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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
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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Garden of England
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Arrived to a tastefully spacious bar and restaurant with cheerful young staff that were so efficient .... a credit to the owners. We were offered various tables to choose from (great touch) - food was presented and were as good as a top restaurant - it tasted as good as it looked. Main meal just as tasty - steak, although... More 

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Have always liked the poet since it changed hands but had regarded it as pricey. Thought of it as London prices in Kent. But the food was interesting, well cooked and beautifully presented. Returned there in January after a gap of 6 months and found the service and food was still excellent. Now has a wide range of interesting gins... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Was slightly dubious as a few negative comments had appeared recently but as it turns out this was an experience not to be missed.From entry to exit we were treated as if we were the only people there.This is a delightlful little establishment,efficiently run by staff who have been there for a while.For example the roast pork,crackling,& accompanying veggies were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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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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8 reviews 8 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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