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The Poet

Maidstone Road, Matfield, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN12 7JH, England
+44 1892 722416
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good18%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • 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 via mobile

Every time we go here they always impress us. The food is phenomenal and the service is impeccable. They have a good choice of wine, which they pair with the food on the menu. They also make fantastic Gin & Tonics. The staff are very...More

Thank annaramskill
Reviewed 1 week ago

Eat here 10th November. Was recommended to go to this restaurant - it was an absolutely fabulous lunch. Staff very good - polite and attentive. Atmosphere great. I can honestly say the best lunch in the Tunbridge Wells area.

Thank joanie555
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was a bit worried about a recent poor review but we had an excellent experience. As a large family gathering we were made welcomed and had a dining room allocated (yes, with a faux brick wall paper, but does that matter?). The food was well...More

Thank femaletraveller_11
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have lived close to Matfield for many years, the arrival of those running The Poet has enhanced the village. We were celebrating our Anniversary at the Poet, the welcome, the service, the Gin, the ambiance was great but the food was exceptional. The menu...More

Thank Ian A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for the six course tasting menu the other day. The service is absolutely brilliant; we felt like we were special! The food was aesthetically pleasing and the taste for all but one dishes was out of this world. The only slight negative was...More

Thank edfiddy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent service from the moment you step through the door with a genuine warm welcome. Far superior to normal 'pub grub' this was dining at it's best. The food was absolutely excellent so I was not supprised the restaurant was fully booked. I would definitely...More

2  Thank sancha365
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I do not get a lot of time to eat out but when I do, the poet is the only place that will do. If I have friends visiting or a Sunday off, I can't think of a better place to go. It is cosy,...More

1  Thank Nicole Pixie P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Are we really that deprived of honest good food in the Tunbridge Wells area. I cannot believe the hype this place gets. We had a very average meal for 4, for £400, in a pub, in Kent...wow. And as for the decor...fake brick wallpaper...do me...More

4  Thank teewellza
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Petrus and the team never fail to please. We have eaten here several times and have received an exceptional welcome every time. Service is swift and attentive. Excellent choices of dishes, all well priced and beautifully presented. Flavour combinations are a wonder. The wine list...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time to the a Poet after hearing many good things. First class and 100% will be returning. Food was excellent with portion sizes being just right. Wine selection and cocktails to suit all tastes. Brilliant service. Thoroughly recommend it.

Thank Marc N
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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$31 - US$47
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:15 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
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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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