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CORE by Clare Smyth

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British
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1562 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.9
service
4.9
ambience
4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic

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PatrickS
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food and experience, great to meet Clare and every one of her team were sensational and informative, incredible showpiece and theatre throughout

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vipDaniellaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

outstanding meal, as usual. however, would have expected a bit more social distancing / covid-related preparation at the restaurant. Felt quite crowded, with staff not wearing masks, etc - just for peace of mind whilst dining.
That said, nothing to fault from the food, attentiveness, etc.. etc

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Georgie
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful tasty food served by a dedicated team. Highly recommended.

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StevenArtist
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was up to it’s usual high standard but service seemed very rushed with staff almost running across the dinning room at times - not sure if it’s a reduced team as a result of covid or generally understaffed but lost some of the personality we have previously experienced and enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve rated everything 5* because the overall experience at Core is nothing less than 5*. Dining out in general during the pandemic means a complete change of the experience but not at Core. It’s like being transported back to the good old days! Core modernises the fine dining experience - it doesn’t feel stuffy & old fashioned but light & trendy. The staff are all a delight & are more than happy to stop for a chat / provide extra information about the food or wine. It’s clear everyone there loves their job & that flows through to the food. It’s impeccable. We chose the classic tasting menu (although will definitely back for the seasonal that’s for sure!) with accompanying wine flight. At £300 a head it’s not a cheap night but well worth it if you like fine dining as it really is fantastic. Thanks to the whole team for a wonderful dinner.

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vipJohnB
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect!

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vipThayer
London
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, great service, and lovely atmosphere in the restaurant - I love that you can watch the kitchen, also :)

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AnitaB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s very expensive and a bit frenetic at the beginning - so many waiters - But truly exceptional food and drink.

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Daph
London
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal and overall experience - can't fault the food, service and atmosphere. One of the best restaurants in Europe!

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Shandon
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit to Core having tried to book a table on many previous occasions. Wonderful experience, including the welcome from Clare Smyth and her team on arrival - a nice touch. My daughter Helen and I chose the Core Classics tasting menu. Every one of the many courses was delicious and beautifully presented. Our table was outside the main dining room and immediately in front of the kitchen, which meant that we were able to view the final presentation of the dishes overseen by Clare Smyth. The intense concentration of the crew was very striking. Then, as the lunch service ended, the same crew began to scrub down the surfaces and then commence food preparation for the evening diners. The standard of service throughout was attentive and flawless. A wonderful experience.

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IanG
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal beautifully presented and served. This is our third visit and we’ll definitely be back

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shepherd
London
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The greeting was warm and we felt safe and welcomed. The food and service were exemplary. The air conditioning was quietly efficient on a scorching lay hot day.

We enjoyed the whole lunch and will be returning. The food was delightful and beautifully presented as well as perfectly cooked.

I rarely award 5 stars on Trip Advisor but Core fully merited the 5 I gave them.

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CathyW
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've eaten here before but the visit on Friday was exceptional. The food was truly incredible and the service superb.
My one criticism is the lack of alcohol free drinks. The sommelier remembered he'd got Seedlip - but didn't know which one! I had to tell him the ingredients for a seedlip drink/cocktail.
it was the hottest day in London for 17 years and I would have LOVED an alcohol free lager - but there wasn't even ONE.
There is no doubt that the delightful sommeliers know their wines - but (as Adam Handling has shown) you CAN pair non alcoholic drinks with meals (and charge accordingly)
This is one area that CORE does let itself down and I do hope this can be addressed in light of more choice AND people's health

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Mikey
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. The food, presentation, service, all a top notch. Very friendly staffs, including Ms. Smyth herself.
I know the courses are rather expensive, but considering what they offer as a total package, worth every penny.

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PeteU
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time I’ve been there, still blew my mind with the flavours, presentation, service, professionalism and of course surroundings. I love the way the kitchen greets you when you through to the dinning area. Can’t wait to go again.

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RichardM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch. Clare Smyth has created a wonderfully relaxed environment to enjoy her magnificent cooking.

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vipGingerella
London
41 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing experience from the minute you walk in to the moment you leave.
It really is a very special place and everything is to perfection. The food is like works
of art and the staff are the best we have ever come across and we dine out regularly
all over the world as we are mad foodies.

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halimaha
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have wanted to come here since last year.
My friend and I wanted to treat ourselves and it was very worth it!
I went for the full set menu and it was definitely too much food for me but every single mouthful was amazing. Really unique and super tasty!
I’m so glad my expectations were met and surpassed

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3Desserts
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience from beginning to end. After a drink in the bar we were moved to the main dining room where we were met with the smile of Clare Smyth greeting us from her beautiful and immaculate kitchen.

The service was great and non-intrusive. The sommelier excellent and very knowledgeable.

The food out of this world. My husband and I had both tasting menus. I had the classic menu and he had the seasonal menu. Both fantastic. I loooooooved all the food, but the dessert stood out. I love dessert, but the 'Core-teser' was everything a chocolate dessert should be. Lovely chocolate flavour without being too sweet. A perfect balance of textures: crunchy, creamy and gooey. I rate it as the best dessert I have ever had!

My husband commented on the flavour of all the sauces that accompanied the dishes - so intense but non-intrusive.

In one word: Superb! We already booked for the Autumn.

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Gautier
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a night,

Perfect from start until the end. Food, drink, personalised service and attention to details.

Thanks to both to our friend head waitress and French sommelier that really made a difference in our special evening.

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JAMJAR
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have been to Core before and it was excellent as ever. The food was absolutely delicious and the precision and beauty of the plating was an art form.

The only concern was that there was a distinct lack of social distancing and non of the staff wore masks or visors. This made me and my party feel quite uncomfortable under the current Covid circumstances.

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MicheleLeuenberger
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and great food! Enjoyed the Core classic tasting menu and would absolutely recommend everyone to go for this menu on your first visit! Everyone was super friendly and very flexible. Incredible dining experience

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vipMichaelO
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb haute cuisine from a rare top chef who actually works the kitchen.

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Exactly what you expect and more from one of the best chefs in the world. Thank you to the team for an amazing evening, we look forward to dinning there again soon.

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AmbrG
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Overpriced with very small portions. If I'm paying this amount of money, the meat should be larger and the star of the dish. The dishes are mostly overpriced veggies in small portions.

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Gary
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely faultless.
The food was amazing and the service was impeccable.
We were lucky enough to be offered to dine at the Chef’s Table and it was an honour to watch the brigade at work.
The kitchen was quite and calm and Chef Clare was at the pass checking every dish that left.
The waiting staff explained each dish and were happy to talk about the restaurants do its ethos as well as what was happening in the kitchen
Overall a wonderful experience.

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MichaelD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a fantastic dining experience, the warm welcome from all the kitchen team was such a nice surprise. Core teaser.... best dessert I've ever eaten

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vipSVarma
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely space, great staff. We ate the Core Classic menu, it was a lot of food! Potato and Roe was my favourite dish. I’ll be back to do the other tasting menu at some point.

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russ
London
8 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience for a special occasion

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous experience at Core. The service was so warm and attentive. The food was absolutely brilliant - and the a la carte menu at lunch was pretty good value!

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Pep123
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in London at the moment

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RaymondL
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite outstanding .The best meal I have had in London.Bravo Core!

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Graz
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic experience. Out of this world. The most welcoming staff who are really invested in making your visit special. So pleasantly attentive. On entrance you are greeted by wonderful team members who lead you to your table. Claire takes the time to acknowledge every guest. The food is absolutely fantastic, I don’t have the words to express how superb it all is. Surprised by ingredients I thought I would not enjoy. Truly a wonderful time. We were made to feel so special. Cannot wait to return. Absolutely superb. Thank you all. Lovely farewell from Claire and all the team as we left.

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Wilco
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, delicious food & great service. Can't wait until we can return.

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GaelH
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening - the food, wine & service were all excellent. I highly recommend.

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HelenC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for our first wedding anniversary and my husband’s birthday joint celebration. Nothing was too much for the team at Core. Hopefully we will be able to return there soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and very on it with hygiene care

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vipALJU
Dubai
7 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal

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vipAngelaN
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Overall amazing food.
However the staff should all be wearing a face covering or face shield for Covid-19 social distancing.

It is a known fact that asymptotic carrier can spread the virus, and a highly rated restaurant should follow. It is disappointing to see that they are not doing so

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CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 1562 OpenTable diners.

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