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CORE by Clare Smyth

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4.9
2402 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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Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • 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

  • 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

Menu

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What 2,402 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. NE

    NEOexperience

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Two tasting menu, both creative and traditional! Head chef and her team can be observed from the glass outside, approachable.

  2. KT

    KirstyT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was incredible from the moment we stepped into the restaurant to the moment we left. We were never left to ask for assistance as the waiting staff anticipated our every need, and managed to do this without making us feel like we were being pestered. Fantastic! The food was impeccable, nothing negative about any of the courses. They were all delicious. The desserts in particular were a work of art. Atmosphere was great, not too quiet, not too loud. And Clare was kind enough to take a moment out of her busy service to speak to us before we left. It’s easy to see why this restaurant has 3 stars. Would definitely recommend. And will hopefully be returning as soon as possible.

  3. T

    Taro

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We visited Core to celebrate our 25th anniversary. In summary, it was perfect! We chose the seasonal tasting menu and it was a culinary adventure with each dish bringing its own distinct flavours, all beautifully presented. The chef really managed to bring out and accentuate the taste of each ingredient. Similarly, the service was excellent. From the moment you enter the restaurant to the moment you leave, each and every member of staff was welcoming, attentive, and quick to react despite how busy they were. They were all happy to answer any questions and to offer their suggestions. I asked for a lint remover for my blazer (an unusual request for them no doubt) and they, without hesitation, went to find one - which they did. My wife and agreed that this was the best dining experience we’ve had and we certainly won’t be waiting another 25 years to come back! Thank you Core, Clare Smyth, and all the staff for such a special experience.

  4. M

    Matt

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Outstanding as always. We would eat here every week if it was easier to get a table!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Demoland (UK)

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oh my goodness, stunning!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fantastic in every way. By far the best restaurant in London

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is my first trip to London and it’s the first real trip that I have with my wife since we got married 12 years ago. Thus, this has got to be special. London has been wonderful to us in so many ways and Core is our first ever 3 star experience. The journey to the restaurant was blighted with disastrous traffic, causing us to be awfully late. But from the moment that we have arrived, the welcome and service given to us were impeccable, making us forget about the horrid journey there. The food was without a doubt the best that we have had thus far. To say that it was a dinner would not do it the least justice. It was an awesome experience. The food looked and tasted exquisite. The taste in each of the dishes fused perfectly with each other. And each one was a gastronomic thrill. And wine. The sommelier was spot on with all her recommendations and pairings. The wines complimented all the food perfectly. In summary, every aspect of this experience was 10/10. Kudos to Clare and team for such a wonderful experience! We will be back again!

  8. j

    jamesx

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, beautiful presentation and excellent service

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    40th birthday lunch, simply stunning as a full dining experience. Save this for something really special and whatever menu you try you will be in foodie heaven!

  10. DJ

    DanielJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience. Outstanding food, pairing and service. Expensive but worth it.

  11. LK

    LKK1

    London

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sublime experience from start to finish. Food was wonderful, service was impeccable but relaxed and friendly. Cant wait for an excuse to go back.

  12. DW

    DWLONDON

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was definitely the best culinary experience we've had in London!

  13. S

    Sarah

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were celebrating a special occasion, and couldn’t have asked for a lovelier evening. Every dish was delicious, each wine was exquisite, and the team couldn’t have been friendlier. Meeting Clare at the end of the evening and being able say thank you in person just topped everything off.

  14. AG

    AlexandraG

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service and the food was second to none. Every single dish was exquisite, such rich flavours. Justifiably the restaurant is fully booked months in advance.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Truly one of the best lunches; no, meals, we have every enjoyed and we are in our 60s and well travelled and well fed! Everything was exceptional from walking up to the front door as it smoothly glided open, through the glass walled room, with kitchen beyond, to be welcomed by the chefs waving and greeting (we are not celebrities just ordinary guests). Every member of staff was informative and attentive without ever being oppressive or stuffy. Every morsel from the amuse-bouche to the mini chocolate tart petit fours was melt in the mouth gorgeous. We both sampled things on the tasting menus (seasonal me, classic him) which we’d not fancied before, crispy sweetbreads, jellied eels, things we would have been conservative about but it was the right place to try them as everything was mouth wateringly good with flavours which made it hard not to groan with pleasure. There’s an impressive wine list but you won’t feel judged if you just buy a couple of glasses and the sommelier was just as smiley and attentive as if we’d been ordering top of the range bottles. As we left Clare herself was at the pass and was friendly and approachable. It comes from the top clearly. We were lucky to get a cancellation a couple of weeks ago but I gather it’s booking 91 days ahead. It’s definitely worth the wait and an experience we shall not forget and shall repeat.

  16. J

    Johnny

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Not much surprise with food.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    amazing food, friendly and attentive staff

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A truly outstanding experience from beginning to end, including having the pleasure of meeting Clare Smyth. We had the Classic Tasting menu with wine pairing. Simply amazing.

  19. JR

    JamieR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice meal!

  20. CL

    CLoX

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have been wanting to go to Core for a very long time. Indeed, it far exceeded my expectations even though I already knew it was going to be amazing beforehand. This is my absolute favourite 3-starred Michelin restaurant - not least because every dish and every detail is truly exquisite and so beautifully crafted. Incredible flavours and flawless quality of ingredients, provenance and culinary creativity. Each ingredient is treated with the utmost respect and elevation. Everything is dreamy and delicious, and every dish shines with a quiet grace without any flashiness or gimmicks, which is so modern and refreshing for haute cuisine restaurants of this caliber. Outstanding wine list and fascinating cocktail list (check out the Core Classics). The team are very friendly and everyone says hi when you enter the restaurant. The staff are stellar and do their utmost to really look after the customers. I cannot recommend Core highly enough - truly worth every penny. Do what you can to get a reservation - you won’t be disappointed.

  21. n

    nroleas

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Worth every Michelin star from the food to the service. Never had such a great dining experience.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, amazing service, amazing atmosphere. If only I could come back every week.

  23. AT

    AlisonT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional dining experience with some of the best food I have ever eaten!! Service was awesome, it's difficult to single people out as they were all excellent but one person did stand out as very impressive and that was Kieran. He's a credit to the Core team. Thank you for a wonderful evening, we will be back!!

  24. ED

    EdmondDantes

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptionnal dining experience - Seasons menu was excellent, service flawless (yet friendly/not overaly formal), great dining room (felt comfortable and at ease), kitchen fully visible behind a floor-to-ceiling window (and we were lucky to have Clare Smyth in the kitchen - she warmly greets every guest that comes through the doors). Well-deserved 3 stars. Note the service charge is steep at 15% (the % is not disclosed on the menu) and a £5 donation is included - I typically ask those to be removed as I hate to be forced to donate to a random charity, but made an exception this time as this was to UNICEF and for Ukrainian children. However, as other reviewers have noted, applying a service charge on the donation doesn't make a lot of sense...

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Booked here to celebrate our 60th birthdays. Have wanted to come here for a while so we were looking forward to it and we were not disappointed. The most amazing experience from start to finish. Every aspect from venue to staff to presentation is truly excellent and the food surpassed expectations. We loved every minute and can’t wait to go again.

  26. b

    bounappetito

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is an amazing Restaurant, the food is exquisite, my only criticism was having selected a red wine and advised the Sommelier, I did not like it, the wine glass was just left on the table, when I could not drink it.

  27. AC

    AppleC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Michelin restaurant I have ever had! Highly recommend

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible experience from the moment you walk in. The staff an food are amazing. Highly recommend

  29. a

    ajpdining

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Phenomenal- food is exquisite. This is a food experience at the highest possible level. Combined with amazing service from a team who really care. Well done Clare Smyth and team. We will be back.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All attending, who have traveled the world together , agreed …. World Class meal ! Best of a lifetime! Don’t miss a chance to go !🍷 Must be regarded as a top 5 restaurant ever !

  31. D

    Daniel

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The 4 seasons menu was average. Steamed portland crab 8/10 - the mousse with caviar is nice, the lobster liquid gets colder while being carried - so not as interesting, the small portion of a crab is cooked well, but again nothing special about it. Crispy veal sweatbread 9/10 Cornish turbot 7/10 - the fish was not soft and I believe was overcooked, the rest in the dish was tasty. Braised morel 7/10 - the dish and taste is average and moreover, not esthetically pleasing to look at. I believe is the weakest dish in the menu. Beef and oyster 9/10 The other carrot 6/10 - supposed to be a pre-dessert to remove previous tastes, cannot say it serves its purpose well. Core-teser 8/10 - the biggest dish out of the whole menu, but is quite heavy to eat. Overall, tasty and interesting. Overall, you would assume that all dishes would be of high quality for such a price per this tasting menu, however, there are many things to improve. In terms of the taste, many dishes tasted well.

  32. IT

    IvanT

    London

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    We went to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Food and service were excellent as expected from a 3 Michelin starred restaurant. The restaurant was fully booked that day so the noise level was a bit high. We were sat not far from a group of loud diners which spoiled the experience a bit.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We absolutely loved it. The food was magnificent, getting better and better as the meal progressed. The service was excellent and I guess I should really give it five stars. Everyone was terribly friendly and nice and knowledgeable. Possibly once or twice too many people coming and going at the table. The venue is beautiful. Again I could give it five star but some of the flowers aren’t real. Is that too critical? I should say I loved our table. There was a minor incident of finding clingfilm in some food. Did it matter. No not at all. And I feel bad even mention here. Value for money? Is wonderful. It’s a hell of a lot of money to pay but I am so glad I did. Overall, five stars. I just wish I could’ve had a takeaway on one or two courses because it was an awful lot to eat. Fantastic.

  34. BR

    BenjaminR

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding on every level; creativity, presentation, service, flavour, it was all a cut above. We did both tasting menus and wine pairing as a group and loved it all. The best meal I’ve ever had and I dine out a couple times a week. The price point demands perfection and they deliver on it.

  35. FM

    FraserM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Been on our list for a long time visited many 1, 2 star and some 3 star restaurants but this is top of the league !! Fantastic

  36. AH

    AndrewH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow wow wow what a truly fantastic experience. Service, food and everything about this place is fantastic. A lovely experience

  37. JW

    JeremyW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were all very impressed by the food and staff, a very enjoyable experience

  38. AZ

    AlexZ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    More than a restaurant: an experience into culinary delights.

  39. K

    Kieron

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic restaurant, very deserving of its 3 Michelin Stars! Food and service were exceptional, well done Clare and team.

  40. S

    Spoons

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    No surprise here - an outstanding restaurant. Great staff in all departments.

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

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CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 2402 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 16 times today
Google Map for CORE by Clare Smyth

92 Kensington Park Road London, W11 2PN

Additional information

  • Area

    Notting Hill

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 18:30–22:00
    Thu–Sat 12:00–14:15

  • 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 Gardens
    8 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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