We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Poet

Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #2 of 6 Restaurants in Matfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $23 - $42
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: A country pub and restaurant just outside Tunbridge Wells, The Poet at Matfield offers a gourmet British menu made using the finest available ingredients. Named after the locally born war poet Siegfried Sassoon, The Poet is steeped in history, with the charming Grade II-listed building filled with conditioned original features and quirky new pieces. Goods on The Poet menu are sourced from trusted local businesses, while the cellar offers a mix of guest ales and international wines.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: A country pub and restaurant just outside Tunbridge Wells, The Poet at Matfield offers a gourmet British menu made using the finest available ingredients. Named after the locally born war poet Siegfried Sassoon, The Poet is steeped in history, with the charming Grade II-listed building filled with conditioned original features and quirky new pieces. Goods on The Poet menu are sourced from trusted local businesses, while the cellar offers a mix of guest ales and international wines.
Write a Review

143 reviews from our community

89% Recommend
    86
    42
    9
    5
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Another lazy sunny Sunday in Matfield and James, Charlie and their team put on Matfields first Gin Festival featuring 47 world class gins. The event was spread over the bar, garden and the horse-box and also available to accompany this delight to the taste buds was some excellent food in the form of tapas style bowls of lovelessness. To add... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Ate here last night. Had been looking forward to it for a while and so had the wife. We sat in the 'restaurant' part of this pub. Service was sketchy and had to get up to look at chalk board for the menu in the main bar. I know this makes it an authentic experience but i don't see why... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We ate here as I'd driven by a few days before and liked the look of it! We were very impressed with the food, along with the relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. Such a shame we are missing the gin festival this weekend! We will certainly be back as its a lovely place. As for previous comments re food being... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kent
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We called into the Poet on our way home from a shopping trip for Sunday lunch. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and went out of their way to find us a table as we had not booked. There were 3 of us two of whom had the Sunday roast, one having pork and one beef. The meat on... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
London
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

As the title says we ate here on Saturday night after booking at the last minute and were very glad we gave it a try . All the staff seemed to have a great attitude and were very professional seemed a good little team . All the food we saw served looked immaculately presented and our meals were faultless ,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Maidstone, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Food was excellent, cannot fault it. Very pricey, starter was £8.90 for the terrine which was a slice cut in half and you only received the half. The dessert was £7.50 for a small slice of cheesecake. The only other gripe is not having menus and you have to walk to the chalk boards which was awkward as you have... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great selection of gins to get the evening going and a pleasant outside seating area. Good service and nice food, although limited choices so if you are a fussy eater, you could find the choice to be very limited. Altogether a pleasant place to spend an evening with a loved one

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Hubbie thoroughly enjoyed his roast lunch. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the dessert! Overpriced at £7.50 for a two inch square of lemon tart!! The rice pudding, same price, was served in a large dish with small well at the bottom with about 5 spoonfuls ! Very very overpriced. To top it all they added 10% service charge... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Pop Creative (run by the team at The Poet) catered for our wedding in June (in Goudhurst) and we really couldn't praise them highly enough. The food was a real highlight - delicious, beautifully presented, all arriving at the same time) and it was commented on by so many guests. The incredibly professional service coupled with the friendly, attentive and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

My wife and I have now been to The Poet at Matfield, Kent, three times. The food has been consistent and superb each time we've visited. The Chef and his kitchen team produce amazing results. Their chips are the best we've eaten, anywhere. Golden, crispy on the outside soft and fluffy on the inside. Their deep fried poached egg is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed The Poet also viewed

Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Capel, Royal Tunbridge Wells
 
Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
 

Been to The Poet? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Poet, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing