CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
2086 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 2086 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fantastic experience! Just excellent!!

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vipmangomochi
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply flawless

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Emma
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent.
truly amazing service and you can tell everyone is passionate about what they do.
Hope to come again soon.

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Nishnik
Devon
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in all aspects. At the top of my list of restaurants. Will definitely be back soon.

LG
LisaG
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most incredible meal with the most incredible service. Faultless.

SS
SivakumarS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food, better than Ramsay and Ducasse.

SB
SamB
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Faultless, food was amazing. Staff were very friendly and not pretentious, got the chance to speak and compliment the chef. Overall outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third lunch at Core, and it was perfect. Again. We love the classics menu, but always make sure one of us try the saisons. Each course is delicious – and delightful in every way!! Thank you to the entire team!!❤️

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JulieT
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was superb. The sauces absolutely made the meals move to a different level

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ThomasC
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW!
Everything about Core is excellent. From the moment we arrived to the time we left it was delightful. The cocktails were out of this world. The food was the best I have had and the service was perfect.
Thanks!

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StephenO
Dorset
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch fully met expectations. The quality of the food and it’s presentation along with creative menus, aided by the service received gave us a memorable visit/day in London. We hope to return at sometime in the future.

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MelB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow ... great ambience and very friendly staff who make an effort to really engage with you directly. The whole experience is a work of art..comfy chairs .. relaxed ... even a little table to place your handbag on. Great value considering the effort taken to produce each course.
The food is literally beautiful.... Well done Clare Smyth. You really do feel that she has personally looked at the dining experience as an inclusive art installation with you as their guest at the heart of the performance.

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Foodie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional, I do not think any other London restaurant comes even close

KD
KDeats
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing evening in every way - wonderful flavours and perfect attention to detail with a real passion for food. Thank you.

MB
MichelaB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! I felt like being in Alice in Wonderland, with a touch of magic and surprising across everything.
The place is warm, welcoming, staff fun and so careful.
And the food. Well the food speak for itself!
Loved it ❤️

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SueL
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting, staff, service and food was first class.

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LouiseS
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning, from start to finish. Made my birthday one to remember.

Chef Clare is an extremely talented and lovely woman, her chefs are incredibly privileged to have her as their teacher.

I personally loved the little pre dinner snacks, to pack so much flavour into one bite takes skill. I know my wife really enjoyed the carrot as she didn’t stop talking about it on the train home the following day.

We were lucky to meet chef and what a dream she is, funny, down to earth, appeared interested in ‘our lives’ which really did touch us.

Both my wife and I feel very blessed to have been able to dine at Core. We both would like to thank Clare and her team for their hard work, dedication, passion and commitment, the industry isn’t an easy one and is currently going through a transition. so we need chefs like Clare to inspire future chefs and that’s exactly what she does.

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Amylou
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience with exceptional food. All staff couldn't of done any more to make our experience special for my husbands birthday. Food tasted as devine as it looked. A welcoming atmosphere, great selection of bubbles and wine and food that was truly unforgettable.

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vipNic85
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning evening - the service was incredible, beautiful decor, and the food was amazing. All really well presented and lovely little touches.

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GBOAC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There can't be many (if any) superlatives that haven't already been used to describe the dining experience at Core. It really is truly amazing. From the moment you step foot inside the front door, to the moment you leave, you've experienced culinary and hospitality excellence. And to be able to maintain such a high standard day in and day out is why this place has 3 Michelin stars.
The technique and skill that goes in to every dish, the beautiful wines, the friendly and attentive staff (both front of house and kitchen) make this one of life's most joyful experiences.
Keep perservering in trying to book a table, you won't be disappointed.

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Mreview
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit which exceeded our expectations. The food not only looked amazing but tasted incredible. And the the service was outstanding. Can’t wait to return.

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KD20
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In one word amazing. Both the food and incredible service

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LisaS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous from start to finish. Transported to another world for the afternoon. Forgot all our worries and responsibilities and felt truly pampered. Made extra special by being able to thank Clare in person in the kitchen. Already saving for our next visit.

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Georgia
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most incredible meal, world-class service and the most gorgeous setting. A celebratory meal and worth every penny. All the waiters were attentive and the little details really made the meal. The food was unlike anything we’ve had before, a truly unique dining experience.

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Nell
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best. Outstanding on every front and wonderful staff.

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MadH
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish. Food was incredible, flavour combinations could bring you to tears. The staff were amazing. The welcome everyone gave, the genuine pleasure at bringing you food and taking care of you. Amazing!

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KatieA
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous evening at Core, staff were on point and the whole team were accommodating and welcoming.

The food was exception, certainly worth a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down my favourite dining experience. This was our second time and it was as memorable as our first. The food was superb. There is a lovely ambience and feel to the restaurant. The staff were so friendly. The service and attention to detail was spot on, without being overbearing. Looking forward to our next visit!

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TravisM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the meal of the year. Words struggle to explain it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were blown away from the start. The food was the best experience we have ever had.

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vipAroundtheworld
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service by friendly staff and impressed that Clare makes an effort to welcome every diner. The food was every good as the 2 stars it has been awarded with her signature dish being our favourite of the meal. How to elevate simple food to exceptional flavours- simply wonderful. The wine pairing was interesting and a great selection too

An extremely enjoyable experience!

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PKChiang
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top class!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience from start to finish. Food was exceptional and service second to none. Clare’s cooking élevâtes humble ingredients into something amazing. Will definitely be going back!

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Markie
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service again. This was our third visit this year and Core never disappoints.
It's always nice that chef Clare Smyth takes time to greet have a chat with her guests.
Thank you to all the staff for a great experience.

SA
SA12
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences in London. Outstanding food, service and ambience!

KB
KarBinh
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course of tasting menu was stunning. I liked the purity of the flavours showcasing the beautiful ingredients in each course. The wine list was extensive

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vipPegR
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our travel group from the US. Couldn’t have been better. Food service atmosphere and wine! Outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Best food and experience ever!

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amalh
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and cosy , the chef Clare met us as we came in which made it feel that we were welcomed . The food was exceptional, each meal was extraordinary and looked like a piece of art .

JB
JanB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For one evening you are made to feel very special. Everyone who has been involved in the preparation, presentation and service of your meal makes you the centre of their life for one night. Especially impressive is the visit to your table by one of the chefs to tell you their story! And of course Clare herself is there to welcome you whilst strictly observing every single item that leaves the kitchen.

FAQs

CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 2086 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.