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CORE by Clare Smyth, London,
Award-winning

CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
4.9
3192 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 15 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 3,192 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

NoiseModerate

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

    Romantic

  • West London

    Good for special occasions

  • West London

    British

  • West London

    Most Booked

3,193 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely worth the hype - amazing service and the food is outstanding. Highly recommend for any special occasion.

    1 person found this helpful

  2. Eatinglondon

    London

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic restaurant! Greeted on arrival by courteous staff and introduced to the team of chefs. Food outstanding. Thanks, Core!

    1 person found this helpful

  3. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sensational food, impeccable service, an incredible experience! The CoreTeam made us feel utterly special from the moment we walked through the door. Thank you for making our anniversary amazing.

    1 person found this helpful

  4. David

    Jersey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Class in all respects!! Every course was amazing and all the lovely surprises through were a delight.

    1 person found this helpful

  5. EmmaH

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely incredible experience from start to finish. The food was the prettiest and most flavourful we've ever eaten and the service was impeccable. The staff were incredibly friendly and very attentive, we were made to feel comfortable from the moment we walked in the door. Honestly couldn't fault anything, we had such an amazing time. Highly recommend, it's absolutely worth the wait!

    1 person found this helpful

  6. JohnandSteven

    New York City

    270 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    270 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We flew in from Manhattan to celebrate my birthday with a long weekend of dining experiences. We eagerly anticipated exploring new destinations alongside revisiting some of our favorite spots. With a habit of dining out at elevated and Michelin Star establishments four times a week, spanning across all of the continents (except Antarctica, for obvious reasons we only trekked), I offer this context to underscore the exceptional nature of our evening at Core. From the sincere greeting to the seamless departure, every aspect of our experience at Core was marked by friendliness and efficiency. The cohesive and diverse team exuded mastery in the culinary arts, working harmoniously to create a memorable dining experience. The staff-to-guest ratio was perfectly balanced, ensuring a continuous and seamless flow throughout the evening. Each course showcased brilliance in sourcing and impeccable attention to taste, texture, and temperature. It may sound like a series of superlatives, but every aspect of the night truly exceeded expectations. What stood out the most was the evident passion and dedication of the team, who not only excel at their craft, but also take genuine pleasure in creating unforgettable moments for their guests. As someone who appreciates excellence, I would be honored to work at Core. Dining here was a privilege, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have experienced such mastery and warmth.

    1 person found this helpful

  7. DarrenB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all around experience, from the welcome to the food & Service

    1 person found this helpful

  8. McGeever

    London

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good but extremely expensive for what it is/been before and was about half the price or slightly more

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  9. easydiner

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience. Service was impeccable. The core classic set menu was incredible. Really balanced set of courses. How do they make a humble potato and carrot taste so good. The pear dessert was the highlight for me. Highly recommend as a special occasion.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. MichaelH

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the finest restaurant that I've had the pleasure to dine at. I have been fortunate enough to dine at many michelin star restaurants but Core is next level in terms of the food, service and overall experience. Whilst very expensive, for the right occasion it's more than worth it.

    1 person found this helpful

  11. HecZe

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food seasoned to perfection. We found a bit too heavy the desserts and sweets but overall great. Wine perfect. A bit too noisy which is not the fault of the restaurant but perhaps they could add a note during the reservation to ask people not to laugh at loud through the meal as if they were alone in the room in a polite manner.

    1 person found this helpful

  12. larisp

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely the best experience we’ve ever had, watching the service, admiring the art work on the plates, delighting our taste buds all at the same time… Core had it all, Clara Smith is a genius and you can feel that throughout the whole experience. It’s not just a dinning experience it’s a bucket list experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  13. AidanC

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best rooms in London with a stellar kitchen and brigade. Genuinely a joy to each in a restaurant staffed by such infectious enthusiasm. Each dish was a triumph of ingredients and skill. Utterly memorable!

    1 person found this helpful

  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience - such a wonderful meal - enjoyed ourselves so much

    1 person found this helpful

  15. Beth

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal at Core last night. The food and service was outstanding. What an experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  16. Food

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely lived up to expectations. Delicious food, looked beautiful, well presented, with excellent explanations. Fabulous knowledgeable service. Tables well spread out. Good wine list

    1 person found this helpful

  17. DavidH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent lunch, fully worthy of 3 stars. Cooking creative and delicious, service welcoming, efficient, unobtrusive and timely.

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  18. abdullahb

    Kuwait

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best dinner experience i had in my life Food was innovative and amazing… Desserts in particular were exceptional Staff were very meticulous and friendly

    1 person found this helpful

  19. SallyE

    London

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely the best! Our second visit and we were as delighted as on our first. Service food ambience - all world class. We will save our pennies and be back!

    1 person found this helpful

  20. Nolan

    Edinburgh

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Located at short walk from Nottingham hill gate tube stop. Entrance rather confusing as one sort to apartment block and other to restaurant. Number of people have been standing trying the wrong door. Warm welcome with nice view of the kitchen as you came it. Very cramped setting, tables felt very close together compared to other three Michelin stars and really felt the cramp/ over crowding when the restaurant was full at 7.30pm onwards. Also could overhear conversations - not that we wanted to but due to proximity of tables especially with some louder clientals. Bread was good- standard stuff as well as butter. Amouse bouch was good but started in the wrong order. Chicken skin should be first as least interesting and lobster roll last as best. The crab claw dish with consommé was good- the intensity of the consommé was amazing. The crab claw was average as was the sabayon. Jerusalem artichoke was nice with a rather sweet artichoke Veloute. The turbot was again average - cucumber salad was nice with potato and nice sauce, couldn’t identify the oyster in the dish. Pork Cheeks was below average- fatty pork portion which we both felt was overly fatty - was a bit gamey with an overpowering sauce Mains of venison- sauce was too intense, metallic venison with an ok haggis Palate cleaner of carrots was nicer than the main desert Desert was ok - the honey comb was nice. The ball mimicking the Maltese was average. Service was good but here was so many staff , it should be-They added to feel on overcrowding and didn’t help when the restaurant was full. £700 for a core season menu for two a bottle of champagne was overpriced for the experience. Cloak room had some issues at the end- wrong scarf with jacket and manage to initial lose the correct scarf as fallen on the floor which is a real downer after the meal with staff franticly trying to find items. Should be more organised as there are atleast two staff at the cloak room!

    1 person found this helpful

  21. armandoeliasg

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding! Simply outstanding, it was what you would expect of a 3 M restaurant. Loved it

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  22. SC145

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the most amazing dining experiences of my life! Every aspect was perfect - lived up to our very high expectations. I can’t think of anything to complain about!

    1 person found this helpful

  23. Tgjyyy

    Essex

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There was nothing specifically bad about the experience, however for the reputation and price I was expecting much more interesting food. To add context to this review, myself and my partner definitely consider fine dining a hobby and will always go somewhere fancy (usually michelin starred) for a special occasion so we're familiar with this style of restaurant, but we're definitely more focused on the food than the presentation and service. The service is really good and everything is beautifully presented. The decoration is also beautiful and all the staff are impeccably presented in uniforms. We had one of each tasting menu and wine pairing. The food was executed well, but for me there was not a single dish that showed any originality. To highlight some examples, the signature potato dish is indeed just a confit potato with roe on it. It's tasty, but I don't feel like I needed a professional chef to make it for me. Same for all of the dishes to be honest. Lamb carrot is just braised lamb on a confit carrot. Core teaser is a malteaser flavour mousse. The portion sizes were about perfect. Complimentary bread is provided throughout the meal and amuse bouches and petit fours are included in addition to the named courses which I really like. The tables are quite close together so the restaurant is fairly loud and it was often hard to hear the wait staff explaining the dishes and wines. The wine pairing was of high quality, but very small servings. We went to the bar beforehand for a cocktail each and the cocktails were just spectacular! I can't recommend the Whiskey and Seaweed bar highly enough! I don't regret my visit as it was definitely a good experience and I appreciate that it is in high demand so obviously demand will raise the price. It definitely felt like style over substance though and I'm very surprised by how highly it is rated.

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  24. JakiM

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An amazing lunch. Fourth time visiting and won't be the last. The food was incredible, the service is five star treatment and everybody is so friendly. Delicious cocktails and wine and really loved the new bar and the Irish Coffee at the end - great theatrics! I mean, it is expensive, but so worth it!

    1 person found this helpful

  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food ruined by being asked to move We were very much looking forward to our lunch at Core having stayed up several nights to book a table due their difficult booking procedure. (They release tables around 6 weeks before booking dates and they seem to go in seconds). Once we had secured our table we very much look forward to the day and we weren’t disappointed. A huge array of staff welcomed us to the restaurant. Nothing was too much trouble and the food and service was impeccable. I loved the fact that a lot of thought had gone into the UK provenance of the dishes. The clams from Scotland, the potted shrimp from Morecambe, etc. The creativity of the dishes was exemplary. We went for the tasting menu combined with the wine tasting and looked forward to a leisurely afternoon of culinary excellence which was forthcoming. Unfortunately the lunch came to an abrupt end after 2.5 hours when we were asked to move to the bar before even finishing out tasting menu. We ate our dessert in the bar. No-one else was asked to do this. In fact the table next to us left 45 minutes later. And the table who arrived first left after another hour. While the impeccable service, food and drink continued at the bar, the whole ambience had changed. And the lunch ended very differently to how it began. If we’d ordered a la carte it would have made more sense for us to be moved on. But the fact that we were moved was inexcusable and completely changed our perception of the day. We don’t begrudge spending £1000 on lunch. We’ve done it several times before but have enjoyed a leisurely lunch without being moved. I implore Core not to take customers for granted, to allocate at least three hours for tables with tasting menus. Please look at your competitors and make it special for your customers. Recommended. But order a la carte unless you don’t mind being moved.

    3 people found this helpful

  26. AmeliaK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unbelievable!!! We will definitely be returning when we’re in London again

    1 person found this helpful

  27. MValencia

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant as always! We went to celebrate my husband’s birthday and our anniversary. We tried the seasons menu and all dishes were amazing. We specially enjoyed the sweetbread, venison, artichoke, truffle linguini and the other carrot. Great wine pairing too! Service and ambience were perfect. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

    1 person found this helpful

  28. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attended for a birthday celebration and had a perfect evening. The staff were friendly and exceptionally knowledgeable and made the experience special. Every course on the seasons menu was exceptional and would to anyone looking for fine dining in London

    1 person found this helpful

  29. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect for a special celebration- food and service impeccable 10/10!

    1 person found this helpful

  30. DelmaR

    Bath

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food served by unobtrusive attentive staff. The new decor is tasteful and relaxing. A superb restaurant completely worthy of their 3 Michelin stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    1 person found this helpful

  31. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience

    1 person found this helpful

  32. AndrewN

    Hampshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a delight from start to finish. We were welcomed on arrival by all the staff and waved off by chef and her team. In between we had a menu that could have been designed for us from the delicious crab to the chocolate dessert. Highlight for me was the crispy sweetbreads.

    2 people found this helpful

  33. GinaM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best dining experiences I've had for a long time. I have never seen such a diverse team in this sort of setting, at least half the chefs were women and a good proportion of the team are people of colour, incredibly refreshing and a hopeful trend in the future of hospitality. The food was, as you would expect, creative, beautifully executed, indulgent and luxurious, even the courses that made the most out of what would normally be kitchen waste. Had a lovely exchange with a waitress about pot noodles, (not on the menu) she managed to democratise them in a Michelin starred setting! This is a place for memorable occasions in a relaxed, unstuffy environment although you may well have to auction off your first born to afford it.

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  34. Kris

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food alongside fantastic service. My friends and I celebrated my birthday here and all the team went out of their way to make sure every minute was special. Stand out dish was the core teaser. Possibly the best desert I have ever eaten. This restaurant is a step above the rest in my opinion. Thank you

    1 person found this helpful

  35. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Being a little picky: The waiter’s each course spiel was often drowned out by the chatter from other diners. The refurbished dinning hall at Cambridge Uni addressed this problem with clever design that triages out unwanted noise. Food for thought!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and service. It’s the Best meal I’ve had. The chef team welcoming you as you walk past the kitchen is a very nice touch.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. ZMobb

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been one of loyal customers several years, even during lockdown time, I booked several at home kits. Really love Core.

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  38. Emma

    Bristol

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As ever, the food at Core was sublime - so much care had been given to every individual ingredient. The veal sweatbread was a standout, as was (as always!) the Core Teaser. The staff are all fabulous.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. Jade

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We chose the Core Classics menu and it was absolutely amazing!! We chose wine pairings and so glad we did ! The service was very professional and polite, the staff are an asset to the restaurant. This restaurant is much a very special place to visit, I would recommend it 100% and will visit again.

    1 person found this helpful

  40. Cateycate

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was spectacular. The whole experience was magical and the food was as outstanding as we expected. Really wonderful. We’ll be back

    1 person found this helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 3192 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 15 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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