CORE by Clare Smyth

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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.
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CS
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked for my partner’s birthday. What a fantastic experience! We both agreed it was the best meal we’ve ever eaten and the staff are so knowledgeable and friendly. We were made to feel very special. Recommend to anyone who’s looking for a very special treat of a meal.

GB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy to visit Core after a couple of months reasonable wait. The service is excellent and the ambience non pretentious just focused on quality and everything is. We had the a la cart menu, of course all these dishes are on the tasting menu's. Everything was well cooked with beautiful presentation. The amuse bouche were fabulous introduction with real flavour and attention to detail and this continued with every course of scallop, artichoke, turbot, monkfish the signature core apple and the core teaser. Petit four were also fab. Service excellent at all times attentive and friendly with good food knowledge. The wine was great but expensive. We went on a school night and we would go back in a shot. Thank you Clare Smyth and the team.

EL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience2

Beautifull experience
Only one arer of progress : noize... too noizy...

CR
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully executed food, flawless service and a really knowledgeable sommelier. Expensive, but worth it for a special occasion.

H
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time for my husbands 60th birthday. The food, wine and team were exceptional. Clare wasn’t cooking but they didn’t let her down. The ambiance was perfect and the staff were not intrusive but were v knowledgeable when explaining the different courses. Our experience was quite emotional. Will definitely be back.

SB
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What an amazing restaurant... Beautiful, tasty inventive food, attentive service and a lovely dining room with great ambience. The best meal I’ve had in quite a while - I can’t recommended it highly enough...

SJ
Kent
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Pre started and desserts were excellent. Starters and main were slightly disappointing. Quite expensive for what we received.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The second time dining at The Core. The quality of food and services is absolutely amazing. Unlikely other Michelin restaurant, it is very relaxed at Core. The set up and service make you feel that you are having dinner at someone’s dinning room. It is nice and chilled. The display of each dish is beautiful - can’t stop taking photos. Will definitely come back again, if I can get a booking. :)

P
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious lunch at Core on Friday. We had one vegetarian taster meal and one standard taster menu (not standard at all in taste!). Both sets of food were beautifully presented and tasted amazing. Lots of different tastes to decipher. I felt like they really made an effort with the vegetarian menu to make sure it was just as special as the other dishes on the menu. Creative, but not over the top, we are everything except I couldn’t quite manage my final desert because I had eaten too much of the delicious bread and butter I think!
Waiting staff were all super friendly, a special mention to Rob who we found very interesting and fun to chat to as we had a lot on common. All other staff extremely polite and friendly also, we just didn’t get all their names!
Great restaurant, can’t wait to return

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Perfect food. Fabulous service.

GK
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience!

G
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best restaurant in London and surprisingly attractively priced for cooking of this outstanding quality

D
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant, the staff were very professional yet friendly and very knowledgeable. They made us feel very comfortable with their efficient service. The food was outstanding! My favourite dish was the potato and roe, that beurre blanc was exquisite. I would definitely return to try more dishes and couldn't recommend it highly enough.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was wonderful. Both the food and service were impeccable.

E
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was superb - flavours and presentation excellent. The wine choices great and well thought through. Only glitch was they didn’t open the doors til after 1830 for a booking at 1830 - meaning there was a ‘queue’ and a scrum at the door when they did. Good job it wasn’t raining .... the evening was a lovely experience that apart.

K
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, delicious food, great service and an amazing atmosphere. And it was also very nice to meet Clare Smyth in person.

b
London
37 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. Every dish was beautifully balanced and bursting with so many amazing flavours. The service was perfect so welcoming and friendly yet efficient and on point.

Can’t wait to return!

T
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One word describes the whole experience... Exceptional !!!

JL
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience would highly recommend food and service outstanding!

CB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was outstanding, thank you for a perfect experience! By far the best team in town, an amazing example of what a great team can deliver, not only in this field, but any industry where customer satisfaction is important. Ale, Marion, Tiago absolute superstars that bring to life the trust that Clare, Jonny and Rob put in this team. I always arrive and leave this place with a big smile and gratitude not only for the culinary experience but also for the warmth and kindness of the team! Thank you and wish you great achievements in the new year!

SD
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious and the service and ambience excellent. I would highly recommend Core for that special occasion.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

M
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

二つ星レストランですが、気取らない自然な接客で非常に居心地も良かったです。
料理はシーズンとクラッシックを1人づつオーダーしました。
評判どおり料理は美味しく、見た目も楽しめて大満足でした。
安くは有りませんが、同じレベルを日本で食べる事を考えるとリーズナブルだと思います。
是非、また行きたいです。
すぐに予約でいっぱいになるので、必ず予約が始まる3か月前に予約する事をお勧めします。

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just insanely good.

EB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had waited a long time and were not disappointed.
Our friends chose Classic and we went Seasonal and across 10 or more dishes the standard was very very high.
We sat immediately outside the pass and could see the calm but assured work going on in what was very much a theatre of excellence.
Clare herself was a model of hospitality to seemingly everyone coming and going as the guests all seemed to want to touch base or have a selfie with a most impressive chef who handles the celebrity aspect in her stride.
This is very much a venue for the most special occasion and of course whilst expensive it really is worth it.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish. Greeted by Clare and invited into the kitchen to chat at the end.
Stunning food with a custom printed menu for us reflecting a request for a course we’d made!
Service top drawer.. can’t find any fault at all.

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great inventive food with a relaxed and nicely paced service! Worth the visit.

MB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Core was stunning - from the attentive staff, to the tasteful decor, Clare waving from the kitchen when we entered - that’s even before mentioning the food - which was off the scale.
We have eaten in many Michelin starred restaurants, including Royal Hospital Road when Clare was running it - but this for me is my favourite. Not sure why it’s not 3 star.

It’s expensive of course - but for a special occasion I already can’t wait to go back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The phenomenal.
Individually dishes, very comfort service,tender considerations. Of course taste is fabulous.

And I surprised that we can see inside of kitchen.
My favorite British chef has been standing and working hard on my sight,it’s incredible.
She gets things done promptly and efficiently!
My best experience of this year.
I wish come again sooner.

g
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, exquisite and unforgettable! I wish there was an even better word to describe the food and dining experience. I can see Clare putting her heart and soul into every piece of morsel presented in every single dish that she created for our family. The food was truly irresistible and left us wanting for more. Will definitely be visiting again and I really hope that she gets her third Michelin Star soon because it is worth three stars!

VD
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Clare has been a chef that I wanted to visit for a long time, she definitely didn't disappoint. Overall was a great night. The presentation was wonderful. The staff were super friendly. The food was cooked to perfection, was simple home grown food and showed the flavours of the food. Nothing to crazy over the top and no fusion or overpowering flavours. The wine matching was done brilliantly. Over all glad that I went , will recommend to friends but not somewhere that I will put down for a second visit.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary.

AH
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience - lived up to all our expectations.

SW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been looking forward to going to Core for a long time and it certainly didn’t disappoint, from the warm greeting when you arrive, to the waiter placing the menus down, to the outstanding food and wine! One of the best restaurants we’ve been to, go to dish is the potato with roe (veggie dish) which for self-confessed meat eaters is saying something! Love this place and will definitely return the next time we’re back in England

OT
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife's favourite restaurant in London. Service is out is this world. No wonder got 2 stars the same year

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5* experience!

MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just AMZIBG in every way and the staff is SUPERB in every possible way.
Lovely people.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Environment is amazing, service excellent, food not good which is a shame.

CT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location and the food was absolutely sublime, could not ask for anything more. Staff were outstanding and very attentive

LK
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is without doubt the best dining experience I’ve ever had - it was faultless