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    THE POET

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!

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

MIDWEEK TREATS

STEAK & CARAFE OF MALBEC £44.95 FOR TWO

Available Tuesday evenings from 6pm-9pm.

CHEFS 8 COURSE TASTING MENU £79.95 FOR TWO

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.

MENUS 

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

    £9.95
    Heritage Tomato, Smoked Burrata, Radicchio, Artichoke, Gordel Olive (V)
  • Dry Aged Beef Carpaccio

    £14.95
    Dry Aged Beef Carpaccio, Lobster, Turnip, Truffle Mayo, Pumpernickel
  • Pea & lovage velouté

    £11.95
    Lovage & Spring Pea Veloute, Gunn Hill Hen’s Egg, Tunworth (V)


Desserts

Available Tuesday - Saturday, Lunch & Dinner

  • Dark Chocolate Tart

    £9.95
    Dark chocolate tart, honeycomb, hazelnut ice cream
  • White Chocolate & Hazelnut Delice

    £9.95
    White Chocolate & Hazelnut Delice, Bakewell Cherries, Cherry Sorbet
  • Raspberry Souffle

    £10.95
    Raspberry Souffle, Consomme, Lemon Curd Ice Cream

Tasting Menu

8 course tasting menu

Wednesday & Thursday evening, 6pm-9pm

£79.95 for two

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  • Amuse Bouche


  • Creedy Carver Duck

    Fermented cherries, Lavash

  • Gunn Hill Hen’s Egg

    Field mushroom, treacle, spring peas, Parmesan

Set Menu

3 Courses £24.95

2 Courses £20.95

Available Tuesday - Saturday Lunch & Tuesday - Thursday Dinner

  • Wild mushroom and truffle velouté

    Wild mushroom and truffle velouté, quail egg, cheese croquette, parmesan
  • Spring Hill trout

    Spring Hill trout, pickled beetroot, horseradish cream
  • Jumbo Quail

    Jumbo Quail, Confit Leg, Fondant Potato, Bok Choi, Master Stock

Sunday Lunch

3 Courses £28.95

2 Courses £24.95

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  • 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 £37.95

2  courses £29.95

For parties of over 8 people.

  • Smoked Heritage Beetroot

    Smoked heritage beetroot, burrata, chestnut, carrot & Banyul
  • Wild Rabbit Shoulder Raviolo

    Wild rabbit shoulder raviolo, confit garlic, celeriac & kale velouté
  • BBQ Mackerel

    BBQ mackerel, mooli, beef tomato, avocado, Vietnamese dressing

Events

Wine Dinner

On Monday 16th September we're hosting a special one-off wine dinner at The Poet.

Limited to just 20 seats at lunch and dinner, the meal will comprise of 8 courses and 5 wines and take place at 12:30 for lunch and 18:30 for dinner. £75 per person. More information to follow.

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Gin Festival

The Gin Festival is back! Featuring our popular Braai barbecue and, of course, a vast plethora of gins. It will take place on 25th August and tickets will cost £60.00 per person. More info to follow.

Reservation

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!

Careers

Looking for a career in the industry?

We pride ourselves on excellence and look forward to hearing from you.

Mail your CV to info@thepoetatmatfield.co.uk

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