We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Poet

Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“bream” (8 reviews)
“beef” (25 reviews)
Closed Now
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
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (576)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

21 - 30 of 572 reviews

Reviewed July 8, 2018 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 July 5, 2018 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 July 2, 2018 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 June 29, 2018 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 June 25, 2018

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 June 23, 2018 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 June 20, 2018 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 June 18, 2018 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
Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

Always amazing stunning lamb and beef with beautiful wine and sides. Deserts different and delicious. Great atmosphere and service so lucky to have such high quality dining in our village! Thank you Andy and team.

2  Thank Letitia T
Reviewed June 13, 2018 via mobile

Great setting. Beautiful garden. Food outstanding, matched by the cocktails and the wine. Nicest rose wine I’ve ever had. Staff very attentive and knowledgeable about the food and drinks they serve. Fine dining in a lovely country village pub. We will be returning.

Thank FJT_11
Nearby HotelsSee all hotels
Anand Lodge
159 reviews
2.24 miles away
The Camden Arms
377 reviews
2.38 miles away
Mercure Tunbridge Wells
1,021 reviews
2.72 miles away
Lime Tree Inn
27 reviews
3.75 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
The Star Inn
164 reviews
.16 miles away
The Hopbine
75 reviews
.69 miles away
Grays Cafe & bar
28 reviews
.90 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Halfway House
11 reviews
1.47 miles away
Downingbury Farm
32 reviews
1.85 miles away
Church of St Thomas a Becket
10 reviews
2.09 miles away
The Gun and Spitroast
6 reviews
2.63 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Christine S
January 20, 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$29 - $45
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, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing