CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
1754 reviews
£41 and over
British
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1754 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipA123
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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nick
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We want to thank all the magnificent team at Core.
Wonderful experience start to finish

Special special food wine service

Our thanks once again.

Nick & Julie

Ps will be back very soon🥂

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HarveyB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable. Beautiful dining room. Very kind, polite and friendly staff, aswell as being professional.

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christinem
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous lunch. Warm friendly staff and amazing food.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect the attention to detail was amazing. My daughters 18th and she was made to feel very special. All the chefs and kitchen staff stood and greeted us on arrival including Claire. Absolutely fantastic food

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vipJaneG
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an elegant treat! The food was outstanding and the staff pleasantly attentive and well informed.

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Schultz
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By some distance the best dinner we've ever had - a nailed-on 3rd Michelin star will be awarded in 2021. From the moment we walked in to the moment we were shown out it was a truly outstanding experience. Its taken me 15 years to get into a Clare Smyth restaurant but well worth the wait. AMAZING!👏👏👏

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HollyG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. The Cep tart is one of the best starters I’ve had. The additional truffle pasta course was a real treat (I wish it was available all year, hint hint). And the Coreteaser is just as perfect as it has ever been - we considered ordering an extra one for good measure. Service is always attentive and enthusiastic. Will be back as soon as possible in the new year. Clare is a genius and you really should treat yourself to this experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in a lovely relaxed setting where you can wear what makes you feel comfortable. The staff are both friendly and professional, ensuring you feel special and are well looked after. The food is of course faultless. We chose the seasonal tasting menu and it was all quite incredible. Beautiful delicate flavours. The crab dish was my absolute favourite. I have eaten at all the Uk 3 Michelin star restaurants and this is by far my favourite of them all. It was our second time to Core and I know we will return in the new year, hopefully with other family members once it is possible. And the loveliest of touch was when you walk past the chefs when you enter the restaurant and they all take time to wave hello. Lovely.

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Debbie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best food experience you could have. Never fails to impress, superb👍

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ElizabethN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fantastic. Super friendly staff. Amazing food. Great wine choice. Lovely atmosphere. Can’t recommend enough.

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kikiriki
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience from start to finish was superb. It was a secial occasion for my daughter and they made her feel so special without going over the top.
Cannot recommend highly enough.
Thank you to the Core team that made for a wonderful evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best restaurant in London

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MarV
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience.
Food was excellent and presented so beautifully by Clare and her team, everything was delicious

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ClaireR
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing creativity, fascinating to see the Chefs preparing your dish, worth trying at least once in one’s life

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PetraC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable flavour, creativity and service. It’s well worth going for the seasonal menu and the wine pairing.

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AMY1970
London
40 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our fourth visit to Core, and it won't be the last. A lovely warm welcome, friendly staff, delicious food, great wine matching, and we got to meet Clare! Such a beautiful restaurant, well thought out and tastefully done. Well worth a trip to London

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BrianM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is beautiful from walking through the door and were welcomed by all the kitchen staff including Clare herself. ALL Core staff and so professional knowable and so friendly making you feel right at home. We decided on the tasting menu even though we are not big eaters but we managed just fine to leave no trace of food on any plate:-)
Nothing short than delicious.

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Wilko88
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience in London. Having been to a number of the best restaurants in London this is definitely up there with the best. The service was immense. The staff are so knowledgeable and clare and her team produce amazing food.

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vipBCBC
London
18 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the greeting at the door to the coat collection and farewell everything was superb. Wonderful to see Clare in the kitchen overseeing the teams. The food was amazing and luxurious. The wine and water pouring never missed a skip. The pacing of the multi course menu was bang on. What a wonderful experience!

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Adam
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic afternoon - lovely service and outstanding food from start to finish. It’s not cheap but great for a special occasion or a treat. Would thoroughly recommend.

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eltalisman
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal and experience I have had since a visit to Gordon Ramsay Hospital Rd many years go. A warm welcome, personable, professional , knowledgable team....SUPERB food on the Classics menu, gentle ambience...a thoroughly delightful evening. Two stars well-deserved...i feel a 3rd may be imminent...

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CarolineB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect balance. Delicious food, creative dishes, well balanced quantities, attentive but not overpowering service, well distanced tables. 3rd visit did not disappoint

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AshtonT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very consistent courses throughout the service, which was exemplary.

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TonyE
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant, great food. Great afternoon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience There is a reason why Clare is the best. Quality of ingredients was outstanding

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BobD
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were the first customers to enter post lock-down and were treated like royalty! All the kitchen staff greeted and clapped us to our table, as did the front of house staff!!

We had the Ala carte menu so effectively 6 courses with add ons Every piece of food was perfect in taste and presentation.

It was clear that the front of house staff had been starved of their lifeblood - customer interaction! They could not have been more friendly/courteous/professional - a team of which Core/Clare can be extremely proud!!

We will certainly return and will encourage our friends to the excellent experience that is Core Dining

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MichaelB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit and the food was even better than the first time. Simply amazing.

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vipKarolin
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, wonderful service! Food was excellent and we were sat in-front of the kitchen and watched all the process of preparing and i loved it!

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Hawksbill
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is excellent - a credit to Clare and her team.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s 40th birthday - very special. Fantastic food and service, highly recommend.

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CGLondon
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food and service. Staff were unbelievable, and atmosphere was just right

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vipdavide
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and authentic food. Brilliant and attentive service. Great sommelier

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Markv
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience overall. Some dishes were very impressive. Also minor dishes were served. But overall really good.

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Eleyaj
West Sussex
5 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and a great atmosphere. The scallops and venison were fantastic. Great wine selection. Staff very knowledgable and coping well under the current rules. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 10th anniversary and certainly a memorable one. Core is indeed a place where cooking, art, innovation and luxury come all together to give you an experience like no other. We certainly look forward to going back.

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MarcL
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A very well run restaurant. A really good layout to be able to enjoy the dining experience with good, (very rich) food. Not looking to find fault and nothing was wrong but nothing stood out as exceptional either. We ate from the a’ la cart menu, added an extra dish and everything was good. We sampled wine, Champaign and cocktails and enjoyed it all. Compared to other similar restaurants its good, i’m happy we went but I would not choose go back in a hurry based on this experience.

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vipSarahG
Essex
8 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it definitely go again

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foodie
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar, memorable experience . Food was exquisitely presented and an explosion of flavours that went on and on. The servers were charming and the ambience scintillating. One of the best meals I've ever had.

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JonathanK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Phenomenal food for a very special occasion. Not only was the food exceptional but as diners you were made feel really special.

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CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 1754 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.