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CORE by Clare Smyth, London,
Award-winning

CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
4.9
3277 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British, Contemporary European, Contemporary French
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 18:30–22:00 Thu–Sat 12:00–14:15
  • Phone number
    020 3937 5086
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Jacket Preferred
  • Executive Chef
    Clare Smyth
  • Private party contact
    Alison Labesse: 020 3937 5086
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 3 Stars 2023
    2. World's 50 Best #71 2023
  • Area
    Notting Hill
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    52-452 Bus lines, Stop: Stanley Gardens<br />8 minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate Station
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,277 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • London

    British

  • West London

    Best Overall

  • West London

    Best Food

  • West London

    Best Service

  • West London

    Best Ambience

  • West London

    Innovative

  • West London

    Great for fine wines

  • West London

    Good for special occasions

  • West London

    British

  • West London

    Most Booked

3,277 Reviews
  1. JMSChelsea

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been a number of times and it is always excellent. This time our table had the Classic tasting menu and it was incredible. Best ever; every course! Service impeccable - attentive yet discreet. A nice touch to send junior staff to table to describe their creations for one of the courses; also that Clare is there to greet and speak to diners.

    1 person found this helpful

  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasting menu for four (one veggie). All flawlessly executed.

    1 person found this helpful

  3. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply excellent. Everything was excellent. Best restaurant experience I’ve ever had.

    1 person found this helpful

  4. carrara85

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful venue for delicious food! A memorable day.

    1 person found this helpful

  5. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful dining experience! We took 3 classic menu and 3 seasonal menu plus 3 sets of pairing wines. Each dish was perfectly executed, and each paring wine was well chosen to enhance the dish.

    1 person found this helpful

  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the ambiance and the food Didn’t love the asparagus and the cod and felt visually a bit samey one after the other (green) Would expect more courses / food for a tasting menu of that price

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  7. mike

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been wanting to visit for a long time, finally made the effort to book. Why oh why didn't I do it before. Every thing and more!

    1 person found this helpful

  8. Clap

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding as last time we visited few years ago. By far the best michelin star restaurant I've tried so far and I've visited a few , also 3 Michelin stars but nothing to compare to Core and the team! Well done !

    1 person found this helpful

  9. GerardB

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time dining at Core. We came with very high expectations (it is a three-star Michelin Restaurant after all). And Clare did not disappoint. We were lucky enough to have the table in front of the kitchen, so we got entertainment all evening. The presentation of the dishes were impeccable. The taste out of this world. The wine pairing spot on. It is expensive, but you buy Clare's experience!

    1 person found this helpful

  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, service and amazing ambiance. Would highly recommend to anyone loving haute cuisine!

    1 person found this helpful

  11. FionaA

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the second time we have been to Core and enjoyed it as much. Food, service, ambiance excellent. Staff very smiling and very knowledgeable about every dish. As it was our anniversary we were given a delicious little dessert with a candle in. Thank you to all the staff.

    1 person found this helpful

  12. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    ร้านสวย บริการดีมาก อาหารออกไม่ช้าไม่เร็ว แต่งจานมาสวย มีช้อนให้ทุกจานทำให้ทานสะดวก ปริมาณอาหารอิ่มกำลังดี ขนมปัง sourdough อร่อยมาก จานขนมอร่อยมาก

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  13. JulieE

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sublime. A top experience with amazingly thoughtful food - the flavors sing - and incredibly attentive and helpful staff. The seasonal selection was the essence of Spring. Lovely.

    1 person found this helpful

  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A mazing all round. Pricey but worth every penny. Loved the asparagus, pork, lamb and core teaser and the wine paring

    1 person found this helpful

  15. AdamK

    Hungary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I think the food and the wines were good but the desserts were not our taste. I think the level of the restaurant would deserve better desserts.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an excellent dining experience overall. I would love to visit again.

    1 person found this helpful

  17. OpenTable Diner

    Hong Kong

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, service & ambiance. Definitely worth it.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. HughM

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty and beautiful food in a lovely setting with outstanding service.

    1 person found this helpful

  19. PeggyC

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely celebration with friends. Excellent presentation of food.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we walked through the door at Core we knew we were in for a treat. We were so lucky to be seated at the chef’s table and could watch Chef Clare Smyth and the team in action. Each course was presented beautifully and tasted amazing. The service was incredible and the whole evening was relaxed. The evening was topped off by meeting Chef Smyth herself. It will be an experience that will not be forgotten.

    1 person found this helpful

  21. PaulH

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfussy service, superb food, fabulous menus...definitely one to return to

    1 person found this helpful

  22. TamasinM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food, fantastic service and a wonderful ambiance.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very special dinner with Core Seasons menu. The top highlight of my experience were the wine jellies: so very pleasant, they create rainbows on your palate. 🌈 A very soft matter that melts and allows the wine to kick your taste buds. Absolutely loved that. The rest of the food was excellent as well.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was the best meal I have ever had. It's likely the best meal I ever will have

    1 person found this helpful

  25. JPboots

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply incredible. Amazing food, wine, service, and a gorgeous environment.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. OpenTable Diner

    Hong Kong

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall incredible food and experience. The service in the dining room was incredible but unfortunately unmatched after we went to the bar where we experienced sub par service. We had to ask for the bill 4 times and they were slow to take our order.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Traveled from Sydney after a few great experiences at OnCore. Food and atmosphere was great and the attention from Rob, Stefan, Ari and the crew was first rate. Great to be in the dining room on a sunny day

    1 person found this helpful

  28. OpenTable Diner

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was impeccable, wine pairing outstanding and all of the staff were excellent in particular the Guy talking us through each wines. Will absolutely be back

    1 person found this helpful

  29. ACChi

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing staff, beautiful courses, and got to meet Clare at the end! Memorable dining experience!

    1 person found this helpful

  30. AlexM

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Slightly disappointing to our taste. We chose the seasonal menu, whilst a majority of the dishes were fantastic, some were underwhelming. Not to the standard of other 3 star restaurants we have eaten in. I am glad that we experienced Core, however, it is not a restaurant we will be returning to. Whilst it was the most expensive lunch we have had, it certainly was not the best food although the overall experience was very pleasant

    2 people found this helpful

  31. RussellF

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had lunch at Core on Saturday for my wife's birthday. Exceptional from the moment we arrived. A warm welcome from the kitchen as we walked past was a great start and it continued from there. We opted for the seasonal tasting menu with the wine pairing. The food was excellent and it was obvious the amount of thought and work that had gone into each dish. The wine pairing was quite eceletic and very good. Definitely one of the best pairings I've had. This is not an everyday lunch and certainly isn't cheap BUT was certainly worth the expense and overall was wonderful experience. Hopefully will return one day for the Core Classics menu.

    2 people found this helpful

  32. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lived local to Core for years, can’t believe I didn’t go soon and all the time, I will now.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. ParitouchN

    Thailand

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal with friendly chefs and service team ever

    1 person found this helpful

  34. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best dining experiences so far! Foods were carefully prepared and well balanced. Chef Smyth and her team are the GREATEST!

    1 person found this helpful

  35. AndrewA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of London's best restaurants. Excellent Staff and Service, Food superb. We really enjoyed the experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. LlandNG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Food, very good service and nice venue.

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  37. RobA

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional culinary experience from the moment you arrive - including the service from the staff, the food, and the atmosphere. A highlight was getting to meet Clare at the end to say thank you.

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  38. whitehorsehill01

    Berkshire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No words can describe this restaurant it is simply perfect in every way. Clare and team and absolutely nailed it

    1 person found this helpful

  39. CharlotteR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic evening. Outstanding food and brilliant knowledgable service

    1 person found this helpful

  40. StefanH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastically prepared meal, accompanied by incredible service from every single member of the team. The portions are perfectly sized so you can enjoy every dish without being overwhelmed by too much food. We chose both of the Core and Seasonal menus to try as much as possible, and we were definitely not disappointed. Thank you to everyone at the restaurant for your hospitality, it was incredibly appreciated.

    2 people found this helpful

FAQs

CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 3277 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for CORE by Clare Smyth

92 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2PN

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 3 Stars 2023
    2. World's 50 Best #71 2023
  • Area
    Notting Hill
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 18:30–22:00 Thu–Sat 12:00–14:15
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British, Contemporary European, Contemporary French
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Jacket Preferred
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    52-452 Bus lines, Stop: Stanley Gardens8 minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate Station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Clare Smyth
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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