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CORE by Clare Smyth

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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
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1641 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.9
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SerenaW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The place is a surprise. Will definitely attend to there again.

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ScottCTracey28
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

5th time at Core by Clare Smyth and this place keeps getting better, food was incredible the service was perfect, everything about this restaurant is world class, will be going back next year.

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vippauld
London
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clare, Rob, Gareth and the team never disappoint. Consistently excellent cuisine of the finest quality, execution and presentation. This is a team that deserves a third Michelin star in January.

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vipClaireF
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been fortunate enough to have go here several times and each time it is equally superb.

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DudleyD
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant, just brilliant. The finest of fine dining in a lovely environment with a first class front of house team looking after everything splendidly.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional and memorable! We can both gladly say that this was the best meal we ve ever had in a starred restaurant.
Clare, her brigade and front of house team were just available and friendly the food was out of this world really every dish were magical bringing real emotions and happy dances. Special mention for our wonderful sommelier Lucila and cocktail master Alexandro whom made the experience even more special. We had the best birthday treats ever!

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KatieP
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every respect

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LeslieG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third time here and the first time at dinner. As always, an amazing experience. The food is just so beautifully cooked with wonderful balance in flavours, totally like art in terms of presentation and beautifully judged in terms of portions. I must also add that Richella the sommelier has helped each visit totally memorable. We are quite adventerous with our wines and her recommendations each time have been wonderful.

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AshleyH
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very much enjoyed ourselves, had an amazing night for my girlfriends birthday, would love to go back.

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HelenJ
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, and really nice atmosphere. An exceptional experience made extra special by the friendliness of the staff. Will recommend to all our friends.

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Chewy
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Friendly and attentive staff. Food was out of this world. Couldn’t find fault with anything.

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TomM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food. Unbelievable service. Lovely atmosphere.

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vipSaraC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway just perfect. From the food to the wine to the warm welcome from Clare herself. The service is remarkable and I was completely comfortable in a Covid new normal dinning experience. Thanks to all involved in making our ladies lunch just perfect.

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MikeF
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was simply wonderful with unbelievable taste sensations

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent from the food, service and ambiance. Certainly one of the best around

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Spoons
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding restaurant! Very little to compare it with in London....

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Gemuk
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Put simply the best meal I have ever eaten and service was excellent.

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Chris
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb meal with excellent service from very friendly and highly competent staff. Was able to thank Clare Smyth in person. She and director Rob have made a major contribution to the UK food and restaurant world!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience. Amazing good and service.

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CarolC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the best all round dining experiences I’ve ever had. Clare was in the kitchen the whole evening and we couldn’t fault anything. Presentation and service were perfect but more importantly the food was beyond delicious.

Yes, of course, it’s eye wateringly expensive but the prices are very clearly on the website.

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CathyZ
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and services. The chef herself is very nice and the staff there are very professional and friendly.

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AlanW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classics menu lived up to our ver high expectations. Staff were highly attentive but created a relaxed evening. Other tables did not affect our ‘space’ at all.

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AlastairF
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in we were made to feel welcome & comfortable. The staff were all friendly, knowledgeable, attentive & good humoured. Clare & her team made herself available to greet us when we walked in & to thank us on our way out.
We decided on the Core Classics menu with Wine pairing & are so pleased we did as it made the whole evening a more memorable experience, drawing on their skills, knowledge & expertise.
The journey Clare & her staff took us on made it a night the four of us will remember for a long time.
Thanks to everyone for a really lovely Saturday evening.
We'll definitely see you again.

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PhilW
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Restaurant in London
Great food and impeccable service
With a smile and genuine care.

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vipKeithB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best restaurant in the uk

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TrinhN
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and experience. We ordered an 8-course, 5 were outstanding, but we weren't too impressed with the other 3 dishes. Overall price is expected of a 3 Michelin stars restaurant, however, we've had more creative dishes at a more affordable price.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome:-)!
Will visit again 🙂

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ClaudiaK
Singapore
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to CORE to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The service was great. The food was wonderfully presented and delicious. Overall the experience was outstanding so that we are planning to return every year.

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vipKT25
London
53 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No wonder it is so hard to get a table here ! Amazing food, wonderful service and whilst it's not cheap, it is good value for the high quality product.

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TimW1981
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Had an absolutely fantastic birthday lunch

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HannahS
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience, from the food to the staff to the service. Worth the money every time, an incredible way to spend a birthday!

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louisa
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food was And service was superb. I’d definitely go back but not during the Pandemic. I didn’t feel very safe. I thought the tables might be more spaced apart. The servers were a lot closer than I felt comfortable with.

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Adam3010
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and experience. Just as good post lockdown as before.

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LynneG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have had !
Wonderful service

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SamuelM
Wales
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly special evening, and a meal experience which will be remembered for a long time. Perfect to celebrate a big occasion. Quite probably the best meal of our lives to date. The restaurant itself is also a perfectly curated balance of comfort, attention, formality but also a genuine and welcoming atmosphere from all the staff. Loved the open/glazed kitchen, the presentation of each dish, the originality - just very special and, most importantly, truly fantastic food. Bravo Clare Smyth and staff.

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KarenP
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, fantastic service, friendly, welcoming, would definitely go back

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ChrisP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Core was superb. The service couldn't be faulted. The food was exquisite. You won't find many better.

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loveeatingout
London
29 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite restaurant. The welcome is friendly, the staff are all very professional and very friendly. The food is amazing. Definitely recommend this restaurant for a very special meal

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AuriolB
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is hard to decide which is the best bit of the visit to Core - the food obviously is fabulous but the service is second to none and the interior and the decor restrained and classy. There is not one thing about our wonderful lunch which I did not enjoy - we need to go back soon.!! thank you everyone for making our day so brillant.

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ElenaC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Beautifully presented and delicious to match.

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CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 1641 OpenTable diners.

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