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The Poet

Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Hours
European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow wow wow. Came here last month and had a three course lunch set menu which was divine, and as we were settling down by the fire with a coffee afterwards we found a copy of the tasting menu and had to come back for...More

Thank LivGrace7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for Sunday Lunch, had drinks sitting on the sofas whilst choosing from the menus. Good selection on the set menu, 3 course @ £26.95 or 2 @ £23.95. Service was attentive and all in all a very pleasant experience. I think this place...More

Thank ajp9000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner here with a friend. Both ordered off their set menu (two courses for £19.95 or three courses for £22.95). Every dish was exquisite and tasted gorgeous. On top of that the service from all members of staff was extremely good and we...More

Thank FSH_18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We tried the tasting menu last night and have mixed feelings about it. The surroundings are lovely, stylish and smart in a beautiful village. Service was obviously a good effort at ‘restaurant’ but didn’t quite hit the mark - the test of good service is...More

2  Thank bexsell
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were told about The Poet by a friend. Wow! We weren’t disappointed when we went for lunch yesterday - Sunday. Not a menu choice typical of Sunday, which was so refreshing to see. The food, brilliant A++, and the wine list good. The rosé...More

Thank Matthew P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful meal here today. The service is excellent and everyone is so nice. There is a lovely garden which you can eat in if you prefer on a good day. We had our meal inside but took coffee in the garden that has...More

Thank Elizabeth768
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They catered a dinner for a group of 16 of us and really went out of their way to accommodate my guests' varied dietary requirements and ensure we had everything we needed. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the food was very tasty.

Thank ACWrites
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really love this place . We chose The Poet for a family celebration and as ever we were not disappointed. The staff are so welcoming and delightful and the food is fabulous . An hours drive for us but so worth it . Outstanding...More

2  Thank JChisley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’m writing this review on behalf of my parents. I booked them in for the 2 steaks and carafe of wine for £39 as a treat for Father’s Day. They went last night and they had a superb meal the best food they’ve had for...More

2  Thank brambleblues
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us ate at The Poet at Matfield to celebrate the end of the school exam season. The spiced duck was delightful, and both the lemon sole and bass dishes were rich, delicate at came with perfect accompanying sauces. Our son isn’t at the...More

Thank WinterT2012
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Christine S
January 20, 2017|
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Response from MandLKent | Reviewed this property |
I'd call and ask Andy the proprietor - he's always very helpful and with sufficient notice would accommodate your request I'm sure. It's fabulous food in a lovely country setting - you'll not be disappointed. Lindsay.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $46
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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
  • E-mail
We believe that your dining experience with us starts the moment you walk through our door. A friendly greeting from our front of house team, lead by co-owner Andy Urbanek and Manager Simon Moore. The Poet offers a vast selection of craft gins, handpicked wines and quirky cocktails. Chef Patron Petrus Madutlela and his team tempt customers with an imaginative array of contemporary British food.
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