French cuisine served in style where the author of Vanity Fair and an essay on Tunbridge Wells amongst other publications used to spend time writing in the old tile hung Grade 2 listed building. Fine dining without the pretension, welcoming all to our fabulous restaurant.

Lovely bar and terrace for drinks and cocktails, private events easily catered for whether for business or pleasure.

Featured in the Michelin Guide 2020

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Award winning dog friendly gastropub in Bidborough on the outskirts of Royal Tunbridge Wells

Offering great British classics with a modern twist, and a comfortable pub with cask ales and a global wine cellar – our emphasis in on quality, taste and a fair price.

Featured in the Michelin Guide 2020.

The Poet provides “informal yet refined dining” in the midst of the Wealden Kent countryside in a charming 16th century building. Expect food of the highest standard from the finest provenance: local and seasonal, made by a team of chefs led by co-owner Petrus Madutlela.

In addition to the food, we have a great selection of fine wines and unique cocktails, as well as more than 70 craft gins.

Our pub name

The famous World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon lived in Matfield which inspires the name of the pub. Sassoon was awarded the Military Cross for “conspicuous gallantry” and later won acclaim for his writing.

Country farm and restaurant with bar featured in the Michelin Guide 2020.

Unique fine dining restaurant featured in the Michelin Guide 2020

Restaurant featured in the Michelin Guide 2020

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