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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MI
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding ! delicious ! 2 Michelin-Stars: ..“ bien méritées“

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EH
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, fabulous service. The whole experience was wonderful.

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K
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Core. Every bite was full of deliciousness. The team at Core were professional and friendly. Thank you for such an amazing experience.

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The classic menu with wine pairing was excellent choice

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SG
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved the food. Would give 5/5 but one of my dishes which had potatoes was very chewy and hard instead of crispy. Had informed the staff but then there was no follow up from the kitchen regarding it. Lastly they had Superb presentation.

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C
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably, the best fine dining experience we have ever had and we've had more than our fair share.

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D
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Every dish is a work of art. Very creative in presentation and scrumptious in taste!

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BM
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Core was our special treat while on vacation in London. My husband, son and I had the Core Classics tasting menu. It was delicious. I could see the progression of the meal with each dish. The service was attentive. The whole staff was friendly, professional and made us feel special. Thank you Chef Clare and staff for the wonderful meal.

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r
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not be better. An absolutely fantastic night.

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SS
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food & service. We were a table of four & chose the two different tasting menus with matching wines. Both were divine with incredible flavours often within a delicate sliver of food, beautifully presented.The wines truly complemented the food & everything was introduced & explained well. The staff were all exceptional with the best service I have ever experienced. It was my son’s 30th birthday & they certainly made him feel special. We will be back !

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DD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dishes made using the very best of produce by an extremely talented kitchen brigade. Service in the elegantly appointed dining room is absolutely first rate, friendly, knowledgeable and very efficient. It is hard to imagine a more completely perfect dining experience.

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ZA
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Couldn’t have asked for a better atmosphere. Loved It. Blew my mind away!!! I have dined at a lot of Michelle star restaurants. But this is on a different level. Thank u Clare for the fabulous art.

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WB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where do we start? The cocktails at the bar, the taster menu, the wine and the coffee at the end - what a fantastic experience. The attention to detail, the professional and friendly staff, the amazing food, Clare and Core have the recipe bang on. Thank you for looking after us so well, we will definitely be back and will recommend you to others. All the best.

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MV
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pure culinary delight from the moment we arrived to the last bite of our luxurious tasting menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a pleasure to visit a restaurant where the emphasis on quality, friendliness, all in such a lovely tastefully decorated light room . Well done Claire

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A
London
12 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was truly magnificent. Each course was beautifully designed and utterly delicious. What really made it were the staff who were completely down to earth. It’s not a pretentious atmosphere, it’s just perfect. Thank you Core!

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RT
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we opened the shiny black door leading into the reception area of Core we were impressed. After our coats were taken we were guided to our table passed the glass-covered kitchen, which we were proudly encouraged to look at. No smell of cooking. No wild bashing, mashing, clashing, just quiet precision. Artists at work.

Our cream leather-covered table allowed for no slippages. Very clever.

At Core the décor is light and tasteful especially with the addition of the Bridget Rileys - my favourite artist. And Clare's fingerprint is used to great affect on an immerse white relief and printed onto the crockery.

The food was the main event, of course, and everything was sensational in the true sense of the word, so much so that we found it hard to stop talking about it for hours after the meal. So many surprises. So spoilt.

We are not regular fine-diners - we cannot afford to be, but we do like a treat every once in a while. We have eaten in Le Gavroche, Pied a Terre, Spring, Fera and Gordon Ramsey's Hospital Road but Core is the favourite.

It was suberb. Thank you!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One do the best meals of my life!

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Y
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best fine dining meal I’ve had this year. Clare is a wizard in the kitchen and dining at Core is a feast for all the senses.

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C
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just loved the attention to detail, with a warm feminine sophisticated vibe.
Very friendly service endowments Josh came out to explain about our entree. It was also a delight to meet Clare Smyth.

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LC
Oxford
9 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best ever restaurant I've been to! Everything was outstanding, can't fault our experience in anyway!
The food and service was excellent.

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s
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional Oasis of civilization. Food sublime. Service outstanding. Defines potato

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VD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite possibly one of our favorite restaurants anywhere, a fantastic experience every time!

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CA
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding in every respect. Well worth making the effort to bag a table. As good a restaurant meal as I have ever had.

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DH
Omaha
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Core was the highlight of our trip to London. We were excited to experience fine dining from a female chef, and we were not disappointed. My husband and I each tried one of the tasting menus with the wine pairing. The seasonal menu was bright and bold with fresh pops of flavor; while the classic was rich and luxurious with melt-in-your-mouth kinds of flavors. The wait staff was approachable and well informed. Overall, one of the best dining experiences of our lives!

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RB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You get high level service and excellent food at great value when going at lunch time. Its got a homey feel and we were lucky to sit on half of the chef‘s table as a group of 4, able to watch kitchen preparations. Give the experience you get its a very fair price for the service and food level you get, especially during lunch times. Will come again when we have an appropriate special occasion to celebrate.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Algunos platos excepcionales junto a otros algo planos de sabor. Las presentaciones ostentosas de algunos platos forman parte del espectáculo, lo sé, pero los cuatro canapés extraviados en un centro de mesa de corcho enorme, cubierto de musgos, me pareció exagerado. El ambiente envarado habitual de estas experiencias, roto amablemente por algún jefe de sala más cálido. El precio es el que es, aumentado por un cargo de servicio discrecional. Buena experiencia en general, aunque para hacer de vez en cuando.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was quite simply the best meal I have ever eaten.
We had the 3 course lunch menu for £70 which was such a bargain considering it was more like 5 courses with the extra bits thrown in!
Amazing food from the chef/owner Clare Smyth who cooked at the Royal Wedding, with the duck main course and the desserts being perfect.
Impeccable service with real effort put in from the servers and chefs also who come to your table.

I will certainly be coming back again!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a fabulous dining experience. Expectations were high...but somehow, they were met. It was perfect!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything is perfect
but difficult to book another meal
always full!

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SH
London
21 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Food was divine, very comfortable atmosphere.

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m
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Vegetarian tasting menu whilst pretty lacked any real depth of flavour across all courses.
Classic tasting menu was excellent as were the accompanying wine pairings. A strawberry/lemon verbena pudding was a complete lowlight - comparable to eating an air freshener far too heavy handed on the verbena.
Service on whole was very good although one blonde female server was oddly over familiar, to the point of being inappropriate in this level of restaurant. Also had one young male server lean straight across one of the party to deliver food to the other guest- noticed he had a sommelier badge so probably best not to have him delivering food when the Michelin inspector next drops by.
All in all highly recommended if you’re not vegetarian.

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S
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have visited many Michelin star restaurants and was very much looking foreword to eating at Core. The experience more than fulfilled by expectations! The restaurant is very stylish and the staff are very friendly and anticipate your every need.
The food is absolutely fantastic! There wasn’t a single dish that was less than outstanding! Every dish was a delight for the eyes and the taste buds. Amazing combinations of tastes and textures. The Jerusalem artichoke dish was a revelation! The matching wines further enhanced the enjoyment of ever course.
Personally I would really like the possibility of choosing cheeses from an extraordinarily filled cheese trolley, but accept that that isn’t practical because of the steps within the dining area. The cheeses offered were in prime condition and very enjoyable .
I will definitely travel down from Manchester again to eat at this wonderful restaurant.

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r
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining spot for a special occasion. The service was outstanding as you would expect from a Michelin starred place. We had the tasting menus and they were creative, well presented, and had exquisite flavors.

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SL
London
10 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service in a really nice atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! happy and engaging staff, beautiful wine, superb food, comfy decor, fun and friendly atmosphere. Deserving of their stars and popularity. Bravo, well done and keep it up!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

After hearing so many great things about Core, I was so excited to do the tasting menu, however it was a huge let down. I did the classic and my partner did the season, both were equally as bad. The food had no flavour or depth to it and the scallops dish was not nice at all, nor where a few other dishes. For the price we payed, I should be writing a better review, however it was a huge let down.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my husbands 50th birthday and we have to say it was well worth it!
The food was out standing! But what was more amazing was the service, they made us feel very special.
To watch Clare smyth working her magic in the kitchen behind the glass window was a real treat!
Will be back very soon!

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so nice!! Lovely atmosphere!

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RF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service in a beautiful dining room. We had the Core Seasonal menu with wine pairing - both excellent.

It was our wedding anniversary, and they were very kind and complementary to us.

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