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CORE by Clare Smyth
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.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
My second visit to core , totally smitten with everything they do there. It is my favourite place if all time
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.
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!
Outstanding, fantastic to be back after lockdown and better than ever.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Outstanding on every level-
Sublime food and service with a friendly welcome and goodbye from Ckare herself which makes the overall experience even more special.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
What a great way to spend what was the end our final restaurant outing for the forseeable future
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!
We had a fabulous lunch and afternoon at Core. I couldn’t fault it. Food, wine and service were all exceptional.
Just superb- from the introductory nibbles to the elegant mains and playful puddings. Very nice to meet the chef herself too. Great lunch.
We had a wonderful evening, all the staff were great and the food wonderful.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Outstanding in every way. Exceptionally well prepared and conceived menu as well as gracious and warm staff.
Service outstanding. Food well presented and fantastic.
Visited Core November 2018 and was impressed but this was even better.
Amazing experience, beautiful food and great attentive service.
Definitely a must try!
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.
Perfectly showcased British dishes. Inspired presentation. Faultless service. Booked again as I left.
Great service, interesting and well executed menu. Nice setting. It's a bit pricey, but that's obvious from the menu.
Just exceptional as always. What a meal and incredible team of people under Clare
CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 1486 OpenTable diners.
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