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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London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are just three words I would use. Fabulous, outstanding and amazing.

F
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic place but only for a special occasion! We like to rank dishes in order and this was a real struggle as all were amazing. Hefty price tag but worth it for excellent ingredients and top quality service. Really attentive without being snooty - this is the kind of thing differentiates Core from many other Michelin restaurants. Also got to say hello to Clare in the kitcheb, again a really touch. My only caution would be, if they offer you a special course (truffle linguine for us) swap another course out as otherwise you will be too full at the end!!

j
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way as always Much better than Moor Hall

OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. The best I have seen in London.
Top class.

Many thanks!!!

NM
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply stunning.

Food exquisite, staff so professional, lovely ambience... all in all superb!

A
London
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yesterday I went to @corebyclaresmyth It was on my list since when @chefclaresmyth got her 2 🌟 Michellin last year (with last than one year open. Took me 2 months to get availability for a Friday night at 10pm service. The restaurant located in Notting Hill it is in a beautiful house. A bar to wait and then you cross by the open kitchen where you can see Claire working and her team. Super friendly as everyone always says Hi, even her. The saloon has around 10 tables, and one big table is in front the kitchen. Super clean decor but the show is the food presentation. Each dish comes beautifully presented, some looks like art. We chose the Core Classics Tasting (7 amazingly dishes) £125 per person. But at the end it fees like 10 dishes, as there is some canapés per start, bread, and extra sweets at the end. Be prepared for at 2 hours indulgence of a foodie beautiful word. As I am allergic to shelfish they exchanged my scalops for a chicken with corn that was unbelievable. The potato was crazy melting, the sauces OMG. Monkfish it was one that my appetite didn’t appreciate much, too chewing. The lamb from god. I don’t like duck so they gave me a celeriac risotto with black truffle. I never thought celeriac could taste so perfect l. The quantity of truffle was amazing. Then the beautiful dessert clare apple and the pearl and verbenna. It was heaven dinner. My only disappointment was when I asked the waiter if I could take a picture with Clare she had already left. I was really looking forward to take a picture with her. And the most important was getting purpose in this beautiful meal and amazing food journey. Where they give preference to local and fresh seasonal products from England.

SC
East Sussex
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, service and ambiance, we will definitely be back!!

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming atmosphere. Exquisite dishes of really delicious food.

B
Miami
43 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an Amazing lunch. Core classic.
The potato dish, the isle of mull scallop, and the carrot with lamb were beyond delicious as were the sweets. Had the table for four just outside the viewing kitchen. The serving staff are about the best in the world. We have dined at Michelin Star restaurants around the world. Core deserves a third star. Clare Smyth is a true working genius. She was there all of lunch on 7 NOV 2019. Not a drive by chef like so many in this rarefied foodie world. We will book another visit soon.

B
London
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish the experience was excellent. We had cocktails in the bar followed by a sublime meal. Staff were attentive but not obtrusive. All in all a wonderful lunch.

FA
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been fortunate enough to dine at some fantastic restaurants over the years, but there is an attention to detail at CORE that I don't think I've enoucntered anywhere else. The staff are incredibly courteous and attentive without being overbearing. I'd recommend the tasting menus (there were two of these to choose from when I visited) so that you can try a bit of everything. A thoroughly first-rate experience.

b
London
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn't even have to think about this , I've been lucky enough to be in and out of London for the past 15 plus years ,and without a doubt the dinner I had last Tuesday was the best dining experience I've had in my life ,bar none . Food , service , ambience , it has the lot . I cannot recommend it highly enough .

RP
London
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were initially anxious upon entering the restaurant to hear loud music and find other patrons using their mobile for texting and taking pictures. We would have left if not the Restaurant Director assuring us that the restaurant was quiet. As an additional plus we were given in our opinion the best table in the room. It was all uphill after that with the food taste and presentation magnificent. The only fault is too much food for our little stomachs. Forgot to add how great was the service, attentive, professional.
Of course it is not inexpensive and that is why I expected the ambiance to be quiet and devoid of mobiles (not possible in todays world)

SS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants within the UK by far! 2 stars at the moment but I'm sure Clare will get the third next year.
Every element of this restaurant works extremely well, I struggle to fault it.

OT
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience! The food was unbelievable! We had the sky’s sting menu and every course was amazing. The staff were very friendly, which made the lunch even better as many “posh” restaurants do pretentious better than they do approachable. Loved every minute of it and will definitely be back!

GC
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fantastic food and a lovely ambience. Didn't expect to meet Clare Smyth and the team, but we did as we were leaving which was lovely.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PERFECTION!!

DC
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was exceptional. Decor is both welcoming and cosy. We had the Seasonal tasting menu which was delicious. I enjoyed the first 4 or 5 courses more than the latter ones, not sure if it was because of feeling fuller or not. Overall, I thought it was very good and have recommended it to friends.

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely touch to be greeted by Clare and chef
Would be useful to know what meter parking is available ( i may have overlooked this)

MN
London
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our best meal in the city - and we had quite a selection during our trip. The attention to detail in the serving of these delectable courses was as amazing as the food itself. The food was absolutely out of this world with incredibly creative combinations. The staff were incredibly attentive but at the same time, the restaurant was not at all stuffy. The wine pairing we had was excellently curated and fabulous and we loved our Spanish wine steward! I would hasten to return on my next trip to London!

J
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular restaurant; deserves 3 Michelin stars! Wonderful and carefully prepared delicious food so beautifully presented they are works of art. Service was attentive, friendly and well orchestrated. The ingredients of the dishes and characteristics of each were were well-explained. The room was quiet and tables not crowded together like most restaurants. Overall an outstanding experience!

P
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Ticked every box. The staff were very friendly and professional from the moment we arrived until we left. Food was amazing and cannot wait to return. Booked for my wife’s birthday and it lived up to and surpassed any expectations we had.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience5

Disappointing. My overall rating is only 2/5 because the restaurant refused to let me cancel my dinner reservation without a £200 penalty on a day that I was really unwell.

The dinner reservation was a wedding gift worth £300. I tried to reschedule to another date because I was very unwell and this was a special occasion, but was flatly refused and was told that my only options were to find friends to take my spot or pay the £200 penalty. Unhelpful.

I understand that many restaurants have strict booking policies. But it has also been my experience that wise managers who are committed to good service exercise some discretion on these matters - or find creative solutions.

Whilst the service during dinner was excellent, the restaurant needs to do better when it comes to delivering a good booking and reservations experience.

JW
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding. Refined and relaxed at the same time.

BE
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding composition and execution of the menu, and extremely well-matched wine flight. Excellent service.

G
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous experience. Totally unstuffy, modern, embrace all comers dining room. Food is spectacular - thoughtful, some traditional, some new flavours but really sublime. Calm kitchen and the most professional hosts in the dining space - attentive and charming. Nothing was rushed and we felt very comfortable. Had time to have a really good catch up with my birthday partner in crime. Now we’re planning our Spring lunch there. Can’t recommend highly enough if you want to experience delicious, seasonal food in a gracious setting

P
New England
57 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellence throughout

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been lucky enough to try quite a few fine dining restaurants in London (and elsewhere) but CORE really stands out - the food novel, exciting and excellently executed and the dining room is a quiet haven with great spacing between tables. Perhaps the best aspect was the service - from the greeting at the door to giving coats back, the staff throughout were brilliant. All were attentive but never intrusive and really made the experience. The three course menu is a good value at and at lunch, wines by the glass were varied and incredibly fairly priced. Highly recommended.

EP
London
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was an amazing culinary experience and I would definitely want to go again!

d
London
16 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant. Have visited a number of times and each time Clare Smyth was present in the kitchen. The flavours packed into every bite are incredible. Although it is at the higher end on price, the superb presentation, amazing flavours, professional (but friendly) and attentive staff make it an experience worth paying for. I absolutely recommend it.

OT
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful experience. The eye contact and friendly conversations from the whole staff was so refreshing. This is the least stuffy, amazing dining experience you could ever have. Loved how Clare stopped and greeted us as we walked by the open kitchen. The interior design, table settings and glass ware couldn’t be more beautiful. The food was a 10+. Even though we had high expectations they were exceeded by far. If we can ever get another reservation when we are in London we will be there! Don’t miss a chance to experience Core! 🌟🌟🌟

C
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Divine ! The food is outstanding and the overall experience is incredible. Will be back when I’m in London again.

a
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely an amazing experience. The food was divine and one of us is gluten free and they catered for this amazingly. The staff were exceptional and service impeccable. The kitchen is open so you can see the preparation which is an added touch. Will definitely visit again! Thank you core for a great experience!

AF
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food, definitely worth a visit. Recommend the tasting menu with wine pairing.

M
London
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Only tiny comment was fish dish was slightly duller than we had hoped for. The monk fish we had.

GV
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Fantastic food, attentive staff, great atmosphere and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

MM
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous!!

Food, service everything about it was superb

JW
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food - the best ingredients treated with an extraordinary level of skill and served with professionalism and flair. Each visit to Core brings new pleasures. A truly wonderful place. Just go, and hang the cost - just buy fewer other things fir a while...

DJ
London
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative morsels and innovative presentation made this a night to remember! Every course was another opportunity to be pleasantly surprised. Staffing was extremely welcoming and professional as well as helpful in communicating food sensitivities to the kitchen. When back in London, we will definitely return!

KH
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic meal. The service from all the staff was spot on. A very special treat but it was the best meals I have ever had.