrangements.

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Holly
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional. Food, service, ambience always perfect. So lucky to have such a quality restaurant nearby.

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JosephineP
London
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderfully understated pub serving outstanding food. The menu is crammed full of delicious food - I could have ordered everything on there! Lovely staff. Highly recommend.

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SamJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food & a great overall experience. Zero complaints!

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MarieW
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed at The Poet. Looking forward to being back once again very soon, I hope.

Staff and Andy are so welcoming.

Thank you for the wonderful food and wines.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and experience ! Consistently so, never had a bad meal there.

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SamanthaF
Kent
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Decided to have last meal out before lockdown. The steak was outstanding stunning flavour - you can tell it had been chosen by a South African, who seriously know there meat. The sauce was superb. Pricey meal for 3 of us but was very good.

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BOBL
Kent
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An extremely special experience which we will treasure. The service and quality was of the highest degree.
Easy to recommend

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Simon
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Sunday dinner my partner and I have ever had!

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MatthewB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I can honestly say that the food is the best I’ve ever eaten! For a set menu the chef turns out the most spectacular plates of food. My only problem with the pub was where we were sat was very quite so felt a little embarrassed to have a conversation with my partner Incase it disturbed the other guest diners around us. I hope Michelin reward this place with what they deserve, fantastic!

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JacquelineW
Kent
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Highly recommend The Poet , amazing food and lovely staff

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ChristopherG
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We often come here and it is a real treat! Superb food and wonderful service.

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MarkC
Surrey
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening, both the food and the service were faultless, thank you

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davidg
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual a fabulous meal at the Poet, even with Covid restrictions. Fantastic food and great service as usual. We will be back soon.

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SallyC
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was creative, delicious and visually beautiful. Fabulous flavours. Would highly recommend. Not your average pub food, far better but comes at a bit of a price.

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MalcolmB
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Memorable food at a reasonable price, with good service - and with care to ensure social distancing and COVID protection. Highly recommended.

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TheMrs
London
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous dinner (as always). Good food, wine, service and ambiance

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KimB
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Thought the food was absolutely amazing, thank you chef. However, please be clear, you don’t cater for children at all. Came with our two girls, burger and fish & chips!!!!!

Ambience, poor. We got sat beside the toilets (so not great positioning anyway) but think decor needs looking up, just doesn’t match the quality of the food. Should be welcoming and sumptuous, nice low music too please.

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Waspy
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took amazing care of us, even with numerous allergens. A perfect dinner.

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SueP
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice evening at the Poet, attentive staff and excellent food.
We felt very comfortable within the current Covid guidelines.

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JuliaL
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food as always. The flavours are amazing! Very good service and good level of safety measures taken in light of the current pandemic. Highly reccommend a visit here. The food is truly excellent!

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RomilaR
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Starter and main were lovely, dessert which was white chocolate & pistachio délice was left to be desired on the other side - real let down after the lovely dishes! Staff were very good and friendly

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JaneW
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and yummy food A perfect Sunday lunch.

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BenW
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love visiting the Poet, always top quality food and atmosphere.
The fact it is local is even better.
Thanks guys

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SallyK
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic evening with delicious food and great service. Thank you.

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vipSuzieT
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal however my steak was over-done. I didn’t raise it with the staff as I didn’t want to end up eating alone as my partner would have finished his meal by the time they rectified the issue. Other than that the food was excellent. The tarte tatin was delicious!

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vipeddiner
London
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely the perfect place to go for a family lunch with the emphasis on food. A delicious menu from which we all three chose two starters in favour of a main course. so that we still had room for dessert. The wine pairing was a big plus, as the only wine drinker in the group, it meant I could still have a quality wine without needing to buy a full bottle. Service was friendly and efficient despite the difficult Covid-19 regulations. The restaurant seemed full on our visit which I hope is a good sign that it is being well patronised, even in these less than ideal circumstances, and I hope that continues as I will definitely want to come back.

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RolienK
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and good service
Loved the experience

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AlanK
London
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The appropriate Covid protocols were comprehensive, but applied in a sensitive way, which only marginally served to compromise the overall ambiance.
Our party of four opted for the three course set menu which, with both the food and service being exceptionally good, represented outstanding value for money.
Suffice to say, we are planning a return visit and, given our experience to date, we would highly recommend.

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JoannaF
London
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food. Fantastic service - professional and friendly but understated. Great attention to detail

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SueE
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience as always. Food was sublime and tby e team there are so ftiendly but slso so professional. The Butternut Squash Veloute was just georgeous!

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AnandM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for the set menu lunch. Tortellini starter and venison and fish main courses were excellent, delicately flavoured with interesting variations on the plate. Too stuffed but had to indulge finishing off with a variety of good desserts. The ambience is a tad tired but the service more than made up for it. Wish parking was a bit easier. Worth a drive out from London.

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vipWill83222
London
33 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful anniversary meal today. As usual, the service is outstanding ; great to branch out from our usual sharing beef- quail, carpaccio, venison, halibut, cheese platter and tart tatin; all first class . As usual, we adore the Poet; Andy and the team make it all so special.

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RichardW
London
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always Birthday dinner this time. Thank you

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The Poet at Matfield is rated 4.8 stars by 1361 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.