The Poet at Matfield
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!
Absolutely outstanding food and service, as always!
top notch food and service
Couldn’t fault the food or service. Was a lovely evening and would highly recommend. Staff were so friendly and accommodating, which made the evening extra special. A perfect date.
Great steak night. Excellent steaks, excellent potatoes, and a very good half carafe of Merlot wine. Will be back again.
Excellent food and ambience. Waiting staff were also excellent, very professional and attentive without being over the top (particularly Louisa who was great). Will definitely be going back.
One very small criticism is the use of paper napkins, linen would be more in line with the quality of the restaurant.
I enjoyed my meal here at the weekend. The meal was fantastic and the service was exemplary. I had the hake which was delicious and my husband had the steak which he said was one of the best he has had. All in all a great experience and one I will repeat soon. I thoroughly recommend this restaurant.
We wish we could go more often, Attentive & friendly service, fantastic food & wine. Feels just a like a friendly local. great atmosphere. All the staff treat you well.
The whole overall experience is great. Great food, great service and great ambience and the added bonus of being able to walk there.
First time at The Poet and absolutely no complaints about the quality of the food or the level of service. My only issue is it was incredibly expensive for a gastro pub! In excess of London prices. Such a shame as value for money is always something to consider and in my opinion this was not good value.
Amazing food and service wIth the warmest of welcomes. Lunch or dinner ...always consistently excellent.
The food here never disappoints. A good selection of reasonably priced wines compliment as well as the outstanding gin choices. All the staff made us feel welcome
Another fantastic meal with the best service highly recommend. Can’t wait to go back
Amazing food as always with wonderful service. They felt we’d be waiting longer than they’d want us to for our dessert, so they kindly provided us with an amuse bouche, which was gorgeous. The lemon tart was beautiful.
We’ve eaten at the poet quite a few times over the last few years, but Saturday was our first in a while. We both noticed straight away that the standards of food and service, already high, have gone up a good deal further.
Absolutely brilliant place! Don’t miss out - loved it
Great food and service
A very enjoyable evening for my wife and I.
The welcome and the staff were excellent, polite and attentive - increasingly rare these days.
The food - all three courses chosen from the a la carte menu - were an absolute delight, expensive - but worth it.
The 500ml carafe of Merlot very acceptable.
The only downside was too few parking spaces - but a fact of life at this location.
The poet was superb and are looking forward to return, the menu was very good and that shows in the price. It's in a nice location , and the atmosphere in the restaurant is friendly and relaxing.
Outstanding food, drink, atmosphere and service; we loved it, as usual.
It was lovely, we were pleasantly greeted as we walked in , ordered our drinks and where sat at our table. The atmosphere was pleasant , not noisey, even tho they were busy . The food was excellent and very well presented and we were very well looked after by the staff. We had a very enjoyable evening.
Absolutely fantastic place - incredible food and such friendly staff. The head chef took the time of show my little boy around the kitchen and the passion he has for what he does really comes through in everything. Can’t rate it high enough
The poet was absolutely Lovely.we sat outside for the first time the weather being so good and had you're special gin of the day. The food then came always fantastic but our friends had never been and said it was probably the best meal they had ever had. Service always the best.cannot wait to return.
As always fantastic food good service but on the pricey side for a pub but somehow always worth it
Great as always
Had the tasting menu with wine flight and along with the service all were delightful
Amazing food, staff, venue. Made our Anniversary so special. Higher end of prices but every mouthful worth every penny. We will be back.
Absolutely outstanding food at a very good price too. Catered for our every need and very attentive service as well as good wine recommendations to compliment our dishes. Would 100% reccomend to anyone, thoroughly enjoyed dining there.
Great experience ..... not cheap though
Great food and service.
Welcoming and very pleasant atmosphere.
We’ll be back very soon.
This was a birthday treat and all of us had an really enjoyable experience. The presentation of the food was excellent and all the courses were 'spot on'. A great place for Sunday Lunch during any season.
We travel 45mins to go to the Poet for Sunday lunch, we have been many time and never been disappointed. The food is excellent and all the staff are friendly and efficient
Going back in a couple of weeks
Warm welcome, quick and efficient service from a well trained staff. Superb food reminding me of dining in some of the top restaurants in Cape Town.
The menu looked exciting and boy it did not disappoint 3 of us had different dishes and every single one was outstanding we felt so much compassion in the cooking which was why it tasted so good. Top class ingredients and flavour . The Poet Team are at the top of their game and they are such lovely friendly people. We loved our visit and cannot wait to go back
Food and service very good- great attention to detail. Would be nice to have bread served as standard.
Excellent food and service - we very much enjoyed our dinner here.
Excellent menu, inventive with good pub sized portions
Excellent restaurant. Now our first choice for West Kent dining.
We went to The Poet at Matfield for my son's 25th birthday and had a lovely time. The food and service were very good and the waiting staff were very attentive. Only a couple of minor things, the table was low and we banged our knees sitting down and the lighting was quite dim but overall it was very good and the food is excellent.
Amazing service and the food is absolutely delicious. It’s only a matter of time before this place gets a Michelin star!
Thoroughly enjoyable family meal at the Poet last weekend. Would definitely return despite it being about a 50 minute drive.