CORE by Clare Smyth

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672 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
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
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JC
London
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding food and service. Clare and her team have done a marvellous job! Thank you thank you!

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TT
London
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was just amazing from presentation to taste. Best 2 star restaurant that I tried this year.

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MO
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic time here celebrating our anniversary here. The tasting menu was beautiful, each course was perfectly judged, and presented impeccably.

The service was great- attentive without being overbearing and the whole experience was exactly what we were looking for.

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MR
Austin
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot say enough about the wonderful experience we had at Core. The service was incredible, the staff was not stuffy, but excited for you to be there and experience their food. Every single bite we had, was unexpected and fantastic. We had the chef tasting with wine pairing for two, and it was better than 99% of the Michelin Starred restaurants we’ve been to all over the world. Incredible! Bravo!

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TR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, the atmosphere , servers and of course the food!!

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DM
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply awesome. Second visit and without doubt fine dining at its highest.

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

The food is exceptional. Service is good. Couldn’t wait to come back again.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply stunning! You can see why Clare and the Team have won so many awards!

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W
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always and consistently brilliant. The food is by far one of the best London had on offer.

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J
London
14 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner. All the courses were top notch.

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OT
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Superb. Some dishes tasted strange but majority is superbly yummy. So full!!

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit as memorable as the first. It certainly disappoint. We loved every minute, every new mouthful.
Interesting, delicious. About 2 hours for 5 which is very fair. Love the choice of 3 course menu, every nibble an adventure. Extensive wine list with many reasonable options. Staff was friendly and attentive in a lovely efficient but relaxed fashion. Loved meeting one of the chefs.
So many things that are perfectly thought out.
Congratulations

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Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a special detour on our way back to the States to spend one night in London for the express purpose of enjoying Clare Smyth's fabulous CORE. From the moment we entered, we knew we were in for a special treat - we were warmly greeted and immediately guided to our table, passing the kitchen and a quick wave from Clare. The service was friendly with a casual vibe but also meticulous and thoughtful throughout the evening. We chose the short tasting menu with wine pairings, and started the evening with some lovely amuse bouche treats. My favorite of the courses was the potato with roe, which is a poor description of a stunningly delicious offering. My husband's favorite was the duck - also an exceptional preparation which was both incredibly tender and yet retained a bit of crunch and bite. But I can't overlook the pasta with white truffle - ethereal. All the food was incredibly imaginative, beautiful, and a joy to eat. I'm so glad we added this travel day to our schedule - it was completely worth it, and I'd love to dine at CORE again the next time I am in London.

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DC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding evening. A truly lovely culinary experience for my husbands birthday, where we had everything on the long tasting menu and loved every bite. The basics are elevated here and it was hard to say no to more sourdough when offered as I knew it would stop me enjoying what was yet to come. We also shared a cheese course which was ample for two and beautifully presented with imaginative accompaniments. The potato course is like no other and I was pushed to choose between the carrot lamb and duck as my favourite. The staff were friendly and very accomplished and we had the pleasure of being able to thank Mr Johnny Bone and Ms Smyth in person. Thank you all.

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l
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was absolutely divine! The presentation, flavours and textures of each plate was a true experience. The ambience is fresh and relaxing, with soft light, pastel/bright colours, tables at good distance from each other. The waiters were attentive and professional, while also friendly/warm. The large table next to the kitchen is fantastic as you can see the chef in action!

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is without any question the best restaurant in London right now. Usually with a tasting menu you get 2 or 3 excellent dishes with a lot of average in between, but at Core every single dish is fantastic. Furthermore, the presentation is outstanding, the Sommelier is knowledgable and enthusiastic about the extensive wine list and all the staff are super friendly. A triumph!

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MA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience as usual from the brilliant Clare Smith & her team. Flawless execution all the way. There is a reason this is the best restaurant in London by a country mile. The only disappointment you will experience is if you do not get a reservation.

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J
London
17 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful fun experience. Astonishing flavours. Adorable staff. And seeing Clare work the pass makes it all more engaging and exciting. Good wine pairing but sommeliers why always sweet wine with sweet deserts? Dare to be different!

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SG
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable evening opting for the tasting menu with wind pairing.

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NW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit go Core and it won't be our last. I can't find fault. Food, wine, service and decore were excellent! We'll be back!

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VT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing - can’t wait to go back. It’s quite expensive but worth every penny.

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s
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service and food were great - posh without the pretentions - not well versed in posh restaurant etiquette but well satisfied with the experience - 1st time I've eaten so late at 21.45 but meal did not fell rushed - only issue would be with the service charge as this always confuses me - should i leave a further tip ? But overall would certainly return if i lived locally

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CS
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience in the heart of Notting Hill! Innovative, modern, unique dishes with local ingredients made to perfection. Perfect service and a cozy atmosphere with views into the kitchen. One of the best in UK and the world!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and enjoyable dining experience.

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JF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu with wine pairings is an absolute must-truly an epic dining experience!

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VF
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

TASTY. Love the Tequilla + Sweet Pea infused cocktail. Wonderful, brilliant culinary art, attentive, friendly and not pretentious...we will return, thank you!

V+P

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Core delivers an experience that is unparalleled in London.

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s
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience - every bite a tasting sensation

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SL
London
21 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Just amazing. Was hoping for a really good experience but was blown away by the level of service and attention to detail. All the menu options were delicious and I had a smile on my face from start to finish. Just loved our evening there!

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly remarkable culinary concoctions and sensory overloads.
A very special treat to behold.

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S
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it. Cuisine clearly based in the French tradition but with a twist. Very fine raw materials particularly evident in the potato and clam dishes. Deserts outstanding - visually very appealing. Very good wine list with some great value wines. Impeccable service - relaxed but attentive at the same tome

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I will say is, Clare Smyth is an absolute genius. The team she has is inspired and I can see them being well on their way to 3 stars 👏🏽😊

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p
London
14 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday at Core. The food is outstanding and the Sommeliers were very knowledgeable and helpful.
We thoroughly recommend Core.

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dishes, all beautifully presented and served by extremely efficient staff. A very special experience.

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AW
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Core is exciting. High end is a term that could easily be applied to such a place, but it just doesn’t do Clare Smythe’s creations justice. Each element is presented in a manner that demands your full attention, be it through stark contrast, or sheer ingenuity. Somehow, the humble carrot and potato are elevated to a level of decadence and desirability akin to cavier and fois gras in astonishing ways.

Above all, I was left with the lasting impression that it was the warm personality and genuine care for the guests would be what would stick with me. Which for a place where the food is so good, is quite something to say.

From the wave hello by the whole team including chef Clare herself, to the wave goodbye from everyone, I felt like I was at a spa almost. Calm, relaxed, satiated.

The service should get a special mention. Every element of this special place exudes careful thought aimed fully at the enjoyment and entertainment of the patron. I’m tempted to go back again straight away!

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B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambience. Each of the courses we had from the a la Carte were superb, as was the food.

Wine list is over priced to me though, even for London fine dining.

Overall however, really excellent and would return.

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C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch at Core was memorable to say the least. The food and it’s presentation perfect in every detail. The staff were well trained, but very friendly and attentive. On leaving the restaurant Clare came over and introduced herself, a rather remarkable gesture as lunch was in full swing.
Core is a beautiful restaurant, which has been created by a chef at the top of her game

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J
London
14 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, beautifully presented. Best foie gras dish I've ever eaten. Very creative combinations and lovely to see the humble potato taking the limelight. The service was perfect. Loved the fact that every member of the team welcomed us and said goodbye.

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r
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best in London. The service is friendly, engaged and attentive without being fussy and lurking. The space is comfortable with tables well away from each other. The food is amazing. No wonder Core just was awarded 2 Michelin stars.

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NC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was fantastic. We chose the full set menu with paired wines and it was one of the best meals we have ever had. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a memorable meal.

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