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The Poet

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The Poet
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Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
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Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: A country pub and restaurant just outside Tunbridge Wells, The Poet at...
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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Enjoyable evening, great atmosphere!
5 of 5 starsReviewed November 19, 2014
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Lucy B

We had a lovely evening at the Poet after it being highly recommended to us. To begin with, the service was welcoming, friendly & polite. The atmosphere was spot on for a Friday evening... read more

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Visitor rating
  • 90
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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158 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We had a lovely evening at the Poet after it being highly recommended to us. To begin with, the service was welcoming, friendly & polite. The atmosphere was spot on for a Friday evening out...food wise, absolutely no disappointment. Every meal was cooked & presented with great care and the puddings, delicious! Would definitely recommend and we look forward to... More

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West Malling, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

Took the wife for a meal here as we had won vouchers at school raffle.Heard good things beforehand and was not disappointed. Top notch food and service, food portions could have been bigge r but presentation and quality outstanding. Our meal for two would have been £86 without vouchers, but drinks were about £20 which weren't included.No complaints you get... More

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Truro, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

My husband daughter and myself visited this pub for dinner after it was recommended. It was very quaint and the staff were very welcoming. The food was very good and we didn't have to wait long. I would definitely return!

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Booked lunch yesterday after viewing the Poet's website. The pub and it's menu looked very impressive. Was greeted by a friendly lady who after serving us drinks, asked us to choose from the blackboard, and pointed to where we would be seated. Firstly, the small room that we ate lunch in lacked any kind of atmosphere, felt cold and uninviting.The... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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