CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
2165 reviews
£41 and over
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2165 People Are Saying
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MattM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible, well balanced food served by charming staff in a delightful setting. Loved it and would thoroughly recommend!

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AmriS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was truly fantastic, food, service, etc was clearly thought out and perfect down to the minute detail. Couldn't recommend it enough

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PeterD
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class. E
The tasting menu is fabulous. The decor is wonderful, like being in your lounge. Service is second to none.
The room acoustics means that it does sound noisy - the only downside.

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vipSimonM
London
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time I have eaten here and it has pushed on to a new level. The food showed high skills and wonderful presentation. We were looked after brilliantly by the staff - all in all a very memorable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, lovely experience.

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Zachary
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One word: incredible. Simply one of the best restaurants in London.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seasonal menu and wine pairing were impeccable. The service was amazing too.

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ShaunC
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely sublime. Every little detail was perfect. The Seasons menu and accompanying wines were amazing. The staff were attentive, everso approachable and passionate. A truly wonderful memory.

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vipMichaelS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food Sevice and dining experience was amazing
From a nice drink in the lounge through to the dining room past the team of wonderful smiley chefs who look so pleased to see you and enjoying the inventions of the finest special gorgeous delightful food .
We had an most memorable evening and worth the six month wait!

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DenisB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The staff are professional and charming and the dining room is understatedly elegant. The food is extremely well presented with a touch of theatre. However tthe flavors were were good but not outstanding which was disappointing in view of our expectations and the cost.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The kitchen is visible and you can see the team working on creating great food for the diners. The dress code is smart-casual and the ambiance is relaxed. The service is great. The food was an amazing experience. Loved everything that I tasted.

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FredW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening with fabulous food in a comfortable and festive environment. The Christmas feel was lovely and a nice welcome from all the staff. We had the pleasure to meet chef which rounded off a wonderful evening x

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vipluckyluca
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful, elegant and friendly, delicious experience. Dining at Core was a real treat, with every detail cared for. Chef Clare Smyth has created a splendid space and menu of comfort classics revised with wonderful twists, beautifully presented and immaculately serviced by the attentive and knowledgeable staff. Can only highly recommend it.

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AndresG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Birthday party. Was OK but nowhere near any of our previous four visits.

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AaronH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and even better food. Went to the bar beforehand for a cocktail that set the scene for the night.

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Floydi
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best restaurant around. We returned after having gone in 2018 (when it had no stars). The food has been worked on and refined since then (and it was already amazing). Every dish a knock out. The service is fantastic. Every member of staff is passionate about the place and the food. Not a hint of stuffiness and the room is loud and energetic. The only slight downside is prices have gone up quite dramatically since we were there last; but I would go back at a moment's notice - even at the current price.

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Dave
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience at Core. Great ambience and excellent, relaxed service from everyone. The food was amazing especially the Core-teezer. Really great dining experience and will definitely be back again. Thanks

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heatherW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service top notch. Perfect in every way 🥰

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Jane
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational meal. What an amazing restaurant, the food was divine, the service impeccable and the staff were spot on. Lovely friendly atmosphere, would highly recommend, a real treat!

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DiamandoA
Cyprus
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with amazing service! 100% recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service and very innovative dishes..

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PC65
London
98 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very welcoming in the restaurant. Good attentive and friendly staff.
Food was really nicely presented. Some of the dishes definitely had the wow factor.
I enjoyed most of the food. I found the cep tarlet and beef shin too salty but rest of the food was fine. I loved the 'carrot'. That was really great so was the pear and verbena dessert.

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KerrySU
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A totally unbelievable experience
Awesome food & fabulous service.
We will return to this restaurant again & again!

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KevinS
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restarant and have been many times now. Its fine dinning without the stuffy dining room. Staff are excellent, food is amazing and if you are looking for this kind of dinning experience then in my opinion its 2nd to none.

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AndyH
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

As you’d expect at a 3 star Michelin restaurant the food was excellent and the chefs highly skilled, we dined at 21:30 and went for the core seasons menu with the wine flight. The fish courses were real stand outs!

Surprised and disappointed at different times with the service.

Service felt rushed at different times of the meal whether that be a course immediately after a course with no time to finish the wine and then the next glass of wine poured or on two occasions when asking for some additional information to the Tokaji wine and the wagyu beef course neither colleague seemed to want to answer the question. 1-2-1 personable service was inconsistent and felt at times the verbals were just kept to script as opposed to more natural service.

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David
London
17 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my Birthday and could not have had a better dining experience.
The food is out of this world as is the service.

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vipBenC
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exactly what a three star restaurant should be.

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GregL
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so good and the service is excellent-feels like you walked into chef’s dining room. Pricey but worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful welcome from Clare and her team. This is the stand out food you want for that special occasion - sublime. The staff are brilliant - attentive and friendly - not intrusive. We loved the room and the 'soft to the touch' tables - very tactile. Often with this level you are happy to experience it once in a lifetime - there are other places to experience in London but I honestly know I will be making sure I visit here again - there is just something extra special about his place - Its the full package! I can't wait .

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience. Loved every minute of it!

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Matt
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic - not enough superlatives to do it justice.

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vipRogerJ
Anchorage
18 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is faultless from start to finish. the staff were all fantastic.
The food was beautiful. I only have praise for this place.
Highly recommended

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vipYanY
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s such a welcoming environment- Clare and the kitchen staff said hi to us on our way in. All the waiting staff are attentive, friendly and efficient. The meal itself is exceptional. Good to see the quality and standard maintained since she was awarded three stars. Probs my fave restaurant in London.

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vipRaqs
London
32 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to! Perfection!!

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Fuller
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm welcome from all the staff and a cheery wave from the chef as we entered.

We ordered a Classic and a Seasonal tasting menu. In short, all dishes were outstanding. The flavours that Clare and her team create are intense and interesting. Each course was introduced to us with a description of the ingredients and origin.

My favourites from the Classic menu were the venison and an outstanding ‘toffee apple’ dessert.

My wife’s favourites were the Portland crab, the CEP tartlet and the Fowey mussels.

If you can get a table you are unlikely to be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow !!! Amazing we had The Chefs Table it was my belated 60 Th Birthday Celebration and a massive Thank you To Clare and her Team for making it soo memorable!! I was in AWE !!!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had heard lots of great things about CORE and were very excited to dine there. However we found the food quite underwhelming. No dishes stood out and some even lacked flavour. Very disappointing.

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Tara
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic lunch with superb food and service. Culinary perfection and warm yet fantastic service are expected and absolutely delivered. Well done to all, you made my birthday very special. One of tut best jeans I’ve had in a very long time.
Worth every penny.
We will be back.

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MarkV
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, presented with flair and great service. It must be one of the best fine dining restaurants in the capital.

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CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 2165 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.