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CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
4.9
2594 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Contemporary European, Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 6:30 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–2:15 pm

  • Phone number

    020 3937 5086

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Jacket Preferred

  • Executive chef

    Clare Smyth

  • Private party contact

    Alison Labesse: 020 3937 5086

  • Neighborhood

    Notting Hill

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    52-452 Bus lines, Stop: Stanley Gardens<br />8 minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • CORE by Clare Smyth x Dom Pérignon

    £850.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Nov 1, 2022 only
    Clare Smyth will collaborate with Dom Pérignon for an unmissable dining experience on the 1st of November 2022 at Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill. A five-course menu personally created by Clare with pairings of different expressions of Dom Pérignon, including 2004 P2, the latest release of P2. Please note that our regular menu will not be available on the day. In the event that a booking is not honoured in whole or in part, which includes reducing numbers, or is cancelled with less than 14 days’ notice, deposits will not be refunded.

What 2,594 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • London

    Best Ambiance

  • London

    British

  • West London

    Best Overall

  • West London

    Best Food

  • West London

    Best Service

  • West London

    Best Ambiance

  • West London

    Best Value

  • West London

    Fit for Foodies

  • West London

    Notable Wine List

  • West London

    Romantic

  • West London

    Special Occasion

  • West London

    British

  • West London

    Most Booked

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  1. M

    Mezzer

    London

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Lovely place and generally much more atmospheric than usual Michelin starred, white cloth places. Some of the courses were good but not incredible - no particularly new or exciting combination of flavours and I can’t claim that there were any stand out dishes (maybe the potato)? Presentation was excellent, the food explanations were a little long, though service was great. Overall, this was far far too expensive for the result.
  2. S

    Steve

    London

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best meal we have ever experienced across all of the 3 Michelin star establishments we have visited. Truly excellent gastronomy delivered with precision and attention. Interaction from the kitchen from the moment we arrived, to one of the dishes being explained to us by a chef as well as the provenance of the ingredients being explained on every single course. The wine pairing also saved having to choose from an extensive wine list, with the sommelier explaining all of the wines with real knowledge and why they were suited to the course in question. You can tell the passion of everyone here and whilst it is phenomenally expensive, so hard to say it's really value for money, I left talking about the food, rather than the cost.
  3. EH

    EllyH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The first 3 servings were nice and tasty. Unfortunately, the rest was not as good as expected and Beef and Oyster was inedible.
  4. AR

    AngusR

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was joyous at every possible level. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten such extraordinary delicious food From start to finish it was a complete experience and exceptionally memorable.
  5. WT

    WillT

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic anniversary dinner experience that we will never forget. A unique blend of top quality flavours, presentation and service that we cannot wait to book again when we are in London. Thank you Core!
  6. JI

    JohnI

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This really is one of the best restaurants in the world. The food was absolutely delicious with a wide range of subtle flavours. The service was impeccable and the staff very knowledgeable particularly our sommelier. I really can't recommend Core highly enough.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment of arrival through to leaving, the whole experience was first class. The seasonal tasting menu was fabulous and the wine pairings some of the best we’ve had. Atmosphere was relaxed with all staff extremely knowledgeable on the food and drinks whilst also being attentive. Overall an experience worth the wait that lived up to expectations.
  8. P

    Paul

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall1food5service5ambience1
    I’d been before and been delighted, so this time I booked a table for my parents for my mother’s birthday. I was so very disappointed to learn that they had had an appalling experience, with a couple on the table beside them talking at extremely high volumes throughout their dinner. If I had been there, you can be sure I wouldn’t have stood for it; but my parents are so polite... Having said that, one assumes, for a place of this standing, with such phenomenal food and wine, that the service might just extend to ensuring diners observe the most basic civility and respect for their fellows. Apparently, though, it’s laissez-faire and romp as you will. As I say, I was surprised and deeply disappointed: I thought I could entrust my parents to this establishment for a very special dinner: they let us down.
  9. TW

    TWintern

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Intricate dishes that are as delicious as they look. The flavours are clean and unmistakably British on their classic menu service was excellent overall.
  10. BM

    BrianM

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasting menus and accompanying wine pairings were extremely perfect. Allow the sommelier to free lance and you will not be disappointed. Chef Claire and her team are special. Meeting Chef Claire, receiving a signed menu, as well as purchasing her book (also signed) made the evening an unforgettable anniversary. We have dined at 13 different Michelin 3 stars over several occasions. Chef Claire and her creations among the best ever. Michelin 4 star?!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flawless at every level
  12. BK

    BasilK

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The previous reviews we read before opting for this restaurant had set high expectations which can often lead to one wondering what others had seen to give the high rate. But Core is exceptional. Excellent modern nicely lit decor providing a warm ambience. Many of the dishes were out of this world providing an amazing gourmet experience. If there was ever a bucket list restaurant this would be it! Expect to eat a lot so arrive hungry and resist too much bread to allow space for the 7 course menu with two additional surprise courses. Went here for my wife’s birthday with our daughter and three other friends. We all said independently that this was a dining experience that we would never forget. You may feel the cost is higher that you had experienced before but this level of excellence costs and frankly, by the end of the meal we felt we had received value too. So look forward to the opportunity to try again one day. Core is unlikely to never not impress your guests.
  13. JB

    JamesB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Definitely worth it.
  14. P

    P1943

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolutely amazing meal ! Great service and ambiance and exquisite food ! Simple but stylish furnishings but beautiful crockery and glassware and impressive presentation. Not cheap but worth it for the culinary experience. Has to be one of the best restaurants in London if not in the UK.
  15. B

    Banny

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very enjoyable birthday meal!
  16. PB

    PiersB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Certainly one of the top five meals of my life, probably top three. There again this has to match against Le Manoir, Gavroche, Gidleigh Park, the Ledbury, Murano, The Herman (Copenhagen, now unfortunately closed) and others that I have been fortunate enough to eat in. The meal itself was delightful and innovative: we had the Seasons tasting menu and the langoustine, the cep and the carrot dishes particularly stand out as do the wine gums, but this is somewhat like asking which of your children you prefer. The chefs did a outstanding job with the turbot (even got me eating mussels, which I usually can't stand) and sweetbreads, and yet these didn't make my top three dishes. This gives you an indication of the dishes we were presented with. The wine flight was a good match to all the dishes, although we thought that possibly a delicate, honeyed whisky, such as maybe a Dalwhinnie, could as easily been served with the Core-teser. The waiting staff were every present, when you needed them and only discernable when you didn't (then again, I only have one eye and that wasn't focused on the restaurant). They were very welcoming, which was helped by finding that our principal waiter came from the area of Denmark that I often holidayed in as a child, and I have to thank the entire team for making the experience of Core by Clare Smyth such a great birthday and anniversary treat for my wife.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    That was superb
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Singapore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great restaurant, the food was very good also the service. I’ll be back again later! ❤️
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fast paced food , not enough breaks in between plates Many service people moving around, spoon down to the plate and staff rushing to take the hole plate out . Desserts too repetitive twice chocolate nothing refreshing Tea - not an experience just blended or infused behind doors Cheese selection not the best for a French restaurant Also not variety and already picked for you behind doors The experience started very good but quickly went south
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved walking in and being able to greet the chefs and kitchen team who delivered on 2 exquisite course menus with sublime desserts. The dinning room setting is warm and welcoming, and the friendly service team ensured a faultless service. The wine pairing delivered on complimenting the food and at a great price point relative to other establishments. One always has expectations coming to a 3-star restaurant and Core manages to exceed it. I’ll be back as soon as I can get another reservation!
  21. L

    Luckygirl

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Exceptional food and service, extensive wine list with a reasonable choice by the glass too.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A stunning experience which me and my boyfriend will NEVER forget! Thank you
  23. EW

    ElaineW

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was outstanding. Desserts look nice but weren’t good tbh. I’d prefer a normal looking but tasty dessert. The deserts to some extent affected my experience so I cannot say it was a perfect dinner. I would highly recommend putting more efforts on the deserts.
  24. PO

    PatrickO

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable best food I’ve ever eaten
  25. MV

    MickV

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An extraordinary dining experience. It was a privilege to enjoy a team at he pinnacle of the industry. FWIW, I think it’s good value relative to (global) competition.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal! Everything was top notch.
  27. JT

    JamesT

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, staff and ambiance 🙌🏻🙌🏻
  28. AS

    AnthonyS

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the classic menu this time having had the seasonal menu on our first visit, we weren’t disappointed the food was fantastic. Special mention for the potato, would love to have had a plate full of them ! Service as on our first visit very professional and warm, look forward to our next visit when ever we get the chance.
  29. NR

    NatalieR

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic treat, myself and my partner had a wonderful afternoon. Such care and attention. Artistry on a plate and delicious too. A great experience.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb experience. Food and service was exemplary
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything perfect.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From beginning to end the experience was flawless - amazing flavours, friendly staff that were the font of all things culinary, picture perfect food… the list is endless. It’s pricey, but so worth it. For a special treat or if food is your thing - you’d be crazy not to make a booking!
  33. J

    Jewel

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    Expectation too high, Clare wasn’t there. The sauce of cod and onion both are too salty. Fantastic starters and desserts, disappointing main course.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Michelin restaurant in London I’ve been to so far. Great food, loved the season menu, especially the beef and oyster.
  35. V

    Valerian

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. This restaurant is what you would expect out of a 3-Michelin Starred restaurant AND MORE!
  36. CR

    ChloeRS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal. We were blown away by how delicious the food was. It was undoubtedly one of the best meals we have had in London and the service was excellent. It is expensive, as might be expected from looking at the menu, but the staff certainly ensure it is more an experience than just a meal. The perfect way to celebrate. Thank you.
  37. PB

    PatrickB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An exceptional dining experience. Food of highest quality service friendly and informative.
  38. L

    Lily

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, the staff couldn’t have been more helpful! They even arranged for us to meet Clare Smyth! Thank you for a wonderful experience
  39. DT

    DaveT

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasting menu outstanding, quite the experience. Staff were exceptional at every point. Beautiful restaurant with a wonderful ambience. Priced at upper end, but you know that if you are going, and the experience is more than just exceptional food.
  40. NP

    NickP

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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

FAQs

CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 2594 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.
Google Map for CORE by Clare Smyth

92 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2PN

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Notting Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 6:30 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–2:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    British, Contemporary European, Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Jacket Preferred

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    52-452 Bus lines, Stop: Stanley Gardens8 minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Clare Smyth

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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