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Welcome! Our Christmas, Christmas Party and New Year's Eve menus are now live - please see our Menus section for a run down of the delights we are offering to ensure you have a spectacular festive season.


Book your table

Please either reserve a table through our online booking service below. Or call us on 01892 722416.

Please advise us of any dietary requirements 24 hours prior to dining with us. Many thanks!


Please note, our menus change seasonally. Below are sample menus which may vary from what we are serving on the day of your visit.

Please advise us of any dietary requirements 24 hours prior to dining with us. Many thanks!

A La Carte

Available Tuesday - Saturday, Lunch & Dinner


  • Gunn’s Hill Hen’s Egg

    Kentish Blue, Truffle & Cep Mushroom Veloute (V)
  • Venison Carpaccio

    Salt Baked Celeriac, Yuzu Kosho, Gari, Truffle Mayo, Watercress
  • Grilled Fillet of Scottish Mackerel

    Pineapple, Pork Cheek, Kimchi, Coconut


Available Tuesday - Saturday, Lunch & Dinner


  • Chocolate Fondant

    Pine Nut Ice Cream, Raspberry (Please Allow 15 Minutes)
  • Walnut Cake

    Orange, Candied Walnut, Mascarpone
  • Vanilla Panna Cotta

    Raspberry Sorbet, Honeycomb

Sunday Lunch

3 Courses £34.95

2 Courses £29.95


  • Smoked Haddock Fishcake

    Smoked haddock fishcake, cape malay, fried egg
  • Heritage Beetroot

    Heirloom beetroot, labneh, walnut satay, grapefruit
  • Smoked salmon

    Smoked salmon, avocado, wasabi mayo, cucumber

Festive Party

3 Courses £39.95

2 Courses £34.95


  • Delica Squash

    Delica Squash, Pumpkin Seed Hummus, Gougère, Sesame
  • Smoked Quail Breast

    Confit Leg, Pineapple, Korean BBQ Sauce, Kimchi
  • Cured Sea Bream

    Padron Peppers, Gari, Truffle Mayo, Watercress Oil

Christmas Day

£110 per person

£55 for children under 10 years old


  • Gressingham Turkey Breast

    Gressingham Turkey Breast, Leg Meat Merguez, Pig in Blankets
  • Grilled Lemon Sole

    Grilled Lemon Sole, Hispi, Morecambe Bay Shrimp & Smoked Butter Sauce.
  • Whole Spiced Roasted Cauliflower

    Whole Spiced Roasted Cauliflower, Spiced Dukkah, Pickled Gem Lettuce, Durban Curry Sauce

New Years Eve

6 Course Tasting Menu

£105.00 per person


  • Grilled Isle of Wye Tomato

    Grilled Isle of Wye Tomato, Cashew Nut, Chimichurri
  • Orkney Scallop

    Orkney Scallop, Salt Baked Celeriac, Apple, Dashi
  • Wood Pigeon

    Wood Pigeon, Quince, Bitter Leaf, Beetroot, Green Peppercorn

About Us

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!

Join Our Team

We're always on the look out for up and coming talent in the industry here at The Poet. Currently we're looking for two friendly and professional waiters/waitresses! Permanent and part time positions available, applicants must be over 18 and have previous front of house experience.

We’re also looking for a Kitchen Porter to join our team of chefs.

Please send a CV via email to info@thepoetatmatfield.co.uk for more details. We look forward to hearing from you!⁠

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