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We are thrilled to announce that we reopened on the 4th of July. We are now reviewing government guidelines to ensure highest safety of our staff and our guests. We will be updating you throughout this so keep your eye out on our social media. We are now accepting reservations. Thank you for your continuous support and we look forward seeing you here at The Poet soon.
Our new opening hours will be as follows:
Monday – Thursday:
Friday & Saturday:
Sunday: 12-8pm
We will also require your card details to secure a booking. We will not charge any monies unless you fail to cancel and become a 'no show'. We then reserve the right to charge £40.00 per person for a 'no show' reservation. Many thanks for your understanding.


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, ceps, shiitake, St Michael’s blue (V)
  • Beef Tenderloin & Lobster

    Beef tenderloin, lobster, yuzu kosho, pickled ginger, truffle mayo
  • Marinated Tomato & Smoked Burrata

    Marinated tomato, smoked burrata, spiced aubergine, hummus, Gordel olives (V)


Available Monday - Saturday, Lunch & Dinner

  • Dark Chocolate & Miso Cremeux

    Dark Chocolate & Miso Cremeux, Pear, Coconut, Passionfruit Chawanmushi
  • Pistachio & White Chocolate Delice

    Pistachio & White Chocolate Delice, Cherry Sorbet
  • Raspberry Souffle

    Raspberry Souffle, Consommé, Yuzu & Orange Ice Cream (please allow 20 minutes)

Set Menu

3 Courses £26.95

2 Courses £21.95

Available Tuesday - Friday Lunch & Tuesday - Thursday Dinner

  • Egg Yolk Ravioli

    Egg Yolk Ravioli, Marmite, Gran Moravia, Shiitake, Broad Bean
  • Corn Fed Chicken Supreme

    Corn Fed Chicken Supreme, Butternut, Spinach, King Oyster, Master Stock
  • Pistachio Panna Cotta

    Pistachio Panna Cotta, Honeycomb, Blackberry Sorbet

Sunday Lunch

3 Courses £28.95

2 Courses £24.95


  • Smoked Haddock Fishcake

    Smoked haddock fishcake, curried tartare, fried egg
  • Heirloom Heritage Tomato

    Heirloom heritage tomato, mozzarella, aubergine, green olive tapenade
  • Smoked salmon

    Smoked salmon, avocado puree, pickled beetroot

Tasting Menu




    Steak Night

    £55.00 for 2

    Only available on Monday evenings.

    • 6oz of 28 Days Aged Beef fillet, spinach and mushroom

      6oz of 28 Days Aged Beef fillet, spinach and mushroom, chips or pommes dauphinoise and a 500ml carafe of Malbec

    About Us

    Of a normal week, 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.

    During the Coronavirus pandemic we shifted our focus to serving a limited menu of food that can be ordered online, collected and enjoyed in the comfort and safety of your own home, which we are continuing to offer for the time being.


    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, we are very pleased to announce that we will be re-opening
    to welcome you back from the 4th of July 2020.

    With this comes 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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