CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
2071 reviews
£41 and over
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2071 People Are Saying
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SueL
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting, staff, service and food was first class.

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LouiseS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning, from start to finish. Made my birthday one to remember.

Chef Clare is an extremely talented and lovely woman, her chefs are incredibly privileged to have her as their teacher.

I personally loved the little pre dinner snacks, to pack so much flavour into one bite takes skill. I know my wife really enjoyed the carrot as she didn’t stop talking about it on the train home the following day.

We were lucky to meet chef and what a dream she is, funny, down to earth, appeared interested in ‘our lives’ which really did touch us.

Both my wife and I feel very blessed to have been able to dine at Core. We both would like to thank Clare and her team for their hard work, dedication, passion and commitment, the industry isn’t an easy one and is currently going through a transition. so we need chefs like Clare to inspire future chefs and that’s exactly what she does.

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Amylou
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience with exceptional food. All staff couldn't of done any more to make our experience special for my husbands birthday. Food tasted as devine as it looked. A welcoming atmosphere, great selection of bubbles and wine and food that was truly unforgettable.

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vipNic85
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning evening - the service was incredible, beautiful decor, and the food was amazing. All really well presented and lovely little touches.

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GBOAC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There can't be many (if any) superlatives that haven't already been used to describe the dining experience at Core. It really is truly amazing. From the moment you step foot inside the front door, to the moment you leave, you've experienced culinary and hospitality excellence. And to be able to maintain such a high standard day in and day out is why this place has 3 Michelin stars.
The technique and skill that goes in to every dish, the beautiful wines, the friendly and attentive staff (both front of house and kitchen) make this one of life's most joyful experiences.
Keep perservering in trying to book a table, you won't be disappointed.

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Mreview
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit which exceeded our expectations. The food not only looked amazing but tasted incredible. And the the service was outstanding. Can’t wait to return.

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KD20
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In one word amazing. Both the food and incredible service

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LisaS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous from start to finish. Transported to another world for the afternoon. Forgot all our worries and responsibilities and felt truly pampered. Made extra special by being able to thank Clare in person in the kitchen. Already saving for our next visit.

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Georgia
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most incredible meal, world-class service and the most gorgeous setting. A celebratory meal and worth every penny. All the waiters were attentive and the little details really made the meal. The food was unlike anything we’ve had before, a truly unique dining experience.

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Nell
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best. Outstanding on every front and wonderful staff.

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MadH
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish. Food was incredible, flavour combinations could bring you to tears. The staff were amazing. The welcome everyone gave, the genuine pleasure at bringing you food and taking care of you. Amazing!

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KatieA
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous evening at Core, staff were on point and the whole team were accommodating and welcoming.

The food was exception, certainly worth a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down my favourite dining experience. This was our second time and it was as memorable as our first. The food was superb. There is a lovely ambience and feel to the restaurant. The staff were so friendly. The service and attention to detail was spot on, without being overbearing. Looking forward to our next visit!

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TravisM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the meal of the year. Words struggle to explain it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were blown away from the start. The food was the best experience we have ever had.

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vipAroundtheworld
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service by friendly staff and impressed that Clare makes an effort to welcome every diner. The food was every good as the 2 stars it has been awarded with her signature dish being our favourite of the meal. How to elevate simple food to exceptional flavours- simply wonderful. The wine pairing was interesting and a great selection too

An extremely enjoyable experience!

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PKChiang
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top class!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience from start to finish. Food was exceptional and service second to none. Clare’s cooking élevâtes humble ingredients into something amazing. Will definitely be going back!

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Markie
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service again. This was our third visit this year and Core never disappoints.
It's always nice that chef Clare Smyth takes time to greet have a chat with her guests.
Thank you to all the staff for a great experience.

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SA12
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences in London. Outstanding food, service and ambience!

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KarBinh
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course of tasting menu was stunning. I liked the purity of the flavours showcasing the beautiful ingredients in each course. The wine list was extensive

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vipPegR
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our travel group from the US. Couldn’t have been better. Food service atmosphere and wine! Outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Best food and experience ever!

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amalh
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and cosy , the chef Clare met us as we came in which made it feel that we were welcomed . The food was exceptional, each meal was extraordinary and looked like a piece of art .

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JanB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For one evening you are made to feel very special. Everyone who has been involved in the preparation, presentation and service of your meal makes you the centre of their life for one night. Especially impressive is the visit to your table by one of the chefs to tell you their story! And of course Clare herself is there to welcome you whilst strictly observing every single item that leaves the kitchen.

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ClareP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals I have ever had and the whole experience was magical from beginning to end.....
We had a table by the window and could not hear anyone else...
The table looked beautiful and the presentation of everything was just perfect.....
The imagination that went in to everything was so clever and being a professional cook myself I could understand the detail.
It was the best present I could give my daughter as a surprise for her 30th.
Thank you so much for the experience and well done Clare must be in the name.....
Clare Jardine Paterson

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SheilaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it so much we booked our next visit while still at the table!

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vipKaren
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had very high expectations of our visit and they were exceeded in every single way. This has to be the best dining experience ever in my 40+ years of eating out. It was the absolute pinnacle of perfection in every single way. Totally faultless.

From the moment we walked in, we were made to feel very special indeed. The chefs all said hello as you walked passed the glass fronted kitchen, a very nice touch.

All of the staff were friendly, extremely professional and very relaxed. Absolutely no stuffiness here, but the ultimate professionalism.

As to the food ... Clare Smyth is so worthy of her three Michelin stars, this is dining at another level indeed. The skill, presentation, flavours and attention to detail are second to none. There is nothing that hasn't been clearly thought over and planned.

We opted for the 'Seasons' menu at £175 pp. Yes, it's expensive but it is absolute value for money given the level of execution of food and the service.

We also managed to squeeze in cheese which as a delight and such a bargain at only £15 for the two of us.

We absolutely cannot wait to go back and have already booked for my daughter's 30th birthday in December.

If you're a foodie you really must go here!

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vipCornelius
London
51 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, attentive staff and a beautiful dining room.

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RogerN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience, felt comfortable from the minute we walked into the restaurant until the time we left. Incredible food.

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CharlesD
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing in all point !

Staff is extremely knowledgeable, very professional, and clearly love their job ! It is amazing to see how such a big time get to work so sharply together.

The food was exactly what expected, beautifully plated, very interesting flavours and combination.

Would very much like to come back and highly recommend it to anyone that want to have a perfect dinner.

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noshnoshnosh
London
25 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 5th time at Core, and the first time with my son, so we tried the vegetarian menu. The food was unbelievably good, the service was brilliant and I look forward to joining you again on the 11th November with my wife.

As someone who enjoys great food and regularly eat out in superb restuarants, I have to say this is the best food in London and probably the whole country!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner with fantastic service that went above & beyond.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal. Not a single thing to fault.

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Alvin
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deserves it's reputation as among the finest culinary destinations in the UK.

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SimoneH
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful experience. The food was amazing as you’d expect, but it was the other touches that made it so memorable. A small stool for your handbag (genius!), staff were excellent and nothing was too much trouble, the young chefs came out of the kitchen to introduce some of the courses and the entire kitchen greeted you and said goodbye. Just lovely. Highly recommended.

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benandkish
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was of the highest standard from start to finish, without being overly formal. Each course was exceptional and focused on using the whole ingredient, championing British produce and letting nothing go to waste

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FrancesD
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an exceptional experience, food, team and atmosphere. A wonderful evening and if we could get another booking we would! Wish all top end restaurants could be so welcoming and friendly - makes all the difference.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us enjoyed a superb lunch yesterday for our birthdays.
All agreed it was possibly the best fine dining meal we ve ever experienced. Attention to detail was second to none and the staff were very friendly helpful and efficient. A fantastic beautiful venue.
Thoroughly recommend, the whole experience is exceptional.

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DanielO
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was finally able to get a table at Core after a wait lasting the best part of 12 months. And I was certainly not let down during my visit.
The service at this establishment is excellent. And the food served is phenomenal - certainly deserving of the reviews and high praises it receives.
It is without doubt amongst the best restaurants I have ever had the pleasure of indulging myself in.
I will certainly be back for the next reiteration of the Core Seasons testing menu.

FAQs

CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 2071 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.