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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!

Festive Menu


2 courses £ 32.45

3 courses £37.95

  • Caramelised Cauliflower Soup

    Caramelised Cauliflower Soup, Winter Truffle, Brighton Blue Beignets (v)
  • Roasted Quail Breast

    Roasted Quail Breast, Black Pudding, Turnip, Drunken Prune
  • Dorset Crab Frikkadels

    Dorset Crab Frikkadels, Brown Crab Mayo, Nashi Pear, Lime & Coriander

Christmas Day Menu

3 Courses £95.00pp

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  • Seabass & Crab Ceviche

    Seabass & Crab Ceviche, Blood Orange, Avocado, Calamansi
  • Barbecued Celeriac & Yeast Soup

    Barbecued Celeriac & Yeast Soup, Herbed Labneh, Nooch
  • Anjou Pigeon Breast

    Anjou Pigeon Breast, Confit Leg, Salt Baked Beetroot, Fig, Pigeon Jus

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

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 £24.95

2 Courses £20.95

Available Tuesday - Saturday Lunch & Tuesday - Thursday Dinner

  • Butternut Tortellini

    Butternut Tortellini, Duxelle, Sweetcorn Velouté
  • Pressed Pork Shoulder

    Pressed Pork Shoulder, Quails Egg, Blue Cheese Bon Bon
  • Gressingham Confit Duck Leg

    Gressingham Confit Duck Leg, Hispi, Beetroot, 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 £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


Summer Garden Party

On Saturday 28th September we're celebrating a the last of the glorious summer sun with a Summer Garden Party.

Come and join us from 12-5pm, where you'll be welcomed with Pimms on arrival, followed by a hearty meal from the Braai. Tickets are £20.00 p/head - book now to avoid disappointment!


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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