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The Poet

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Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were treated to The Poet's amazing five course tasting lunch menu by our lovely friends. The welcome from Andy, as always, was warm and friendly. The garden had been totally refurbished since our last visit with a comfortable relaxed seating area as well as tables with umbrellas,for outside dining where we enjoyed a chilled glass of Prosecco. The ambience... More 

Thank MandLKent
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I had never eaten here before and a family member invited us for the taster menu. I called them in advance as we had a vegetarian and I have special dietary needs. The chef was amazing. He did a separate menu to cater for our needs. This was a real treat. The food was delicious and the presentation was superb.... More 

Thank mljv13
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited The Poet last night for a family birthday celebration and were not disappointed. The Poet is a gastropub/restaurant and is well worth a visit. Prices are a bit on the rich side despite the excellent quality of the food, taste over volume. Some Pubs have an annual ‘Beer Fest’, The Poet has a ‘Gin Fest’ with over 20... More 

Thank justromin
Bedford, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate lunch on a quiet Saturday at this gastropub/restaurant. The maitre'd, Andy, was very welcoming and friendly as was the waiter. A nice offering of specialist gins and cocktails and we took a negroni and a geranium gin and tonic, both very nice thank you! Sat on the comfy chesterfields by the fireplace, which would make things very cosy in... More 

Thank charloefarlie52
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A significant birthday was celebrated in style at The Poet, wih a fantastic feast thought up and prepared by Chef Petrus and the kitchen staff, and presented by Andy, Katie and the front of house staff. The dietary requirements of one of our party were met with dishes of equal thought, care and flair as the rest of us, and... More 

Thank LizBey
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Poet quietly changed hands earlier this year, so if you haven't been recently, well worth a revisit. I have previously left a poor review for it as I wasn't impressed under the former owners. However I've now been back three times under the new chef, and every time all in our party have had superb food. I think it... More 

1 Thank obaker
Hartfield, United Kingdom
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205 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 375 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another lovely meal at the Poet. As you would hope, the menu had changed since our last visit and we ordered different starters, this time smoked salmon with guacamole for my wife and seared tuna with different sauces for me. We then both had a wonderful cod and chorizo in curried broth ( fantastic ) and very good pannacotta to... More 

1 Thank Dave R
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

My wife and I visited this restaurant the day after our wedding. We were not going on honeymoon straight away, and just wanted a nice intimate lunch where we could relax from the previous days festivities! We got exactly that at The Poet. A lovely little table-for-two at the back of the restaurant; attentive staff but not in your face;... More 

Thank johnm012015
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Great night, first time we have eaten at this pub. The food was of excellent quality and one of the best meals we have had for some time. Staff were very friendly, had a lot of character and really knew their menu and drinks well, offering advice on wines and also the huge list of gins this pub offers. Not... More 

2 Thank lush0166
London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Went here for lunch have heard good reports so went to find out . There was parking out front and went there for lunch. Was greeted on arrival and went straight to the table but you could have had a drink at the bar. There was 2 menus and was a good range of food and a special menus as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$23 - $42
European, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:15 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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?