CORE by Clare Smyth

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511 reviews
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British
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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment I entered Core to the moment I left the service was flawless:) The staff were well versed in their craft. I loved that it was fine dining without feeling stuffy or pretentious. Each bite was magIcal and the presentation was earthy and creative.. Thank you for a truly memorable evening.

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M
Berkshire
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A return visit so was worried that as this time expectations were sky high we may be a little disappointed. Memory was of stunnimg food, great ambiance and realy top flight service. This time we also had a pre lunch drink in the small bar area. Looked after well with expert advice from the barman re our mocktails. We had the tasting menu and advise from we got the sommellier for our wines. This time around we got stunnimg food, great ambiance and realy top flight . The whole menu was great but the deserts are particularly good. Also lovely to be able to thank Clare Smyth as you leave. Can't wait for our next visit.

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EK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and absolutely tasty food and lovely food presentation. Wine recommendation was great as well. Will definately visit here again if we come back to london.

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

Exceptional meal at CORE by Clare Smyth enjoyed with my daughter. The service was impeccable from the moment we arrived and the food was even better than that. Favourites in particular were the ‘lamb carrot’ and the chocolate cremeux dessert. The Bakewell tart pre dessert was also a special one which, the moment it arrived at the table, transported both of us to (albeit a much more refined version of) our childhood puddings.

Would recommend a hundred times to friends and family. I hate to write anything negative about such a lovely and memorable experience but just in order for them to maybe rethink it... the music was quite incompatible with the experience. (Michael Jackson and chart music perhaps werent the best fit! Almost felt like the chefs had forgotten to turn their radio off after prep time)

Having said that, this was a minor disruption to an otherwise stupendous meal and service to match.

Will be back, with many more in tow!

Thank you Clare and team.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Planning to dine again

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SJ
London
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite london restaurant potato and roe was amazing also the service is faultless can't wait to go again

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MB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did not know what to expect, but what a surprise, the best experience we have had recently. We have eaten in all the top restaurants and this is the best for food service and atmosphere.

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S
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Core is one of my top 10 best dining experience over the last 20 years
I will add that i travel all over the world looking for the best in dining experiences

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n
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional cooking with two standout options. The potato with seaweed sauce (the need to bottle that sauce!!) and the cherry bakewell. As one in our party said it was probably her favourite dessert ever.

We were given the chefs table which was a lovely surprise as I've never seen how a professional kitchen run.

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VJ
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food good and diverse wine list, lovely location and great service. I would highly recommend.

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t
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely experience with enthusiastic young staff, great to meat one of the chefs to explain a dish. All dishes a delight for the eye and the mouth. Very small gripe, chairs a bit low for us girls , should have asked for a cushion! Thank you all, a fantastic lunch.

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SK
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely sublime. Food is out of this world. Fantastic wines. Impeccable service. Modern, non-fussy, airy and refined ambience. Clare and her team has put a huge amount of thoughts and efforts into giving the clients the best, and they work seamlessly to deliver a superb experience for them. This was my 2nd visit and I was just as delighted as the first time.

CORE really sets the benchmark for fine dining - the experience of dining there is worth every penny: and this is an understatement.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding evening from start to finish. Did the long tasting menu with the wine pairing. It makes for a truly special night out, from the neighborhood to the restaurant ambiance to the attentive but not haughty service to the otherworldly cuisine. As a venue for a special occasion, it would be tough to top Core.

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CN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisitely done restaurant in beautiful Notting Hill. The tasting menu with wine pairing was exceptional. I have eaten at some of the finest restaurants in the world and the service at CORE was impeccable, second to no other. I would recommend it to anyone traveling remotely near London. Well done, Ms. Smyth.

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RM
Yosemite
9 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply magnificent from start to conclusion. Beautifully presented luscious food and elegant and unrushed service. Claire Smyth, you and your team are wonderful.

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NB
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, a superb dining experience with great service

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NS
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely outstanding! The atmosphere and service has made our anniversary dinner just perfect. Cannot wait to be back.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply excellent. We go out to fine dining restaurants a lot, and this qualifies in the top ten, over several three Michelin stars places we’ve been.

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H
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Marvellous food, packed full of flavour. Pleasing to the eye and the palate. Delightful, friendly service. Genius barman - his cherry bakewell cocktail is to die for!!

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SJ
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is absolutely sensational and Clare Smyth is not precious like some chefs - they were happy for us to make several changes to the tasting menu. This is a great place for a special occasion - the food is really beautifully presented as well as being absolutely delicious and the service is "informally formal", with all staff being very friendly and eager to please - nothing is too much trouble. And what a joy it is to see a "celebrity chef" who actually oversees everything that happens in their kitchen - which is separated from the restaurant by a glass wall, so there's no secrets! Perfection.

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PV
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambience, decor, service, FOOD and drink. 5 star experience with a personal touch. Highly recommend eating here - fabulous experience!

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p
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Core by Clare Smyth is an example of new style of restaurant. Imagine, delightful staff, who without exception, appear very happy in their work. Clare has won the accolade of the world's best female chef. The reality is quite simply that in gender free awards she is one of the world's top chefs. She is also turning the macho world of the professional kitchen on its head, creating a leadership environment in which you don't need to yell but lead by example.
Stunning food, beautifully presented, delightfully executed. I shall be back and will recommend Core to my friends.

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Wales
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service has matched the food in every way, such a warm welcome and the restaurant in general had a great atmosphere. Every course was beautifully presented, the carrot dish was the best dish I've had in a long time.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED it.
We’ve been on the fortunate position to have dined in some Michelin-starred restaurants both in the UK and oversees and this must be rated in the ‘Top 2’.
Presentation was equisite, food quality was amazing - normally in tasting menus you have a couple of favourites but all courses were superb.
Service was friendly and personal - thanks to Rob for introducing us to Clare on the way out, what a treat.
We can’t recommend this restaurant strongly enough and hope to visit again.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Divine. Flavours are intense, honest yet deft; presentation is “pastoral chic” amid flowers and herbs. The breads and amuse-bouches were delightful. We particularly enjoyed the scallop tartare, beef short rib with oxtail, venison and geometric haggis, and Morecambe Bay prawns with skate...British food with a magic twist. The wild strawberry meringue and wine jellies staff were delicately flavored sculptures. Staff were knowledgeable and friendly, and the dining-room itself stylish yet relaxed. Our meal at Core was quite perfect.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service ever from unpretentious staff. Enjoyed every second!

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f
London
59 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant offers an imaginative picture perfect menu.Extraordinarily fresh ingredients beautifully presented

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

Just exc all round

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E
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and amazing food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A life-changing experience

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RP
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The cherry bakewell is so clever. Really excellent pastry work and lovely flavour balances. Impeccable service without feeling too much (they even noticed that my partner uses his cutlery the wrong way round!). The decor is sleek and calm and I liked how the chairs are arranged to slightly face into the room. It's very expensive but definitely worth it.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a fabulous dining experience this past weekend. Delicious food, truly works of art, stunning presentation and welcoming, friendly, informative staff. The restaurant had a lovely casual lively vibe in beautiful, tasteful interior. We will definitely be returning and have already recommended Core to several friends.
Please thank all the clever team at Core for truly exciting, taste bud explosions of happiness! Clare, you are a genius!
Best wishes
Sabina Goold

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Orlando
26 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spot in Notting Hill. Exquisite preparation and presentation of the unique cuisine. Pricey enough to make it a once a year visit unless you are a Saudi prince or Meghan and Harry who had dinner there when courting and had Clare Smyth prepare the special oost-wedding private family dinner for 200! Put it on your bucket list.

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VH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal we have ever had! Exceptional service and amazing tasting menu with matching wines. The atmosphere is very welcoming and not stuffy at all. We felt very comfortable and the staff there made such an effort to make it an amazing experience. We had such a fun memorable meal, the flavour combinations were perfect and the presentation was over the top! We will definitely be back and will tell our friends all about it!

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MB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food choices, beautifully presented and excellent service.

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CH
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the full tasting menu which had a good balance of fish and meat .Each dish beautifully presented by very attentive but unobtrusive staff.
Overall a very good dining experience.

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g
London
25 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic dining experience. Beautiful and tasty food. Wine pairing made it even more special. Attentive service. Great evening!

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JL
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing value for a three Michelin star quality tasting menu and service was impeccable

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very, very good. Warm, expert service. Clean, fresh, original food, beautifully presented.

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J
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb dining experience. Excellent service. Everything timed perfectly. We were there for three hours, and enjoyed every minute and every mouthful. Inventive and theatrical, in the sense that it felt like a real occasion, but it was not over the top. Chef was in kitchen whole time, checking each plate as it came out. Open kitchen, so nowhere to hide! Very pricy, but cheaper that Le Manior Au Quat' Saisons, our other go-to restaurant for a high-class meal. Would definitely return!

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