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The Poet

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Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
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Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Well-sourced ingredients is where any good food journey begins, so Charlie...
Well-sourced ingredients is where any good food journey begins, so Charlie spencer, head chef and owner of The Poet,ensures we make the most of what the county of Kent and surrounding areas hasto offer. We are very fortunate to have such great quality British produce available to us and it is a pleasure to cook with it. Charlie works with bothmodern and classical methods of cooking, mostly taking influence from British and French cuisine, and to a lesser extent Italian and Spanish.Ultimately Charlie has a drive and passion for food that he wants to share. The Poet at Matfield pub and restaurant, which is situated in the heart of Kent near Tunbridge Wells, offersa warm and comfortable atmosphere to come and experience those efforts.
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    Very good
  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A very pleasant Sunday lunch!

I've driven past The Poet dozens of times so finally took the plunge with my partner to see what it's like. We had a very warm welcome from the attentive staff, nice and relaxed and the team on the day couldn't do enough for us. I ordered the roast beef from a nice looking menu, my partner... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I've driven past The Poet dozens of times so finally took the plunge with my partner to see what it's like. We had a very warm welcome from the attentive staff, nice and relaxed and the team on the day couldn't do enough for us. I ordered the roast beef from a nice looking menu, my partner ordered the pulled... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

I have heard so much about the Poet. I guess the real attraction is the restaurant. We came for lunch on a sunny day. It was ok, but not spectacular. Salmon well cooked, garden vegetables well cooked, burger was juicy and chips nice and thick. Wine selection is not great, but there are a couple of decent ones. They said... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

Lovely pub with good food and great service. Very much enjoyed our lunch here and the staff did everything possible to make it so enjoyable. Thanks a lot.

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Ondřej U, General Manager at The Poet, responded to this review

Dear Giuseppethebarber Thank you so much for your review. We are so pleased that you have enjoyed your lunch with us and we all hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Andy Urbanek More 

Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Eaten here many times & have never been disappointed. The bar & restaurant are lovely beamed rooms. There is real ale & a good number of choices on the menu. Try the pork, it melts in your mouth.

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Ondřej U, General Manager at The Poet, responded to this review

Dear OldKJ Thank you for your review and your return custom. I am very pleased to know that you enjoy our settings, food and service, on each visit. It really makes a difference to all the staff as they work hard to achieve this. I look forward welcoming you again soon. Kind regards Andy Urbanek More 

London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Visited friends who have just moved to the area. This local bar/resturant has first class service and food to match. One of the best I have had in a long time. Hidden jem. New manager sets the best standard which his team follows. You won't be disappointed

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Ondřej U, General Manager at The Poet, responded to this review

Dear Billy_smith02 Thank you for your kind review. All of our team work very hard to deliver the service and food that we believe is essential for any successful business so it's nice to read how much you and your guests have enjoyed what we do. I look forward seeing you again soon. Kind Regards Andy More 

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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

It is because of pubs like this that I like England. The atmosphere was great and I was impressed and pleased to see they have a Gin menuboard and a Gin of the month. I obviously went for one of these which was served in the appropriate glass with a quality Tonic water. The food menu was also very satisfying.... More 

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Ondřej U, General Manager at The Poet, responded to this review

Dear Tom C Thank you for your review. I'm very pleased to read how much you have enjoyed your visit to Matfield and of course our pub. It is great to know, that our little Gin Board can still impress and that you were happy with our menu and its choices. Our Chefs work very hard to offer the best... More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

After a day at Ightham mote we thought we would stop off at this beautiful looking pub on our way home. We were not disapointed with the outlook and inside was just as delightful. We chose to sit out it the beer garden as with two young children we thought it would be best. The staff member was attentive and... More 

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Ondřej U, General Manager at The Poet, responded to this review

Dear jake2413 Thank you for your review. I am very disappointed to read, that you've left our establishment feeling frustrated. However I do find your review a little unfair. On the day of your visit we have had several other dishes than Beef Fillet, that are Gluten free and as most of our dishes are made to order we could... More 

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Recently returned to the Poet for the first time in a few months to find it had been renovated and slightly rearranged inside. All very positive and they have managed to rub out the slightly rough edges that previously existed (i.e. the Gents has had a good work-over, for instance!) Food was very good, as I have rather come to... More 

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Kent
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Overall a fantastic restaurant with delicious food - we will definitely be returning! Only a few slight constructive criticisms: Firstly, I would expect linen napkins in a restaurant of this standard, secondly 'Kentish asparagus' was advertised on the menu, however we knew for a fact Kentish asparagus had not yet come into season, perhaps the waitress ought to have mentioned... More 

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

First time I've written a negative review on TripAdvisor. At least the staff have been trained to a good degree but the food quality simply doesn't marry with the prices. Felt ripped off especially with a sea salt 12.5 percent service charge to rub into the wound. A localised nirvana for the loaded and ignorant. I'm sure you'll be a... 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 - 3:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Average Prices: USD 23 - 42
Cuisine: British, Pub

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Royal Tunbridge Wells  >  Matfield
  • Phone Number: +44 1892 722416

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 23 - 42
  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Description

Well-sourced ingredients is where any good food journey begins, so Charlie spencer, head chef and owner of The Poet,ensures we make the most of what the county of Kent and surrounding areas hasto offer. We are very fortunate to have such great quality British produce available to us and it is a pleasure to cook with it. Charlie works with bothmodern and classical methods of cooking, mostly taking influence from British and French cuisine, and to a lesser extent Italian and Spanish.Ultimately Charlie has a drive and passion for food that he wants to share. The Poet at Matfield pub and restaurant, which is situated in the heart of Kent near Tunbridge Wells, offersa warm and comfortable atmosphere to come and experience those efforts.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?