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The Poet, Tonbridge

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Maidstone Road
Postal town: Tonbridge
TN12 7JH
Phone: 01892722416
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Poet

Attractive place, with the main builing in traditional West Kent style with a tile-hung facade at first floor level, and two small single-storey side extensions. Once the George, then known as the Standing(s) Cross for quite a while and then a near-restaurant called Morello for a short period. However, it is now firmly established as a top-end (as in eye-wateringly expensive) gastro-pub but the bar remains an attractive place for a drink, if you can find a seat at the bar or at a table not set aside for those eating. Upmarket dining rooms to side and rear. Beer-wise, two of three handpumps are usually in operation, and on this visit we found Harvey's (£4.00) and Spirit of Kent from Westerham. Overall, whilst not everybody's idea of a pub, it is all rather tastefully done.

On 23rd August 2019 - rating: 7
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. Wittenden left this review about The Poet

A traditional Kentish style village pub in the centre of the village, formerly known, I think, as The Standing’s Cross. As so often the case, this pub has followed the gastro route, to good, if pricey effect. We came for a family celebration on a midweek evening in August.
Inside, a seeming warren of little rooms, most laid up for dining, furnished in an eclectic manner, with old maps and articles of interest, including memorabilia of the eponymous Poet, Siegfried Sassoon, who was “brought up round here”.We sat at the back, in part of the pub that had been a bakery. Oak beams, nice bricks and tilework on the floor.
On the side facing the street there’s a light and airy bar with comfy chairs and sofas, together with more tables for dining. On our visit, a group of prosperous looking chaps were enjoying a beer at the bar:Rustic from the nearby Tonbridge Brewery and Red Top from Old Brewery were on excellent form that night,alongside various lagers and keg offerings. Wiser heads than mine enthused about the wine list.
Music and poker nights were advertised: I would suggest that The Poet attracts a well- bottomed trade. A grand place for a celebration, though if we lived over this way and fancied a beer and a bite, we’d probably find our way to the Halfway House at Brenchley.

On 30th January 2014 - no rating submitted
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6th Sep 2021, 20:55
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6th Sep 2021, 20:55
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 September 2021 by paulof horsham
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 06 September 2021 by paulof horsham
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 07 March 2013 by Will Larter
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 September 2021 by paulof horsham
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 March 2013 by Will Larter
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