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.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal we had with the amazing table that is offered :)

OT
France
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was for birthday thougj didnt get birthday candle,but the foods and services were great

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional on every level!

NZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything, from the ambiance and service, to the food and wine was exquisite. Already looking forward to returning to CORE.

B
London
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the ‘Seasons’ menu which was superb. We did swap in the Charlotte Potato dish and also took advantage of the addition special linguine and truffle dish. The beef and oyster as well as the other carrot were the standout dishes. The wines choosen were a perfect match.

The service was impeccable however the past couple of occasions that we’ve been it was spotted that my partner was left handed and the cuttlery set accordingly from the second course onwards but not this time.

AR
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A superb culinary experience in a fantastic venue. It was somewhat surprising for the wine-by-glass service to be inconsistent. My wife’s wine glass and mine were filled on clearly different volumes. Not something you expect from a place that strives for perfection and comes closer to it than most other places.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Cannot fault it. We will be back later this year fingers crossed

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional!

m
London
33 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentines Dinner. Everything was just perfect, we will definitely be back soon!

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A simply outstanding restaurant! Fine food, great wine pairings, utterly professional and charming staff ... it just doesn't get better!

CB
Jersey
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional in every way.

NW
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Core is definitely the best Michelin star restaurant my wife and I have eaten in. The food was exciting and full of flavour and service was exceptional without being stuffy and over the top. The sommelier was fantastic all of his recommendations worked perfectly with my food we have booked to go again with our daughter and Son in Law

MW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding, we couldn't fault it. We would highly recommend.

PD
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, great welcoming atmosphere and I booked for my next visit on the way out! Book if you can get a table.

m
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday treat for my husband, the whole dining experience was wonderful from start to finish. The food was amazing, the staff were attentive the ambiance was very pleasant. Will be taking my grown up sons for their birthday treat later in the year.

JA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best food and service in London. Fantastic.

JF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ABOSLUTELY AMAZING! One of the best restaurants in London and around the world that you can experience

RL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fantastic - and so nice to meet Clare herself!

f
London
22 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic restaurant in every respect and one of the top restaurants in London.
Our only disappointment was that Clare wasn't actually there on the Saturday evening we visited!

R
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening - the core classics tasting menu was superb!

MD
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tasting menu and wine pairing. Great to have the choice of 2 tasting menus and be able to decide on the day. Good attention to the allergies of one of our party without any fuss at all. Loved it

It would be nice to have the wine flight delayed on the menu so that you have a record of the matching.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got a tasting menu for two as a gift from my family and it took me over a year to finally get a table, but I am SO glad I did.

The staff were fantastic and accommodating. I can’t even begin to describe the food - it was the perfect blend between theatre/excitement and just a really great tasting dinner. It was unpretentious and clean yet every course was charged and elegant.

Undoubtedly the best meal I’ve ever eaten.

TJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience. The tasting menu was wonderful especially the ‘potato and roe’. The staff were friendly. The restaurant was comfortable and clean. Having been to many Michelin restaurants it was a change to see the actual chef patron Clare Smyth in attendance. It was very difficult to book a table which I did three months before the date of dining but the wait was definitely worth it. There is a bar area where they serve a small snack selection from the menu and reservations aren’t needed. One small negative that I must mention: if younger chefs are sent out to explain the starters to the diners then please whoever is in charge of them don’t send them out with filthy aprons and crab cooking stains up their arms!! I did notice that this chef did not come out again so perhaps someone did notice the stains! I would recommend Core to anyone who loves good cooking and a comfortable relaxed surroundings.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom in London for the first time, we celebrated passing my confirmation from MPhil to PhD!

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning, just stunning. Fantastic food, impeccable service and a wonderful environment.

j
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the best meals I’ve had. Ever.

A
London
37 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Second time here and will definitely return.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff food and ambience equal five stars. Thank you all xx

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

So disappointed about the food! It’s either too salty or too sour!

PL
London
37 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful afternoon, service was outstanding, felt completely spoilt!
Amazing how many people were serving but yet we didn’t feel cramped.
Flavours and taste of every course, plus all the lovely bits, were excellent, really enjoyed it. Even the chipped bones in the chicken wing canapé didn’t dampen the occasion!

LD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really wonderful experience from the moment of arrival. All staff were amazing in welcoming us and then the service during lunch was outstanding. A beautiful room and the food was just superb.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Almost certainly our favourite restaurant in London.
Another superb tasting menu by Clare.
We’ll be be back there again very soon.

GG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding!

The welcome, the restaurant, the food and the staff are all absolutely first class. Will be back again for sure.

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning. Had to wait to book a table but worth it. An amazing experience. The staff were extremely attentive and the food and wine exemplary.

m
London
27 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food fantastic dining room best Wednesday night out in ages !

B
London
29 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husbands birthday dinner, amazing amazing amazing. Service like no other, presentation genius and insane flavours. If you can get a reservation go !!!!!

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, clearly made with passion. Both the vegetarian and the seasonal tasting menus were exceptional. Service was top notch and managed to be both formal and friendly. We would definitely come again soon.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, everything about Core is just special, special occasion our 40th anniversary so we pushed the boat out not disappointed attention to detail and tastes of the food was absolutely wonderful

RP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I've been to - everything to so perfectly planned out and executed. Eager to return to try the other tasting menu!

SK
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most stunning restaurant by far we have visited in the UK, The food is incredible, with every dish the attention to detail is exemplary, the taste is exquisite with flavours and quality, the service is incredible, it is truly the most amazing dining experience from arrival to departure. Clare herself, took the time out of her day to personally meet with my Son Alex briefly to chat, which has inspired him as a chef just starting our on his career path to follow in her amazing footsteps, or perhaps one day join her amazing team.
What a gem of a restaurant, I can not highly recommend it enough.