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All 6 Matfield Restaurants

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

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
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
12 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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247 reviews 247 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
543 helpful votes 543 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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Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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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

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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

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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

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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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

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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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