CORE by Clare Smyth

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  • 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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London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! We will return.

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BF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was phenomenal! It was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. The service from the moment we entered till the moment we we’re out the door was amazing. The food and wine was second to none, just a glorious experience all round! Bravo!

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MD
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner in elegant surroundings. Gluten free adaptations made with no fuss and no loss in taste or experience. Perfect for a celebration

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I had high hopes ahead of going to Core and it was certainly good but I didn’t find it great. As a local, I was interested in how it compared to The Ledbury close by. In terms of food, the dishes were of a similar standard (The Ledbury perhaps being my slight preference). However, what disappointed me at Core was the lack of atmosphere in the rather sterile dining room and the service which whilst very professional lacked warmth or passion. This was probably the biggest let down for the restaurant - staff who said all the right things (i.e rattled of all the details about a particular dish) and delivered it in an efficient way but wouldn’t recognise you if they bumped into you in the street five minutes after you left. It’s Core’s greatest difference when compared to the staff at The Ledbury who know their diners really well and take their time to chat and joke with them (but still in a highly professional way). Will I be going back? Probably not. Would I return to The Ledbury? Absolutely.

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IH
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Almost everything was perfect with our meal at Core. The staff were welcoming and attentive and the food was amazing. I would recommend you don’t go for the wine pairing though unless you’re a serious enthusiast, as after eight glasses of wine it’s quite hard to pay proper attention to the lovely food. I’m pretty sure everything I ate was delicious, but I’m a little hazy as to what it was for the last couple of courses...

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely, great ambiance - fine food and wonderful experience.

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p
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, from start to finish. Had the Core classic menu, and all the courses were great - not a single one I didn’t like.

Service was also of the highest quality, and the dining room is bright and comfortable.

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J
Bedfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal. The savoury courses were excellent and scored a solid 5. The desserts were ‘nice’ but not special and that’s why we have scored a 4.

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London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous and such a joy to partake in such a magical presentation of majestic cuisine !!! Bravo Clare and her team !!!

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a
Hampshire
27 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding and well worth another star.

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ER
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a great place! Highly recommend!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic tasting menu experience

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London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous will return just amazing

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic experience. The food is exquisite. We had a pescatarian tasting menu with paired wines. The sommeliers were knowledgable and happy to spend time explaining their choices. As an enthusiastic amateur as regards wine knowledge and a seasoned foodie the whole experience was second to none. Clare Smyth was there and acknowledged us whilst managing the pass.

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CT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding! We could not fault any aspect of this meal. The service was exemplary and the staff were so attentive. The food was faultless and we absolutely loved all the elements added in to each dish and what a lovely touch to have one of the chefs explain the course. We eat in many high end London restaurants and this is by far one of the best you will visit. They deserve all the Michelin stars they have and more!

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JT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was brilliant! They even got a little birthday pastry for my husband.

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DH
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined at Core for our 30th Anniversary. To say that this exceeded all expectations is an understatement. We are both food lovers as are our family. My background is in catering and I belong to a Dining Club of 17th years. We have eaten in many fine restaurants and also enjoy eating at local places on our travels which include some of the best street food. This experience topped them all by far.
Thank you so much for such a wonderful evening....it will take a very long time to beat and we expect that will be when we return.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. Ambience, food, service. An amazing experience

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Perfect food and wonderful, great service.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best high end meal in London

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Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. A 50th Birthday night we had high expectations and it did not dissolve. Service perfect, professional, knowledgeable and passionate team. Tasting menu Food stunning. Atmosphere relaxed but buzzy. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

INCREDIBLE experience!!

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m
London
23 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing overall experience. The food was outstanding! The ambience is very relaxed and the staff is exceptionally attentativ. It literally ticks all the boxes - will definitely be back!

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! From the moment we walked in the service, atmosphere and most of all the food! Can't wait to return!!!

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ES
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only slightly negative comment is that the dish with a consommé was too shallow for the spoon (including a teaspoon which I requested when the soup spoon didn't manage to get all the liquid up; the teaspoon didn't either), which is shame as the consommé was delicious and the portion small. I felt a bit "cheated" as I had to leave some in the dish, which is not what I wanted at that price and with that taste!

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RN
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Everything was just right. Had the taster menu it was awesome! Excellent service. Met Clare who was very gracious with her time. Will go there again and again.

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PB
Northampton
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning restaurant with a touch of class around the service and food whilst feeling relaxed. If celebrating something special this is a place not to be missed!

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CR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all round. Food was incredible, great ambiance, excellent and attentive service but without being stuffy. Highly recommend!

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RL
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Core by Clare Smyth for a family members birthday in January 2019.

To say the food, service, ambiance and wine were exceptional doesn't do justice to the restaurant. We tried the large tasting menu and were consistently thrilled by the expertise shown in the execution of each dish. The hardest part was deciding which was our favourite dish of the evening, something my family still haven't agreed upon (and probably never will).

Thank you to the chef's and staff for a thoroughly memorable evening and we will certainly be back soon.

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EM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We expected great food, and were not disappointed. Amuse bouche that made us wish there were larger versions on the set menu we could order. Beautifully presented dishes, served by knowledgeable staff who were able to answer all our menu questions and so much more. The restaurant was tranquil, the lunch was leisurely, and the staff were amazing. Overall, we felt the experience was exceptional value for money, and are looking forward to being able to try the evening tasting menu in the future.

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YH
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

we got a charming experience on 25th JAN 2019 with my friend. I would so expressed by the food and the culture and story of clare smyth, Unfortunately, everything is well expect stuff who took away our chair for bags without ask, he took the chair to other table suddenly and impolite, I know there is a possible of lack of the chair that day, but we felt uncomfortable about this service. Hopefully, I will still recommend core with my friend owing to the fantastic food.

Yan Huang

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JM
London
21 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect, but without the wow factor.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food in a relaxed atmosphere with most helpful but not intrusive staff. Lovely to meet the chef who explained what was included in the dishes. All waiting staff helpful, cheerful and looked as though they enjoy the dining experience as well. Highly recommended.

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London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an afternoon lunch at Core and we immediately can see why it appeals to so many and why getting a booking can be a challenge. The food, the quality of service, the staff, atmosphere and location are all 5*. We opted for the a la carte menu and will all the accompanying morsels of tasting delights, we very much felt satisfyingly full.
My one complaint, which I suspect can be directed at a number of high demand restaurants, is that there is no discretion or exemption to the cancellation policy. I’d had a couple of kidney stones removed a couple days earlier as an urgent procedure and wasn’t able to reschedule the booking on time, but when I tried to explain my circumstances to the booking representative at Core, I was met with no flexibility or empathy. Shame, since it was not inkeeping with the friendliness we experienced whilst physically there. I understand the necessity to deter last minute cancellations, but there must surely be room for genuine excuses too!!

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were impeccable. One smallish comment is that the portions (we had the full tasting menu) are on the small side and the drinks felt expensive. Having said that, we had a lovely evening (staff are fantastic) and would have no hesitation in recommending Core to anyone.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely my favorite fine dining restaurant in London. The fish for main course was salty for me, but it was still a wonderful experience. Recommend the chocolate for dessert.

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VM
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was just amazing. The food was fantastic and the service was fantastic as well. It is definitely worth it, and if I ever get back to Engkand this restaurant would be on my have to go back to list.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here is excellent. The food sublime, the flavours are fantastic. We would definitely go back. You are not rushed at all.

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HN
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal enjoyed in London for years. Very friendly, great service and food and drink were exciting experiences both visually and to taste. Very nice touch to say hello to Clare Smyth and her team as we entered. Perfectly run ship.

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NB
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best in London.........a cut above the rest.

This place deserves its number one spot in London. They dont serve food, they serve perfection on a plate. Decor warm, refined and welcoming, staff excellent as to be expected. You enter for a night of food theatre, pass the glass fronted centre of operations the kitchen, Clare and her team even say hello as you’ll shown to you seat. This is all great and feels special, but is just the warm up show.........we visited for an evening meal and went on the full tasting menu, Wow what an experience, course after course of simply stunning food, each dish had an exception to detail that I’d never seen from other Michelin restaurants. The must have dishes are the potato, lamb carrot and the duck.......you won’t be disappointed, total cost for two with a bottle of wine was £325. You may feel this is expensive, put it simply its worth every penny. Will be back for lunch soon, well done best meal I’ve eaten.

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