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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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, clearly made with passion. Both the vegetarian and the seasonal tasting menus were exceptional. Service was top notch and managed to be both formal and friendly. We would definitely come again soon.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, everything about Core is just special, special occasion our 40th anniversary so we pushed the boat out not disappointed attention to detail and tastes of the food was absolutely wonderful

RP
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I've been to - everything to so perfectly planned out and executed. Eager to return to try the other tasting menu!

SK
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most stunning restaurant by far we have visited in the UK, The food is incredible, with every dish the attention to detail is exemplary, the taste is exquisite with flavours and quality, the service is incredible, it is truly the most amazing dining experience from arrival to departure. Clare herself, took the time out of her day to personally meet with my Son Alex briefly to chat, which has inspired him as a chef just starting our on his career path to follow in her amazing footsteps, or perhaps one day join her amazing team.
What a gem of a restaurant, I can not highly recommend it enough.

LN
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Beautiful, delicious food. Lovely service. Great atmosphere. Excellent wine recommendations. It was truly special.

JG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From beginning to end our whole experience at Core was exceptional. The food was exquisite and the service impressively smooth. Clare must be a real inspiration to young women contemplating a career as a chef. A fantastic evening that we will remember for a long time. Thank you Clare and your wonderful team.

OT
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal o have ever experienced

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, wonderful team, wonderful experience - thank you

OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice service and food.

LP
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Service, outstanding food, will definitely be returning, and the table overlooking the kitchen was a perfect final touch to a perfect day!

MB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience and very attentive staff (and lots of them). My wife's main fish course was over cooked. Both myself and my wife thought that the mains lacked greens. Great experience but not great value. Won't be going again

f
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

very noisy food is very salty ... worst m 3star restaurant ever tried

g
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience at Core was incredible. The glass fronted kitchen, the service, the crockery (some of which was highly inventive), the artwork and the ambience. The star of the show was of course the food. Intricately presented with delicate, balanced and sometimes bold flavours. The only odd thing is comparing our immense joy at not only eating the food but experiencing the whole event, compared to some diners who sit looking at their phones the entire time they are there: how sad they don't seem to appreciate how lucky they are to be there. Fortunately we did enjoy ever minute and every detail! Thank you Clare and team.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best restaurant experience you will ever have

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing overall experience at Core. From the moment we entered, we were met with friendly service and happy people! The food was exceptional! I’ve been lucky enough to eat at a few 2 Michelin star restaurants and this is certainly one of the best and ties in first place, for me, with the Ledbury. Absolutely amazing!

CH
London
9 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing service.

NK
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just incredible.

a
London
14 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is perfect.

AR
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, well worth the visit.
Attentive and knowledgeable staff.
We had one of the taster menus, every dish was a 'picture' and a delight to eat.

JM
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Unfortunately one of our guests got shot in a dish whilst two of us had nasty grit in the cabbage

AC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was sublime. Fresh local produce coupled with interesting technique. The service was unobtrusive and extremely welcoming. We will go again.

C
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! Everything and everybody was excellent.
I had the seasonal menu and my husband had the classics, favourite course was the fish course. Dessert was also amazing, I had the core- tweezer and my husband had he pear.
Staff were friendly and attentive, answered our questions and informed us about this he food, wine and ethos of the restaurant.

CS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
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 on 14 January 2020
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 on 11 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience2

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

CR
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

H
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
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
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
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 on 11 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
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 !!!