CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
1814 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 1814 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.9
ambience
4.6
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidS
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed yet excellent service underpins the outstanding food. A memorable evening.

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vipNicolaB
London
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been trying to get a table for ages and it certainly did not disappoint. From the lovely airy layout and decor, the food was amazing, full of flavour and the thought behind each dish and how it was presented just appealed to every sense!
The service was impeccable
A really lovely evening, would highly recommend and so lovely to meet Claire!!

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Dean
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional. A fine dining experience never to be forgotten and Clare was there to welcome us in

JS
JasonS
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime. Not just some of the most wonderful food that you will ever eat that's also the most fantastically friendly and welcoming place. The cherry hello from Claire and the kitchen staff when you arrive is great fun and everyone was super friendly and helpful. Interesting selection of matched wines which were well chosen with the dishes. Expensive, obviously, but worth every penny.

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NatalieJ
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a perfect evening celebration for our anniversary. Friendly witty staff with impeccable service. As a vegetarian I was surprised to see a menu option but it needed less carbs in the options. Desserts were divine and don’t start me on the wine list. Super. Evening overall ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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CarolC
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, memorable food and service. Beautifully presented and full of interesting flavours.

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Stuart
London
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great team of people , delivering exceptional food and great atmosphere .

Love the team in the kitchen welcoming the guests, new since last time we visited !

Cant recommend enough

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princessw11
London
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening, so glad to be back at the restaurant

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Loki
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At the moment, probably the finest restaurant in London. Immaculate and intriguing cooking, silky service, and a relaxed informal atmosphere. The only problem is that it is so difficult to book a table.

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Seamus
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly as usual and everything cooked, presented and served to perfection.

CT
ChasT
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the seasonal menu with the excellent wine pairing. Real perfection in the design and execution. Not the cheapest lunch of the year but probably worth it. Service slick and professional.

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vip1234
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Blown away by the level of service, food, winelist - great atmosphere too, usually these kind of restaurants feel like a church. Well deserved 3 stars.

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JulietR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Due to lockdowns this was our third but successful attempt to book lunch, and was well worth the wait! The food , service and ambiance cannot be faulted . We will definitely make a return visit.

KB
vipKeithB
London
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the best restaurants in the world

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vipTommo
London
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are just not enough superlatives to describe the wonder of Core! We had the most most wonderful lunch yesterday - every dish was a work of art and a taste sensation- Clare is an absolute magician!

The service was absolutely sublime and the whole ambience of the dining room was delightful. We love going out to restaurants and can honestly say that this was definitely the ultimate experience!

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sesa
London
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, stunningly presented and matched with fantastic wine. Faultless service too. Worth every penny.

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annabelM
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to be incredible! The staff, food everything!

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AndrewM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Core Seasons menu and it was lovely. The food is so fresh and vibrant and the Core Teaser desert is something else

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so lovely to be back. Excellent experience all round and will return sooner next time!

JR
JaneR
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A first class dining experience from start to finish, thank you to everyone at Core for providing such a memorable treat!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I have ever eaten!!

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Seemels
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding! From the moment you walk in and pass the kitchen, where all the chefs including Clare, welcome you. Once in the dining room, the atmosphere is perfect and the decor to match. We had the Core Classics menu and it definitely deserves its three stars with service and attention to match. A must for foodies!

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NeelamT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable experience from the service, ambiance to food. On top Clare Smyth herself was in the kitchen and greeted all the diners coming in which was extra special.
Not a stuffy atmosphere, felt very relaxed. All the staff were so attentive and smiling.
Food was simply outstanding, art at its best. You could taste every single flavour.
Highly highly recommended for very special occasions

OM
OliviaM
Devon
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, the most amazing meal. Everything was delicious and memorable.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Most amazing food - well deserved 3 Michelin stars!!

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DeborahB
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful experience, starting with waves and smiles from the kitchen as we were shown to our seats. The food was outstanding and the attention to detail was second to none. This was our third attempt to come as our previous bookings had been cancelled due to Covid. Well worth the wait.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, excellent staff, great experience - one of the very best in London.

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CassieI
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST MEAL I HAVE EVER HAD. Worth every one single star, can’t wait to come back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing. Most precise cooking I’ve ever seen. The amount of flavor extracted is sublime. Would definitely come back.

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plkmtk
London
19 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Superb food and wine. The staff is a bit too frenetic running around, but our (female) "servers"were excellent. What was disappointing was the almost "shabby" attire of many of the patrons-casual yes, smart casual no! And certainly not ill-fitting, cheap jeans. Also too many guests taking photos of their food , selfies and/or texting for most of the meal. This really compromised the ambience.

But we were not there to crowd-gaze. We went for the food and it lived up to our high expectations.

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vipwhittonmike
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for 3 Star Michelin, Core has all bases covered.

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vipBernardL
London
14 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been already several times at CORE and each time is a wonderful moment.
Food is fantastic (Potato & Roe is a must!).
Excellent service with a great team (just to mention the sommelier Hubert, Marion or Marie).
Decor is fine and you feel like at home!
We can wait to come back.

DF
DFoodie
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience like always. Staff were very attentive and friendly. I look forward to seeing you again in the year.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service in one of the best restaurant I have ever visited. A great experience!

DT
vipDavidT
London
17 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to return to CORE. Wonderful dinner - everything perfect!

We missed you!

PC
PaulC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I had in years, food was amazing, excellent professional staff couldn’t be nicer, can’t wait for next visit

JR
JackR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfection. From the brilliant welcome, the finest of wines and the best food ever.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dishes were full of unique, subtle flavours, everything beautifully presented, service was outstanding ! Lovely wines too !

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CliveH
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent and the menu was varied and flexible.

FAQs

CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 1814 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.