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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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1705 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way

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RenaD
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant space, perfect food and service. Great for a special occasion!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely faultless meal and service from the moment you step in the door ! Definitely a 3 Michelin star restaurant in my opinion!

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VinayM
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food, excellent wine pairings and the best service you’ll probably ever see. One of the best restaurants in the UK without doubt.

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NickB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dinner of seasons tasting with wine pairing.
2 stand out dishes- 1. beef & oyster 2. carrot pudding. Others all good but not exceptional ( cheese & onion & Coreteaser didn’t do anything for us).
Wine list was so long we went for the pairings & again, nothing special.
Very expensive overall but staff excellent & very attentive & lots of them which justifies some of the cost.

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ala87
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals we've ever had. Even comparing to similar dining experiences, Core really stood out for us. The atmosphere, service, food was all unbeatable.

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SarahP
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and amazing food served by the most delightful staff. It was a joy from start to finish.
Thankyou

NC
NeilC
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Attentive service. Would definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a fantastic experience with the delicious food!

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RobW
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favourite in town. Attention to detail is second to none.

MB
MaxB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing lunch. Both my husband and I had a wonderful time. I was so looking forward to visiting, and was a great way to celebrate my 50th birthday.
The food, service, ambience and overall experience was fantastic. I would definitely return for another visit and would recommend to all.

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Hamdan
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Immaculate and attentive service, outstanding and impressive food - we enjoyed it very much!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The presentation of the food was exceptional

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SophieTL
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE most sensational restuarant. The food was out of this world and so beautifully presented and we loved hearing where all the ingredients were sourced from. The very knowledgeable sommelier guided us through the pairing of a vast array of different wines. A seriously wonderful birthday treat for my husband and daughter. I couldn’t recommend this more highly.

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DeborahB
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, delightful waiting staff, lovely atmosphere.

Only small criticism is that the additional course, which can also be taken instead of one of the courses on the tasting menu, came with a very hefty premium (additional almost 50%!), which was not mentioned when the dish was described and which was a bit of a shock!

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ALexW
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Up there, if not the best restaurant I’ve been to and I’ve been to many of the UKs best fine dining restaurants!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding experience once again (wine paining was excellent). Big thanks to Clare, Rob, Gareth and team. Glad to see them all back in action. We look forward to our next visit.

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serena22
London
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunningly presented, innovative combinations and highly efficient staff.
We had the Core classics tasting menu - highlights for me were the Isle of Mull scallop and the Core potato with roe and dulse beurre blanc. Interesting wine list and helpful sommelier advice.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just totally incredible ! My daughter and I have been in most of the top end star restaurants the sooner Michelin give Clare three the better because in our honest opinion Clare deserves it. Will be back very soon .

PJ
vipPJEfoodie
Essex
105 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive flavour combinations and stunning presentation make Clare’s food up there with the best of the best. Match that to friendly, knowledgeable staff and a great ambiance and it supplies the complete package to ensure customer satisfaction. Having discussed our experience after getting back to our hotel, Core really does deliver on all levels and being introduced to Clare at the end, was the icing on the cake.
Having experienced Clare’s food at Ramsay’s, she has carried on that stunning quality at Core and delivered a dining experience to rank amongst the best in the UK. We loved everything about the evening.

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TomL
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An unforgettable experience with superb food, attentive but relaxed service and a fantastic atmosphere.

Will definitely be returning.

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NeilT
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals in my life (and I'm quite old). It's difficult to pick out any highlights as staff, presentation and food were all flawless.

I'd class this as an expensive treat - but what a treat.

CL
CalifornianinLondon
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience. Excellent and well presented food, attentive and friendly service and a relaxing ambience. The nature inspired presentation of delicious and flavourful food was a delight. We enjoyed the wine pairing and were very full by the end! So exciting also to meet Clare! Thank you and hope to visit again soon

DD
vipDiscerningDiner
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to get back to the delicious and beautifully prepared food.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food in a very relaxed homely setting

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Itsmylunchtime
London
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Faultless. Can’t recommend highly enough. In strange times this was a refreshing reminder of how great an evening out can be.

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Nic09
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational food. Wonderful relaxed ambience for a fancy restaurant. Staff were super friendly and amazing to see the named chef actually in the kitchen. And you can tell. Amazing experience all round.

MP
MonaP
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant serving elegant and beautifully presented dishes.
the atmosphere and ambiance is lovely. A very special place for special events and important business dinners.

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RosannaF
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a celebratory meal for my husband's 70th and our 40th Anniversary.
From the moment we set foot in the restaurant, we were made to feel special.
The staff excelled and the menu descriptions fascinating when relayed by the various members of staff.
We loved every minute and were thrilled when Clare took the time to chat.

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PatrickC
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such an experience . The whole lunch was a sheer delight. It was great to see Clare in the kitchen and she found time to say hi . The service was impeccable, discreet , attentive, charming , helpful but ,of course, the food and the wine were just amazing . All delicious and so beautifully presented.
A real treat .

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StevenD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This experience is one me and my girlfriend won't ever forget. We were recommended this restaurant by a very good chef as we were only in London for a few days for a birthday and it did not disappoint. From the moment we walked in, everyone saying hi and being so welcoming, including the chefs in the kitchen. We were seated and everything was just spectacular. The service was impeccable, from the sommelier, to the waiters just having a bit of chat with us - it was flawless. Then the food... Absolutely first class. The potato and roe was my personal favourite, that beurre blanc sauce!!! and my girlfriend love the cheese and onion course. We really can't thank you enough for this experience and a big thank you to Claire for meeting us also. I cannot wait until you guys get your 3rd Star... it's definitely on its way!

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vipRA86
London
72 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, delicious tasting menu which catered for some dietary preferences with zero fuss. A real treat after a long time since our last meal out. Really nice to be greeted by all, including the kitchen staff, to have a view of the kitchen from our seat, and also to have the chef say thanks and goodbye before we left was a really nice touch

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RenateW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb seasonal tasting menu and very professional service

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PaprikaL
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The food, the atmosphere and the service are all perfect!

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vipcindchen
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One can not fault that wonderful experience.
Nothing but perfection on every level.
So good!

Thank you

PF
PeterF
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food , service great without being overbearing , and nice atmosphere in the dining room.
Best meal had in ages !

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rajivsingh100
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

without doubt, one of the best meals we have ever had- this was the view of all 3 of us.
This isnt just about the food but the overall experience
There were exciting plates- loved the hoggett and mutton. The "Pther "carrot and the apple core-teser were fantastic. the wine choices superb including wine types/locations I d never heard of let alone tried - Argentinian Semillon??
Thoroughyl recommend to anyone

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Bevvie
London
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow factor in abundance. From the moment you enter the building....walk around the corner to see the very visible kitchen then enter the beautiful seating area it's just an absolute joy of a night out.
Everything on the table looked & tasted incredible. Such talent on display. Food & service.
A beautiful eating out experience. You'll find it difficult reserving a table - it's understandably popular so allow ample time ahead to book.
Memorable!

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vipCharles
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb - sadly on this occasion Clare was not present but her brigade outstanding

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DavidC
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. We had the Core Seasons tasting menu (without wine pairings) and will be talking about it for years to come. 'Cheese and onion' and 'Core-teaser' particular highlights, but every dish was spectacular.
I also got served a special treat for my birthday, including a candle to blow out! So sweet and unexpected, it really make my day.
Can't recommend Core enough.

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CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 1705 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 reservations at the moment.