CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
1726 reviews
£41 and over
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1726 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.9
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKarolin
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, wonderful service! Food was excellent and we were sat in-front of the kitchen and watched all the process of preparing and i loved it!

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Hawksbill
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is excellent - a credit to Clare and her team.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s 40th birthday - very special. Fantastic food and service, highly recommend.

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CGLondon
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food and service. Staff were unbelievable, and atmosphere was just right

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vipdavide
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and authentic food. Brilliant and attentive service. Great sommelier

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Markv
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience overall. Some dishes were very impressive. Also minor dishes were served. But overall really good.

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Eleyaj
West Sussex
5 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and a great atmosphere. The scallops and venison were fantastic. Great wine selection. Staff very knowledgable and coping well under the current rules. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 10th anniversary and certainly a memorable one. Core is indeed a place where cooking, art, innovation and luxury come all together to give you an experience like no other. We certainly look forward to going back.

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MarcL
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A very well run restaurant. A really good layout to be able to enjoy the dining experience with good, (very rich) food. Not looking to find fault and nothing was wrong but nothing stood out as exceptional either. We ate from the a’ la cart menu, added an extra dish and everything was good. We sampled wine, Champaign and cocktails and enjoyed it all. Compared to other similar restaurants its good, i’m happy we went but I would not choose go back in a hurry based on this experience.

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vipSarahG
Essex
8 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it definitely go again

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foodie
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar, memorable experience . Food was exquisitely presented and an explosion of flavours that went on and on. The servers were charming and the ambience scintillating. One of the best meals I've ever had.

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JonathanK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Phenomenal food for a very special occasion. Not only was the food exceptional but as diners you were made feel really special.

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jane
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Husband and I decided to have a lovely lunch in celebration of our 20th Wedding Anniversary. We were due to go away and due to quarantine we decided not to go but treat ourselves to an indulgent lunch.
CORE was recommended to us by friends and we were not disappointed. Upon arriving in the restaurant the kitchen stay smile and say hi. We were lucky to get the chef's table where we could see all the preparations of food.
The food was out of this world. We had the tasting menu together with the wine pairing. It was all beautifully presented and absolutely delicious.

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LisaF
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Exceptional service. Great attention to detail. An overall wonderful experience. Can’t wait to go again. A worthy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!!

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SophiaH
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, brilliant service! Would love to come back again

JG
JGRI
London
93 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Core is always very good, but this time was even better! Lost count of the number of oohs and ahs after tastes of delicious food. Service impeccable and friendly as ever.

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Lital
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dishes presented beautifully and linking nature with the seasons freshest and tastiest produce. Highly recommended as the best place we have ever eaten!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have eaten, friendly relaxed environment, simply worth all the accolades and more

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Davidmcnulty
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the best meals we have ever had. Everything from the attentive but unobtrusive staff to the cleanliness and anti-COVID arrangements was peerless.

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LaviniaK
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with incredible attention to detail. It was so nice to walk in and be greeted by all the staff in the kitchen, including Clare Smyth. We were very impressed by the service and food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way

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AkhterC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were there for lunch and found the reception, service and the ambience outstanding. The presentation of the food was extraordinary. Some of the courses were very good but some not to my expectation of a 2 Michelin Star restaurant. For example, I found the Wagyu Beef underdone and the Lemonade Parfait acidic enough to numb my mouth. My wife's courses were however perfect. I would recommend this restaurant for a great experience and hope that you will have better luck with your choice of dishes!

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RenaD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant space, perfect food and service. Great for a special occasion!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely faultless meal and service from the moment you step in the door ! Definitely a 3 Michelin star restaurant in my opinion!

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VinayM
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food, excellent wine pairings and the best service you’ll probably ever see. One of the best restaurants in the UK without doubt.

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NickB
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dinner of seasons tasting with wine pairing.
2 stand out dishes- 1. beef & oyster 2. carrot pudding. Others all good but not exceptional ( cheese & onion & Coreteaser didn’t do anything for us).
Wine list was so long we went for the pairings & again, nothing special.
Very expensive overall but staff excellent & very attentive & lots of them which justifies some of the cost.

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ala87
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals we've ever had. Even comparing to similar dining experiences, Core really stood out for us. The atmosphere, service, food was all unbeatable.

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SarahP
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and amazing food served by the most delightful staff. It was a joy from start to finish.
Thankyou

NC
NeilC
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Attentive service. Would definitely visit again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a fantastic experience with the delicious food!

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RobW
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favourite in town. Attention to detail is second to none.

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MaxB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing lunch. Both my husband and I had a wonderful time. I was so looking forward to visiting, and was a great way to celebrate my 50th birthday.
The food, service, ambience and overall experience was fantastic. I would definitely return for another visit and would recommend to all.

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Hamdan
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Immaculate and attentive service, outstanding and impressive food - we enjoyed it very much!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The presentation of the food was exceptional

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SophieTL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE most sensational restuarant. The food was out of this world and so beautifully presented and we loved hearing where all the ingredients were sourced from. The very knowledgeable sommelier guided us through the pairing of a vast array of different wines. A seriously wonderful birthday treat for my husband and daughter. I couldn’t recommend this more highly.

DB
DeborahB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, delightful waiting staff, lovely atmosphere.

Only small criticism is that the additional course, which can also be taken instead of one of the courses on the tasting menu, came with a very hefty premium (additional almost 50%!), which was not mentioned when the dish was described and which was a bit of a shock!

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ALexW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Up there, if not the best restaurant I’ve been to and I’ve been to many of the UKs best fine dining restaurants!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding experience once again (wine paining was excellent). Big thanks to Clare, Rob, Gareth and team. Glad to see them all back in action. We look forward to our next visit.

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serena22
London
15 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunningly presented, innovative combinations and highly efficient staff.
We had the Core classics tasting menu - highlights for me were the Isle of Mull scallop and the Core potato with roe and dulse beurre blanc. Interesting wine list and helpful sommelier advice.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just totally incredible ! My daughter and I have been in most of the top end star restaurants the sooner Michelin give Clare three the better because in our honest opinion Clare deserves it. Will be back very soon .

FAQs

CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 1726 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.