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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

  • Wild Mushroom & Truffle Veloute

    Wild mushroom & truffle veloute, crispy Tunworth, poached hens egg, parmesan
  • Heirloom Heritage Tomato

    Heirloom heritage tomato, burrata, aubergine, green olive tapenade
  • Venison Carpaccio

    Venison carpaccio, lobster, truffle mayo, turnip, pumpernickel


Available Tuesday - Saturday, Lunch & Dinner

  • Spiced Quince Souffle

    Spiced quince souffle, brandy custard, hazelnut ice cream (please allow 20 minutes)
  • Cinnamon & Orange Panna Cotta

    Cinnamon & orange panna cotta, blood orange sorbet
  • Apple Tart Tatin

    Apple tart tatin, cinnamon ice cream

Tasting Menu

8 course tasting menu

Wednesday & Thursday evening, 6pm-9pm

£79.95 for two


  • Amuse Bouche

  • Creedy Carver Duck

    Fermented cherries, Lavash

  • Gunn Hill Hen’s Egg

    Field mushroom, treacle, spring peas, Parmesan

Set Menu

3 Courses £22.95

2 Courses £19.95

Available Tuesday - Saturday Lunch & Tuesday - Thursday Dinner

  • Mushroom & Truffle Veloute

    Mushroom & truffle veloute, cheese croquette
  • Smoked Salmon & Pickled Beetroot

    Smoked salmon, pickled beetroot, horseradish cream
  • Old Spot Pork Loin

    Old spot pork loin, red cabbage, pommes puree, blackberry jus

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
  • Jumbo Quail Breast

    Jumbo quail breast, confit leg, poached plum, raspberry vinegar jus

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

Father's Day


Celebrate Father's Day at The Poet at Matfield with our spectacular menu. Click the button below to see our menu and whet your appetite!

Father's Day Menu


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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