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CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
4.9
2513 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

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

What 2,513 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

    Fit for Foodies

  • West London

    Notable Wine List

  • West London

    Romantic

  • West London

    Special Occasion

  • West London

    British

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  1. MD

    MattD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening at CORE. The staff, drinks, food and wine were all amazing and exceeded my high expectations
  2. g

    gyzone86

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and service.
  3. IL

    IanL

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is seamless like nothing experienced at many high-end / Michelin-starred restaurants. In itself would warrant awards. For example, we (partner and I) were greeted by chefs on route to our seats, for a standard table that's forever memorable. I expected great food but was blown away by how magnificent the tasting menu was - exemplementary. Knowledge of the food, sauces - where they are produced from. Had a chef explain the dish being served. Food is world-class - and the prices go with it. The service was an extra memorable experience.
  4. MZ

    MarcusZ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and even more amazing service. You feel like a king/queen eating here and we do not have a single complaint. Much worth the money spent on classic and seasonal course with wine pairing.
  5. JS

    JaneS

    Kent

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiting for six months for a cancellation at this one off restaurant is worth it. Everything excelled from the moment you stepped inside - faultless in every sense. A delightful lunch which I would do again if funds will allow. It was just everything I imagined and more. Clare must be thrilled and proud to have such a dedicated team. Our special occasion was my husbands retirement- if I had my choice he would be back in work so we could visit this restaurant more often.
  6. m

    mattc

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Core is one of the best in the world for a reason!
  7. S

    Sally

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best restaurant! Everything is perfection. This was my third visit & look forward to my next .
  8. O

    Oscar

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Lovely ambience and staff. Highly recommended.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant in london. Hands down
  10. TR

    TRop

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! The service was second to none, and the food brilliant.
  11. RP

    RossP

    Western Australia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional in every way and a near faultless experience
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berlin

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly outstanding restaurant.
  13. R

    Rafael

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was spectacular, several courses of the Core Seasons menu are contenders for the best dish I’ve ever tasted. Excellent service, basically never waited for anything. Overall spectacular dining experience
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding from start to finish. Every dish was as much a feast for the eyes as the stomach. Watching the kitchen at work was like seeing the precise inner workings of a well-oiled machine. If only reservations were easier to come by!
  15. IO

    IbukunOluwa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at Core was excellent; we had the seasons menu which was delicious, the ambience was cozy and tasteful. The staff were very warm and attentive. I highly recommend this restaurant
  16. CW

    ChrisW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our 2nd visit and I did not think the experience could be any better, but when you are pleasantly proven wrong it can only be a positive. Congratulations to all at Core, every award is more than well earned
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible; we’ve done many Michelin restaurants and this (whilst a 3 star) was simply incredible!!!
  18. M

    Marshy1981

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal, my friend and I treated ourselves to lunch for our 40th birthdays. The staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. We chose to have the a la carte menu. The presentation and theatre of each course was spectacular. Each member of staff was very knowledgeable about all the food. The sommelier matched our wine perfectly to our courses. Nick one of the chef's came out to describe our starters, and they knew exactly where each ingredient had come from and are very proud of their relationships with each of their suppliers. We were able to see the kitchen staff hard at work and met head chef Johnny as we were leaving. Highly recommend going, you need to book 3 months in advance, I logged in at 6am to book.
  19. AH

    AndrewH

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing place! very deserving of the three stars!!!
  20. D

    Daisy

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect place to celebrate something special. Highly recommend.
  21. CT

    CherylT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional - everything the service, the ambiance, the food and the wine - favourite dish probably the potato and roe and the Cornish turbot - just brilliant - thank you
  22. J

    Jasmine

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing combination of ingredients.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing from beginning to end. Beautiful space, loved the chefs welcoming us as we walked past their immaculate kitchen! Beautiful food - excellent service and incredible wine. Well worth the wait! But very much a special occasion restaurant. Loved it.
  24. SC

    SophieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the most exquisite dining experience you will ever have. The beautifully crafted food was absolutley exceptional. A once (hopefully more) in a lifetime meal. Core is a Triumph across the board. The girolle tart was the best thing I have ever eaten. I let out audible yelps of joy throughout the meal. We had the seasons tasting menu with paired wines. It was mums 80th birthday and she was so delighted throughout. Well done team Core.
  25. TN

    TomN

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Immaculate service in beautiful setting with some outstanding dishes. Expensive but not unexpectedly so for a central London 3* restaurant
  26. A

    Adamk

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect meal. Expensive but worth it for a special occasion.
  27. F

    Fezzer

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top 2 or 3 best dining experiences ever. Thank you to the whole team.
  28. MB

    MichelleB

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic evening with extremely attentive service and truly innovative food.
  29. E

    Emeraldtigress

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was enchanting and everything else- service, ambience, kitchen cleanliness, layout and artistry overall - impeccable!
  30. AC

    AlanC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food we've ever tasted, lovely, friendly staff, lovely atmosphere, perfect evening!
  31. V

    Volt

    Austin

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We arrived late and therefore missed the tasting menu but the ala carte menu was very similar. Fabulous food only a master chef could produce. Rivals any of the top restaurants we have been to before :inn at little Washington, Volt, la Bernadine, and many others.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Everything was great until I found a hair in the food.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and seamless service as you would expect. Loved the fact it is also relaxed and friendly.
  34. CK

    CatK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding from start to finish, flawless service, exceptional food and beautiful setting. I was a bit concerned it might feel pretentious but it didn’t. There is no dress code which I like, some people got dressed up and some didn’t. No one looked scruffy but smart casual is fine. I will return but this is a very occasional treat for my budget.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner ever . The seasonal menu was just amazing and the staff were so wonderful thank you for making our Honeymoon even more special
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! Staff is the friendliest in London, food is outstanding, wine pairing is just perfect!
  37. JZ

    JonathanZ

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A fantastic top class dinner. Really well looked after by the amazing team here. We had the seasonal tasting menu and it was a delight from start to finish. With some really lovely wines expertly paired as well. Would 💯 come back to try the regular tasting menu as well.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very special family experience where every detail had been considered with care and creativity. Comfortable, but at the same time special!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whatever you do, have the potato dish!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a real treat. The whole theatrical experience and quality and flavour hits of the food was among the best I have ever experienced. All the staff including kitchen staff gave a warm welcome to customers and the level of service, knowledge of the staff was judged to perfection. We were not rushed, nor we we left with finished plates at any time during the meal. This is not a cheap meal but then this is such a different experience that price comparisons are not relevant. I full understand why its necessary to book 3 months in advance. I just hope that I will have the opportunity to return in the near future.

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 2513 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


Booked 19 times today
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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