CORE by Clare Smyth

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557 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
Chef Clare Smyth’s first restaurant, Core by Clare Smyth, opened its doors August 2017.

Located in London’s Notting Hill at 92 Kensington Park Road, Core by Clare Smyth is a modern fine dining restaurant with a strong British ethos, in an elegant, relaxed interior.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
British, Contemporary European, Contemporary French
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Hours of Operation
Tue - Wed 6.30pm - 10:00pm
Thu - Sat 12pm - 2:00pm and 6.30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
020 3937 5086
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Clare Smyth
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Public Transit
52-452 Bus lines, Stop: Stanley Gardens
8 minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate Station
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 557 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

A truly amazing evening at Core, could not fault anything at all. The food was amazing in taste and in presentation. We had a fantastic table within the buzz of the restaurant and the staff were very professional with a relaxed stance. It is one to be repeated! Wonderful!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The meal was incredible. Really enjoyed it. The service was impeccable. The amuse bouche was very creative and tasty. Highly recommend the whiskey and seaweed cocktail too. Stunning lunch overall

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

It is our 3rd visit and Core never disappoints. Their no alcoholic drinks are one of the best I have had in London.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

One of the most creative and wonderful dining experiences I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. This is a must-go restaurant for anyone who enjoys and appreciates a delicious and highly creative dining experience.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Core was perfection. The service was impeccable and the food was innovative and delicious. Highly recommend!!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

An amazing meal as always - CORE never fails to disappoint.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic experience!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Unbelievable service in such a relaxed environment. Absolutely lovely. They even offered to cut up my meat (my arm is broken) Really superb.
Incredible attention to detail.
Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was meant to be a family meal for a special occasion and it was fabulous! Probably the best meal we have had in quite a long while. Fantastic and attentive service. Great wine pairings by the friendly sommelier and there was no push to get us out as we were at an early sitting. Claire deserves all the kudos she receives for this amazing restaurant.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

"I'll go to London and cook people potatoes and carrots, and they'll pay me handsomely for it!"She proclaimed. And so they did. Go here if you want a special occasion and to experience interesting food and a very nice bunch of staff. It comes at a cost but you don't feel cheated, it's inspiring to see simple ingredients cooked beautifully. Recommended by a friend as one of the best restaurants she's ever eaten at and having only eaten in 2 high end restaurants this place takes the crown. Good job everyone at Core and good luck to you, hopefully see you on Chefs Table one day!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fabulous food and great ambience. Definitely somewhere we will visit again.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Amazing meal

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great decorations, with excellent service, not to mention the food it was amazing, the most beautiful food I have ever had.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely wonderful lunch - and everything just looked too good to eat!

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5.0Dined on 7 August 2018

Bday dinner

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5.0Dined on 7 August 2018

We went there for our anniversary,
and had a wonderful time. Excellent service and overall outstanding.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

We had a wonderful evening, from the outstanding food like no other to the slick smooth service throughout. Everyone was so attentive and noticed little details throughout the meal. Meeting Clare was incredible and thank you very much for taking the time to do so. Will definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Absolutely fantastic. The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. It is expensive but expected given the precision service and quality of the restaurant. Very special place

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Excellent overall. Only gripe would be they could have let us into the lounge prior to our reservation (first sitting). We arrived 10min early along with 2 other couples. It was incredibly hot outside. When they opened the doors spot on our booking time of 6:30pm it revealed a comfy air conditioned lounge/bar area that they could easily have let us wait in.

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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

Second visit to Core. Just as good as the first. Amazing!

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4.0Dined on 1 August 2018

We enjoyed our meal but didnt think it was outstanding because the menu wasn’t completely to our taste. The execution of the dishes was very good and most of the matching wines were excellent.

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5.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Best dinner experience of the year. Possibly best ever.
A clear 10/10. Flawless. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Incredible food - imaginative and creative use of superb ingredients, beautiful presentation and an amazing well thought out tasting menu. Staff were friendly, helpful and charming and we were seated at the table that looks straight onto the kitchen which completed a truly fantastic experience - highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on 31 July 2018

We did the large tasting menu with wine pairings, expensive but absolutely worth it, especially for a special celebration. Service was outstanding, incredibly attentive and helpful. Food was second to none. Venue was elegant, the kitchen which has a glass wall so you can look in, was spotlessly clean. Clare was in the kitchen that evening and we got to meet her at the end of our meal. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

After almost 3 weeks of traveling around the UK and eating at many great restaurants I can say that Core was by far the best dining experience. The dining room is elegant yet understated, the service was impeccable, but the food was the star. We opted for the full tasting menu and were extremely impressed. From the very first bite to the last it was obvious the level of thought and care that went into each and every dish. Some favorites were the potato and roe, carrot and lamb, and the meringue with wild strawberry. Clare Smyth has achieved something magical at Core and we look forward to our next visit. There are many Michelen starred restaurants that do not come close to Core. I look forward to seeing the well deserved 3 stars when the next guide is published.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

As meals go, this was a special one. A 30th birthday for a successful and fiercely independent Accrington lass! So what would be more fitting than a 3* Michelin restaurant run by a female chef. I have to hand it to Clare, everything was perfect. Watching the staff serve tables was like watching the a choreographed ballet. The food was exquisite and the venue was wonderful. I’m not going to say it was cheap, we’re not drinkers so our bill was relatively light compared to those that choose to pair wine with all 10 courses, but I left feeling it was actually worth the money and more. I’ve got to hand it to all the team, they’re incredibly knowledgeable about food, from the sources of the ingredients down to the specialist wines. If I had to stretch for a negative there would only be one! I spent the evening opposite a gentleman that looked like he needed a snorkel every time he smelt the next wine. I’m not sure what he thought he was doing but it was quite clear that he was impressing his date with his knowledge of how to judge the wine course! I guess exceptional restaurants always attract exceptional show offs. Not to finish on a negative, I’d like to thank the staff for showing extra care with my pregnant fiancé, they tailored her food to the awkward “no raw food” requirements that are recommended these days and even got her a cushion to help with her back (we didn’t ask, they noticed her moving around and offered one up). All in all an exceptional experience and the team undoubtedly deserve all the success they are enjoying.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Just wonderful! Staff were attentive but not overbearing. We had the taster menu and wine matching and it was all delicious and also interesting - some wines I had never had which were fabulous

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Our first experience at Core was amazing! We enjoyed the food and customer service was great too! O

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

The meal and restaurant itself lived up to all my high expectations! I had read so many incredible reviews and of course the fact that Clare’s talent had obviously been spotted and chosen to celebrate Harry and Meghan’s party after their wedding certainly did them no disservice! I bought my boyfriend there for a birthday treat and he absolutely loved it too! The staff too were all excellent and very knowledgeable and a delight to deal with. I look forward to going again.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Celebrated our anniversary there and got a lovely table in the restaurant. Food and people were excellent!

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Simply amazing ! The flavours in each bite are intense . I loved every course and will definitely go back if i can get s reservation

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4.0Dined on 26 July 2018

Core is a lovely experience. The service you could not fault, everyone was very helpful and knowledgeable about the food. We went for the tasting menu , which was very well presented with some lovely savoury dishes . The strawberry desert was too sweet the basket should maybe made of shortbread or another texture . The sweets at the end were a disappointment however, it was a great meal with room for slight improvement. The cocktails were amazing with some different choices . Wine prices a bit on the high side. Would recommend would go again.

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018

Amazing service, food, drinks and atmosphere, definitely recommend to all 😀

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018

Probably the best I have had for some years. IO had high expectation having eaten with ~Clare when she was at Gordon Ramsay. She did not disappoint me. I have a highly critical colleaGUE WHO WAS WITH ME AND I WAS DUMBSTRUCK WITH HIS GLOWING COMPLIMENTS THAT SAID IT ALL!

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018

Potentially my new favourite restaurant in London! Had previously been in love with restaurant Gordon Ramsey and gosh here Clare did not disappoint. She was there that night which is amazing as you get to see the chef herself at work- makes it feel much more personal. The venue is just amazing, so ascetically pleasing I would preferably like to live there rather than just eat there! Second visit, we did the full tasting menu and wine matching and were delighted. The food is as good looking as it is tasty. Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018

fantastic food and wine, service was amazing, and managed a quick thank you and photo with Clare at the end.

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5.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Fantastic!! We did the 5 dish fixed menu, Each dish exceeded the prior dish. Relaxed environment with unique dining experience with music from blues to Lymard Skinner. Great view of Clare preparing each dish. We will return!

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5.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Outstanding in every way. Food, drinks, service all excellent. Had tasting menu and every part of it was superb. Loved watching the calm attentive staff in the kitchen. Highly recommend for a special experience.

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5.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Faultless food and exceptional service. The standard of cooking here is very high without being flashy or too extravagant. I'd put it up there with The Ledbury in terms of overall quality.

The sommelier is knowledgeable and very helpful and they have a great selection of wines.

Highly recommended...

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Incredible presentation of the food, and it was all so special and delicious!
It's been long since I've had such an overwhelmingly great experience that is new and fresh and exciting from a restaurant

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