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The Poet

) #1 of 4 Restaurants in Matfield ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ European, British,
Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
18:00 - 21:15All hours
European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
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Reviews (403)
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is wonderful. Second visit and we were not disappointed. I will recommand this place to anyone. Andy took car of us thank you so much, and big thank you to the chef petrus

Thank Matt M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hi haven't been for a while now but the food is good but overpriced and a long waiting time even for a sandwich if your on a standard hours lunch forget it

1  Thank D V
Ondřej U, Owner at The Poet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi D V. Thank you for your review, and I'm sorry to hear about your experience. However we are little bit confused as we do not serve Sandwiches? Best regards Andy

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always had a good meal here, and they stock loads of lovely gins! Staff are friendly and helpful. As a group we had a small open room to ourselves.

Thank foodlovertw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch here with an elderly friend. We just had the mains: ribeye steak, filet of bream and halloumi. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. A 10% service charge was applied but I do prefer to tip rather than have the...More

Thank Matsudana
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited The Poet on a Saturday evening and were seated in a lovely table by the window for two. Enjoyed 3 courses with accompanying drinks, excellent service, great food and lovely ambience. Would highly recommend.

Thank TibbsMurph
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There were 5 of us.3 non paying thought everything was excellent.2 including me as the writer of this piece thought otherwise.I should have checked the menu as the last time I came 3 years ago everything was normalised & appealed to the masses.Today we were...More

1  Thank silverhills
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the poet for a meal this evening with Hubbie. Service was outstanding. We got our timings completely wrong and ended up arriving an hour early. This did not cause any problem to the staff and they kindly offered to allow us to dine...More

Thank amanda o
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lunch for 4 today was faultless! Excellent service without being overbearing 3 generations of us eating today, we had the chicken, pork and beef and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food We will definitely be returning!

Thank MLB195
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So named after the WW I poet Seigfried Sassoon who lived in the village. The Poet has a great menu and is not expensive. There are 20+ guns to choose from. The service was friendly. I highly recommend this country pub. I look forward to...More

Thank TunbridgeWellsTrevor
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Pleasant greeting on arrival. Excellent service from two waiters who served our table. I asked a waitress to please turn down the intrusive background music. She grudgingly agreed to do this, but made a point of saying that she would have to turn it up...More

1  Thank Rose455
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Christine S
20 January 2017|
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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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 46
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:15
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
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 Katy Cruickshank. The Poet offers a vast selection of craft gins, handpicked wines and quirky cocktails. Chef Patron Petrus Madutlela and his team, endevours to tempt our customers with an imaginative array of contemporary British food cooked to order, sourced from the freshest, local produce. Our celebrity chef competed on Masterchef: The Professionals and was Judge of South African TV show "The Ultimate Braai Master."
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