CORE by Clare Smyth
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.
Just the best restaurant experience you will ever have
Amazing overall experience at Core. From the moment we entered, we were met with friendly service and happy people! The food was exceptional! I’ve been lucky enough to eat at a few 2 Michelin star restaurants and this is certainly one of the best and ties in first place, for me, with the Ledbury. Absolutely amazing!
Amazing food. Amazing service.
Everything is perfect.
Amazing experience, well worth the visit.
Attentive and knowledgeable staff.
We had one of the taster menus, every dish was a 'picture' and a delight to eat.
Unfortunately one of our guests got shot in a dish whilst two of us had nasty grit in the cabbage
The food was sublime. Fresh local produce coupled with interesting technique. The service was unobtrusive and extremely welcoming. We will go again.
Superb! Everything and everybody was excellent.
I had the seasonal menu and my husband had the classics, favourite course was the fish course. Dessert was also amazing, I had the core- tweezer and my husband had he pear.
Staff were friendly and attentive, answered our questions and informed us about this he food, wine and ethos of the restaurant.
Booked for my partner’s birthday. What a fantastic experience! We both agreed it was the best meal we’ve ever eaten and the staff are so knowledgeable and friendly. We were made to feel very special. Recommend to anyone who’s looking for a very special treat of a meal.
We were very happy to visit Core after a couple of months reasonable wait. The service is excellent and the ambience non pretentious just focused on quality and everything is. We had the a la cart menu, of course all these dishes are on the tasting menu's. Everything was well cooked with beautiful presentation. The amuse bouche were fabulous introduction with real flavour and attention to detail and this continued with every course of scallop, artichoke, turbot, monkfish the signature core apple and the core teaser. Petit four were also fab. Service excellent at all times attentive and friendly with good food knowledge. The wine was great but expensive. We went on a school night and we would go back in a shot. Thank you Clare Smyth and the team.
Only one arer of progress : noize... too noizy...
Beautifully executed food, flawless service and a really knowledgeable sommelier. Expensive, but worth it for a special occasion.
We had a fabulous time for my husbands 60th birthday. The food, wine and team were exceptional. Clare wasn’t cooking but they didn’t let her down. The ambiance was perfect and the staff were not intrusive but were v knowledgeable when explaining the different courses. Our experience was quite emotional. Will definitely be back.
Wow! What an amazing restaurant... Beautiful, tasty inventive food, attentive service and a lovely dining room with great ambience. The best meal I’ve had in quite a while - I can’t recommended it highly enough...
Pre started and desserts were excellent. Starters and main were slightly disappointing. Quite expensive for what we received.
The second time dining at The Core. The quality of food and services is absolutely amazing. Unlikely other Michelin restaurant, it is very relaxed at Core. The set up and service make you feel that you are having dinner at someone’s dinning room. It is nice and chilled. The display of each dish is beautiful - can’t stop taking photos. Will definitely come back again, if I can get a booking. :)
We had a delicious lunch at Core on Friday. We had one vegetarian taster meal and one standard taster menu (not standard at all in taste!). Both sets of food were beautifully presented and tasted amazing. Lots of different tastes to decipher. I felt like they really made an effort with the vegetarian menu to make sure it was just as special as the other dishes on the menu. Creative, but not over the top, we are everything except I couldn’t quite manage my final desert because I had eaten too much of the delicious bread and butter I think!
Waiting staff were all super friendly, a special mention to Rob who we found very interesting and fun to chat to as we had a lot on common. All other staff extremely polite and friendly also, we just didn’t get all their names!
Great restaurant, can’t wait to return
Amazing restaurant. Perfect food. Fabulous service.
Probably the best restaurant in London and surprisingly attractively priced for cooking of this outstanding quality
I loved the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant, the staff were very professional yet friendly and very knowledgeable. They made us feel very comfortable with their efficient service. The food was outstanding! My favourite dish was the potato and roe, that beurre blanc was exquisite. I would definitely return to try more dishes and couldn't recommend it highly enough.
All was wonderful. Both the food and service were impeccable.
The food was superb - flavours and presentation excellent. The wine choices great and well thought through. Only glitch was they didn’t open the doors til after 1830 for a booking at 1830 - meaning there was a ‘queue’ and a scrum at the door when they did. Good job it wasn’t raining .... the evening was a lovely experience that apart.
Fantastic experience, delicious food, great service and an amazing atmosphere. And it was also very nice to meet Clare Smyth in person.
The food was absolutely delicious. Every dish was beautifully balanced and bursting with so many amazing flavours. The service was perfect so welcoming and friendly yet efficient and on point.
Can’t wait to return!
One word describes the whole experience... Exceptional !!!
Fantastic experience would highly recommend food and service outstanding!
As always, everything was outstanding, thank you for a perfect experience! By far the best team in town, an amazing example of what a great team can deliver, not only in this field, but any industry where customer satisfaction is important. Ale, Marion, Tiago absolute superstars that bring to life the trust that Clare, Jonny and Rob put in this team. I always arrive and leave this place with a big smile and gratitude not only for the culinary experience but also for the warmth and kindness of the team! Thank you and wish you great achievements in the new year!
The meal was delicious and the service and ambience excellent. I would highly recommend Core for that special occasion.
New Year’s Eve
Just insanely good.
We had waited a long time and were not disappointed.
Our friends chose Classic and we went Seasonal and across 10 or more dishes the standard was very very high.
We sat immediately outside the pass and could see the calm but assured work going on in what was very much a theatre of excellence.
Clare herself was a model of hospitality to seemingly everyone coming and going as the guests all seemed to want to touch base or have a selfie with a most impressive chef who handles the celebrity aspect in her stride.
This is very much a venue for the most special occasion and of course whilst expensive it really is worth it.
Amazing from start to finish. Greeted by Clare and invited into the kitchen to chat at the end.
Stunning food with a custom printed menu for us reflecting a request for a course we’d made!
Service top drawer.. can’t find any fault at all.
Great inventive food with a relaxed and nicely paced service! Worth the visit.
Everything about Core was stunning - from the attentive staff, to the tasteful decor, Clare waving from the kitchen when we entered - that’s even before mentioning the food - which was off the scale.
We have eaten in many Michelin starred restaurants, including Royal Hospital Road when Clare was running it - but this for me is my favourite. Not sure why it’s not 3 star.
It’s expensive of course - but for a special occasion I already can’t wait to go back.
Individually dishes, very comfort service,tender considerations. Of course taste is fabulous.
And I surprised that we can see inside of kitchen.
My favorite British chef has been standing and working hard on my sight,it’s incredible.
She gets things done promptly and efficiently!
My best experience of this year.
I wish come again sooner.
Amazing, exquisite and unforgettable! I wish there was an even better word to describe the food and dining experience. I can see Clare putting her heart and soul into every piece of morsel presented in every single dish that she created for our family. The food was truly irresistible and left us wanting for more. Will definitely be visiting again and I really hope that she gets her third Michelin Star soon because it is worth three stars!
Clare has been a chef that I wanted to visit for a long time, she definitely didn't disappoint. Overall was a great night. The presentation was wonderful. The staff were super friendly. The food was cooked to perfection, was simple home grown food and showed the flavours of the food. Nothing to crazy over the top and no fusion or overpowering flavours. The wine matching was done brilliantly. Over all glad that I went , will recommend to friends but not somewhere that I will put down for a second visit.