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CORE by Clare Smyth, London,
Award-winning

CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
4.9
3246 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 38 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British, Contemporary European, Contemporary French
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 18:30–22:00 Thu–Sat 12:00–14:15
  • Phone number
    020 3937 5086
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Jacket Preferred
  • Executive Chef
    Clare Smyth
  • Private party contact
    Alison Labesse: 020 3937 5086
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 3 Stars 2023
    2. World's 50 Best #71 2023
  • Area
    Notting Hill
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    52-452 Bus lines, Stop: Stanley Gardens<br />8 minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate Station
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,246 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • London

    Best Ambience

  • London

    British

  • West London

    Best Overall

  • West London

    Best Food

  • West London

    Best Service

  • West London

    Best Ambience

  • West London

    Innovative

  • West London

    Great for fine wines

  • West London

    Good for special occasions

  • West London

    British

3,246 Reviews
  1. ACChi

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing staff, beautiful courses, and got to meet Clare at the end! Memorable dining experience!

    1 person found this helpful

  2. AlexM

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Slightly disappointing to our taste. We chose the seasonal menu, whilst a majority of the dishes were fantastic, some were underwhelming. Not to the standard of other 3 star restaurants we have eaten in. I am glad that we experienced Core, however, it is not a restaurant we will be returning to. Whilst it was the most expensive lunch we have had, it certainly was not the best food although the overall experience was very pleasant

    1 person found this helpful

  3. RussellF

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had lunch at Core on Saturday for my wife's birthday. Exceptional from the moment we arrived. A warm welcome from the kitchen as we walked past was a great start and it continued from there. We opted for the seasonal tasting menu with the wine pairing. The food was excellent and it was obvious the amount of thought and work that had gone into each dish. The wine pairing was quite eceletic and very good. Definitely one of the best pairings I've had. This is not an everyday lunch and certainly isn't cheap BUT was certainly worth the expense and overall was wonderful experience. Hopefully will return one day for the Core Classics menu.

    2 people found this helpful

  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lived local to Core for years, can’t believe I didn’t go soon and all the time, I will now.

    1 person found this helpful

  5. ParitouchN

    Thailand

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal with friendly chefs and service team ever

    1 person found this helpful

  6. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best dining experiences so far! Foods were carefully prepared and well balanced. Chef Smyth and her team are the GREATEST!

    1 person found this helpful

  7. AndrewA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of London's best restaurants. Excellent Staff and Service, Food superb. We really enjoyed the experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  8. RobA

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional culinary experience from the moment you arrive - including the service from the staff, the food, and the atmosphere. A highlight was getting to meet Clare at the end to say thank you.

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  9. whitehorsehill01

    Berkshire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No words can describe this restaurant it is simply perfect in every way. Clare and team and absolutely nailed it

    1 person found this helpful

  10. CharlotteR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic evening. Outstanding food and brilliant knowledgable service

    1 person found this helpful

  11. Abbie

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great experience at CORE, the staff were knowledgeable and was nice to have the chefs come to explain one of the dishes. Got a sense of head chef's vision and passions which was a nice addition. Food was also excellent, not cheap as you would expect but I would definitely return when the menu changes seasonally.

    1 person found this helpful

  12. StefanH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastically prepared meal, accompanied by incredible service from every single member of the team. The portions are perfectly sized so you can enjoy every dish without being overwhelmed by too much food. We chose both of the Core and Seasonal menus to try as much as possible, and we were definitely not disappointed. Thank you to everyone at the restaurant for your hospitality, it was incredibly appreciated.

    2 people found this helpful

  13. BenN

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would come again in a heartbeat, was an amazing experience all around and the food was phenomenal!

    1 person found this helpful

  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding. Every mouthful was a delight and the space was both refined and relaxed. A wonderful experience. We will be back!

    1 person found this helpful

  15. AmandaB

    London

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant. And try to go at least annually for a real treat.

    1 person found this helpful

  16. BrandiH

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined at Core last night as celebration for my husband’s 60th birthday. This restaurant is perfection. This includes the service, decor, food quality, wines, everything. We both did the seasons menu and took our wine suggestions from one of the outstanding service staff. Again, perfection. Each dish is prepared with intricate care and attention, combining thoughtful flavors with detailed provenance for each of the outstanding ingredients. What a delight! It is so difficult to achieve this level of service and quality and we deeply appreciated the entire experience. Run, do not walk, to Core by Clare Smyth!

    1 person found this helpful

  17. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience, the food is amazing - well worth a visit.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best in London, for sure. And the chef is from Norn Iron - even better.

    1 person found this helpful

  19. pep8uk

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably my current ultimate restaurant to have visited! This is a MUST! MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO Clare Smyth and her team for all the hard work they have put to achieve the position they are in.

    1 person found this helpful

  20. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mind blowing cuisines, overall services are spectacular! Would love to take my family member here next time when visiting London. Sending my warmest regards to the Chef.

    1 person found this helpful

  21. Wendbuldor

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've come for lunch. We were really pleased with the general atmosphere, we felt good. The service was just the right mix of professional and friendly. We chose the seasonal menu, and unlike other restaurants with tasting menus, the proportions of the dishes were really perfect. We were able to get to the end of the dishes without suffering and when we left we didn't feel like we'd eaten too much, or too little, but just enough. And having suffered in other restaurants, I really think that's a good thing. The balance of the menu is just perfect!

    1 person found this helpful

  22. Rubesaboy

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful experience at Core , we sat at chefs table which was a big bonus to watch all the chefs prep and preparing the dish’s , staff were amazing.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. BayQ

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visiting The Core in London for the first time was an exceptional experience, marking a memorable celebration of my wife's new job. Opting for the tasting menu, every dish was a revelation of flavor and artistry, easily ranking among the best culinary experiences I've ever had. From the diverse array of starters to the heavenly desserts, each bite was a journey in itself. However, what truly set The Core apart was the impeccable service, unrivaled by any other establishment we've dined at in London. Without hesitation, I would wholeheartedly recommend The Core to anyone seeking a truly extraordinary dining experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m certain I’ve never had a better meal or restaurant experience in my life. We did the Core classics menu with wine pairings and everything was amazing. Loved learning about the food and wine from all the staff who were gracious and enthusiastic. Will likely plan another trip to London just to come back.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. Sunshine

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I absolutely enjoyed our anniversary dinner. Every course looked exquisite and tasted heavenly. They created such a warm, comfortable atmosphere. I would love to go back.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Cannot fault anything.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Avg to good food! But worsened to poor poor service, especially by their manager.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. AlkaG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect, just perfect. The only thing not perfect there is you and we'll, they make you feel like you are too. A beautiful space, wonderful staff (operating like a ballet) and the most fresh and delicious food with a story to tell. Thank you to the team at CORE for the perfect end to our vacation.

    1 person found this helpful

  29. emmas

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great service and ambience. I would highly recommend

    1 person found this helpful

  30. JonathanG

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Vegetarian menu was delightful. Service exceptional.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. JasonG

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was magnificent! The dishes were all elegantly crafted and presented. Waitstaff and service was also exceptional and attentive without being overbearing

    1 person found this helpful

  32. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, amazing experience. The staff really look after you, the meals clearly came from the heart.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. EdPe

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best gastronomic experience to date. The service was brilliant and the whole experience was befitting of a three starred establishment.

    1 person found this helpful

  34. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dishes and execution. Liked the ambience and the explanations.

    1 person found this helpful

  35. GKennedy

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best restaurant we've ever been to, without a doubt

    1 person found this helpful

  36. Wellow

    London

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From entering, the staff and surroundings were first class So homely atmosphere but yet professional The kitchen staff all waved when we went past the open window view of the kitchen. The restaurant its self was beautifully decorated, simple but homely again, like sitting in a lovely dining room in a beautiful private home. Staff were amazing really very knowledgeable about the menu ( 3 menus to choose from ). I could write a chapter about this place because everything was excellent. I can’t wait to return. Thank you everyone 🤩

    1 person found this helpful

  37. MattL

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing food, wine, atmosphere and service, a really special experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  38. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic meal and service. Outstanding.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. Vndoc

    Orlando

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal last night. I had read some recent poor reviews on Google which had me concerned but for us they were unfounded. I found service to be friendly and inviting. Pacing was good as we were there around 2.5 hours. I had the seasons menu and my wife had the classics and there were some courses that were better on hers and some better on mine. But the seasons dessert was amazing.

    1 person found this helpful

  40. Nick

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food and helpful and well-informed staff. Everything was as perfect as we had hoped!

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 3246 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 38 times today
Google Map for CORE by Clare Smyth

92 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2PN

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 3 Stars 2023
    2. World's 50 Best #71 2023
  • Area
    Notting Hill
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 18:30–22:00 Thu–Sat 12:00–14:15
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British, Contemporary European, Contemporary French
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Jacket Preferred
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    52-452 Bus lines, Stop: Stanley Gardens8 minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate Station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Clare Smyth
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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  • Terms of Use
  • Impressum
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