CORE by Clare Smyth

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1103 reviews
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  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the best restaurant ever.
The combination of ingredients was perfect as well as the presentation of the courses. The fine selection of wines made this extraordinary experience complete.
The whole service was very well performed.

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

First class food, wine and service from start to finish. Flawless.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable

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

Core Was recomended by a chef in Singapore and we asked to meet and convey our complimdnts to Clair but sadly she did not want to meet us

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FL
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine here and this time was no different. The seasonal menu was particularly delightful, especially the Cheese & Onion course.

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New England
51 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome experience. My wife and I were there for our 40th wedding anniversary. It was spectacular food and service.

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LK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Dining experience and atmosphere. Would definitely visit again in the future.

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GB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was the best dinner for our anniversary! thank you for not giving up on us even though we ran late!

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

Made to feel welcome .
Nothing was too much trouble
Impeccable service
Fantastic food

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an outstanding experience!

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable without being intrusive Catered for dietary requirements with no fuss Able to swap a dish out for something else we preferred and food excellent

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Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much attention to detail, from the vintage Michelin Guide books displayed on bookshelves to each delicious course being presented with both artistic and surgical precision. Every seat in the beautiful dining room is thoughtfully placed so that no guest ends up in a facing the wall for their entire meal. Service is outstanding. The courses are described well and perfectly paced.

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BD
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Would definitely recommend CORE - overall excellent dining experience and definitely something I would come back to: Ambience, Service, Atmosphere, Presentation full marks. Taste is excellent, but just not quite blow your mind every mouthful you find elsewhere, but still excellent - 4.5/5

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best potato ever ! Excellent wine pairing. Very nice ambiance

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant ever !!

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CS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was friendly and the food told a story. I will come back again.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must try restaurant for foodies while visiting London. The innovative menu was spot on and service was warm and welcoming.

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EC
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely fantastic from start to end. The food was sublime and the service impeccable.

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EC
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend CORE. The experience was a delight to the senses, a gastronomic dream with wonderful passionate service in a very comfortable and fresh setting. This restaurant is MUST VISIT!

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there to celebrate husband’s birthday. Simply awesome. Extremely friendly staff, but definitely genuine, not fake friendliness. Had a chef come over to present one of the dishes. The food is very sophisticated and delicious. Obviously requires a budget but worth it for sure. Five stars!

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n
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience - superb food presented beautifully. Each course explained by well trained and friendly staff. Perfect place for that special treat

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Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience in all regards. Service, food, wine were all top class. Beautiful dining room.

Highly recommend.

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FB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic, one of the best places that we have been to. Wonderful food, atmosphere and staff.

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

Excellent service from the bar area to the restaurant. The food was superb although we found some dishes over salted! Having commented to the staff of saltiness, the kitchen did reduce the salt. We had the seasonal tasting menu- Outstanding dishes were the amuse buche, the seafood dishes, the lamb, the cheese plate !!

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MU
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. The food was excellent. Claire has developed a great culture and it resonates in the personality of the staff. It is not snooty in any way. I’d highly recommend to anybody

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Brazil
8 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best experiences that we ever had. The service, the food, the ambience, everything was fantastic.

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MI
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding ! delicious ! 2 Michelin-Stars: ..“ bien méritées“

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EH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, fabulous service. The whole experience was wonderful.

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K
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Core. Every bite was full of deliciousness. The team at Core were professional and friendly. Thank you for such an amazing experience.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The classic menu with wine pairing was excellent choice

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved the food. Would give 5/5 but one of my dishes which had potatoes was very chewy and hard instead of crispy. Had informed the staff but then there was no follow up from the kitchen regarding it. Lastly they had Superb presentation.

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C
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably, the best fine dining experience we have ever had and we've had more than our fair share.

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Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Every dish is a work of art. Very creative in presentation and scrumptious in taste!

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BM
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Core was our special treat while on vacation in London. My husband, son and I had the Core Classics tasting menu. It was delicious. I could see the progression of the meal with each dish. The service was attentive. The whole staff was friendly, professional and made us feel special. Thank you Chef Clare and staff for the wonderful meal.

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r
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not be better. An absolutely fantastic night.

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SS
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food & service. We were a table of four & chose the two different tasting menus with matching wines. Both were divine with incredible flavours often within a delicate sliver of food, beautifully presented.The wines truly complemented the food & everything was introduced & explained well. The staff were all exceptional with the best service I have ever experienced. It was my son’s 30th birthday & they certainly made him feel special. We will be back !

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DD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dishes made using the very best of produce by an extremely talented kitchen brigade. Service in the elegantly appointed dining room is absolutely first rate, friendly, knowledgeable and very efficient. It is hard to imagine a more completely perfect dining experience.

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ZA
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Couldn’t have asked for a better atmosphere. Loved It. Blew my mind away!!! I have dined at a lot of Michelle star restaurants. But this is on a different level. Thank u Clare for the fabulous art.

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WB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where do we start? The cocktails at the bar, the taster menu, the wine and the coffee at the end - what a fantastic experience. The attention to detail, the professional and friendly staff, the amazing food, Clare and Core have the recipe bang on. Thank you for looking after us so well, we will definitely be back and will recommend you to others. All the best.

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MV
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pure culinary delight from the moment we arrived to the last bite of our luxurious tasting menu.

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