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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T
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were fortunate enough to have a meal on Friday night before the restaurant closed. We were so impressed that under the exceptional circumstances you provided a lovely dinner experience. The staff were calm and excellent, the atmosphere well managed and the food was of course divine!
Thank you all!!

OT
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special meal. Great food, excellent venue and superb service. Really glad we managed to visit before the virus closed the restaurant. Far better than another 2 star restaurant/pub we visited recently - food in a different league.

FT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great way to spend what was the end our final restaurant outing for the forseeable future

KW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience! We enjoy great service and exquisite food, and Core did not disappoint! We did the a la carte menu and loved every morsel. The presentation was beyond beautiful. Next time, we plan to have a tasting. The service was superb, and we got to snap a photo with Chef Clare. We will be back!

CB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous lunch and afternoon at Core. I couldn’t fault it. Food, wine and service were all exceptional.

w
London
25 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just superb- from the introductory nibbles to the elegant mains and playful puddings. Very nice to meet the chef herself too. Great lunch.

RJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening, all the staff were great and the food wonderful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful experience except on arrival the woman who greeted us was incredibly rude and made us feel unwelcome and as if we had accidentally turned up at the wrong restaurant!!

The rest of the service was outstanding, impeccable.

The food was exceptional

VB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food (of course), amazing warm welcome from the whole kitchen, including Clare, delicious and incredibly clever food and wine to match. Totally unpretentious, just fabulous!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection

RP
London
19 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice evening , took daughter for her birthday , she was wished a happy birthday 3 times which was nice , food was good , service excellent overall a great evening thank you

D
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I had high expectations. Unfortunately the experience did not quite match them.

Food was well prepared but lacked layers and freshness.

Value for money is low I would say. I´d expect more even for half the price. I do not remember any wow-moments during the classic meny.

Service was a bit overwhelming. To much people walking about with too little to do. So they keep filling up water every two minutes.

T
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s hard to find the words to describe the experience at Core. The food is creative without being pretentious and over done. The flavours are matched to perfection and the presentation is a beauty to behold. The staff are some of the best we have ever experienced and we have been to many Michelin stars. The perfect balance of attentive without being over bearing. The attention to detail os evident and honestly there is nothing we could fault. A greeting from Clare in the kitchen as you approach your table is a lovely touch. All I can say is do go you won’t regret it.

JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. A must! Looking forward to going back. Such an amazing experience. Clare was there and said hello as we arrived. Service is exceptional. Such a welcoming team and lovely dining experience...and then there’s the food! Beyond exceptional. Perfect in every way

MR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous lunch to celebrate both our birthdays and it really was an experience. The seasonal tasting menu was outstanding. The service was superb, first class without feeling stuffy at all. I do think the pairing wines, while I thought they were excellent, were a bit on the expensive side and the fact we were charged for espresso was also a tiny negative. In the continent, when choosing a menu in a high scale restaurant, coffee is usually included. But overall I would highly recommend Core, a really good experience.

PG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful food! The “little apple” was a standout. The waiter could have been a bit more responsive to my feedback on the pear dessert ! We will be back.

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. Exceptionally well prepared and conceived menu as well as gracious and warm staff.

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service outstanding. Food well presented and fantastic.
Visited Core November 2018 and was impressed but this was even better.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, beautiful food and great attentive service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a must try!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best dining experience we have ever had. Clare is a master! Each dish, each bite was perfection. Wine pairing was exquisite. Bravo also to gender balance in the kitchen and the dining room. Very impressed and can’t recommend more highly.

B
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly showcased British dishes. Inspired presentation. Faultless service. Booked again as I left.

g
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, interesting and well executed menu. Nice setting. It's a bit pricey, but that's obvious from the menu.

MA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just exceptional as always. What a meal and incredible team of people under Clare

F
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Elegante,nice,Creative,modern and inspiration British/iris.Perfect.Very recomend.

SG
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a meal to celebrate my wife’s 40th birthday, this restaurant is absolutely amazing and exceeded all my expectations the food service staff setting absolutely first class...!!! If you are looking to have the perfect meal then this is the place to go, cannot wait to return.

e
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service by every single member of staff. The food was even better than expected, and such a variety added to the whole 'experience'.

An incredible dinner.

JG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, friendly and refined service. Great place for a special occasion

CC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything here except a bit too salty for us

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal we had with the amazing table that is offered :)

OT
France
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was for birthday thougj didnt get birthday candle,but the foods and services were great

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional on every level!

NZ
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything, from the ambiance and service, to the food and wine was exquisite. Already looking forward to returning to CORE.

B
London
25 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the ‘Seasons’ menu which was superb. We did swap in the Charlotte Potato dish and also took advantage of the addition special linguine and truffle dish. The beef and oyster as well as the other carrot were the standout dishes. The wines choosen were a perfect match.

The service was impeccable however the past couple of occasions that we’ve been it was spotted that my partner was left handed and the cuttlery set accordingly from the second course onwards but not this time.

AR
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A superb culinary experience in a fantastic venue. It was somewhat surprising for the wine-by-glass service to be inconsistent. My wife’s wine glass and mine were filled on clearly different volumes. Not something you expect from a place that strives for perfection and comes closer to it than most other places.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Cannot fault it. We will be back later this year fingers crossed

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional!

m
London
33 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentines Dinner. Everything was just perfect, we will definitely be back soon!

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A simply outstanding restaurant! Fine food, great wine pairings, utterly professional and charming staff ... it just doesn't get better!

CB
Jersey
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional in every way.