We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Poet

Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
Website
Share
Save
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“bream” (8 reviews)
“beef” (25 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
CUISINES
European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
All Details
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (573)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 569 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Seriously, do believe all these reviews.... The Poet is a helluva place. If you enjoy excellent & interesting food, a brilliant wine list & ales, relaxed pub atmosphere and friendly & knowledgable staff, do not bother going anywhere else. No, it may not be cheap...More

Thank BigTaps
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An exceptional meal at a good price. A complimentary amuse bouche, followed by beef carpaccio with lobster and a venison steak sent me into gustatory euphoria which continued when I saw the bill and didn’t convulse in shock and horror. The wine was decanted at...More

Thank CGTL 6
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited The Poet for our anniversary and had such a perfect evening. The service was excellent, the food was phenomenal, the atmosphere was amazing. Every single box was ticked and every customer happy. Just a really really great place to be. We even got...More

Thank emtull182
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wow ! What a lovely find ! Service, hosting and food were all excellent. Will definitely be returning for more fine dining 😃

Thank Cam01812
Reviewed 2 days ago

We've just returned home following another superb evening at The Poet. This is a very special place - wonderful welcome, lovely ambience, magnificent and unobtrusive service, and creative and delicious food accompanied by a selection of excellent and well chosen wines. It's also nice for...More

2  Thank Alistair V
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You simply must visit!! As huge fans of the Tasting Menu, we returned to The Poet last night for the main menu. Dare I say, even more spectacular than the Tasting Menu. I had the most incredible lemon sole & my partner had the equally...More

Thank LadyBonald
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was our first visit to The Poet but it won't be our last. Full marks to them for ambitious cooking well outside a normal pub offering. We had the three course set menu at £22.95 (not available at weekends I believe). The staff were...More

Thank Groombridge
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our meals were not particularly good and for the price I felt compelled to write a review. I had bass with beans which was bland. The sauce on top had no flavour and there was no variation in the texture of the dish (the skin...More

Thank Coddiwomples
Reviewed 1 week ago

12 of us went to The Poet the other evening and had the private space and the Party Menu. We all struggled with this menu, the 3 choices of starter, mains and dessert did not sound appealing, all rather complicated and in previous comments the...More

1  Thank Beverley J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ambience was relaxed and soft. The staff were very helpful and approachable. The food was above average in presentation and taste. A very enjoyable and relaxed evening.

Thank SamT1976
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all hotels
Anand Lodge
159 reviews
3.61 km away
The Camden Arms
376 reviews
3.83 km away
Mercure Tunbridge Wells
1,019 reviews
4.38 km away
Lime Tree Inn
27 reviews
6.03 km away
Nearby Restaurants
The Star Inn
164 reviews
.26 km away
The Hopbine
75 reviews
1.12 km away
Grays Cafe & bar
28 reviews
1.45 km away
Nearby Attractions
Halfway House
11 reviews
2.36 km away
Downingbury Farm
32 reviews
2.98 km away
Church of St Thomas a Becket
10 reviews
3.37 km away
The Gun and Spitroast
6 reviews
4.23 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Christine S
20 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from MandLKent | Reviewed this property |
I'd call and ask Andy the proprietor - he's always very helpful and with sufficient notice would accommodate your request I'm sure. It's fabulous food in a lovely country setting - you'll not be disappointed. Lindsay.
0
Votes
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 29 - US$ 45
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Royal Tunbridge Wells  >  Matfield
  • Phone Number: +44 1892 722416
  • E-mail
Description
We believe that your dining experience with us starts the moment you walk through our door. A friendly greeting from our front of house team, lead by co-owner Andy Urbanek and Manager Simon Moore. The Poet offers a vast selection of craft gins, handpicked wines and quirky cocktails. Chef Patron Petrus Madutlela and his team tempt customers with an imaginative array of contemporary British food.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing