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The Poet

Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
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Ranked #2 of 6 Restaurants in Matfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $23 - $42
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: British
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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.
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English first
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I was taken here on Saturday night for my birthday, it is a nice country pub, low beams, stove etc. I was unimpressed by the food, we ate it all but that had more to do with the 18 holes of golf beforehand rather that the tasty food. I had the goats cheese salad which was ok, it needed a... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Matfield is a pretty village and The Poet is a delightful old inn with a lot of character. It is also up against some very good competition, and doesn't match up too well. The meal - dinner for two - was a curious mix of pub grub and gastro and was frankly disappointing. Service was pleasant but starters and mains... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Sadly the Poet did not live up to our expectations. Food average and service slow. Maybe we picked a bad night to go?!

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Fantastic food and service would recommend to all. Beef in particular was great. :-) thank you we definitely be back.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Family party of 9 for saturday lunch. We are a noisy crowd thank you for putting up with us. Ambiance is great as was the service. Food interesting. Portions on the small size but nicely presented. Very interesting menu. Short and effective, something for everyone to choose from and well balanced. I like a limited menu believe it shows that... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Passing through the pretty village of Matfield we decided to stop and turned back to visit The Poet as it looked nice ... inside is very dark and the view onto the 'garden' was marred by sheds and a stove. The menu wasn't extensive and pricey, with a couple of dishes being sold out, understandable as it was around 2pm.... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I was treated to a Birthday lunch here by my good friend. We both selected pulled pork burgers with chips and the food was delicious and we were not disappointed. The food is home made and a bit more special than regular pub food! The owners are friendly and very welcoming and the pub has a lovely atmosphere; we thoroughly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

The burger was spectacular, quite the hefty lump of top quality meat. Lovely atmosphere, real gem of a restaurant.

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London
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Have only had a quick lunch here - burger with chips plus a pint of (v good) Tonbridge bitter. Would agree with other comments that food is on the pricey side (my bill was just under £18 with no starter, dessert or coffee) but the burger was obviously home made and of good quality and the chips were superb. Good... More

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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86 restaurant reviews
561 helpful votes 561 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I had found this charming old country pub when looking for a lunchtime snack, and enjoyed it so much that I booked my wife and I in for dinner a week later, travelling 40 miles there to do so, so that says something. A minor peculiarity, why did we have to choose either 7.15pm or 7.45pm to dine but not... More

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Additional Information about The Poet

Address: Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
Phone Number: +44 1892 722416
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Royal Tunbridge Wells  >  Matfield
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 23 - 42
Cuisine: British

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