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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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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 today via mobile

A beautiful restaurant. Food delicious and waiting staff attentive and friendly . The sun was shining and we unfortunately had a table in an area with no windows . This normally wouldn’t be an issue if the weather wasn’t so glorious . I recommend you...More

Thank Deniz G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

With all the new eateries sprouting up locally, The Poet is still the best of the bunch. This will always be our first choice when looking for restaurants in Tunbridge Wells.

Thank eastiseaston
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic birthday lunch today with my family. Food and service as usual amazing, with a lovely table and birthday plate at the end! Fishcake and pigeon were delicious and the roast lamb and pork was to die for. Thank you Andy and the team for...More

Thank Letitia T
Reviewed 1 week ago

First visit to the Poet - somewhere we've been meaning to try for Dinner for a while. Thoroughly enjoyable experience and we shall return. Menu isn't too large - which is always a plus for us since in our experience the larger the menu the...More

Thank richmar16
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful greeting by the staff, who took our drink orders immediately. As it was a nice day we went outside to the garden area which was beautifully set out with shaded/unshaded and sofa/bench seating (take your pick). The staff came out to ask if we...More

Thank Lorrie195
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is so lovely to find a restaurant that has it all - beautiful venue, happy staff, tasty food and fair prices. This was our first time at The Poet. A fantastic Sunday lunch with family and friends was incredibly enjoyable. I only wish you...More

Thank DebbieTheCritic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have visited the poet many times however the last two visits the attitude of staff has been quite disappointing A very quiet May Day we found a one of the many tables avalable in the garden. On ordering drinks on the bar ( which now...More

Thank linyilee2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with the family for Sunday lunch. My parents have been several times and had always spoken highly each time so couldn’t wait to experience for myself. In short, I was not disappointed. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was lovely. The biggest draw...More

Thank Londonshopper_2010
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on Sunday for my partners birthday. We loved everything about this place. Such a cozy and relaxed feeling inside. After reading all the great reviews I was a bit nervous about taking our two year old(as we all know what toddlers can be...More

Thank lasmah
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our third visit to the Poet and first two times were tremendous. This visit was good. The food was very nice as before, the wine was great, service was attentive yet discrete however I felt something was lacking from previous visits. I can...More

Thank JustineN504167
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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$ 31 - US$ 47
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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
  • 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 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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