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The Poet

Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Closes in 21 min
6:00 PM - 9:15 PMAll hours
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 1 week ago via mobile

6 of us went for a Golden Wedding Sunday lunch. We were overwhelmed. The food, the presentation was just amazing, delicious, we all agreed it was the best Sunday lunch we'd ever had at a venue. We were overwhelmedThe staff and service were wonderful, we...More

1  Thank Ann T
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this restaurant last Saturday and had a great 3 course lunch. The service was very good and the meal fantastic. So pleased we found this place.

Thank AlexandraKent_UK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is not your usual pub food so don’t be fooled by the pub feel and pub decor. The menu is much posher and more interesting. 5 of us for a family gathering, the food was delicious. The service exceptional and very good wine choices....More

Thank Lynda T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic food and if you like your Gins and Wines,this is the place to go. Staff are incredible polite,attentive and really know their stuff. Al a carte and seasonal restaurant menu plus a very good roast. A favourite local haunt but worth a trip out...More

Thank Bex852014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A recent visit by Myself and Jillly enjoyed the best sunday lunch i have tasted in a very long time. The Poet is always full on a Sunday but the standard of Food, Service and welcome was as if we were the only guests for...More

Thank Rod C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have dined at Le Manoir aux quat' saisons and I am not afraid to rank this pub alongside one of the greats.New years day lunch for 12 was faultless. On this day they were doing a South African themed menu.There was a wide choice...More

Thank geoff4711
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great place! Friendly staff, fantastic food and not overpriced. Will definitely return to sample more delicious dishes

Thank jones3667
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of 8 of us ate here on a Friday evening. Even being quite a large group and having arrived & ordered a little later than originally booked we felt the service was excellent. The food was incredibly well received throughout the group and...More

Thank kentishman2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

best place around for good food, all very gastro. service can be a little tardy when busy but no big thing

Thank mark611scott
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great welcome, lovely atmoshere, menu very varied and interesting. Food was just perfect. All the staff were attentive but not irritating. Will be returning

Thank _graham545hall
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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$ 32 - US$ 48
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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:15 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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