CORE by Clare Smyth

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  • Tasting Menu
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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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RH
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply outstanding.
Incredible food. Immaculate friendly service.
Straight tens.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All male party of seven and very well looked after great service & food.

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AF
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Fabulous food with such attention to detail.
We had a wonderful lunch but it was slightly spoiled by a group of 8 men (possibly old friends from a rugby club?) who got progressively louder as their wine consumption increased.
A shame that there wasn’t a private dining area for them to have been seated in.....

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JG
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food seansonal food with an incredible attention to detail, fantastic service. I have been to a lot of Michelin starred restaurants and this is one of the best yet!

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was one of the most memorable meals we have ever had! The restaurant is beautiful, the service was outstanding and the food was absolutely incredible! We will be dining there whenever we are in London.

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MF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We really wanted to love this place. As avid foodies and basing our travel around the best restaurants to experience, this one has been on the top of our list for a while.
I booked this as a surprise for my boyfriends birthday and it turned out to be a total let down and I felt awful that my boyfriends ‘big birthday surprise’ was a total fail.

On first impressions it was fantastic and a really beautiful touch to be welcomed by Clare Smyth and her staff in the kitchen. Unfortunately this is where the great experience stopped.

We chose the ‘Core Classic’ tasting menu and to be honest, I can’t remember a single dish we had, without looking at the menu to remind me, which says a lot about the food.
Each dish either missed something (mainly acidity) or was overpowered with seasoning, that really distracted everything else, and as each dish arrived we hoped that this would be the dish to wow us and that moment never came.

The service was good, however it was really hard to understand what they were saying about each dish, as they spoke too fast, with little passion or personality, which you’d expect to find at a restaurant of this caliber.
It was also a little frustrating to have to ask for our bill twice and wait for a total of 20 minutes until it finally arrived.

Overall, it was so bad, my boyfriend refused to let me pay. It was extremely overpriced for what we experienced, and I left feeling terrible that my boyfriend was being lumped with the bill. No meal should make you feel that way, and although he would never admit it, I’m sure he’s a annoyed by the situation and I feel like his birthday was ruined.

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

Food was amazing same as service! Can’t wait to go there again

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w
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good. Our table location wasn't the best but it was still great

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely restaurant. We had an amazing evening dining at Core. The food was incredible. Everything was presented beautifully. The atmosphere was relaxed and all the staff were friendly, lovely to see Clare in the kitchen. We will remember our evening for a long time, very special place.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

soooo goooood

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on business meal, everything was outstanding!

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JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly fabulous dining experience which we hope to repeat sometime

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r
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting presentations with loads of wow factor, tastes to match. Wines are expensive which means on average we would not buy a wine to match the value of the food, good selection though but a few at the lower end would make us more adventurous on wine.

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JM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous lunch, would be hard to beat service and food anywhere else.

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MK
London
39 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic lunch. Pure theatre. Every piece of good offered to help us was not only exquisite but presented in the most intriguing way. We had the classic tasting menu and every course was as gorgeous. The staff were so helpful, friendly, but professional. We were there over three hours and enjoyed every moment.

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SH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a spectacular view of the room and enjoyed our lovely meal to the dance and orchestration of the room. Thank you, it was our 20th wedding anniversary and the experience was fantastic.

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PW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, imaginative, seasonal and tasted sublime. Service was attentive, professional, friendly and discreet. The room is an exceptionally pleasant, unfussy, light dining space. Altogether it was a great dining experience, rounded off by meeting Clare and her team in the kitchen.

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

Super!! Food, sommelier , restaurant manager! Everything perfect

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EC
London
16 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A birthday present from my partner our meal at Core was outstanding. We had the Core seasons menu with matching wine and the menu was perfectly balanced. Each course impressed with exquisite presentation and flavor. The staff are professional and welcoming , we will definitely return !

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MS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Exceptional as always. Great place for a special occasion for sure and also a great option for fine dining without all of the pretentiousness.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant and faultless service and food is a piece of art

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Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on our wedding anniversary. Expectations were met and exceeded. We had the pleasure to be seated facing the open kitchen. Watching the chefs prepare the meals is a delight. Forget about window seating, the facing kitchen tables are the first one to get booked. End of the meal we even met chef C. Smyth btw food is amazing. I went for the seasonal menu . Worth visiting.

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YU
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly n professional stuff are there. Food presentation n surprised tastes were fabulous! This is my second times visit n Core is such a special place. Sour dough bread with 17years old starter was fantastic! Best bread I ever ate!! Strongly recommend to everybody!!

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f
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I was expecting something amazing from Core. We were celebrating a birthday and a reunion and had heard great things about the place. Cocktails were fantastic, the ambience was lovely and the service was outstanding. And although it was great to be waved at as we walked past the kitchen, I have to say that I was disappointed by the food. I had the classic tasting menu. The scallop tartare started the menu well and it was delicious, however the potato dish that everyone raves about had a very salty sauce, and although the duck breast was delicious, it was served with the most bizarre tasting tart with a taste which I can only describe as Marmite. And does every course have to be served in a dramatic way with a sauce? I love a sauce, but it all got a bit samey. Core Apple looked beautiful, but didn't deliver on flavour... and wine gums with eye wincing flavour were confused. Why?
My dining companions had the Seasons menu which I think was slightly better, but they all said that the lamb dish was too fatty...
So, definitely for the price were charged, it was not up to expectations.

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KD
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Core is an exceptional experience. Everything is perfect.

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M
London
43 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s like having the best food in a beautiful home. Each dish was artfully presented but it’s the clean taste and flavours that will amaze you. Beyond the food, there’s such an impressive balance of formality and warmth in the setting and service. Truly a dining experience you will remember and want to keep recalling. Would love to dine here again. And again.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, lovely food and amazing service!!👌🏻

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JK
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly incredible lunch of the highest quality. Perfect indeed. Thanks Clare!

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Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a tremendous birthday meal at Core - food was a culinary adventure and absolutely stunning, each waiter or waitress was delightful and knowledgable about all food and wine. Truly an outstanding experience which I will never forget - thank you Clare & the whole team

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k
London
14 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Did the hype live up to expectations?
ABSOLUTELY!!! Intimate settings, nice decor, great service and the dessert for me me was to die for!!! Nice touch when you finished your meal to be taken to the kitchen!!

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TC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have been planning a visit to Core for a while now and decided that it would be ideal to celebrate my wife’s birthday for a Saturday Lunch. Service and surroundings were just as good as the dishes themselves and given it was a sunny Saturday lunchtime, the ambience was bubbly and busy but didn’t feel hectic. We found the flavour additions of the accompanying garnishes really complimented to the exceptionally well balanced flavours , everything seems to have been well considered and nothing out of place or overplayed... Numerous canapés and appetisers really added to the experience, which was topped off by a visit to the kitchen where we got to meet Clare and the rest of the team in full flow, yet still were able to make a complex and busy service seem almost effortlessly relaxed and consummately professional ... Kudos! A great time was had and we look forward to returning to experience Core again, it really was worth it👌🏼

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KB
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ended our 30th anniversary European trip at CORE and were not disappointed. We went with the CORE Classics tasting menu with the wine pairings. Yes it was expensive but the food was excellent, the service top notch and the setting was beautiful. The potato dish was the standout for both of us. I never thought I would say that with duck and lamb on the menu but that dish was perfection! We were seated at a window which was a beautiful frame for the Nob Hill street scene outside. As I have read in other reviews, there were many staff scurrying around but it did not bother us. All our interaction with staff was warm and personal. Get the potato dish!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

London was the last stop of our honey moon. Core really completed our amazing trip with an memorable experience. The service was warm and friendly. The food was out of this world. One the best meals for sure.

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional experience. Food made into art. Unbelievable tasting explosion in your mouth with each dish. Clare has a extraordinary talent of creating a harmony of all human senses that brings out emotions of joy. The crew of Core present the outmost professionalism and knowledge of each dish, still with warmth and lightness. The decor of Core is clean, yet hearty. Without taking the attention away from the dishes it summons up what dining guests believe is the chefs vision of an oasis of aculinary dream.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

45 staff, plenty of attention.
Staff all on their best behaviour so a little stilted, certainly didn’t have a Tom Kerridge busy rock and roll personality to it all.
All very proper, lots of people instagramming their food.
Expected to meet Patricia Routledge at any moment.
Outstanding meal. A feast of the senses.
Sat at the kitchen tables, great view of the kitchen which looked calm and efficient.
The chef came and explained the Raison d’etre of the menu, but this wasn’t the full holistic river cottage approach.
Clare was calm and efficient and politely greeted many of the dinners, but didn’t really look as though she was having a ripper time of it.
Clare, smell the roses.
1100 for 4 with wine pairing and a cheese course in the french tradition prior to desert.
She told my mate her total investment was 1.8M, maybe she’s worried.
She shouldn’t be.
Treat yourself.

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit restaurants quite often, some have had Micheline Stars and many have not been mentioned in any guide. We can remember some exceptional restaurants, and some that were very poor.
Core by Clare Smyth is a restaurant we will remember for having everything correct. On our visit, Clare Smyth was in the kitchen.
Service was excellent, not over powering as some starred restaurants can be. We were made to feel welcome. A bit like being welcomed by old friends who we had not seen one for a long time.
The food was quite simply stunning. No style over substance here! Everything was intricately prepared, with amazing and surprising tastes. We loved all of them but cannot decide which to pick as our favourites. If asked I would say the Cornish Brill was my best plate, my partner has still not decided. We chose wine by glass and not the wine pairing which suited us both.
Highly recommended, but book well advance, two months at least. Not cheap and nor should it be. We loved every minute, the food , the service and oh the food again!

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing evening celebrating our engagement here. Everything was 5*. Best dining experience we’ve possibly ever had. Thank you

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommend!

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MW
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, friendly, kind and helpful staff and food was incredible. Would highly recommend

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JK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic service, food and design!

The staff provide so much care and attention to detail for their customers and you can feel Clare’s personality in the food and even how she greets you on arrival.

Definitely will consider this place again for a special occasion.

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