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“Wednesday night tasting menu”
Review of The Poet

The Poet
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Ranked #1 of 6 Restaurants in Matfield
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $45
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed July 10, 2018 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 it this month.

What a treat it was! Incredible food. Not as dainty as I would have expected, but we were glad of that - we've enjoyed tasting menus before but were still a tiny bit hungry after. This was a great size. We both went for the beef main which was absolutely delicious. I had the paired wine flight which was excellent value and a great experience, lovely to have a little introduction to each wine, felt very well looked after! Each of the six courses were lovely, so delicious, beautifully cooked and presented. Our only criticism is the pumpernickel on the beetroot starter - the dish, in our opinion, would have been much more delicious without it.

We will definitely be back and look forward to introducing friends and family to The Poet when they visit us.

Thank LivGrace7
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Reviewed July 8, 2018

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 is pretty much spot, one point I would mention however is that I was surprised at the cheap paper napkins and would have expected linen or similar........

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Thank ajp9000
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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 very much enjoyed our evening. Well worth a visit!

Thank FSH_18
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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 always how they react to criticism and the reaction we got was mild incredulity and no suggestion for resolution.
Now the food. All nicely presented however ... the chef obviously has a taste for pickle as this was the predominant flavour of the amuse bouche and both ‘starters’.
There’s a choice of main course - beef and plaice. We tried both and the recipient of the beef felt guilty and was offered part of their plate to the recipient of the plaice because of the huge variation in portion size. Both were tasty though.
The yogurt sorbet was by far the tastiest dish. The petit fours were too big, not dainty and were heavy - stodgy even.
Overall, pleased we tried it. But won’t be rushing back.

2  Thank bexsell
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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 from Puglia Italy accompanied our meal perfectly. Waiting staff friendly, attentive and very good; they served us well and we definitely plan to return very soon.

Thank Matthew P
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