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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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European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Went here last night for our anniversary (22/9/2018). booked a table for 8pm. Arrived bang on 8pm and was informed by the bar staff that they needed the table after us for another booking so can we order at the bar. Ordered our mains and...More

1  Thank mrgeh79
Reviewed 2 days ago

This lovely old building with 16th century elements has previous culinary form when it was called Morello's several years ago. Today it has been rescued and restored since 2016, with the name The Poet reflecting the World War 1 literary genius that was Sigrfried Sassoon,...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quick visit. Just beyond local for us normally but we need to make it local. Happened to be on “steak night” with two fillet for £38 incl large glass of well paired Norton Malbec Staff very dapper in tweed waistcoats and white gloves. Very attentive.

Thank ghvisitors
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food at the poet is amazing. Always a lovely menu & great ingredients beautifully presented & served.

Thank 100pc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to the Poet on several occasions and it seems to get better every time i visit, I have visited for business, friends and with my wife and it has always been very very good. The food tastes fantastic and presented in a...More

Thank Barry C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every time we visit Petrus and Andy, there is something fresh and exciting on the menu. On this occasion we elected to have the Chef’s tasting menu and Petrus did not disappoint with the subtle spicing of the various dishes. Service by Simon and the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four of us booked the 6 course tasting menu. It was quite simply, excellent. Creative, well presented dishes cooked to perfection. The chef very kindly substituted the beetroot based course for something more to my taste, which I appreciated. Service was almost too attentive, but...More

Thank Deborah A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having stopped coming here about 18 months ago - I was looking for somewhere close by for a birthday meal. Having read the reviews decided to give it a go again oh wow what a truly lovely experience. We opted for the taster menu with...More

Thank toouche
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first visit, and was all you could wish for. The atmosphere was charming. The staff welcoming and Friendly. Sunday lunch was one of the best we'd ever had, delicious!

Thank Carol C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A thoroughly excellent evening from start to finish. Started with a G&T from their wide range. Service was superb. Starters great and then one of the best steaks i've had (and i've had a few). Prices more than reasonable too.

Thank Alistair W
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Christine S
20 January 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
US$30 - US$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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:30
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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