CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
1907 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 & 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
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1907 people are saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a perfect way to celebrate my birthday. Is was a true luxury experience.

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StuartF
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational experience. Best food have ever tasted. Waiting staff were all friendly and attentive and were genuinely happy to be there and to serve you. Unforgettable experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flawless. Wonderful food, stunningly presented, exceptional wine pairing. Lovely staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great but not 3 Michelin Stars amazing. I really enjoyed our meal and the service was excellent. The potato and roe was good but the actual potato was a bit bland. The best part of that dish is the sauce. Was slightly disappointed with the Highland “Wagyu”. My steak was a bit tough. Not true Wagyu beef, According to our waiter it was Wagyu cattle cross bred with Angus and raised in Scotland. Don’t get me wrong it was very tasty but just not what I was expecting. The Core-teaser dessert was excellent. Other small disappointments like fact the coffee was bad (so acidic it curdled the soy milk) and the English Breakfast tea was weak. Michelin star worthy absolutely, but 3 Michelin Stars, not our meal unfortunately.

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vipdavide
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally outstanding. Amazing attention to detail and food with sublime elegance

JM
JakeM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bloody Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@@@@!@!@@@@@@@@@

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GlynnisB
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent dining experience. Attentive friendly staff and pleasant environment.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's really hard not to fault this restaurant.
Everything was just amazing there.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for our anniversary and were blown away. Everything was exemplary! The food was delicious, the presentation was beautiful and the staff were excellent. You can’t fault Core. We will definitely be returning! Thank you for a wonderful and memorable evening!

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DaveC
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent meal provided by skilled chefs and a knowledgeable service team!
Extraordinarily welcoming and relaxed and a must for anyone who enjoys this kind of food!

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PhilipS
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic experience from start to finish. The food was out of this world. The staff were amazing. And the welcome from the kitchen was a lovely touch. The restaurant felt cosy yet modern and we felt really comfortable there. We will definitely be returning. My only slight criticism would be that because we had a late booking starting at 10pm we didn’t leave the restaurant until 12.20am. We noticed that the staff started to leave before we had finished eating. Understandable at this late hour but for next time we would prefer to eat earlier if the booking slots allow so we benefit from the full team being present.

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Markt
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If there were 100 stars it would get a hundred. Best meal I have had in my life

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MatthewM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a practically perfect evening. I was worried that it wouldn't meet expectations but it managed to exceed them.
Some of the dishes we had; the mushroom tart, the lamb dish and the core-teaser were the nicest things I've ever eaten. I almost got a bit emotional over the core-teaser.
It sounds funny to say but the only slight negative was how attentive the staff were- the very minor issue I had was with how often the water glasses were being topped up. But as I say this was a very slight issue and I can understand that many would see it as a positive.

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MarkM
London
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding cooking and service of the very highest order. Modern dishes underpinned by classic techniques with interpretations and deconstructions of complimentary and enhancing flavour combinations using the best produce available. Art on a plate that packs a punch. No question that Clare Smyth and her team deserve the 3 stars. Just go… there is no debate - this place is the best high end restaurant in the UK at the moment and I suspect will remain so for some time. A delight and worth every penny.

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Nishnik
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was the most amazing dining experience. Could not fault anything. Such wonderful knowledgeable staff and delicious food served impeccably. Cannot wait to go again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner truly made our night, it was a sensational experience. Our favorite part was that all the dishes were simple yet bursting in flavors.

LK
LouKB
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal, staff, ambience everything!!!
When we walked in all of the kitchen staff (including Clare) turned to give us a colgate smile and an enthusiastic wave.
It set the tone for what was to be a very enjoyable evening, with incredible food, wine and lots of wonderful surprises.

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MattCulpin
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service, really friendly and attentive staff.

We had the tasting menu with wine pairings. When you can elevate a humble potato and carrot to be some of the best things you’ve ever tasted you know you’re in an amazing place.

Nice touch as you walk through to your table to get a hello from the kitchen including Clare.

Can’t wait to return.

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GrahamP
Essex
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb and without doubt the best food experience we have ever had. The food was innovative and stunning - well done Core !

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ElphinM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience. I took my boyfriend for dinner for his birthday and as soon as we arrived it was amazing. We were taken to our seats and along the way, walked past the kitchen where all the chefs and Clare Smyth stopped and waved! My boyfriend was like a giddy kid all night and we absolutely loved the gorgeous food, service and beautiful atmosphere
Thank you!
Elphin

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QB1991
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t fault it! Absolutely sublime. The staff were attentive, the atmosphere quietly electric, food out of this world.

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AmandaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant for a special treat or to celebrate a special occasion, will definitely be returning. Staff very attentive without being over the top, lovely relaxed atmosphere. Food amazing and presentation is stunning, lovely to be able to see in the kitchen.

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natoono
Northampton
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent food cannot fault the place.

Service could be more friendlier. For instance the guy collecting plates and wipping down tables didn’t say a thing and didn’t seem to know anything about the food or show any excitement. A simple ‘what did you think?’ Wouldn’t have gone a miss as we enjoyed the food so much we wanted to tell someone.

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AllyD
38 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience from the moment we walked in the door. The service was exceptional. The food was delicious. We chose the seasons tasting menu at £175 pp and loved every dish. The interior of the restaurant is very welcoming with tasteful decor and ambient lighting. I loved the tablescaping and the presentation of each dish was perfect. It took a long time to obtain a reservation but it was worth the wait! I would highly recommend.

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vipLofty
Essex
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational food, beautifully presented in a lovely room. Highly recommended if you like fine dining

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Mike
Berkshire
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having been to Core a few times before our expectations were sky high so it was going to be difficult for Core to live up to them. We were not disappointed. Service was superlative - relaxed, friendly but always prompt and wholly professional. The food - we had the Core Classic set meal (they were happy to change one course with one from the Core Seasons meal) all elements were marvelous with the Highland wagyu beef as the standout element. Advice for the wine was excellent and as it was lunch time we only needed a couple of glasses each so choosing the wine by the glass meant we needed some advice. We started with mocktails - both were refreshing and had great flavour. We really like the idea of being able to wave to the hard working kitchen staff on the way out and thank them for their hard work. Great service, great food, wonderful ambience but above all a truly great experience we loved every minute. Can't wait for our next visit,

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Congratulations Clara and crew on your third star. Well deserved. Thank you for the lovely lunch.

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sarahw
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way - food sublime

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic afternoon. Favourite restaurant.

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Aung
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always beautiful food presentation. Every mouthful is tasty above and beyond. Service is over the top and not under just there nicely flowing with friendly smiles all around.

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AndrewS
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Difficult to add anything over what you would expect from 3 Michelin stars.

The best food I've eaten.

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SarahA
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food and presentation, well worth a trip

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HanaG
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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Texas
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I cannot speak highly enough about our experience. It was her birthday and what a fabulous way to celebrate. Every aspect was just superb. Week done and thank you Clare Smyth who even came to see us off as we were leaving

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LorraineK
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit to this restaurant and even more impressed this time.

The whole meal was stunning and I had the best dessert I’ve ever had (English Cherry).

The team are friendly, knowledgeable and there is a relaxed atmosphere.

Cannot wait to go again

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TeresaL
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was stunning, fabulous staff, lovely setting, would definitely return!

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warney
London
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection again. Best service and food you will ever find.

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JonathanP
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Memorable and faultless dining experience from start to finish. Exquisite and memorable food, warm and attentive service, an absolute joy. We can’t wait to go back

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PaulC
London
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience with great food and service. Would definately recommend.

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Liliana
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! If you can, go to to this great restaurant, you will not be disappointed :)

From the start we felt top quality service, Clare and her team stopping to say hello and welcome you, to the fantastic floor staff who are not pretentious like other restaurants of this level but super friendly and attentive at all times to the incredible food that elevates the simple potato or onion into a magnificent explosion of flavours to the simply melting in your mouth Wagyu beef and oyster and many other fantastic courses in between to the more detailed beautiful and delicious deserts you would ever taste!

Oh writing this review makes me want to go back again now!! Will do soon :)

FAQs

CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 1907 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.