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The Poet

Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
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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
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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$ 29 - US$ 45
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
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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
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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.
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