CORE by Clare Smyth

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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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TJ
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Wonderful food, attentive and personal service. Fine dining at the top of it's game!

EC
London
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an amazing a la carte lunch at Core .
This was our third visit to the restaurant and as on previous occasions we were impressed with the entire experience.
The food is outstanding and is matched by the fantastic service . Our sommelier recommend lovely wines by the glass to accompany our meal and I loved the picso cocktail I had before the meal.
Meeting Claire and the kitchen brigade after our meal and being able to thank them personally is a really nice way to end the meal.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents said it was ‘the experience of a lifetime’. Just impeccable.

K
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best dining experience I've ever had. Everything was incredible, and we got to meet Clare (my partner is a fan). Highly recommended.

C
London
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You simply can’t fault Core - from the moment you stepped into the door, to the decorations to wine list to service and food - you could understand why both this restaurant and Clare Smyth’s deserve such fame globally.

The catering team is very professional and makes you feel at ease. It’s fine dining at the end of the day, and each course was very well executed. The amuse Bouche were a display of master skills, and the duck and famous apple and Meghan-Harry wedding pudding were to die for. One can’t leave Core without trying the potato dish which was cooked for a good 24hrs in seaweed broth, and the lamb carrot neck was so clever.

I would highly recommend Core and definitely come back myself!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and the by the glass pairing was very good and matched well with the food.

F
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding! From the warm personable staff, to the amazing cuisine. This place is worthy of a three star Michelin rating could not recommend enough. I hope to travel back and have another experience with Claire Smyth in my lifetime but if I do not have the chance, feel so lucky to have experienced it.

OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely food (especially the Lamb carrot, and core apple).
I was able to change the dessert for the core-teaser from the pear dessert which was lovely.

One downside, at the start of the evening before the tables started to fill up, we felt dizzy from all of the staff wandering around the restaurant. Don’t get me wrong the service was exceptional.

IG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere, service exceptional, food creative and most dishes very tasty, some were ok. Overall good choice of course though and understandably pricey

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really fantastic evening. Service and food exceptional. Beautiful surroundings too.

b
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was well thought out and I really enjoyed the tasting menu and matched wines. I loved the open kitchen and Claire giving us a wave when we walked past was a really nice touch. My only criticism was that there were too many serving staff rushing about. We had numerous different waiting staff and even two different sommeliers. It made it feel impersonal and unrelaxed. If you improve this aspect it would be 10/10 but still I’d happily recommend to others.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely sensational. We went for the Core classics menu but were also allowed to add the Core Teaser to our menu! The staff were brilliant as was the decor and general ambience. Core deserves 3 stars it is right up there with the best restaurants in the country and indeed the world!!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is still one of my favorite restaurants in London. The meat fruit and tipsy cake are still brilliant. I will definitely return again when in London.

c
London
27 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A very enjoyable lunch. Some ups and downs and not all dishes hit the mark (e.g. brill was over seasoned and had slightly fibrous texture) but lots of highlights including the wonderful potato with dulse beurre blanc, superb amuse (smoked eel and foie gras ones were especially good) and monkfish with brown shrimp. Sommelier was very good as was the rest of the service.

DJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite the difficulty in booking a table via the web, the dining experience was worthed. Normally we did not take heavy dinner, opting for three course meal was the natural choice. And with the usual extras like appetizer and pre-dessert palate cleanser, the amount was just right. The quality of food was terrific. My favorite was sweetbread, with excellent smell, taste and consistency. The service was also flawless.

FE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was sublime, the setting relaxed and not at all stuffy. The staff were very observant, noting one of our group was left handed and altering her place settings.

LD
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant, everything about the place from the decor, the staff, the wine to of course the food was outstanding.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic lunch at Core. Food was very very tasty, service great as always. The spelt with chicken and sweet corn was delicious. We cannot fault our Core experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond outstanding !

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing and they prepared the menu with our name on it !!! Love it

r
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience. The menu and atmosphere was very well thought out, and the service was amazing. Food was delicious, and plenty of courses! We were stuffed by the end of our meal.

CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience. Enjoyed the lunchtime a la carte menu of three courses plus treats. Taste and appearance of food, service and ambience all beautifully done.

JR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant, service and food are absolutely faultless.

MJ
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time at CORE. There is so much little detail in food presentation, decor and ambience that all come together exquisitely to ensure an excellent dining experience. The seafood was delectable, as though it had just been sourced from the sea. Highly appreciated the in between complimentary appetizers. Everything from welcome, seating, service and hospitality to the amazing food was on par with excellence. Could not recommended the staff more as they are a brilliant team who pay careful attention to your needs. An overall great experience and will be coming here again with family.

W
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in every way. Every course of the tasting menu (we tried both) was immaculately presented and exceptionally delicious, faultless, service second to none.

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable as expected. The Core Classics menu was delicious and very satisfying. We had the wine pairing and we were so glad we did. Really completed the meal.

N
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, ambience, service, room. Food was fantastic and beautifully presented. All it’s cracked up to be.

US
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, from the walk in the warm evening, to a warm welcoming at the restaurant. The food was a real treat for eye and mouth,and i still smile when i think of the potatoe. So much in something so common. This was with no doubt the best restaurant i have visited ever

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly amazing food, service and atmosphere! Without a doubt one of the best meals I have had in London. However, the wine list is a little on the punchy side in comparison to the same wine in other restaurants but dont let that put you off...definitely one to go to!

C
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent lunch...will definitely go again but next time I will not eat breakfast before going. So delicious and innovative you can’t possibly leave anything.

L
London
28 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Epically outstanding!!! Spectacular service and exquisite flavours with subtile twists. You won’t be disappointed!

SH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had previously dined at Restaurant Ramsay when Clare was cooking and were lucky to meet her in the kitchen.
We followed Clare’s journey and on this trip back to London we were determined to get a booking and we did.
We were not disappointed. Both a taste and visual sensation. It was a memorable night for us especially as we come from New Zealand.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is perfect!

JC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All very perfect dishes! Recommend!

J
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Completely delicious food and we really enjoyed the wine pairing which were sceptical about!

M
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to a few M* restaurants before, but this is hands-down the best dining experience I've had - it was 3 hours of sumptuous indulgence. My wife and I attended for my birthday on a Saturday evening, 6.30pm booking. Walking in and seeing the open kitchen, with Clare Smyth herself standing at the pass and turning to say hello, was great and the whole ambience and feeling is relaxed, casual but at the same time of the very highest standard.

We had the tasting menu (Core Seasons) alongside some by-the-glass drinks and each and every course was superb, with intensity of flavours that were mindblowing. Standouts are hard due to the flawless consistency, but after eating the lamb course (questioningly referred to as "the sheep's' life") I may have said something along the lines of "that's the single best plate of food I've ever eaten...". Oh, and the cherry bakewell - wow.

It's very expensive, bill was over £400 for the two of us with just two glasses of wine each. But walking away you do not question where that money goes - you can see it and taste it! All the accolades this restaurant, and Clare herself, is piling up are richly deserved. Hitting the refresh button over and over at midnight, 91 days in advance (and still only getting 6.30) - definitely worth it!

BI
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine lunch before an afternoon gin experience
High quality food , well presented, great service
High price point but that comes with the territory
Certainly would go back again, few I would commend as highly

JH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely experience dining at Core and cant wait to return

A
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience from the service to the food and presentation! Incredible!

d
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding from start to finish. Well done. So lovely I went back the next day!!

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