CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
2018 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 2018 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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5.0
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4.9
ambience
4.6
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

9 course taster menu, fantastic service, everyone so friendly. Thoroughly recommend they have a pescatarian menu also. So most bases covered.

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PaulL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent experience at Core in every aspect.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A first class restaurant in every way.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff super attentive, delicious food and lovely drinks to accompany

MZ
MarkellaZ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambience!! Wonderful for a special occasion or even a night out. The flavors and presentation were great. Also very good service!

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LisaE
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! Right from start to finish, it was perfect. We had the Classics menu with wine flight, and it was just amazing
Highly recommend for a special occasion

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vipJools
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service, lovely room - can't fault

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BenW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, they really delivered the experience you expect from a 3 star Michelin restaurant, with the service second to none and the ambiance was wonderful, everywhere you looked people were smitten with joy - which can only be put down to the restaurant!

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JamesT
Dorset
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Can’t be faulted. A perfect way to enjoy the perfect dinner. Very dedicated and polite staff, the best restaurant services we have had the pleasure of enjoying
Well done to everyone at Core

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vipDinkygirl99
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, in every way.

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vipPJEfoodie
Essex
111 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had the seasonal tasting menu, with wine flight. Everything was superb until we got to the Lamb, hogget and mutton dish which we both found too overpowering and ‘gamey’. Also, our booth was very warm, although when I went to the toilet the rest of the restaurant seemed an OK temperature. The service was impeccable and the staff are happy to exchange conversation if you engage with them. Almost a five, but those issues leave us having to give this visit just 4.

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Artmodern
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience4

It was amazing, the service is seamless from start to finish and the staff are really nice. Regrettably my guest was ill a few hours after leaving the restaurant and ended up in hospital the next day - the only different thing we ate was the cod with shrimp.

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ChrisN
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so Good...
From the start of reception and welcome to the little finishing touches to the end ... just amazing...

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GreigB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal….

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Quality of food and service : perfect !

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KathrinR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a phantastic experience at Core. The service and attention to detail was outstanding. Each dish prepared and delivered with such precision and still in a very relaxed manner.

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MicheleF
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A totally amazing lunch! Would definitely go back. Food and staff first class.

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Theresep
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience, the staff are exceptional, the food is extraordinary and the ambiance is welcoming and comfortable!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as ever - coreteser is still the best dessert ever. So wonderful to see the passion of the chef who presented our starters. Can’t wait to come again.

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MichaelP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Astonishingly good on every level. Nothing has been left to chance - every aspect of the experience had been thought through carefully and made as good is it can be.

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GlennH
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch for four.
Special birthday occasion so we’re delighted to be sat at the Chefs table.
All had the Seasons tasting menu with wine pairings. The food was beautiful to look at and the flavours were amazing. The service was exemplary from the moment we arrived. We had a faultless experience dining at Core to the extent we have re-booked.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection at the highest level on food, service and making everyone feel very welcome.

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MarkH
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every mouthful was extraordinarily magnificent food!
Probably the best meal I’ve had!
Fantastic

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Potato and Roe course is revolutionary. We’d go back solely for the beurre blanc sauce.

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JorgeC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall one of the best experiences I ever had, top class.

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DianneC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Classic tasting menu with wine pairing was truly excellent (if maybe a little too many courses/wines if eating late evening).
Fabulous experience-highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Thank you for the superb hospitality.

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SteveC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant. Everything about the service and food is top notch. It's expensive, but definitely a great experience. I liked the fact that everything was on on show, you could see the kitchen and Clare and it all had an air of calm and professionalism.
Would certainly recommend.

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vipTaraC
London
66 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You know when you’ve waited to go to a restaurant for more than two years, and you build it up and up … then as the date gets closer, you worry that your expectations were wildly overblown and you’ll end up disappointed? Well, that didn’t happen. Core was beyond our expectations!

The whole night was perfect. Beautiful, creative food with a sublime marriage of textures, tastes and theatre. Superb staff. Clare Smyth out there for everyone to see as she made sure every dish on the pass was perfection and waving at diners as they come in. Lovely relaxed, modern and warm setting. Very good whiskey selection for my husband, and terrific wine pairings. Core is perfection.

We’re already looking at dates do it won’t be another two years before we back.

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Maria
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite simply the best I have ever eaten in an environment that mixes a whole world of class with the friendliest service. Yes, it's expensive, but it's undeniable value for money and the lamb carrot and potato and roe made it impossible not to want return.

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JakiM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third visit. Fabulous food, amazing service. Really helpful sommelier who isn’t pushy. Even got to meet Clare!

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vipAlanH
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from service to food was outstanding. I chose the CORE classics tasting menu. I enjoyed every dish. Simple ingredients were elevated to heavenly status by harmonius combinations. My favorite course was Potato and Roe. Service was perfect. 3 hours flew by! I almost missed my train.

Candidate for the best restaurant in the UK. I highly recommend it. Good luck in securing a reservation though!

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DominikaS
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food, they are very knowledgeable.

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Pollyping
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary lunch that exceeded our expectations. Beautifully crafted and exquisitely presented food with amazing attention to detail. Great ambiance and excellent service. Can’t wait to return.

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HelenW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding - at staff, the service, the food, the ambience, the place.
We had the Classics tasting menu, and seasonal tasting menu with wine pairing - it was all exceptional the flavours superb

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience food was out of this world and the wine pairing was perfect

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!!
Truly amazing evening, could not find a single fault.
Went with the core classics and was beautifully delivered.
Can not wait to go back.

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sashimiking
London
24 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late sitting but great food, friendly service and thoroughly enjoyed.

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DKont
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal! We could not fault anything! Service was impeccable. We had lots of different people serving us but Marie was simply superb! We are planning to come back- if only there is a slot available to book!

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SCHC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time we’ve eaten at Core and the food and service continue to be fantastic. Highly recommend for a celebration!

FAQs

CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 2018 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.