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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


  • 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

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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