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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!

A warm welcome awaits diners from front of house manager and co-owner Andy Urbanek and his team. We look forward to seeing you!



Available Tuesday evenings from 6pm-9pm.


Available Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm.

Minimum 24 hour notice required for Tasting Menu bookings. Simply book a table and quote "Tasting Menu", then arrive, sit down & relax while we serve you our culinary poetry.

Book now to avoid any disappointment. T&Cs apply.


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


  • Heritage Tomato

    Heritage Tomato, Smoked Burrata, Avocado, Gordel Olive, Basil (V)
  • Dry Aged Beef Carpaccio

    Dry Aged Beef Carpaccio, Lobster, Turnip, Truffle Miso Mayo, Gem Lettuce
  • Cep Velouté

    Cep Velouté, Hen’s Egg, Brighton Blue Beignets, Winter Truffle (V)


Available Tuesday - Saturday, Lunch & Dinner

  • Dark Chocolate Tart

    Dark Chocolate Tart, Espresso Martini Ice Cream
  • Raspberry Souffle

    Raspberry Souffle, Consomme, Lemon Curd Ice Cream
  • Pistachio & White Chocolate Mousse

    Pistachio & White Chocolate Mousse, Kentish Cobnut Ice Cream

Tasting Menu

8 Course Tasting Menu £89.98 for 2



  • Amuse Bouche

  • Gunn’s Hill Sous Vide Egg

    Gunn’s Hill Sous Vide Egg, Jerusalem Artichoke Duxelles, Black Lovage
  • Local Rabbit Torchon

    Local Rabbit Torchon, Dates, Rooibos, Goose Liver, Speculaas

Set Menu

3 Courses £25.95

2 Courses £21.95

Available Tuesday - Saturday Lunch & Tuesday - Thursday Dinner

  • Butternut Tortellini

    Butternut Tortellini, Duxelle, Sweetcorn Velouté
  • BBQ Mackerel

    BBQ Mackerel, Rillette, Pickled Beetroot, Ricotta
  • Braised Shoulder of Venison

    Braised Shoulder of Venison, Hispi, Shiitake, Pommes Purée

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

Party Menu

3  courses £39.95

2  courses £35.95

For parties of over 8 people.

  • Dried Aged Beef Biltong

    Dried Aged Beef Biltong, Truffled Vegetable, Ricotta
  • Brown Crab Frikkadels

    Brown Crab Frikkadels, Pickled Turnip, Gochujang Emulsion
  • Lovage Velouté

    Lovage Velouté, Golden Cross, Quail Egg, Sesame

Steak Night

£55.00 for 2




  • 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

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day 9 Course Tasting Menu

£89.95 per person


  • Amuse Bouche

  • Lobster, Artichoke, Sesame, Yuzu

  • Pork Cheek, Onion Squash, Goose Liver, Miso


Valentine's Day

An exquisite meal at The Poet is the perfect way to spend Valentine's Day with your significant other. Please click below to view the full menu. We would advise booking well ahead as places fill fast!

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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!


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