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
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, from beginning to end a remarkable experience. It is insane that the restaurant is still given 2 stars by Michelin. Service is on point and they won’t interrupt your conversations every 5 seconds, like other restaurants with tasting menus.

AL
London
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were fortunate to book a table at 1830 on a Saturday evening and ordered the tasting menu. Love the ‘potato & roe’ and lamb carrot’ the most as she made the vegetable to be the centre of the dish instead of the protein. Service was impeccable and highly recommended!

G
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly outstanding experience!
From the minute you walk in until you leave you are very well taken care of. The interior is elegant, in neutral tones yet warm and welcoming. It’s an elegant place with a relaxed atmosphere. Loved the open kitchen separated from the dining room by a glass pane. You can see kitchen staff preparing your food. And what food! An explosion of beauty on the plate and flavours on the palate. All perfectly balanced. All members of staff are very knowledgeable and are proud of the produce they serve. Great touch to have some members of the kitchen staff to introduce some of the courses. They beam with pride for their work and they should. Every single detail at Core has been carefully thought through for you to have the most memorable experience....and want to come again and again! I certainly will.

W
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always, we had classic core tasting menu, totally loved the experience

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was magical

B
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On 2nd visit, CORE has retained everything we loved during our first visit. Food, menus, and presentation are extraordinary, only to be outdone by the service, decor, and ambiance. Creativity of presentations are, alone, enough to make CORE an outstanding example of what can be done with one's culinary imagination. But the intensity of flavors and their combinations render CORE unique in the world. The wait staff is "there" as necessary without being over-involved. Dining is such a comfortable experience that hours can pass without fidgeting or tiring of what's about to come next. A must-go, even from another continent.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eccellente personalmente nr 1 di Londra

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AM
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reception/bar area was rather busy and frantic when we arrived. However, dinner was amazing and the wine pairing excellent.

IN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food service and ambiance! Highly recommended.

VB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Core is the best restaurant in town this year. Well deserved 2 michelin stars, amazing experience

CM
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply incredible. Nothing else to say but I have to use 50 characters.

NH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Utterly wonderful; food, service, wine and setting were all exquisite. Truly a fabulous experience and one of my most favourite lunches. Everything about this was spot on

RM
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honest and Exquisite at the same time! We love Chef Clare’s food.

R
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Booked here for my partners 50th celebrations. We were lucky enough to get the chefs table which was brilliant seeing everything going on in the kitchen from our table.

The food was delicious and the service was great too very attentive but not to stuffy and in your face which made for a very relaxed enjoyable meal. The wine the sommelier picked for us was perfect too.

Highly recommend.

NM
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the amuse bouche to the desserts just amazing food. Creative dishes, beautifully presented. A true gastronomic experience.

AW
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are just three words I would use. Fabulous, outstanding and amazing.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic place but only for a special occasion! We like to rank dishes in order and this was a real struggle as all were amazing. Hefty price tag but worth it for excellent ingredients and top quality service. Really attentive without being snooty - this is the kind of thing differentiates Core from many other Michelin restaurants. Also got to say hello to Clare in the kitcheb, again a really touch. My only caution would be, if they offer you a special course (truffle linguine for us) swap another course out as otherwise you will be too full at the end!!

j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way as always Much better than Moor Hall

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. The best I have seen in London.
Top class.

Many thanks!!!

NM
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply stunning.

Food exquisite, staff so professional, lovely ambience... all in all superb!

A
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yesterday I went to @corebyclaresmyth It was on my list since when @chefclaresmyth got her 2 🌟 Michellin last year (with last than one year open. Took me 2 months to get availability for a Friday night at 10pm service. The restaurant located in Notting Hill it is in a beautiful house. A bar to wait and then you cross by the open kitchen where you can see Claire working and her team. Super friendly as everyone always says Hi, even her. The saloon has around 10 tables, and one big table is in front the kitchen. Super clean decor but the show is the food presentation. Each dish comes beautifully presented, some looks like art. We chose the Core Classics Tasting (7 amazingly dishes) £125 per person. But at the end it fees like 10 dishes, as there is some canapés per start, bread, and extra sweets at the end. Be prepared for at 2 hours indulgence of a foodie beautiful word. As I am allergic to shelfish they exchanged my scalops for a chicken with corn that was unbelievable. The potato was crazy melting, the sauces OMG. Monkfish it was one that my appetite didn’t appreciate much, too chewing. The lamb from god. I don’t like duck so they gave me a celeriac risotto with black truffle. I never thought celeriac could taste so perfect l. The quantity of truffle was amazing. Then the beautiful dessert clare apple and the pearl and verbenna. It was heaven dinner. My only disappointment was when I asked the waiter if I could take a picture with Clare she had already left. I was really looking forward to take a picture with her. And the most important was getting purpose in this beautiful meal and amazing food journey. Where they give preference to local and fresh seasonal products from England.

SC
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, service and ambiance, we will definitely be back!!

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming atmosphere. Exquisite dishes of really delicious food.

B
Miami
43 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an Amazing lunch. Core classic.
The potato dish, the isle of mull scallop, and the carrot with lamb were beyond delicious as were the sweets. Had the table for four just outside the viewing kitchen. The serving staff are about the best in the world. We have dined at Michelin Star restaurants around the world. Core deserves a third star. Clare Smyth is a true working genius. She was there all of lunch on 7 NOV 2019. Not a drive by chef like so many in this rarefied foodie world. We will book another visit soon.

B
London
21 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish the experience was excellent. We had cocktails in the bar followed by a sublime meal. Staff were attentive but not obtrusive. All in all a wonderful lunch.

FA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been fortunate enough to dine at some fantastic restaurants over the years, but there is an attention to detail at CORE that I don't think I've enoucntered anywhere else. The staff are incredibly courteous and attentive without being overbearing. I'd recommend the tasting menus (there were two of these to choose from when I visited) so that you can try a bit of everything. A thoroughly first-rate experience.

b
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn't even have to think about this , I've been lucky enough to be in and out of London for the past 15 plus years ,and without a doubt the dinner I had last Tuesday was the best dining experience I've had in my life ,bar none . Food , service , ambience , it has the lot . I cannot recommend it highly enough .

RP
London
18 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were initially anxious upon entering the restaurant to hear loud music and find other patrons using their mobile for texting and taking pictures. We would have left if not the Restaurant Director assuring us that the restaurant was quiet. As an additional plus we were given in our opinion the best table in the room. It was all uphill after that with the food taste and presentation magnificent. The only fault is too much food for our little stomachs. Forgot to add how great was the service, attentive, professional.
Of course it is not inexpensive and that is why I expected the ambiance to be quiet and devoid of mobiles (not possible in todays world)

SS
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants within the UK by far! 2 stars at the moment but I'm sure Clare will get the third next year.
Every element of this restaurant works extremely well, I struggle to fault it.

OT
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience! The food was unbelievable! We had the sky’s sting menu and every course was amazing. The staff were very friendly, which made the lunch even better as many “posh” restaurants do pretentious better than they do approachable. Loved every minute of it and will definitely be back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We felt I bit rush might because of we were last costumers. Despite this everything was still great:)

GC
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fantastic food and a lovely ambience. Didn't expect to meet Clare Smyth and the team, but we did as we were leaving which was lovely.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PERFECTION!!

DC
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was exceptional. Decor is both welcoming and cosy. We had the Seasonal tasting menu which was delicious. I enjoyed the first 4 or 5 courses more than the latter ones, not sure if it was because of feeling fuller or not. Overall, I thought it was very good and have recommended it to friends.

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely touch to be greeted by Clare and chef
Would be useful to know what meter parking is available ( i may have overlooked this)

MN
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our best meal in the city - and we had quite a selection during our trip. The attention to detail in the serving of these delectable courses was as amazing as the food itself. The food was absolutely out of this world with incredibly creative combinations. The staff were incredibly attentive but at the same time, the restaurant was not at all stuffy. The wine pairing we had was excellently curated and fabulous and we loved our Spanish wine steward! I would hasten to return on my next trip to London!

J
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular restaurant; deserves 3 Michelin stars! Wonderful and carefully prepared delicious food so beautifully presented they are works of art. Service was attentive, friendly and well orchestrated. The ingredients of the dishes and characteristics of each were were well-explained. The room was quiet and tables not crowded together like most restaurants. Overall an outstanding experience!

P
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Ticked every box. The staff were very friendly and professional from the moment we arrived until we left. Food was amazing and cannot wait to return. Booked for my wife’s birthday and it lived up to and surpassed any expectations we had.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience5

Disappointing. My overall rating is only 2/5 because the restaurant refused to let me cancel my dinner reservation without a £200 penalty on a day that I was really unwell.

The dinner reservation was a wedding gift worth £300. I tried to reschedule to another date because I was very unwell and this was a special occasion, but was flatly refused and was told that my only options were to find friends to take my spot or pay the £200 penalty. Unhelpful.

I understand that many restaurants have strict booking policies. But it has also been my experience that wise managers who are committed to good service exercise some discretion on these matters - or find creative solutions.

Whilst the service during dinner was excellent, the restaurant needs to do better when it comes to delivering a good booking and reservations experience.

JW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding. Refined and relaxed at the same time.