The Poet at Matfield

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992 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
The Poet offers an informal yet refined dining experience in the heart of the Kent countryside. Set in a charismatic 16th century building, diners can expect food of the highest standards, made using the finest local and seasonal produce and lovingly prepared by a small team of chefs led by co-owner Petrus Madutlela.

In addition to the food, we offer a selection of fine wines, quirky cocktails, and have a collection of over 70 craft gins available.

World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon lived in Matfield and is the inspiration behind our name. Sassoon was awarded the Military Cross for "conspicuous gallantry" and later won acclaim for his writing. We're pretty sure he would have loved our food too!

A warm welcome awaits diners from front of house manager and co-owner Andy Urbanek and his team. We look forward to seeing you!
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MI
Kent
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You have it right..we enjoyed the experience, very tasty food. I would surly come back and pass the experience on to all.

GK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food beautifully presented. Very friendly service.

N
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service & great food, we went on the Tuesday steak nights & couldn’t fault anything, we even parked right outside which isn’t always the case!

GW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant as usual. Food was great as was the service. We will be going back soon.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service!!! Highly recommended

SG
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Dominics birthday family meal

CF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Good food as usual, but the service was just not as good as in previous visits. My wife's chair was repeatedly knocked by one of the waitresses, without any apology. We had to ask a second time for some drinks and then twice for the bill. We also had some rather loud diners sitting near us!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

This was our first time at The Poet, having received numerous recommendations. We were aware that we had a two hour slot at the table but the speed at which food appeared then plates disappeared made it feel like we were a bit rushed. The food itself was outstanding but a little pricey. We hadn’t finished our wine at the end of the two hours and had to leave the table but were lucky enough to take it with us to a couple of sofas by the bar. Had we not been able to be seated I would have been very disappointed. Overall a pleasant experience but not one that we could justify too often because of the cost.

LW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Every time we come to The Poet we have always had a highly enjoyable evening. Food is so delicious coupled with a warm, professional welcome and good service the whole time we are there. Simply outstanding!

J
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food- the best meal available anywhere!

H
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always absolutely outstanding. Most delicious food, perfect service and wonderful ambience. So lucky to have such a gem on our doorstep.

MH
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service great food great ambiance

MC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food! A busy evening but still faultless service. Great ambiance! Truly a special treat!

GO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Just exactly what you’d expect/want from an upmarket country pub with fantastic attention to detail and good all round vibe. Will be back!

SB
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Ambience was nice.

Service was good and staff were very pleasant.

Food was good. Had the Sunday Roast... the wild boar was a little dry and the carrots have a strange flavour to them (so did not eat them). The greens and the cauliflower cheese were lovely.

The Halibut was delicious.

Dessert was delicious.

SJ
Kent
18 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This lovely restaurant serves the best Sunday Lunch EVER. Delicious and great choices. Always a treat to get a table there. The staff are also amazing. My favourite!!

WF
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have eaten at the Poet several times and every dish has been exceptional.

DT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Choice of starters a bit limited especially if you do not like fish or want a warm starter. Mains were tasty but additional vegetables would have been nice. Of course you can order these as sides but should have been part of dish. Dessert good choice. Nice place, good service.

KT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and attentive but not intrusive service. Lovely blend of flavours in the heritage tomato and smoked burrata starter and the cote de boeuf was amazing. Really good top end gastro pub - well worth a visit.

LK
London
11 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very impressed - was truly special meal!

AP
London
17 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Yet another fabulous meal from Petrus and team! Food was absolutely stunning, from presentation through to the subliminal balance of flavours - worthy of Michelin Star status if ever they wanted to... All of this coupled with good, friendly service, make it a real gem in the Kent dining scene!

PL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of us had the fixed menu and one ‘a la carte’, we both had matched wines.
Food was very good.

JH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous Sunday lunch. Having read great reviews as keen to give it a go and wasn't disappointed. Will be back soon. Lovely atmosphere, arrived early and sat in the leather sofas having a relaxing drink. Service professional and attentive.
The food was fabulous. Starters were well presented and tasty - smoked haddock fish cake and jumbo quail. Has the shoulder of lamb and shoulder of pork and both were well presented and really tasty. Ample veg - I could always eat more roast potatoes but that’s more greed than need. The cauliflower cheese was a triumph one of the best I’ve had. There is a charge of £6 for a rather small extra ‘jug’ of jus which didn’t bother me but I know would have set my mother off had she been with me! To be fair it probably wasn’t needed as ample jus on the plate but being Northern I love ‘gravy’.
I’m not a desert person and I was very full. But gave it a go as good value and wanted to try them and glad I did. Had the passion fruit desert which was beautifully presented and light and refreshing. A creme anglaise and meringue type desert but very dainty and upmarket. My friend had the fruit crumble which was a generous portion and assured me was very tasty - it certainly looked good.
All in all a great experience. It was cosy but tables were well spaced and good ambience with a mix of some young families. Incidentally noticed the kids burger and chips one of the children was having and it looked amazing I could almost fancy it myself.
Looking forward to returning soon.

FH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our third visit to The Poet, it's our favourite place at the moment.... the whole experience is wonderful..... 👍😍

HB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb service, excellent food, very good wines (at very reasonable prices), a quiet and spacious set of rooms - an outstanding restaurant and one of the best in the area. Will definitely go back. £120 for dinner for two with two courses and two glasses of wine each.

ML
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Haven’t been here for a while but it has seriously upped its game from good to very good. Pretty fine dining at a non fine dining price. Slightly reminded me of Tom Kerridge’s Hand & Flowers but nowhere near the price. Service excellent. We’ll be there again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food. The hake fillet was so full of flavour.

AH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is one of our favourites - I can’t fault it. We have been a number of times, the food is always excellent, the service very professional and attentive and the restaurant has a lovely atmosphere.

RM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Both the food and the service were top notch and we all really enjoyed our visit - such friendly and helpful staff

JW
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great lunch.sat on table for two in window which was lovely on such a bright sunny day.
The service was second to none with all staff being very knowledgable on the menu.
My only criticism was Yorkshire’s too salty for our taste and too much mustard in cauliflower cheese. Other than that food superb

KD
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is amazing! I look forward to many more meals there.

CS
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was excellent as per usual, although the main course could have been hotter. Service was outstanding, the staff were very helpful and knowledgeable.
This was our first time in the annex dining room, we found the overall lighting too bright.

A
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We return over and over again introducing friends because we are always confident that the service and food will always be first class.

This is a really friendly yet totally professional restaurant. Well done team ‘Poet’

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything a great Gastropub should aim to be! Warm, friendly, informal but professional. Superb standard of food from a great menu.

A welcoming feeling from every member of the team you come across makes for a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

R
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service and amazing food! It was only our second time visiting The Poet and yet again it was absolutely amazing experience. The food was stunning from starter to main and dessert and the service is incredible - very attentive and yet not intrusive at all. Highly recommend for any occasion or just a lovely evening out.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food!! Outstanding.
Very exciting food. Well matched flavours and beautifully presented.
One of best restaurants in the area - if not the best!

SB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again, had a fantastic meal at the poet. Fabulous food, attentive and accomodating staff. Lovely table. We have already booked to go back on 22nd feb.

R
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely surroundings, attentive and friendly staff and fantastic food. We had the tasting menu which was very reasonably priced and of a high standard.

Would recommend highly.

MB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress was outstanding. Attentive but not overdoing it. She knew all about the food and named all the cheeses 🧀 and there were lots of them ! Her name is Jess.

DJ
Kent
27 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an absolute pleasure it was to dine at The Poet, it ticks all the boxes if you are looking for a top class dining experience. Faultless, friendly service, outstanding food wonderfully presented, excellent wine list and a cosy relaxed atmosphere. Well done, we will be back.