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CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
4.9
2523 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

19:00


Booked 23 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

  • Area

    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 2,523 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

Diners' Choice Awards

  • London

    Best Ambience

  • London

    British

  • West London

    Best Overall

  • West London

    Best Food

  • West London

    Best Service

  • West London

    Best Ambience

  • West London

    Fit for Foodies

  • West London

    Notable Wine List

  • West London

    Romance

  • West London

    Special Occasions

  • West London

    British

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service. Treated with care and kindness from start to finish.
  2. KK

    KrisK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and ambience. We had the season’s tasting menu which was exquisite. Absolute stand outs had to be Scottish langoustine, sweetbreads and the desserts. However, pretty much every dish was sophisticated and elegant. Service was superb, knowledgeable and understated (I’ve eaten in a few places with stars that can be intimidating) so huge plus. It was expensive, but sometimes a treat is required. All in - probably the best restaurant I’ve eaten in.
  3. C

    Claire

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waited several years to get in and it was well worth it.
  4. CT

    CatharineT

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food with amazing flavours, the service was superb.
  5. CD

    ClyD

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whenever we come to London we make a point of booking at Core and we’re fortunate enough to have a lunch there. Just a wonderful experience and faultless as usual. Definitely not to be missed.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We think everything is quite salty But service is good
  7. SM

    SheilaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    every course from the tasting menu was a delightful deep tasting surprise. what a lovely meal out.
  8. MD

    MattD

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2022

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

    gyzone86

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and service.
  10. c

    catherinep

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly magnificent dining experience in every possible way. The only negative I have is the three month wait for a table to become available but the wait was worth it.
  11. IL

    IanL

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    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.
  12. MZ

    MarcusZ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    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.
  13. JS

    JaneS

    Kent

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    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.
  14. m

    mattc

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2022

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

    Sally

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

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

    Oscar

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2022

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

    TRop

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2022

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

    RossP

    Western Australia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Berlin

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly outstanding restaurant.
  21. R

    Rafael

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 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
  22. GR

    GaelleR

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always 😃
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 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!
  24. IO

    IbukunOluwa

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 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
  25. CW

    ChrisW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 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
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

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

    AWESOMEfromUSA

    Las Vegas

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! I have never had a better dinning experience! You must experience! The staff was so nice and knowledgeable. We had a fabulous 2hour+ experience!
  28. M

    Marshy1981

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 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.
  29. AH

    AndrewH

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

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

    Daisy

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

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

    CherylT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 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
  32. J

    Jasmine

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing combination of ingredients.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 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.
  34. SC

    SophieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 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.
  35. TN

    TomN

    Yorkshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

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

    Adamk

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

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

    Fezzer

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

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

    MichelleB

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

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

    Emeraldtigress

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

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

    AlanC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

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

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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 2523 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for CORE by Clare Smyth

92 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2PN

Additional information

  • Area

    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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