CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
1995 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 1995 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as ever - coreteser is still the best dessert ever. So wonderful to see the passion of the chef who presented our starters. Can’t wait to come again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection at the highest level on food, service and making everyone feel very welcome.

MH
MarkH
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every mouthful was extraordinarily magnificent food!
Probably the best meal I’ve had!
Fantastic

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Potato and Roe course is revolutionary. We’d go back solely for the beurre blanc sauce.

JC
JorgeC
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall one of the best experiences I ever had, top class.

DC
DianneC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Classic tasting menu with wine pairing was truly excellent (if maybe a little too many courses/wines if eating late evening).
Fabulous experience-highly recommended.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Thank you for the superb hospitality.

SC
SteveC
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant. Everything about the service and food is top notch. It's expensive, but definitely a great experience. I liked the fact that everything was on on show, you could see the kitchen and Clare and it all had an air of calm and professionalism.
Would certainly recommend.

TC
vipTaraC
London
66 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You know when you’ve waited to go to a restaurant for more than two years, and you build it up and up … then as the date gets closer, you worry that your expectations were wildly overblown and you’ll end up disappointed? Well, that didn’t happen. Core was beyond our expectations!

The whole night was perfect. Beautiful, creative food with a sublime marriage of textures, tastes and theatre. Superb staff. Clare Smyth out there for everyone to see as she made sure every dish on the pass was perfection and waving at diners as they come in. Lovely relaxed, modern and warm setting. Very good whiskey selection for my husband, and terrific wine pairings. Core is perfection.

We’re already looking at dates do it won’t be another two years before we back.

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Maria
Essex
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite simply the best I have ever eaten in an environment that mixes a whole world of class with the friendliest service. Yes, it's expensive, but it's undeniable value for money and the lamb carrot and potato and roe made it impossible not to want return.

JM
JakiM
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third visit. Fabulous food, amazing service. Really helpful sommelier who isn’t pushy. Even got to meet Clare!

AH
vipAlanH
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from service to food was outstanding. I chose the CORE classics tasting menu. I enjoyed every dish. Simple ingredients were elevated to heavenly status by harmonius combinations. My favorite course was Potato and Roe. Service was perfect. 3 hours flew by! I almost missed my train.

Candidate for the best restaurant in the UK. I highly recommend it. Good luck in securing a reservation though!

DS
DominikaS
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food, they are very knowledgeable.

P
Pollyping
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary lunch that exceeded our expectations. Beautifully crafted and exquisitely presented food with amazing attention to detail. Great ambiance and excellent service. Can’t wait to return.

HW
HelenW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding - at staff, the service, the food, the ambience, the place.
We had the Classics tasting menu, and seasonal tasting menu with wine pairing - it was all exceptional the flavours superb

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience food was out of this world and the wine pairing was perfect

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!!
Truly amazing evening, could not find a single fault.
Went with the core classics and was beautifully delivered.
Can not wait to go back.

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sashimiking
London
24 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late sitting but great food, friendly service and thoroughly enjoyed.

DK
DKont
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal! We could not fault anything! Service was impeccable. We had lots of different people serving us but Marie was simply superb! We are planning to come back- if only there is a slot available to book!

SC
SCHC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time we’ve eaten at Core and the food and service continue to be fantastic. Highly recommend for a celebration!

M
Maggie
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

World class food and faultless service in a beautiful setting, just too many extra costs that build the bill. On arrival we were asked what ‘glass of champagne’ we would like which did feel obligatory. Each glass was £22. We then chose the Season and classic tasting menu’s which were excellent but x2 dishes constituted of ‘a carrot’ and the other ‘a potato’. To be fair, it was probably the best carrot and best potato we have ever had! But at these prices, elevated or not, these dishes felt sparse. Pre the desert courses we were asked if we would like to ‘try’ an extra course, some cheese. The way it was offered felt as though it would be complimentary, it was not. We had chosen one of the less expensive bottles of fizz on offer but the overall bill exceeded £600 for the two of us. Service charge was £80 plus a 5% tax (presumably vat) and another 20% tax was also added, again presumably alcohol duty, but the bill was not clear re what these charges were. Overall we sadly left feeling a bit extorted - Just far too expensive for us despite having dined at A Wong, Dinner by Heston, Club Gascon and Le Gavroche previously, (we are foodies and save up for each meal), therefore we are used to paying for top quality. We recognise the service, location and skill involved, we are also fans of Clare Smyth, but Core felt too expensive by about £200 on our value for money scale.

AW
AliW
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing perfect what an experience

AM
AlisonM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real treat I felt lucky to get a table and really enjoyed my whole experience. Sublime food in a laid back environment

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We never thought a dining experience can be so wonderful and memorable. From the time we entered the door and were greeted by everyone we walk past; to the attentiveness of the crew; and of course the amazing dishes prepared for us.

Now we know why Core gets fully booked 3 months in advance!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our be meals. Beautifully cooked food. Great presentation. Impeccable service. This is an occasional treat that doesn't come cheap. Good luck with getting a reservation.

RT
RuthT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! An experience of a lifetime. Absolutely perfect from start to finish.

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lovetheatre
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience at Core can only be described as pure theatre, attention to detail is second to none, service by far the best I’ve ever experienced.
The food was so imaginative and tasted delicious.
A great place for a celebration

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly wonderful!

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Peter
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All that you would expect from a 3 star Michelin. Service and Food fantastic. No issues with putting a tasting menu together for my wife who has a garlic allergy. Wine pairing excellent including changes to accommodate my wifes altered menu.

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Mary
London
22 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing that’s all I can say !!

AM
AnthonyM
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great meal

ML
MatteoL
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, everyone were really kind, we could feel all the passion and dedication by all the team. Food and drinks amazing, the best experience.

K
Kingy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience from start to finish was first class!! Core has gone straight to the top of our favourite restaurant…can’t rate it highly enough!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food was amazing and the staff were brilliant highly recommended

BH
BevH
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience. We were blown away by the service and the warm welcome we received. The presentation of the food was outstanding and we were impressed that the team were able to describe the source of each element of the dish as well as the wine. This takes dining out to a whole new level. Thank you to each and every member of staff, the service was outstanding.

FB
FrankieB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable. Such an occasion and have nothing to fault.

EC
EfunC
London
41 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant. Best meal since COVID lockdown.

Everything is outstanding. Cheese and Onion worth a special mention - exquisite.

Staff are superb too.

TP
TimP
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply an awesome experience. We are foodies and this was the best meal ever. The service was particularly incredible. We also loved the welcome from Clare herself from the kitchen on arrival int the restaurant. Can’t fault the experience…100%. Artistry in action
Passion and love for her art is clear to see
Tim and Leila

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in all ways. Had been looking forward to this for a year and was not disappointed. Thank you to all the staff.

FAQs

CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 1995 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.