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CORE by Clare Smyth

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412 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
British, Contemporary European, Contemporary French
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Hours of Operation
Tue - Wed 6.30pm - 10:00pm
Thu - Sat 12pm - 2:00pm and 6.30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
020 3937 5086
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Clare Smyth
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Public Transit
52-452 Bus lines, Stop: Stanley Gardens
8 minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate Station
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 412 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.6
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Astoundingly polished and top level tasting menu that takes you from subtle earthly sea dishes to heavier and rich meat dishes. Service couldn’t be better. A really special place. Thank u

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Core is exceptional. If you want three Michelin Star cuisine delivered in a beautiful environment served by incredible staff then this is the place for you. The dishes are original, a taste explosion and there are lots of lovely touches and surprises that will make you want to go again and again.

London arguably has a new best restaurant..

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great meal - really enjoyed it. Amazing theatre about all the food and a really lovely experience.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

A true fine dining experience the best I’ve ever experienced and all sustainably sourced too.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely wonderful, loved everything about my evening celebrating my birthday at Core. The staff are so attentive and observant, first class service without being pretentious.
The food is superb, beautiful ingredients beautifully cooked and presented really well. The sauces are fantastic.
We went for the full tasting menu and picked our own wine rather than have the wine pairing. The 20 YO port is a delicious way to end the meal!
I booked Core based on the OpenTable reviews, they were spot on and I'm so pleased as this was the best dining experience I have ever had.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding
We like to enjoy good restaurants but Core was more than a restaurant....
Every year we come to London and try to choose a different top class restaurant
Next year it will be Core again, probably with 2 why not 3 stars
Michelin can”t miss it
Congratulation to the whole staff and a kiss for the cook
(And Milly....🙂

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic food and Davide the Manager was very helpful

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Non ci sono parole per descrivere l’esperienza fatta al Core. Piatti e materie prime eccellenti, sapori che riportano a tratti alla cucina di casa, in altri il palato regala accostamenti che sorprendono e meravigliano. Mangiare in questo ristorante è un’esperienza che non si dimentica e che va fatta almeno una volta nella vita!

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Everything from the welcome at the bar to the service and food was great indeed.
It's a classic french cuisine made using local ingredients and produce from the chef's background.
Technically everything was perfect as we expected (even though we are not used to such a big use of butter as we are Italians) and the produce used was indeed great.
A special thanks to the staff members (mostly Italian as well), we work in the industry and see such a perfect and professional "machine" after 8 months of opening is pretty impressive.
Miss Smyth and her team have a restaurant with a 2* potential within 2 years of opening in my opinion.

Thanks again,

Ivan & Sabina
Villa Pizzini

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Amazing meal, fantastic flavours, super presentation with highly attentive service. We dined in a 3 michelin star restaurant in San Sebastian last week and this was equal to, and some area exceeded that restaurant

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Core surpassed our expectations. The main thing, the food was outstanding in all aspects. The service was impeccable without being overly formal and the atmosphere was very warm and buzzy. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to taste the best prepared and cleverly designed food and dishes. We had the shorter tasting menu which was adequate with the amuse bouche at the beginning a lovely potato and caviar starter. This was followed by skate which was extremely fresh and tasty then venison for the main which was served with a sort of venison white sausage. The deserts were also stunners with a sort of apple mouse in the shape of a caramualised apple then wild strawberry/merangue concoction. We mainly stuck to classic Chablis and a couple of glasses of heavyish reds for the main but suffice to say the wine list was extensive. Booked again already for July so yes hurray and go.....if you can get in!

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Superb service and very attentive without being over bearing. Excellent quality and details in the plates

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5.0Dined on 10 May 2018

A very positive experience, fantastic service. Food might come across a bit salty in my honest opinion.
Overall a very nice restaurant in the heart of Notting Hill.

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5.0Dined on 10 May 2018

Outstanding food and service, simply a great experience!

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5.0Dined on 10 May 2018

Can't wait to return! Food was outstanding, every course a delight. Paired wines were interesting and good. Service was warm and enthusiastic. Ambience was far buzzier than I had expected. Wine pricing wasn't extreme either - a perfect bottle of Leoville Barton '89 for less than £300 I thought was pretty reasonable. Will recommend it to everyone.

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4.0Dined on 10 May 2018

From the minute we arrived until the minute we left we enjoyed the experience. The food was creative, well presented and delicious.

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5.0Dined on 10 May 2018

Superb interiors great staff and mostly exceptional food
The Ledbury close by us better value

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5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

Really enjoyed the whole experience. However did find that 8 Course tasting menu with Wine paring was a bit rich.
100ml wine over 7 courses equals allmost a bottle of wine per person. I had an unpleasant experience the next morning sadly.

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5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

Without a doubt the best meal and most creative presentation I have experienced.
Wonderful fresh flavours and wines carefully matched to each course

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5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

5 star experience

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5.0Dined on 8 May 2018

Very friendly athmosphere. The staff solved a booking problem very smoothly. Excellent food.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Amazing amazing food and service
Wine list expensive though

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Great service and fantastic food.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Excellent food in a superb setting. We had the tasting menu and it surely didn’t disappoint. Fantastic wine list and the cocktails are a must try. I will definitely return. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

A joint birthday celebration for a friend and I whose birthdays are two weeks apart. We were impressed that Clare was in the kitchen - and turned to wave to us when we arrived in the dining room. We had the three course lunch menu, which offers an excellent selection from which to choose. With the "extra" courses we ate quite a lot more than three courses in the end. We asked the Sommelier to come up with some wine pairings for us and he did us very proud. He picked some wines we wouldn't have considered, and - as you would expect - each went perfectly with what we were eating.

My friend had lamb carrot to start, while I had the spelt asparagus. Both were stunning dishes. We both opted for the venison, which is cooked to perfection and melt in the mouth succulent. For dessert we both had the wild strawberry dessert, which was like an extremely up-market, not-at-all messy, and beautifully crafted Eton mess. The amuse bouches were all very interesting and creatively, beautifully presented. They all tasted amazing. The Core Apple offered a clever twist on a toffee apple. And the petits fours were luscious!

I can honestly say that this is one of the best, if not the best, birthday lunches that my friend and I have shared over the years. I'm definitely bringing my husband for an anniversary celebration!

Thank you to the whole team for making our celebration so wonderful.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Amazing food f very nice room we got to meet the chef and she was lovely

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Fabulous lunch from start to finish. Lovely dining area, attentive waiting staff and the food is to die for. We went for the 3 course lunch. However it was preceded by a selection of lovely entrees presented with some theatre. After our starters and mains they served an unexpected pre dessert and after our dessert they served some lovely chocolate treats and “wine” gums. The wine selection is a bit expensive but hey if you’re here it’s probably a treat so push the boat out.
I ordered the potato and fish roe starter. It was out of this world. Unbelievable flavour out of a plain old spud. That’s when you know you really are eating food designed by a very talented chef.

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

A perfect experience form beginning to end. Great food, nice ambience and good wines. Strongly recommended

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

I don’t normally write reviews but I have to write one for Core by Clare Smyth. We went there for a birthday lunch. The food is incredibly delicious and delicate. The atmosphere was pretty relaxed, which made us feel cozy. My boyfriend had the tasting menu (5 course) while I had the ala carte menu (3 course). The staff were courteous and helpful. Very happy with my meal. The best restaurant in London I dare say. Hopefully it continues to be so! Thank you so much Core by Clare Symth!

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Impeccable service by the staff and an amazing space for the restaurant. We were celebrating our engagement and we felt certainly welcome by the staff.

Very impressed with the food especially with the foie. I was surprised with the inclusion of the humble potato as a main feature on the menu of this price point, but well impressed with the execution by Clare and the team. Absolutely loved it!

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5.0Dined on 3 May 2018

Outstanding. One of the best meals I have ever had. Not cheap, but worth every penny. The 7 course tasting menu (more like 10 with all the extras) was sublime, perfectly pitched and timed, served with perfect friendliness from the amazing staff. A beautiful dining room and a relaxed ambience. Perfect.

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5.0Dined on 3 May 2018

Incredible service, amazing food, one of the best restaurants in London

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5.0Dined on 3 May 2018

CORE deservedly ranks among the world's top restaurants today. The food is beautifully conceived, creative but not fussy, the flavors are harmonious, precise and the execution is perfect. Although the wine list is diverse, it is well chosen by Sommelier Gareth Ferreira to reflect the flavors of the dishes. If you opt for the tasting menu with wine pairings, you will be well rewarded. It would be a shame to get a table at this restaurant and not go for the entire experience of the Chef's tasting menu of 7 courses.

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5.0Dined on 2 May 2018

I had the time of my life. The service was fantastic, knowledgeable and friendly without being overwhelming . The food was extraordinary, after eating scallops all my life I never tasted something as beautiful in flavour as the one I was served. Every single dish was pure magic.

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5.0Dined on 2 May 2018

The best food I’ve ever eaten. Clare is clearly an artist not just a chef. She was there too, which makes a change. Utterly stunning.

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5.0Dined on 2 May 2018

Quite simply, my favourite restaurant. Delicious, creative food which looks as good as it tastes. A delight in every mouthful. Friendly, helpful, efficient staff who make it a pleasure to be there. Amazing attention to detail in every respect. So good to see Clare Smyth in the kitchen overseeing everything and adding finishing touches. This is my third visit and it's such a dilemma - whether to go more often, or keep it for special occasions so that it remains 'special'. Have to give a word to the man who creates such fantastic cocktails too - they were the icing on the cake!

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5.0Dined on 1 May 2018

The best restaurant I have eaten in. The staff were so attentive and not overbearing and made you feel welcome. Sommelier knew the wines and what to recommend. The atmosphere was bubbly and happy and finally the food. The food was out of this world, jaw dropping amazing

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Core and Clare were both charming and exceptional! We felt comfortable and very well cared for from the moment we walked thru the door. The details of her talent and passion were evidenced in the delicious meal and team! Top Notch and thoughtful.
One of the best culinary experiences of our lives.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Stunning food & service. Beautiful dining room & top notch for a special occasion. Not the cheapest but we did Canetti the wine list - which is exceptional, as you would expect. Clare was a wonderful, warm, genuine host too.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

We have dined with Clare on a number of occasions - several times when she was at Gordon Ramseys and now twice at Core. She remains absolutely outstanding in every aspect of the experience. We have dined in highly rated restaurants throughout the UK and Europe over many years - Clare is the most outstanding of them all - quite tremendous - an experience not to be missed.

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