CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
2241 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 2241 People Are Saying
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vipJuvC
London
2 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my boyfriend to Core for his birthday dinner and we definitely enjoyed our evening. I had the Core classic tasting menu and he had Core seasonal tasting menu. Amazing food, attentive service, chic vibe… definitely an evening to remember!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food experience! Exceptional service - incredibly attentive.

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AME68
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was interesting, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The potato dish and carrots dish outstanding, the service was impeccable without being over the top, relaxed and professional. A definite treat but superb overall

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PeterF
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & service, and always a good buzz in the dining room! Fantastic place !

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the welcome at the door through to every member of the team…the level of service, smiles and attention to detail were top notch. We were blown away by the presentation of each dish which was not let down by the explosion of flavours in every mouthful.

We went for the classic tasting menu and will def be back for the seasonal one soon!

Thank you Clare and team - an amazing evening all around!

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AaronL
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food, service impeccable and fully deserving of 3 stars. Atmosphere was amazing. Crab and “core teaser” stand out courses but they are were all amazing! Will be returning now to do the “core classics” menu as soon as possible!!! Amazing experience and one we will never forget. Thank you.

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Quigaxe
Bath
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very difficult to book but it definitely worths it.
Beautiful and stylish place with a very innovative cuisine. People are very kind and efficient. One of my best experience in London.

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vipannoymous
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

best restaurant in London

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vipSallyP
London
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food service and ambience. A really special place and the best meal I have had anywhere in the world ever! The presentation is out of this world.

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RebeccaL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible food. The service was seamless. Was incredible to watch the team manage each table effortlessly and even though all tables fully booked, we still felt like we were getting personal treatment. Both taster menus were stunning and the sommelier was incredible and matched the wines perfectly. Was a lovely touch at end with a cake for our anniversary. Overall outstanding restaurant and can’t wait to go back.

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justinc
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the experience was utterly sublime. The food was amazing as was the service, the brilliant sommelier team. Having eaten in all the tree Michelin star restaurants in England I would say this easily exceeds them all and is now my new favourite.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was perfect, service was incredible, everything was amazing. will always go back.

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PeterS
Bath
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time visiting Core and first since it became a 3 star restaurant, we were blown away by all aspects.

The whole team are so personable and engaging and make the whole experience that bit more extra special, thank you Rob, Gareth and Marion for your excellent service and banter, we loved it!

As for the food, special mention to Clare, Jonny and the team for a wonderful service, the food really was out of this world.

We are now planning our next visit.

Best wishes to all!

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linda
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food & attentive staff - a must-visit in london

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vipNickiR
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative, elegant and indulgent. We absolutely loved the experience and booked to go back in a few months, on our way out!

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TaoW
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit to the CORE. The first time was at just few months after the opening of the restaurant. That lunch left a lasting impression. And the second meal confirmed what I remembered. The food was fabulous. All the courses from the seasonal tasting menu were tasty and elegant without being pretentious. The environment of the dinning room was comfortable and relaxing with great services. Clare Smyth and her team had created one of the most enjoyable fine dinning experiences.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal of my life. Every course was incredible. Service outstanding. The bill was crazy but I don’t care, worth every penny. Thank you Core.

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AgneS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Best dinner we have ever had. Staff incredibly friendly. Thank you

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vipMoseley1
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would rarely give 5 stars for a restaurant but I just can’t fault Core. They were welcoming from the start.. friendly but professional. All the food was delicious… notable highlights were the Roasted Cod and ‘Potato and roe’ .. the dulse beurre blanc sauce was heavenly.. thankfully there was a piece of soda bread to mop up that sauce! The desserts were glorious.. the Pear and verbena was scrummy and looked spectacular! A memorable birthday lunch… I would return in a heartbeat.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Claire Smyth is a real artist, she is very particular about every single detail, food is unforgettable experience of different tastes, it’s a music of taste and flavors, all dishes are sophisticated and beautifully served. Talented, dedicated team of amazing chef and su-chefs. It’s a place where you see, feel how all team members care about each guest experience. Claire personally checks every single plate released from the kitchen, including bread and it’s temperature (just worm enough), baked in the restaurant. It’s also very intelligent, elegant taste in decor - you can feel feminine touch. So it’s one of the best culinary experiences you can have not only in London, but globally

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Mangetoutldn
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant we’ve ever been to. Can’t recommend it enough. Worth saving up for.

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WALTER
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been waiting two years to have a birthday meal at Core due to the conditions over the last two years and I must say well worth the wait. All I can say is that myself and my wife had a fantastic meal with great staff to add to the special evening. Thank you all at core.

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Julescake
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To judge purely on the food it was faultless. There wasn't a single thing I put in my mouth that wasn't absolutely sublime. Simply the best food I've ever eaten. The service was excellent although if I had to try and find anything to improve on its perhaps a bit more info on why the wine pairing was chosen with the dish rather than just where it was from but I'm sure many people prefer less of this chat and just want to start enjoying it- I'm just quite interested in that personally.
The details such as the engraved steak knives, the feather filled charger plates and beautiful mother of pearl caviar spoons were an absolute delight.
What a wonderful way to spend an evening. Thank you to the Core team. I can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just exceptional.

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JulieD
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fabulous. Once we’d got over being ignored at the door in favour of a guy who came in just after us (yes, really) our table was great, the service spectacular and the food out of this world. Loved it. Also super pleased to see two solo diners as often such places don’t like one person when they could get two or more…

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have been a better experience. Service was beyond amazing and the food was stunning. Obviously it is quite hard to book and quite expensive but it’s definitely worth it in my books

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PeterA
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible, thoughtful dishes and ambiance surpassing every expectation. Deserving of every star. This was our second 3-star Michelin restaurant in as many days and Core by Clare blew the other out of the water. Every plate was a piece of art and expertly crafted on every level. Truly impressive. Bravo!

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FrancescaB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE BEST in London, everything is just simply stunning.

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Shamyka
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We received the most amazing welcome from all the staff. Never experienced that before and I dine a Lot!
We were immediately presented with the drink menu, water and welcome bite.
The tasting menu was wonderful, so well thought out. Flavours were exceptional.
The bill was a little expensive but worth the experience. I would return once the menu changes.
Highly recommend!!!!!

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Josh
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at Core and the food and service were impeccable as always. An intimate setting, imaginative plating and knowledgeable staff. Great to see Clare in the kitchen as well. 5 stars.

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vipSDfoodie88
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience!

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EmilyB
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience. The food was incredible and such a kind friendly service team. Loved everything

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MariaS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was really a three star michellen one!

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GVRS
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No words to describe how great the food, the service, the friendliness, the warmth, the experience, the ambience, the people are. Just book now!

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Stef
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and experience. Very much recommended!

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Joker161
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as expected. Most meals have highs and (relative) lows, but it was very hard to find fault at Core. Did I prefer some dishes more than others? Yes, but that was personal taste. The potato and the lamb dishes were my favourites, but my wife loved the cod. I only went three stars for "value" for obvious reasons, but it's something you must do once. Save up - it's still cheaper than most holidays, and an experience that will live with you longer.

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JonT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places to eat in London - if you can get a table!

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Christine
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambiance, service…everything was perfect! Very happy I celebrated my 40th birthday at Core! One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had! I even got a chance to meet Chef Clare, ecstatic! Chef Clare you are amazing and a living legend!

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vipDiner
London
115 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the best restaurants in London. The moment you walk in the service is excellent.

The food wow what can I say a culinary journey which truly is outstanding. We even had the pleasure to meet Clare who was so nice and made time to talk to us.

Excellent restaurant

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AnnieB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really fabulous experience. Some incredible personal touches which we hadn’t seen before in other restaurants. Would love to visit again.

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CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 2241 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.