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CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
4.9
2460 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

22:30


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

What 2,460 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
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Food

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    Best Ambience

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    British

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    Best Food

  • West London

    Best Service

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    Best Ambience

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    Best Value

  • West London

    Notable Wine List

  • West London

    Special Occasions

  • West London

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  1. IG

    IriG

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was excellent, the desert was a let down. A bit plane, tasteless and not very exciting choice of the deserts. The rest of the dishes were fantastic. The first little dishes were our favourite! Great selection of wines and spirits! Amazing service!
  2. R

    Rose

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Michelin star restaurants in London The food was absolutely amazing especially the strawberry dessert at the end
  3. SM

    ScottM

    Atlanta

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. Worthy of 3 Michelin stars
  4. A

    Aria

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    friendliest fine dining I've been to. Decore and space was amazing
  5. AM

    AndrewM

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally amazing
  6. TR

    TeresaR

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening at Core, all encounters with the team from kitchen to front of house enhanced the dining experience, it feels very personal, inclusive and friendly. Food delicious from the first bite to the last.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible from start to finish.
  8. AB

    AdamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinning at Core was a magnificent experience, the food, the service, and the atmosphere were absolutely mind-blowing.
  9. K

    Kingy

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First class service, food and drink from start to finish…would absolutely recommend Core!!
  10. GD

    GerryD

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great restaurant. My second visit and as soon as you enter you know you are in for something special even before the food and drink arrive. Such good staff in all respects. Then the food. Every course was special and how they arrive at some of the flavours is amazing. I booked again as I was leaving.
  11. TM

    TrevorM

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the best Great food and service Would recommend
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, loved the food and service. Recommend this for anybody looking for something out of the ordinary!
  13. OG

    OngG

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu was carefully thought of. Each course was sublime.Sequencing made sense. Wine pairing was amazing. Service was unparalleled . If I could I give a score above 100 I would . I cannot wait to go back. I’ve had experiences in other 3 Michelin starred restaurants but Core is now a favorite. It is perfection
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very impressed by the Core Seasons
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    perfection!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere! We really loved it and we are looking forward to eating there again!
  17. B

    Brianna

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we’ve had in London. Service was flawless and the seasons menu was really impressive. Seeing Chef Clare at work was a positive. Definitely recommend and we’d love to come back.
  18. JW

    JayW

    London

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most impressive Michelin 2-star places I have ever been to. Go, you won't regret it
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great evening slightly marred by overcharging us by one meal. But quickly sorted out the next day. (Wine and auditing bills do not mix)
  20. D

    Dave

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are few experiences in my life that are comparable to the French Laundry (famously described by Anthony Bourdain as the best restaurant in the world) and this is one of them. What Claire Symth as done here is the remarkable. The foot is outstanding, the service is impeccable and the atmosphere is superb. It is easy to balk at the price tag and assume that something cannot be worth that price. I would urge you to fight this belief and experience the majesty for yourself.
  21. PK

    PunsireeK

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Not as expected in term of food, service and ambient
  22. A

    Avtsar

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I must admit the mains were a bit lackluster. The starters and desserts were grand. Value overall is medium, you'd probably get a better bang for your quid at The Ritz.
  23. SS

    SamSang

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the seasons tasting menu. My friend swabbed a couple of dishes for some in the traditional tasting menu due to intolerances and they were perfectly lovely about that. The Core-Teser was our favourite, the desert was delicious. The wagyu beef was perfectly cooked and the veal sweetbread was surprisingly delicious. Everything was cooked perfectly. The turbot was also delicious, as was the crab and the entrees.
  24. AT

    AzuT

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    We were very looking forward to enjoying one of the three stars restaurants in London, and when we entered the place, the staffs were very kind, and the atmosphere was lovely(but overcrowded(should reduce the number of tables), so we thought that courses would be great. However, especially the Core classic course was terrible, assuming that trainees cooked and arranged without the chef's confirmation. In addition, the service was ok, but there was no big difference between ordinary restaurants in Soho(Careless, rough and irresponsible). I am expecting an improvement in the future.
  25. CT

    CelticTiger

    Cleveland

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A superb experience commencing with the understanding shown at reception to a change in circumstance. The food was both imaginative and delightful, putting a new spin on classic ingredients. Each course was superb and not one weak dish - would have happily eaten a second portion of each. The wine pairings also matched the food very well and included a couple of new editions to my palate. would definitely return and recommend.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exemplary food and service
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    Food was excellent but it was extremely noisy during the meal. There was a £5 donation automatically adding to the bill without informing us.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    so amazing
  29. AS

    AnthonyS

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience sent the plates back clean as a whistle, worth the long wait to get a booking, will be back.
  30. E

    Expat10

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible. No words to describe. The best dining experience we have ever had. Truly special
  31. B

    Buckingham

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well worth the wait! Took months to get a table but glad I kept trying. Amazing food, service and wine. Not easy on the wallet but an amazing experience and worth the treat.
  32. MJ

    MarkJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    People often ask what takes a one star restaurant to a two and a two to a three! If you come to Core then you will have the answer. The team are all totally dedicated to delivering the most wonderful experience - in every area, from greeting, to cocktails, to menus to wine choice, to cooking, flavours, presentation. Everything is absolutely perfect - but at no point do you feel anything is intrusive or over-bearing. Its also a leaf of nations with all the team - I think we interacted with most of them and there must have been at least 20 nationalities. Its such a credit to Clare that she has developed and brought together such a wonderful cosmopolitan team!!
  33. R

    Ravenous

    Miami - Dade

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday. Bank holiday
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good, beautiful presentations and perfectly prepared. Went for the seasons menu, the classic menu is probably amazing as well. For me the best dish was the braised morel, amazing umami flavours paired with a pinot noir that paired beautifully. I even mopped up the last bits of the chaga broth using the delicious sour dough bread that was served throughout the meal. Also the Highland wagyu surprised me, I just did not know what to expect when I saw in on the menu, but it was really great in both flavour and texture. Of course the perfect preparation helps. Service was exceptional as well, really attentative. Greeted by everyone we walked by from the entrance to the table including the kitchen and chef Clare Smyth herself. During the evening the staff was always there when needed without feeling looked at all evening. Also sometimes dishes are served by the cooks, something I really like to see in restaurants.
  35. TR

    TheRealMe

    Berkshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In such a restaurant one expects the highest standards of food and service. Core is the seventh Michelin 3* restaurant at which I have eaten and it is far away the best of them. Each has their own highlights but for overall excellence Core takes the laurels. The staff in particular : reception, waiting, someliers and chefs are of the highest standard; excellent timing, so knowledgeable, precision and attention to detail in all that they do, yet so down to earth and friendly. I don't expect to have a finer dining experience anywhere.
  36. N

    Neil

    Surrey

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful Dining experience , absolutely nothing could have been improved.
  37. AK

    AnishaK

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time, can’t fault anything. Food, service, decor and ambiance is excellent. Absolutely gorgeous experience.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding, very friendly service and ambience with incredible food. Three stars are well deserved
  39. JM

    JulieM

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing from the start to the finish. We really loved the the appetiser selection at the beginning. A wonderful food experience.
  40. KK

    KeeK

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I ordered classic tasting menu. Each dish was artfully prepared with attention to detail. Food was excellent, and service was attentive. Wine selections were extensive, and servers were knowledgeable and sensible. I highly recommend the restaurant.

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 2460 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

22:30


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 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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