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Date
Fri, 4/20
Time
7:00 PM

CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
351 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
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  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
British, Contemporary European, Contemporary French
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Hours of Operation
Tue - Wed 6.30pm - 10:00pm
Thu - Sat 12pm - 2:00pm and 6.30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
020 3937 5086
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Clare Smyth
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Public Transit
52-452 Bus lines, Stop: Stanley Gardens
8 minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate Station
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 351 People Are Saying
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4.9
service
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4.6
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Core is quite simply an outstanding restaurant - the perfect combination of first rate, creative food and effortless, professional service. As ever, faultless.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at CORE. The intricate presentation and flavour of the food, the cosy and modern decor as well as the overall atmosphere of the restaurant was all very good. Despite the high expectations we had, we were not disappointed at all! We were particularly impressed with the friendly and attentive service and the effort the staff made to invite us to see the kitchen and team after our meal. We would definitely come back again.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Loved the interior and the ambience of the place. The food was outstanding at times, especially the little bites in between the dishes of the 3-course ala carte menu we ordered, but some dishes disappointed us a little, I think our expectations were too high perhaps, after having read all the great reviews. I personally think that the skate main was very ordinary, though tasty, of course, but nothing to write home about. Also the venison dish, although the meat melted in the mouth, was not that exciting. The star of the lunch was definitely the potato. The deserts were good, too, and they looked beautiful.
The service was friendly and eager, but we stood by the door talking for a while as no one showed us to our table until we asked if it was ready. Also, during the meal, several different waiters kept coming to the table asking if we would like to order wine or drinks or something else and we had already ordered so we were a bit confused at times. Would be good if there was one waiter serving the table who would be in top of what is happening.
But overall a very nice lunch and experience.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Extraordinary experience! Service was great! All dishes look like an art! Definitely one of the must visit restaurants in london! Thank you chef clare and the team.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

With no exaggeration, the best food my husband and I have ever eaten. The level of detail in both food and decor, the attentive customer service, everything was 5 star. They made our anniversary meal out incredibly special, and I doubt it is something that we will ever forget. Go if you have the chance - you will not regret it!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The ambiance. Food and service were outstanding. The taste and visual presentation of each course was simply superb. As good a meal as we’ve had in London in a long time. The availability of three different menus at varying prices means there’s plenty of flexibility in selecting the desired number of courses.

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Without doubt London's premier restaurant.

Sublime food matched with amazing wines and all from a team, who's energy is totally for their customers!!

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

The food exceeded expectations and the reviews from previous diners, it really was excellent. Also the staff were very happy to chat about the food or the wine, and were genuine in their enthusiasm. I would thoroughly recommend it, even if that makes it harder for me to secure my next reservation.

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Everything about this restaurant is outstanding. The scallop starter was the best I have ever had!

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

An excellent meal, food beautifully prepared and service efficient and friendly. Flavours fantastic, utter delight to the taste buds

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

A triumph ... the Michelin star has to be imminent.
Young knowledgeable friendly team front of house who work seamlessly together - a joy to be looked after by them

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Superb! It was the first time for us to visit the new menu from Clare Smyth. We had the pleasure to enjoy her cooking style at Gordon Ramsey and were looking forward to dining in her new venue.
The food was outstanding - starting from the amuse bouche (bit for bit a highlight) over the starter (scallop and lamb carrot) to the main - the beef was melting on the tongue. The whole menu was one highlight after the other and worth the visit.
As a nice add-on you can watch into the kitchen through the glass windows and see Clare and her team at work. If you enjoy fine dining and hearty, earthy dishes with local ingredients and are willing to pay the price for it - this restaurant is the place to go and in my opinion one of the best in London.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Food was fabulous and the service was great. The amuse bouche were the highlight for us! It was lovely to see Clare worked in the kitchen too.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Excellent food and service. Tasting menu was well balanced and the food were all beautifully presented.

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Lovely dinner in a charming restaurant. Staff were attentive and friendly. They noticed the little detail that my girlfriend likes to swap her spoon and fork from the conventional side and placed it conveniently for her.

Food was excellent, the scallop was to die for. Would definitely be back again!

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

The most beautifully presented food I have ever seen! Every bite delicious and decadent! Perfect food and service without a “stuffy or stiff” feeling.

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Our dinner was lovely and the service was superb. The only item I would suggest for improvement was the noise level as the evening continued. It was loud when we left and it was somewhat difficult to have a conversation.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

One of the best dining experiences in London. The chef has an amazing talent with creativity and deliciousness

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

We had a fantastic lunch. The food is superb. Everything we are was outstanding Best in London. The service was also excellent. Clare is a genius. The food is delicious, creative, unique and brilliantly executed. The restaurant itself is also beautiful.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

We had been interested in trying Core since opening; after eating at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay whilst Clare Smyth was there. As expected the food was faultless and some interesting surprise treats were provided between courses.
Some good wine recommendations were made to complement the food.
A very relaxed lunch atmosphere with friendly attentive service.
We thought Clare Smyth had achieved a high standard of food and service within a few months of opening and had managed to create a very different feel to Hospital Road.
We will return.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

By far the best food and service in London. Clare has created an oasis of pleasure.
The staff is outstanding and friendly. A refreshing change from the stuffy waiters in pretentious restaurants.
A must see and feel.
Congratulations

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

This was a beautiful dining experience. Each dish was artfully crafted and immensely satisfying in both flavor and artistry. The tasting menu was well put together and really told a story of childhood memories in another place in another time: earthy, real ingredients, wholesome and beautiful.
Thank you to Clare and her incredible staff; the consummate dining experience!

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

My visit to Core exceeded my expectations. The food, wine, service and hospitality were 10/10 and our every request was answered promptly accurately and with a smile. I will comment that the full restaurant was a little noisy (wood tables, wood floors and plaster walls) and the casual attire, shorts and tee shirts of some guests, spoiled the sense of occasion of such a spectacular restaurant. I will return soon.

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

A truly wonderful experience. Everything was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful; and It was such a joy to watch the kitchen staff at work! Would happily go back again!!

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

There simply is no better restaurant in London at present. Kudos to Clare and her team. They have created the perfect dining experience in all respects. Deserves every Michelin star it will get.

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

Superb food and presentation. Best potato dish ever had. Will surely go back next time in London.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

One of the most incredible and inventive meals I’ve ever had.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Fantastic food and wonderful service, for a special occasion

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Everything is Exceptional. My 2nd time dining here in 2 weeks. Celebrating my birthday with my family and 4yr old son. Outstanding cusine 9.5/10. A unique fine dining experience in a very relaxed environment. Smiling & friendly staff inc the proprietor. Bravo & thanks

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Our expectations were exceeded beyond what we could possibly have imagined. In the words of MacArthur and then Arnie, I shall return; and I'll be back.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Anniversary dinner at Fri 30.3.2018

We had the full tasting menu and bottle of one of our favorite red wines and the compatibility with the menu and the red wine was ensured by the staff.

All the dishes were really clever and the tastes were bound together. Every dish made us expect more and all of our expectations were fulfilled. The theme was clear throughout all the dishes except one, the main dish (venison) which had a whisky flavored sauce. The dish was really good but the taste of whisky was really sharp and it made the dish feel a bit separate from the others (although all whisky friends might fall in love that one). The appearance of dishes was absolutely beautiful, decorations and imagination was used in setup of dishes on a plate.

The interior of the restaurant was really beautiful and harmonious. The kitchen had a big glass wall where you could see the chefs working and Clare to check all the dishes before sending them to the customers.

The staff, quite young persons, but such a great attitude and professional touch! They had also noticed our anniversary by congratulating us and also adding a little surprise in the end of the menu. The food and service together formed really luxurious dining experience and was absolutely the best we've ever had! Can't wait to see the number of stars!

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

What an amazing dinner we had a few days ago at this fantastic restaurant! What we found, was impeccable design, cosy environment, amazing staff, very delicious food and wines from all over the world. There is not much to compare with. Should you happen to be in London, Core is definitely a must.

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5.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Great evening and lovely experience. Team are fantastic and food is first class. Thanks for making our anniversary so special!

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5.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Went to Core to celebrate my birthday. The food was very good (the scallop was exceptional) and the service was amazing. I wouldn't be surprised if the Michelin stars fly their way - it would be well deserved. Thank you Core for making our evening one to remember.

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Absolutely terrific - from the moment you arrive till the second you leave you are treated very specially - atmosphere is great, relaxed, friendly and not overcrowded. Staff were one step ahead always and had a taxi waiting for us when they realised we needed to get back to the station for the last train.

And the food was sublime as you would expect - if you're a foodie, this is a must; if you're celebrating this is a must; if you're down, this will cheer you up.

Wine - choice was excellent, if a tad on the pricey side.

Have booked to go again 🙂

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

This was by far the best meal that we had while visiting London. We each had the tasting menu, with one of us opting for the vegan menu, and each course was delicious and beautiful. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly- it was a fine dining experience for sure, but without the attitude.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Delightful, flavoursome food in a very contemporary, relaxed setting. Excellent, personalised service. The best dining experience we have ever had in London.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

My husband, son, brother and I booked Core instead of giving each other Christmas presents! What a brilliant decision. Is it expensive? Yes! Is it good value - absolutely!! For a special occasion this is the perfect venue. All the staff are a delight and make you feel utterly at ease unlike some expensive restaurants I've been to. However, the real star is the food. It is absolutely delicious. There is not one amuse bouche (and there are a few!!) or main course or side dish that I could actually make myself and I am a keen cook! This is cooking at another level! To summarise, this is the best restaurant I have ever eaten at in the UK - I look forward to my next treat there!

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Fantastic food, lovely staff a truly great experience.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

food was excellent, service was warm and impeccable. love everything about it

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