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Keep an eye on this space for info on upcoming special menus and events - in the meantime, please see our Menus section for a run down of the delights we are currently offering or just go right ahead and book now!


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


  • Lohmann Brown Egg

    Lohmann Brown Egg, Kentish Blue, Truffle & Cep Mushroom Veloute (V)
  • Grilled Fillet of Scottish Mackerel

    Grilled Fillet of Scottish Mackerel, Pineapple, Pork Cheek, Kimchi, Coconut
  • Nutbourne Tomato

    Nutbourne Tomato, Burrata, Apple & Burnt Leek Dressing (V)


Available Tuesday - Saturday, Lunch & Dinner

  • Chocolate Fondant,

    Chocolate Fondant, Vanilla Ice Cream, Candied Walnut (Please Allow 15 Minutes)
  • Ginger & Treacle Cake

    Ginger & Treacle Cake, Whisky Sauce, Pumpkin Chai Ice Cream
  • Vanilla Panna Cotta

    Vanilla Panna Cotta, Blackberry Sorbet, Honeycomb

Sunday Lunch

3 Courses £37.95

2 Courses £31.95


  • Lohmann Brown Poached Egg

    Lohmann Brown Poached Egg, Wild Mushroom Veloute
  • Nutbourne Tomato

    Nutbourne Tomato, Truffle Whipped Feta, Apple & Celeriac Dressing
  • Heritage Beetroot

    Heritage Beetroot, Labneh, Pecan Satay, Grapefruit

Set Menu

Tuesday - Thursday Lunch

Wednesday & Thursday Evenings


  • Cornfed Chicken

    Cornfed Chicken, Burnt Hispi, Dauphinoise, Jus
  • Chocolate Choux Bun

    Chocolate Choux Bun, Cremeux, Blackberry Sorbet
  • Pork Cheek & Miso Raviolo

    Pork Cheek & Miso Raviolo, Aged Parmesan, Butternut & Vanilla

Steak Night

Available Tuesday Evenings 

  • Scotch Beef Fillet

    Butternut, Baby Leek, Wild Mushroom, Miso & Red Wine Sauce Served with Chips or Pommes Dauphinoise and a 500ml Carafe of Malbec

Party Menu

3 Courses £43.95

2 Courses £35.95 

  • Beef Tomato “Crudo” Aubergine

    Beef Tomato “Crudo” Aubergine, Miso, Smoked Cashew Nut
  • Braised Beef Shin

    Braised Beef Shin, Sirloin, Leek, Shimeji, Dauphinoise, Red Wine Jus
  • White Chocolate Parfait

    White Chocolate Parfait, Yorkshire Rhubarb Sorbet

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!⁠