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The Poet

₹₹ - ₹₹₹European, British,
Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • 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 4 days ago via mobile

We haven't been for a while as last time we had a poor experience. Well, a year later the place is buzzing. Really good food and service. Recommend the lamb and the pork. Good gin selection as well

Thank Andy H
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I went out for dinner at The Poet last night (14 October 2017). We had not been there before, but we will certainly go again. The 16th-century building is mainly wood, with low beams, giving the restaurant a warm, cosy feel. The...More

Thank Paul_Richard_Mason
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited the poet a couple of times. We’re always greeted with a warm welcome. The food is faultless, and staff are so polite and attentive. If you haven’t been yet I would highly recommend their steak night. They have an amazing selection of...More

Thank Jay G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to the Poet and we were not disappointed. The meal was a 'thank you' to friends for some work done on our house and it was suitably 'special', just right for the occasion. We shared two starters between four of...More

Thank Patrick H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a very nice meal there recently. Had to return my dinner as it was not quite hot enough. Returned to me piping hot. Delicious and plenty of it. Tasty deserts and staff 100% mega efficient and polite without being intrusive. A nice touch, amouse...More

Thank Susan D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here after an event for dinner. The staff were friendly but very efficient. The food was really good - definitely more restaurant standard than pub standard. If we were local we would be coming back here again.

Thank highsider
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walking into this restaurant, you get a very warm cozy feel from the low beams in the ceiling. The staff are all very well trained, friendly and nothing seems to be any effort to them at all. Loved the waiter from Durban, just hearing a...More

Thank Natasha R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We all found it difficult to choose from the appetizing menu! The meals were very tasty and beautifully presented......especially the desserts! The staff were all,pleasant and helpful advising on wines and dishes. The food was so tasty and enjoyed by all. We will definitely return...More

Thank Christine C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live in Surrey and we have friends who live in Essex - so we meet up in Kent! Always good to find new places and this place is a real find. Friendly people, great food, delightful ambience, tremendous loo cisterns - what more can...More

Thank WeybridgeHero2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This low-ceiling, dark-beamed but airy-feeling old building houses a hospitality crew at the top of their game - friendly, professional and attentive service, great ambience and food that is simply superb : from the exquisite starters, through rich and satisfying mains, to light, beautiful desserts....More

Thank Adrian W
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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
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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
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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