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CORE by Clare Smyth

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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • 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 1538 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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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Exactly what you expect and more from one of the best chefs in the world. Thank you to the team for an amazing evening, we look forward to dinning there again soon.

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AmbrG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Overpriced with very small portions. If I'm paying this amount of money, the meat should be larger and the star of the dish. The dishes are mostly overpriced veggies in small portions.

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Gary
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely faultless.
The food was amazing and the service was impeccable.
We were lucky enough to be offered to dine at the Chef’s Table and it was an honour to watch the brigade at work.
The kitchen was quite and calm and Chef Clare was at the pass checking every dish that left.
The waiting staff explained each dish and were happy to talk about the restaurants do its ethos as well as what was happening in the kitchen
Overall a wonderful experience.

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MichaelD
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a fantastic dining experience, the warm welcome from all the kitchen team was such a nice surprise. Core teaser.... best dessert I've ever eaten

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vipSVarma
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely space, great staff. We ate the Core Classic menu, it was a lot of food! Potato and Roe was my favourite dish. I’ll be back to do the other tasting menu at some point.

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russ
London
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience for a special occasion

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous experience at Core. The service was so warm and attentive. The food was absolutely brilliant - and the a la carte menu at lunch was pretty good value!

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Pep123
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in London at the moment

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RaymondL
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite outstanding .The best meal I have had in London.Bravo Core!

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Graz
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic experience. Out of this world. The most welcoming staff who are really invested in making your visit special. So pleasantly attentive. On entrance you are greeted by wonderful team members who lead you to your table. Claire takes the time to acknowledge every guest. The food is absolutely fantastic, I don’t have the words to express how superb it all is. Surprised by ingredients I thought I would not enjoy. Truly a wonderful time. We were made to feel so special. Cannot wait to return. Absolutely superb. Thank you all. Lovely farewell from Claire and all the team as we left.

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Wilco
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, delicious food & great service. Can't wait until we can return.

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GaelH
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening - the food, wine & service were all excellent. I highly recommend.

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HelenC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for our first wedding anniversary and my husband’s birthday joint celebration. Nothing was too much for the team at Core. Hopefully we will be able to return there soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and very on it with hygiene care

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vipALJU
Dubai
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal

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vipAngelaN
London
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Overall amazing food.
However the staff should all be wearing a face covering or face shield for Covid-19 social distancing.

It is a known fact that asymptotic carrier can spread the virus, and a highly rated restaurant should follow. It is disappointing to see that they are not doing so

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philipO
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A better dining experience is almost impossible to imagine. Thankyou.

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christopherh
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening, had been looking forward to this for a long time and wasn’t disappointed. Loved that Claire waves to you on arrival to the restaurant, nice touch. Wild strawberry desert was outstanding.

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BilleeR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing as you would expect of 2 Michelin stars
First time there and it was worth the wait we will definitely re visit

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Shah
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant makes you feel special - everyone welcomes you (including Clare) and the service is attentive yet not in your face.

The food is stunning - especially the desserts and amuse bouche etc. However, for the price, I was disappointed by a couple of dishes esp the lobster which attracts a supplement of £15. Not only was there 3 proper pieces of lobster in, the dish failed to bring out the succulence or subtle flavour of the lobster out.

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vipFoodiefaye
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfection! From the minute we walked in the team at Core were amazing. Had a lovely welcoming smile from Clare in the kitchen and lovely relaxed atmosphere in the dining room. Felt very safe & looked after during the whole lunch. Seasonal tasting menu was on point with the lamb dish winning the day! Would highly recommend for a special occasion.

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TraceyB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time, beautiful restaurant, food lovely although I thought my main, turbot was just ok. The rest gorgeous. Looking forward to going back in 2 weeks.

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SarahJones
London
17 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing how much flavour is in the food and fantastic service

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NafihK
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Special from the moment you walk in, as Clare Smyth greets you personally. Truly worthy of every penny.

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JaneK
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Extremely Underwhelming. Great Service and all the food was presented beautifully, it just didn't taste of very much! At this price point I expect about half the courses to give me goose bumps, but the flavours were distinctly lacking. We had the core classics tasting menu. It started with 4 small appertisers which were ok, then the scallop tartare in a sea vegetable consomme which was actually one of the better dishes, just tiny! Then the potato and roe. The texture of the potato wasn't great - overly chewy on the outside and you couldn't really taste the roe. The sauce it was served with was quite nice. Roasted monkfish was ok with an ok sauce. Lamb carrot was pretty terrible. It was supposed to be a deconstructed stew, but a stew is supposed to be packed full of flavour, and this was one of the blandest dishes I've ever had. It was mostly carrot, which didn't taste of the promised lamb stew, with only a tiny amount of lamb. The duck breast had no seasoning so didn't taste of anything and was very chewy. The leg meat was much better, but there was only a tiny amount of that. The Core Apple was by far the best dish of the evening and the only one that hit the standard that I look for in this sort of restaurant. It was full of flavour and a great bland of sweetness and sharpness. The wild strawberry desert was unremittingly sweet, with nothing to really cut through the sweetness. Too much meringue and not enough of the other flavours on the plate. We had 3 individual bottles of wine, all of which were good, but the wine list is very expensive. We did tell the restaurant (in a nice way) that we were disappointed when we were there, but we were still charged the full amount including service.

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MrCrimps
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Nijeetha
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seasonal tasting menu! Delicate, creative and full of flavours. One of the best restaurants in London in my opinion. Friendly staff, nice decor, great atmosphere. Perfect for any occasion! Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday party for 6. Relaxed efficient professional outstanding food and service

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vipJamesA
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal. Food was of a very high level, although a few dishes were notably on a different (higher) level and I will be excited to one day return to taste all the dishes at that same level. Presentation of the food was worthy of a 3rd *, as was the impeccable service - perfectly warm and kind whilst not at all stuffy and full of good humour. Super impressive teamwork. And the blind wine tasting with Hubert was interesting and really fun. He is an impressive sommelier at a young age. Thank you Clare and team!

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DianneA
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Having Clare to greet us as we came in was great. The rest of the team were lovely and the food was outstanding. The potato roe was sublime as was the core-teaser, both of which I’d heard a lot about beforehand.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most incredible experience I’ve had since Anne Sophie Pic in Valence. Clare Smyth is a brilliant chef.

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vipNull
London
11 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning experience. Exceptional food, drinks and service. Everything you would expect of a restaurant operating at the top of their game.

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vipmoonsis
London
35 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved being back at our most favourite restaurant in London. As always outstanding service, mouthwatering and exciting food creations. Can highly recommend it ,if you want to be in for a special treat.

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Diane
London
10 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this meal was outstanding from the greeting at the front door to the quality of service and attention paid by the team to the food preparation, choices and presentation.

We came for lunch and will definitely return because it’s about more than just a meal - this really was a wonderful experience.

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MarioP
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent experience from the time you walk through the door. Attention to detail in everything they do and say, never intrusive but always friendly and efficient.
The restaurant dealt with the food allergies at our table by presenting an individual menu, ensuring it was special rather than an imposition.
The food was exceptional with each course delivering differing delights. It is unusual for the desserts not to be in my top two courses but such was the standard on this day. The wine flight complimented the food superbly.
The evening was a grand occasion and one which I hope I will repeat soon.
If you are thinking of having a meal at Core, try it, you will not be disappointed.

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DerekP
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb experience, service was first class, food sublime and presentation and ambience second to none. Highly recommended-a must try

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding ! No more needs to be said .

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vipDavidT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dinner. We were so happy to be back at our favourite restaurant in London. Exceptional in every way!

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OliverM
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arguably the best meal I have had, this and the Fat Duck are right at the top of their game in my opinion. Everything was perfect, the attention to detail and the fact that Clare was there to welcome guests to the restaurant was a nice touch. We had the classic taster menu which was excellent, they did a gluten free version for my partner without any fuss and you couldn't tell the difference. I have re-booked for a friend's birthday in November and I can't wait. Five stars. Go go go.

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Jemma
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 2nd visit to Core and both times have been fabulous. Staff are friendly, attentive and very knowledgeable. The sommelier was lovely and his wine pairings were all fantastic. The decor is beautiful and it is great to be able to see all the chefs working in the kitchen (including Clare). On to the food... the presentation is absolutely stunning and the flavours are up to the same high standard. Lots of extras make the price very reasonable for the quality and level of the food. We will certainly go again in future to celebrate a special occasion.

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