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CORE by Clare Smyth

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1486 reviews
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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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1486 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.9
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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit to core , totally smitten with everything they do there. It is my favourite place if all time

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vipSally
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Core & it didn’t disappoint. The food is exquisite. How a humble potato can taste so delicious (my favourite dish again) The wine pairing was perfect for each course & very generous.
Look forward to returning again soon & trying the other taster menu.

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vipMValencia
London
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Does not disappoint! We like it more every time. The seasons tasting menu was delicious! Amazing service as always and great ambience. Thank you for a great birthday!

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MartinS
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, fantastic to be back after lockdown and better than ever.

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ChristelleM
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food as usual. Yes it’s expensive but it’s worth every penny! Very friendly staff, so lovely to see Clare in the kitchen. Will be back soon!

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vipJHLondon
London
126 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After 117 days of not eating out we went back to Core and also introduced it to our friends. It was absolutely sensational. The staff are so friendly and clearly delighted to be back up and running. The anti C-19 procedures are very unobtrusive and the lovely dining room is well spaced out anyway. We were seated at the table looking into the kitchen so could see Clare and the team at work. We opted for the Core Classics menu with wine pairing. It was fantastic. Every dish is beautifully presented and the tastes are exceptional. The potato dish is sublime. For our first post lockdown meal this was certainly memorable. Thank you!

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SebM
County Durham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for an amazing lunch. My guest and I had a lovely time eating delicious food and enjoying faultless hospitality. Will be back!

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taichipanda
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience as usual. I feel like I’ve had the same nibbles and pudding as the last time... but that can be my imagination. But over all excellent dining experience and would love to go back again.

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HanaS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful.

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MartinL
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding on every level-

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SallyQ
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime food and service with a friendly welcome and goodbye from Ckare herself which makes the overall experience even more special.

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vipBernardL
London
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food (special note for the charlote potatoes with roe!), excellent service and great decor. Somehow the wine list is good but not at the same level than the food. Our Pomard Grands Epenots 2010 from Domaine de Courcel was a little bit disappointing.

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vipKMacD
London
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic testing menus, both traditional and seasonal, and don't need to do same one for whole table. Kitchen view from table real theatre too.

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Trinity
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was lovely to be back and it was a very lovely warm welcome we received. Core was the last restaurant we went to before lockdown and the first we came back to after lockdown. It was great many of the staff remembered us.
I think I found the classic menu second time round a tad repetitive and wish I had gone a la Carte instead.
Overall the service was also good although perhaps staff were a little out of practice and it wasn’t as good as the first 2 times we were there. We weren’t bothered by this as the standard is still very high and we had also expected it to be a little less easy for everyone given the circumstances.

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WayneL
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best fine dining experiences I have had!

Rob (the Manager) and his team at CORE was most welcoming. They made some great suggestions in terms of dishes and wine.

We sat at a wonderful table facing the kitchen and watched Clare oversee her team meticulously preparing beautiful dishes and also saw many other happy customers complimenting Clare and her team on the way out.

The atmosphere had great ambience and my partner and I felt well taken care of by the attentive house staff.

The food was incredible! I look forward to coming back again! Thank you!

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4everEating
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot fault this meal at all. Everything from the greetings to the farewells and the absolutely knock out food and service in-between was off the wall. I don't think it was just because this was the first restaurant meal after 10 weeks of lockdown that made this such a memorable experience, because I think even in normal times I would have found this exceptional. Bravo Clare Smyth! I am forever enamoured.

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Trinity
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were fortunate enough to have a meal on Friday night before the restaurant closed. We were so impressed that under the exceptional circumstances you provided a lovely dinner experience. The staff were calm and excellent, the atmosphere well managed and the food was of course divine!
Thank you all!!

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special meal. Great food, excellent venue and superb service. Really glad we managed to visit before the virus closed the restaurant. Far better than another 2 star restaurant/pub we visited recently - food in a different league.

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FifiTrek
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great way to spend what was the end our final restaurant outing for the forseeable future

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KellyW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience! We enjoy great service and exquisite food, and Core did not disappoint! We did the a la carte menu and loved every morsel. The presentation was beyond beautiful. Next time, we plan to have a tasting. The service was superb, and we got to snap a photo with Chef Clare. We will be back!

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CathyB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous lunch and afternoon at Core. I couldn’t fault it. Food, wine and service were all exceptional.

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vipwestender
London
26 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just superb- from the introductory nibbles to the elegant mains and playful puddings. Very nice to meet the chef herself too. Great lunch.

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RJAD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening, all the staff were great and the food wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful experience except on arrival the woman who greeted us was incredibly rude and made us feel unwelcome and as if we had accidentally turned up at the wrong restaurant!!

The rest of the service was outstanding, impeccable.

The food was exceptional

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VerityB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food (of course), amazing warm welcome from the whole kitchen, including Clare, delicious and incredibly clever food and wine to match. Totally unpretentious, just fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection

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vipRichardP
London
19 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice evening , took daughter for her birthday , she was wished a happy birthday 3 times which was nice , food was good , service excellent overall a great evening thank you

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David
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I had high expectations. Unfortunately the experience did not quite match them.

Food was well prepared but lacked layers and freshness.

Value for money is low I would say. I´d expect more even for half the price. I do not remember any wow-moments during the classic meny.

Service was a bit overwhelming. To much people walking about with too little to do. So they keep filling up water every two minutes.

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Tewinite
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s hard to find the words to describe the experience at Core. The food is creative without being pretentious and over done. The flavours are matched to perfection and the presentation is a beauty to behold. The staff are some of the best we have ever experienced and we have been to many Michelin stars. The perfect balance of attentive without being over bearing. The attention to detail os evident and honestly there is nothing we could fault. A greeting from Clare in the kitchen as you approach your table is a lovely touch. All I can say is do go you won’t regret it.

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JulieM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. A must! Looking forward to going back. Such an amazing experience. Clare was there and said hello as we arrived. Service is exceptional. Such a welcoming team and lovely dining experience...and then there’s the food! Beyond exceptional. Perfect in every way

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vipMariaR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous lunch to celebrate both our birthdays and it really was an experience. The seasonal tasting menu was outstanding. The service was superb, first class without feeling stuffy at all. I do think the pairing wines, while I thought they were excellent, were a bit on the expensive side and the fact we were charged for espresso was also a tiny negative. In the continent, when choosing a menu in a high scale restaurant, coffee is usually included. But overall I would highly recommend Core, a really good experience.

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PatrickG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful food! The “little apple” was a standout. The waiter could have been a bit more responsive to my feedback on the pear dessert ! We will be back.

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Eliz
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. Exceptionally well prepared and conceived menu as well as gracious and warm staff.

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Pumpsieg
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service outstanding. Food well presented and fantastic.
Visited Core November 2018 and was impressed but this was even better.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, beautiful food and great attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a must try!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best dining experience we have ever had. Clare is a master! Each dish, each bite was perfection. Wine pairing was exquisite. Bravo also to gender balance in the kitchen and the dining room. Very impressed and can’t recommend more highly.

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Bobeats
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly showcased British dishes. Inspired presentation. Faultless service. Booked again as I left.

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growlyrabbit
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, interesting and well executed menu. Nice setting. It's a bit pricey, but that's obvious from the menu.

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MunawarA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just exceptional as always. What a meal and incredible team of people under Clare

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CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 1486 OpenTable diners.

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