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Welcome back! We're glad to have you back in the building and out in our garden once more. Please observe our guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.


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 Monday - Saturday, Lunch & Dinner


  • Gunn’s Hill Hen’s Egg

    Gunn’s Hill Hen’s Egg, Shiitake, St Michael’s Blue, Wild Garlic Veloute (V)
  • Beef Carpaccio & Lobster

    Beef Carpaccio, Lobster, Yuzu Kosho, Gari, Truffle Mayo, Watercress
  • Scallop & Pork Belly

    Scallop, Pineapple, Pork Belly, Coconut


Available Monday - Saturday, Lunch & Dinner

  • Chocolate Fondant

    Chocolate Fondant, Speculaas Ice Cream, Raspberry
  • Olive Oil Cake

    Olive Oil Cake, Orange, Candied Pistachio, Mascarpone
  • Vanilla Panna Cotta

    Vanilla Panna Cotta, Fermented Rhubarb 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

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!

Your Safety

Dear Guests,

Thank you for your continued support.

With our reopening in April 2021 has come the need for new procedures, to keep both our guests and the Poet team safe. We will guide you through these changes during your visit.

UPDATE: We request that diners wear a face mask upon entry until sat a table, and would please wear one at all times when not sat at their table (ie when visiting restrooms etc). 

We strongly advise you to pre book your table. Due to restricted numbers, we are unlikely to
be able to accommodate walk ins.

• We understand that you may need to cancel, please call to let us know.

• We are only accepting payment by card

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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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