CORE by Clare Smyth

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  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • 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.
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AB
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

what a treat! the food was perfect, the service flawless and just a veryhappy lunch with good friends. not the cheapest lunch ever but worth every penny.

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C
Kent
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unparalleled dining experience! This kind of restaurant with a Michelin-starred chef can often be disappointing as the hype is unmatched by the food/service. But that is absolutely not the case here! My husband and I each the taster menu, one of us the standard and the other the seasonal. Each course was a work of art in appearance and each bite had the perfect balance of textures and tastes. That famous potato deserves its reputation because it melted in the mouth and tasted like you never wanted to eat another kind of potato ever again. How can that be... it’s a potato!! But I kid you not, I’d go back just for that course. The service was attentive and every dish served by its own chef, all the staff were smiling and friendly, and we were greeted by Clare Smyth herself as well as the head chef, what a fantastic experience!

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An out of this world dining experience. Everything was absolutely perfect.

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a friend for a celebratory birthday meal. We arrived an hour early and sat in the bar, relaxing with a drink and catching up. Once our table was ready we were seated and then enjoyed a glorious meal- I had the seasonal taster menu and my friend the classic taster menu. Not one single course on either menu disappointed. The food was sublime and the accompanying wine flights drew no complaints. Once our meal was complete we retreated back to the bar for coffee and probably outstayed our welcome as we were still there when evening guests were starting to arrive, but at no time were we ever made to feel a nuisance or unwanted. The service was exceptional. I would definitely recommend Core - it is not cheap but given the quality of food and service it is well worth the price.

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FH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An incredible experience overall! The selection and combination of the platters was outstanding! Presentation... The kind that makes you smile leaving you with that eagerness to start tasting and exploring everything!!

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b
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing !
Possibly the best food I have eaten !
Everything about Core was fabulous , relaxed atmosphere, amazing service and delicious food .. Clare Smyth even gave us a wave from the kitchen when we arrived.. an unforgettable evening

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PB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional in every respect, skilled cooking in welcoming surroundings.

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JT
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing treat and got to have a chat with Clare. Fabulous service start to finish.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience of birthday dinner

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AR
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just perfect !!
Outstanding food and perfect service
Thank you to the restaurant manger Davide for making this diner exceptional !

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. Probably the best food I have ever eaten, fantastic ambience, superb unobtrusive service. Cant fault it other than the wine list which was pricey but when everything else is so good, you don't mind.

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PD
London
19 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a celebratory meal and it did not disappoint. We was very well looked after from the moment we stepped in. We had 3 courses from the a la carte menu and was impressed from start to finish. The vibe here is relaxed which we loved, but the service and food was top notch, definitely a different feel to the other fine dining places we have visited in the past. We even got to meet the chef, Clare Smyth, herself, which was a very nice bonus. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for your special occasions, BUT, make sure you book in advance as it's hard to get a booking.

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DR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding in every way. If this does not get a third michelin star and be voted the best restaurant in the world it would be a travesty. Probably the finest dining experience of my life. The staff were all incredible, the cocktail bar amazing, the place run like a military machine and chef Clare Smyth is not the best female chef in the world, she is THE best chef in the world

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R
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Of course the food, restaurant and service is great it is a highly renowned restaurant. However, I have had better 2 Michelin star meals, including service and food. If money is no object then go ahead it’s lovely, but I think there are many other better Michelin star restaurants in London and the world for better value and better food. I was not blown away and felt there could have been more creativity.

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I need to say is that it was one of the best meals I've ever had !!! Cannot fault anything.

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SF
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service.

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AT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous lunch with super service.
The wine list is most definitely in the GR school of pricing

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DR
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal that we have had in London bar none - the experience from entering to leaving was first class, blending great food and service with a relaxed atmosphere that we thoroughly enjoyed. Table 4 has a great view of the kitchen which we loved

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an outstanding dining experience. The welcome and service are excellent. Our request to change tables was met with quiet efficiency and courtesy. The staff are very very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. The food must be some of the very best in London, and therefore the world. The range of ingredients, imaginative preparation and display are superb. The menus are extensive and balanced. The wine list is comprehensive and covers a wide budget. Overall, a marvelous evening (again!).

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AV
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an incredible experience. Thanks a lot to all Core’s team!

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S
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing evening. Came from Holland specially to eat at Core. It was awesome. The food was amazing, our best experience ever. Service also fenomenal! Been to lots of places but never had such amazing service. Thanks very much to all the staff!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just perfect

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RM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning food, everything beautifully presented and the quality of ingredients allowed to shine through. Staff were knowledgable, friendly and very helpful. The ambiance is simply superb, refined yet not pretentious or stuffy. Looking forward to returning very soon!

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IG
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Core is a real experience. The food, drink and service are exceptional. I would rate is as one of the best restaurants I’ve visited anywhere in the world. It is expensive but no more than any other very high end restaurant.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food matched by exceptional service. Decor and ambience relaxing and comfortable. Good choice of tasting menus or a la carte.

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GP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the set lunch off the à la carte menu, three courses plus all the extras you'd expect from a two-star restaurant. It proved to be great value. The food and the service was exceptional.

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TB
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall this restaurant is exceptional! The food and its presentation was second to none. The wine list is fabulous and has a great range of quality wines by the glass. I cannot think of one thing to fault. If you like great foodie experiences then go - you will not be disappointed

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KC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. It was the highlight of our trip to London and the best meal I've ever eaten.

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HE
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere fantastic. Food perfect. Service above and beyond. Clare is an absolute legend. Smashed it with this one.

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G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Impecable. An outstanding experience. Tiago great.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect - thank you for a fabulous evening.

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JO
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner at CORE. Full of flavours and beautiful dishes. Can't wait to come back.

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NW
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful experience which lived up to every expectation. One of our top three Michelin Star meals .
Thank you

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite simply the best dining experience my partner and I have ever experienced. We were fortunate enough to meet Clare afterwards. Every aspect of this meal was exceptional.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic time, best Chef in UK, no doubt about it.

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DW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Often in life words can seem inadequate and on the occasion of our Wedding Anniversary I am unable to find the adjectives that would truly describe our lunchtime experience at Core by Clare Smyth. Wonderful building, beautiful dining room, attentive and friendly service and, of course, absolutely sublime food. It was just our second visit to Core and, hopefully, will not be our last. The whole experience was just outstanding and made our day very special indeed. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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NN
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Everything superb our only feed back would be service a little too rushed.... lovely lovely staff

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KS
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Great treat for eyes and taste buds! Fantastic to see how relaxed the atmosphere was.

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FC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely perfect dining experience from start to finish!

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MJ
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing from start to finish. Staff are the friendliest, food is perfect.

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