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Following the government's announcement, The Poet will be closed from Thursday 5th November until the lockdown ends, which currently is due to be Wednesday 2nd December.

At the moment, we will not be offering our takeaway service during this 4 week period, though appreciate the interest we have already received.

If you have made a booking with us between Thursday 5th November and Wednesday 2nd December we will unfortunately have to cancel your booking - there is no need to call us, we will do this for you.

We would like to take the opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for your support during this difficult year - we could not have done it without you! It has been our pleasure to serve you over the last few months since reopening again and we can't wait to see you again in December, all being well!

Stay safe!
The Team at The Poet


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!

Christmas Day


  • Fallow Deer Loin & Shoulder

    Glazed Butternut Squash, Tenderstem, Roscoff Onion
  • Fillet of Halibut

    Mussels, Salsify, Cocoa Beans, Spinach, Wild Mushroom, Caviar Sauce
  • Truffled Bronze Turkey Breast

    Pistachio Stuffing, Chipolatas, Swede and Honey Purée

New Year's Eve


  • BBQ Celeriac Potsticker

    Fermented Mooli, Celeriac Dashi
  • Creedy Carver Duck Breast

    Bronze Fennel, Salt Baked Beetroot, Hispi
  • Lobster

    Squash, Rooibos, Caviar, Sorrel

A La Carte

Available Monday - Saturday, Lunch & Dinner


  • 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)
  • Gunn’s Hill Hen’s Egg

    Gunn’s hill hen’s egg, ceps, shiitake, St Michael’s blue (V)


Available Monday - Saturday, Lunch & Dinner

  • Pistachio & White Chocolate Delice

    Pistachio & White Chocolate Delice, Cherry Sorbet
  • Raspberry Souffle

    Raspberry Souffle, Consommé, Yuzu & Orange Ice Cream (please allow 20 minutes)
  • Dark Chocolate & Miso Cremeux

    Dark Chocolate & Miso Cremeux, Pear, Coconut, Passionfruit Chawanmushi

Sunday Lunch

3 Courses £28.95

2 Courses £24.95


  • Heirloom Heritage Tomato

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

    Smoked salmon, avocado puree, pickled beetroot
  • Smoked Haddock Fishcake

    Smoked haddock fishcake, curried tartare, fried egg

Set Menu

3 Courses £26.95

2 Courses £21.95

Available Tuesday - Friday Lunch & Tuesday - Thursday Dinner

  • Corn Fed Chicken Supreme

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

    Pistachio Panna Cotta, Honeycomb, Blackberry Sorbet
  • Egg Yolk Ravioli

    Egg Yolk Ravioli, Marmite, Gran Moravia, Shiitake, Broad Bean

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

Tasting Menu




    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!

    Your Safety

    Dear Guests,

    Thank you for your continued support.

    With our reopening in July has come 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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