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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CE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Magical on all levels

DO
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we walked into Core we was greeted by all staff with warm welcomes and smiling faces. The restaurant is stunning and the staff were exceptional. I really liked the fact you could watch the chefs at work, and Clare Smyth herself, who was more than happy to greet us all and even have a picture! The food was out of this world from start to finish, we thoroughly enjoyed Core and would highly recommend it.

MC
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning experience and the best service we've ever had in a restaurant - special thanks to Maria for such a lovely end to the evening.

BR
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal worth it's 2 Michelin stars, highlights on the 'Core Classics' menu including the potato and roe, lamb carrot and the duck. Lovely room with a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Slightly odd music choices for fine dining (mostly some rather middle-of-the-road 2000s rock - think Coldplay, Stereophonics etc), but it wasn't at a level which was intrusive or annoying. Our Canadian sommelier (sadly I forget his name) was great, allowing us to mix up the wine pairing to try a few of the other excellent by-the-glass wines available, though it has to be said that at £105 for six 100ml pours, the pairing does not offer good value (with most of the wines in question being available individually at under £17.50 a glass for 125ml). Service all round was brilliant.

CR
Leicestershire
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is simply a wonderful restaurant in every respect. Food was delicious, beautifully and imaginatively presented and service was excellent. Meeting Clare herself and watching the kitchen at work made the experience even better. We would highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely come again.

SW
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A really great experience albeit a very expensive one. Both food and the wine pairing were very good. Personally I found it very difficult to understand a lot of the information given about both the food and wine as although the English was excellent the foreign accents were so strong it made it very hard work.

CS
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I knew I was going somewhere special for my lunch and, indeed, it was!
I loved the whole journey which, at times, was quite emotional for me!
A very special time and I never thought food and wonderful service would bring tears to my eyes! (In a good way!)
Thank you all for a great experience.

E
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite restaurant in London - the best food, beautiful space and the most welcoming staff.

d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful restaurant; wonderful food; wonderful service.

SD
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food , so flavourful and perfectly cooked and presented . An amazing restaurant with a real buzz. Very relaxed , with great service .

o
Italy
10 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Near perfection - highly recommend and well worth a visit (if you can get in!).

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was amazing!
Worth the expérience, bravo!

AN
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything, from the service, food, atmosphere, was perfect. The best meal I have ever had - you have to go!

GD
London
10 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very special experience ! So many staff and yet you don’t know they are there

DR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful anniversary dinner. The staff couldn't be more attentive and nice. Food was exceptional on all levels and we will happily return to many more anniversaries ahead.

E
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Das Essen war ausgesprochen gut, ein tolles Ambiente mit tollen Menschen.
Das Essen war sehr britisch mit einem modernen touch, sehr außergewöhnlich. Der Service war sehr freundlich, es hat viel Spaß gemacht, wir kommen auf alle Fälle wieder.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible in every way.

DP
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, friendly staff, fantastic food, could not fault!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, best in London

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S
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere and we were able to enjoy our conversation without distractions from other tables.
A really fantastic experience

AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ordered the Seasonal Tasting Menu and there are truly no words to describe! My niece and I absolutely loved every course and we were disappointed when it came to an end!
Looking forward to a return visit!

j
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quite simply the best 2 star Michelin meal we have had.

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food; innovative without showing off. Great ingredients prepared with precise fantastic, intuitive service by lovely people Great space.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, from beginning to end a remarkable experience. It is insane that the restaurant is still given 2 stars by Michelin. Service is on point and they won’t interrupt your conversations every 5 seconds, like other restaurants with tasting menus.

KW
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really special in every way. Lived up to the high expectations. We had both the seasonal and classic core tasting menus. Sublime food; presentation and attention to every detail was what you would expect from this calibre of restaurant. The staff were both exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate when presenting and describing every course and were superbly attentive without being overbearing. Highly recommend for "foodies"that appreciate every detail. Exceptional wine list too.

AL
London
24 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were fortunate to book a table at 1830 on a Saturday evening and ordered the tasting menu. Love the ‘potato & roe’ and lamb carrot’ the most as she made the vegetable to be the centre of the dish instead of the protein. Service was impeccable and highly recommended!

LC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous food, service was impeccable; personal, attentive but not overbearing. Everyone was warm and friendly, the stop by the kitchen on the way to the table and at the end of the evening was a lovely touch. Each course was delicious and well presented with fantastic wine pairings. Will absolutely go back again.

G
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A truly outstanding experience!
From the minute you walk in until you leave you are very well taken care of. The interior is elegant, in neutral tones yet warm and welcoming. It’s an elegant place with a relaxed atmosphere. Loved the open kitchen separated from the dining room by a glass pane. You can see kitchen staff preparing your food. And what food! An explosion of beauty on the plate and flavours on the palate. All perfectly balanced. All members of staff are very knowledgeable and are proud of the produce they serve. Great touch to have some members of the kitchen staff to introduce some of the courses. They beam with pride for their work and they should. Every single detail at Core has been carefully thought through for you to have the most memorable experience....and want to come again and again! I certainly will.

W
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always, we had classic core tasting menu, totally loved the experience

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was magical

B
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

On 2nd visit, CORE has retained everything we loved during our first visit. Food, menus, and presentation are extraordinary, only to be outdone by the service, decor, and ambiance. Creativity of presentations are, alone, enough to make CORE an outstanding example of what can be done with one's culinary imagination. But the intensity of flavors and their combinations render CORE unique in the world. The wait staff is "there" as necessary without being over-involved. Dining is such a comfortable experience that hours can pass without fidgeting or tiring of what's about to come next. A must-go, even from another continent.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Eccellente personalmente nr 1 di Londra

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AM
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Reception/bar area was rather busy and frantic when we arrived. However, dinner was amazing and the wine pairing excellent.

IN
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food service and ambiance! Highly recommended.

CM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply incredible. Nothing else to say but I have to use 50 characters.

VB
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Core is the best restaurant in town this year. Well deserved 2 michelin stars, amazing experience

NH
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Utterly wonderful; food, service, wine and setting were all exquisite. Truly a fabulous experience and one of my most favourite lunches. Everything about this was spot on

RM
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Honest and Exquisite at the same time! We love Chef Clare’s food.

R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Booked here for my partners 50th celebrations. We were lucky enough to get the chefs table which was brilliant seeing everything going on in the kitchen from our table.

The food was delicious and the service was great too very attentive but not to stuffy and in your face which made for a very relaxed enjoyable meal. The wine the sommelier picked for us was perfect too.

Highly recommend.

NM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the amuse bouche to the desserts just amazing food. Creative dishes, beautifully presented. A true gastronomic experience.